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Where Are They Now: The Cast Of HBO’s The Wire

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According to its Wikipedia page, “despite never seeing a large commercial success or winning major television awards, The Wire (2002-2008) has been described by many critics as the greatest television series ever made.” We’re not exactly critics, but we couldn’t agree more with the sentiment. Like most fans of the classic HBO series, we often wonder what happened to the talented actors who played our favorite characters once the show was laid to rest.

To make things simple, we’ve divided this piece into the same sections HBO uses on the show’s official site. To be clear, the series’s best-loved characters are featured here (apologies if you have a favorite from “The Port” a.k.a Season 2—unfortunately, none of them made the cut). Enjoy the trip down memory lane and if you don’t have that box set yet, best get on it.

THE LAW

Officer James “Jimmy” McNulty (played by Dominic West)
West was made for the role of Jimmy McNulty; an Irish Catholic with a taste for women and an unwavering commitment to justice. A veteran theater actor in the UK, the role of McNulty introduced West to American audiences. Since that everyman role, West has interestingly been typecast as either classical warrior or futuristic royalty: 2007′s 300, this year’s Centurion and the upcoming John Carter Of Mars.

Colonel Cedric Daniels (played by Lance Reddick)
A Baltimore native, 40-year-old Reddick has had a steady career in television since his time as the intensely focused Colonel Daniels in The Wire. Simultaneously starring in hit shows Lost and Fringe, Reddick was seen in 2008′s Tennessee alongside Mariah Carey in 2008 and in this year’s Jonah Hex. A talented songwriter/vocalist, Reddick released an independent contemporary jazz album, Contemplations & Remembrances, in 2008.

Detective Shakima “Kima” Greggs (played by Sonja Sohn)
Up there with Cagney and Lacey as one of TV’s most badass female cops, Kima Greggs was a no-nonsense detective who commanded the respect of her police brethren and street hustlers alike. Sohn’s work on-screen lead to her founding reWIRED For Change, a Baltimore-based outreach program intended to communicate with (and ultimately rehabilitate) at-risk young people who have been involved in criminal activity. The program uses episodes of The Wire as a teaching tool, encouraging the participants to examine and query their own lives and past actions. Other actors and writers involved with The Wire also serve as board members.

Detective William “Bunk” Moreland (played by Wendell Pierce)
Wendell Pierce starred in all five seasons of The Wire and was nominated for a NAACP Image Award for his portrayal of “Bunk” Moreland in 2007. The New Orleans native continued his success as an HBO star in this year’s Treme (created by The Wire‘s David Simon) playing trombone player Antoine Batiste. Pierce is also the host of radio program Jazz at Lincoln Center, which features live recordings from Jazz at Lincoln Center’s House of Swing.

Sergeant Ellis Carver (played by Seth Gilliam)
Making his TV debut on The Cosby Show back in 1990, Seth Gilliam‘s most recognized role is definitely Sergeant Ellis Carver, a by-any-means-necessary officer. Gilliam continued to portray authoritative figures after The Wire, starring in numerous episodes of Law & Order: Criminal Intent (playing a detective), Mercy (as a police officer) and in the film Did You Hear About The Morgans? (as a U.S. Marshal).

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