The Cast Of The Wire, 15 Years Later

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15 years ago today, HBO premiered one of the most prolific shows of the decade. The Wire, created by David Simon, was a fictional portrayal of the crime and corruption plaguing Baltimore at every level of society. Each season of the show had a different theme which were, in order: law enforcement and the drug trade, organized crime in the city’s seaport system, the politicians, the education system, and media. While set in Baltimore, The Wire was commentary on the intersections of crime, poverty, and race at various levels of American society.
Introducing the world to a huge ensemble of amazingly complex characters, The Wire captivated viewers for six years. Viewers laughed, cried, and were left with their jaws on the floor throughout the course of the series. After airing its final episode in March of 2009, it has definitely earned its title as a cult classic.
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While that chapter of television history is now closed, many of the actors that brought this Baltimore story to life are still around. On the 15 year anniversary of The Wire, we’ve rounded up some of the most memorable actors from the show to report on where they are now.
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Roland "Prez" Pryzbylewski (Jim True-Frost)

On the show, Prez changed his life around after giving up his job as a pretty trash detective. It seems like he may have done the same thing with his acting career. After landing a few roles on shows like The Good Wife and Hostages, he now plays a publisher in the flappers era on Amazon’s Z: The Beginning of Everything.
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Stringer Bell (Idris Elba)

Idris Elba is still being bae. I hope he never stops. That is all.
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Wallace (Michael B. Jordan)

The young drug dealer who was in over his head on The Wire grew up to be a sex symbol. There, I said it. Michael B. Jordan is still landing roles and comic book nerds will be pleased to see him playing the villain in the upcoming Black Panther film by Marvel.
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Michael Lee (Tristan Wilds)

The overprotective big brother who turned to the streets because of his tumultuous home life is now a singer by the name of Mack Wilds. You might also recognize him as the apple of Adele’s eye in her “Hello” video.
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Omar Little (Michael K. Williams)

One of the most notorious characters on the show, Michael K. Williams played the person that everyone thinks of when they hear the term "stick-up kid." Williams himself doesn’t have to partake in such a dangerous hustle as he has kept a steady stream of income with acting gigs in Boardwalk Empire, Bessie, The Night Of, and the Assassin’s Creed movie.
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Bubbles (Andre Royo)

Oh, how the tables have turned. Once an addict and police informant, Royo’s latest role has him as an attorney for a crime boss you may have heard of: Lucious Lyon on Empire.
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Avon Barksdale (Wood Harris)

Harris plays a music executive on the VH1-to-BET series The Breaks.
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Proposition Joe (Robert F. Chew)

After a few other acting gigs and a stint as an acting coach, Chew died of a heart attack in 2013 in the same place that he was born, Baltimore.
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Tommy Carcetti (Aidan Gillen)

Carcetti never let go of the political aspirations that drove him on The Wire. He is now known to the world as the master manipulator, Petyr Baelish a.k.a. Littlefinger on Game of Thrones.
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Ziggy Sobotka (James Ransone)

Like many of The Wire’s actors, Ransone went on to star in Treme, and then went on to do tons of movies.
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Nick Sobotka (Pablo Schreiber)

I only recognize Schreiber with a mustache as the sleazy correctional officer Mendez on Orange is the New Black. It took me a while to make the connection to his Wire past and his current role as a leprechaun on American Gods.
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Kima Greggs (Sonja Sohn)

Sohn couldn’t put her badge down in her acting roles. She plays Captain Betty Audrey, a detective on Netflix’s Luke Cage series.
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Marlo Stanfield (Jamie Hector)

The kingpin we grew to love is adding some fascinating roles to his portfolio since The Wire. He played Frederick Douglass in a television movie about his life, he currently plays a detective on the Amazon series Bosch, and he’ll be Tupac’s father figure in the upcoming biopic All Eyez On Me.
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Beadie Russell (Amy Ryan)

Viewers used to seeing Ryan in The Office as Michael’s love interest probably forgot all about those 13 bodies she found on the docks.
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Rhonda Pearlman (Deirdre Lovejoy)

Lovejoy has had minor roles on TV favorites like Shameless, Girls, and The Blacklist.
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Ellis Carver (Seth Gilliam)

You might recognize this former good cop from his roles on Teen Wolf (random) and The Walking Dead.
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Chris Partlow (Gbenga Akinnagbe)

Partlow put his life of crime behind him and became a man of the Lord. He played Pastor Isaiah on The Good Wife.
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Dennis “Cutty” Wise (Chad Coleman)

Coleman made it out of the streets of Baltimore, but he couldn’t survive the zombie apocalypse as Tyrese in The Walking Dead. Coleman also played Mingo in last year’s remake of Roots.
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D'Angelo Barksdale (Lawrence GIlliard Jr.)

Another Walking Dead Transfer, GIlliard is also set to play in an upcoming HBO series called The Deuce, about New York’s burgeoning porn industry in the ‘70s.
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Thomas “Herc” Hauk (Domenick Lombardozzi)

Once a beefy detective on The Wire, Lombardozzi was promoted to captain on Rosewood with Morris Chestnut.
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Felicia “Snoop” Pearson

The only character to use her real name, Snoop is a household name in the Black LGBTQ community. You can now catch her as a regular fixture on VH1’s Love & Hip Hop.
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