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(Oregon Live) – Wendell Pierce has some stories to tell.

The versatile actor is best known for playing Bunk Moreland on HBO’s “The Wire” and Antoine Batiste on “Treme” but those roles represent only a fraction of his talents. Pierce is a classically trained Juillard graduate whose extensive stage work includes Shakespeare, Chekhov and several roles in August Wilson plays. Pierce was a producer on the Tony Award-winning production of “Clybourne Park.”

He’s been in more than 30 movies, including “Selma,” “Ray” and a “Twilight” movie. He’s currently starring in two TV shows, “Suits” and “The Odd Couple.” He’s the host of “Jazz at Lincoln Center” and is the world’s most fervent New Orleans Saints fan.

Pierce believes the most important role of his life was in a production of “Waiting for Godot,” staged in the Lower 9th Ward of his native New Orleans in November of 2007. Pierce grew up in Pontchartrain Park, an African-American subdivision of New Orleans, and arrived in New Orleans just before Hurricane Katrina hit.

Pierce and his parents got out of the city in time and returned later to find their home destroyed.

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