Wendell Pierce is having a very good year.
He is in two festival-prize-winning movies (“Clemency” and “Burning Cane”) and an Amazon television series (“Jack Ryan”). He helped save a radio station, WBOK-AM, in his hometown New Orleans.
And now he is starring as Willy Loman in a production of Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” in London’s West End, where the play begins previews Oct. 24 following a well-received run at the Young Vic.
And now he is starring as Willy Loman in a production of Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman.
“This is one of the most memorable years of my career,” said the actor, best known as Bunk in HBO’s “The Wire.” “What I try to do is the trifecta — television, film and theater every year — and this is just the epitome.”
The Wire is an American crime drama television series created and primarily written by author and former police reporter David Simon. The series was broadcast by the cable network HBO in the United States. The Wire premiered on June 2, 2002 and ended on March 9, 2008, comprising 60 episodes over five seasons.
Set and produced in Baltimore, Maryland, The Wire introduces a different institution of the city and its relationship to law enforcement in each season, while retaining characters and advancing storylines from previous seasons. The five subjects are, in chronological order: the illegal drug trade, the seaport system, the city government and bureaucracy, education and schools, and the print news medium. The large cast consists mainly of actors who are little known for their other roles, as well as numerous real-life Baltimore and Maryland figures in guest and recurring roles. Simon has said that despite its framing as a crime drama, the show is “really about the American city, and about how we live together. It’s about how institutions have an effect on individuals. Whether one is a cop, a longshoreman, a drug dealer, a politician, a judge or a lawyer, all are ultimately compromised and must contend with whatever institution to which they are committed.”
The Wire is lauded for its literary themes, its uncommonly accurate exploration of society and politics, and its realistic portrayal of urban life. Although during its original run the series received only average ratings and never won any major television awards, it is now widely regarded to be one of the greatest television shows of all time.
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