The Wire, considered one of the greatest TV shows of all time, is celebrating its 20th anniversary. The series tackled various forms of corruption including the drug trade, politics, the school system, the docks, and the media. It featured notable actors before they rose to stardom, such as Idris Elba and Michael B. Jordan.
The show also introduced the iconic character Omar Little, portrayed by the late Michael K. Williams. Despite its critical acclaim, The Wire lacked Primetime Emmy recognition. The cast of The Wire has remained active in the industry.
Dominic West, who played Jimmy McNulty, starred in the TV show The Affair and will appear as Prince Charles in The Crown. John Doman, who portrayed William Rawls, has had major roles in TV series like The Boys and Gotham, and appeared in the film The Trial of the Chicago 7.
Frankie R. Faison, who played Ervin Burrell, has had roles in films like An Actor Prepares and The Grudge (2020), as well as recurring roles on shows like Grey's Anatomy and Luke Cage.
Wood Harris, who portrayed Avon Barksdale, had a starring role in Remember the Titans and has appeared in TV shows like Empire and The Last O.G. Michael Potts, who played Brother Mouzone, appeared in films like Ma Rainey's Black Bottom and TV shows like True Detective.
Deirdre Lovejoy, who portrayed Rhonda Pearlman, has appeared in shows like Bones and Shameless. Wendell Pierce, who played William "The Bunk" Moreland, has appeared in numerous TV shows including Treme and Jack Ryan.
Lance Reddick, who portrayed Cedric Daniels, has appeared in shows like Fringe and The Blacklist, as well as the John Wick franchise. Andre Royo, who played Bubbles, has had recurring roles on shows like Empire and Hand of God.
Seth Gilliam, who played Ellis Carver, currently stars on The Walking Dead. Domenick Lombardozzi, who portrayed Thomas "Herc" Hauk, has appeared in numerous TV shows and films, including The Irishman and The King of Staten Island.