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Wendell Pierce is an Obie Award-winning actor best known for his portrayals on HBO’s groundbreaking series “The Wire” and “Treme,” and “Suits” on USA. He currently stars in Amazon Prime’s “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan.” He reprises his Olivier-nominated portrayal of Willy Loman from the Death of a Salesman London production. Other Broadway credits: The Boys of Winter, The Piano Lesson, Serious Money and Clybourne Park (Tony Award for Best Play, Producer). Off-Broadway: Broke-ology (Lincoln Center); ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore, Cymbeline, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Tartuffe (The Public Theater); Waiting for Godot, The Cherry Orchard (Classical Theater of Harlem); Brothers From the Bottom (Billie Holiday Theatre); Cost of Living (Williamstown, 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Drama); The Oedipus Cycle (Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Athens). Film: Ray, Selma, Malcolm X, Waiting to Exhale, Get on the Bus, Clemency (Sundance Grand Jury Prize), Burning Cane (Best Actor, Tribeca Film Festival). He is the narrator of Stanley Nelson and Lynne Robinson’s “Becoming Frederick Douglass” on PBS. He was a 1981 Presidential Scholar in the Arts. Training: The Juilliard School. He is a founding member of Black Theatre United.

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Wendell Pierce STAGE CREDITS

Broadway Revival Production, 2022
Willy Loman

[West End]
West End Revival, 2019
Willy Loman

[West End]
Young VIc Revival, 2019
Willy Loman

New York Premiere at 59E59 Theaters, 2018

[Motion Picture]
FOX Live Televised Production, 2016
Coach Calhoun

Lincoln Center Production, 2009
William King




Encores! Concert, 1998

Friar Bonaventure

Mr. Willis

Mr. Willis

Boysie (Believing)/ Psychocompany (Phantasies)


T. K.

Nigel Ajibala


Outlaw 2

[Regional (US)]
World Premiere, 1986

Radio Voice

L. B. (Understudy)

Doc (Understudy)

Wendell Pierce Productions

[Broadway, 2007]
[Broadway, 1985]
Fight Captain

Wendell Pierce Awards and Nominations

Tony Awards - 2007 - Best Play

Wendell Pierce, Radio Golf

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Michael Imperioli Will Make Broadway Debut Opposite Jeremy Strong in AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE

Emmy & SAG Award winner Michael Imperioli will make his Broadway debut opposite Jeremy Strong in AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE. We have all the details on when the play will arrive, which theatre it will play, and more!

Photos: Stars Walk the Red Carpet for Black Theatre United's Inaugural Gala

Just last night, Black Theatre United (BTU) held its inaugural Gala at the Ziegfeld Ballroom. Supported by Business for Good (BFG), the evening in celebration of the indelible mark that Black culture has had and continues to have on Broadway. Check out photos from inside the big night!


The complete cast has been set for the world premiere of Sugar Hill: The Ellington/Strayhorn Nutcracker. See who is starring and learn how to purchase tickets.

Black Theatre United Announces Star-Studded Honorary Co-Chair Lineup For Inaugural Gala!

Black Theatre United (BTU) announced today a star-studded lineup of honorary co-chairs for its upcoming inaugural Gala on Monday, October 30 at the Ziegfeld Ballroom, which includes Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Cookie Johnson, Al Roker & Deborah Roberts, Blair Underwood, Congresswoman Ayanna Presley, Tommi A. Vincent and Troy Vincent Sr.

Photos: Go Inside Opening Night of A WONDERFUL WORLD in New Orleans

A Wonderful World, A New Musical about the Life and Loves of Louis Armstrong recently played at the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans. See photos from opening night below!

Common Joins Honorees at Black Theatre United Gala; Josh Groban, Lorna Courtney & More to Present

Emmy, Grammy & Academy Award winner Common has been added to the list of honorees at Black Theatre United's inaugural Gala on Monday, October 30 at the Ziegfeld Ballroom.

POWER BOOK III: RAISING KANAN Starring Patina Miller Will Return in December

The new season will include Tony Danza reprising his role of Italian mobster Stefano Marchetti, and of course, returning series regulars including the formidable Patina Miller as “Raquel Thomas” and MeKai Curtis in the titular role of “Kanan Stark.” Broadway alum Hailey Kilgore will also return to the series as “Jukebox.”

Kristin Chenoweth, Annaleigh Ashford, Ashley Park & More Nominated for HCA TV Awards

Kristin Chenoweth, Annaleigh Ashford, Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies, Ashley Park, and more have been nominated for Hollywood Critics Association Television Awards. Other nominees included Sheryl Lee Ralph, Daniel Radcliffe, Rachel Brosnahan, Hocus Pocus 2, Amy Sherman-Palladino, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and more.

Video: Wendell Pierce Unpacks an Epic Career on Stage and Screen

In this video, watch as Tony nominee Wendell Pierce chats about his extensive career on and off stage.

Photos: Go Inside Opening Night of HAMLET at Free Shakespeare in the Park

Check out photos from opening night of Hamlet at Free Shakespeare in the Park!

KIMBERLY AKIMBO & More Win 2023 Tony Awards - Full List of Winners!

Tonight's the night! The best of Broadway gathers today, June 11, at the United Palace to celebrate the 76th Annual Tony Awards. Kimberly Akimbo, Leopoldstadt, Some Like It Hot, Alex Newell, Sean Hayes, and more took home trophies. Check out the full list of winners now!

How/When/Where to Watch the 2023 Tony Awards and Other Questions Answered!

In just days, on June 11, The 76th Annual Tony Awards make their debut at the United Palace to celebrate the best of Broadway for the 2022/23 theatre season. Need a refresher on how to watch and when? We've got you covered!

Photos: Broadway's Brightest Stars Hit the Red Carpet at the 2023 Tony Awards

We're taking you to the red carpet for a look at all of the stars (and what they're wearing) at the 2023 Tony Awards!

Video: How Hard Work and Dedication Made Wendell Pierce a Tony Nominee

In this video, watch as Tony nominee Wendell Pierce chats more about what his Death of a Salesman character meant to him, how he dealt with the weight of the subject matter, and so much more.

Photos: Go Inside the MTC 2023 SPRING GALA

Manhattan Theatre Club presented its annual Spring Gala on Monday, May 22 at Cipriani 42nd Street. Check out our photos from the event here!

SOME LIKE IT HOT, PARADE, and More Take Home 2023 Drama Desk Awards; Full List of Winners!

Winners for the 67th Annual Drama Desk Awards were announced today. Among the big winners were Some Like It Hot, Parade, and more.

Harlem Stage Kicks Off 40th Anniversary with 2023 Gala

Harlem Stage holds its 2023 gala on June 5. Taking place at the landmark Harlem Stage Gatehouse (150 Convent Avenue), the event kicks off the organization’s year-long 40th anniversary celebration, which will feature performances from many of the celebrated artists whose careers the organization has helped to launch, and will provide a platform for today’s most compelling emerging artists to break through.

Photos: Meet the 2023 Tony Nominees!

On Thursday, the nominees met the press and BroadwayWorld's Jennifer Broski was on hand to capture portraits of each of them on their big day!

Scoop: Coming Up on the Season Finale of ACCUSED on FOX - Tuesday, May 9, 2023

Get all the scoop on ACCUSED, airing on FOX on Tuesday, May 9, 2023! Oscar Winner And Emmy, Tony And Grammy Nominee Keith Carradine stars in the season finale of Accused. An aging rockstar attempts to cement his musical legacy, while trying to prevent his troubled son form unraveling. Watch a video preview now!


Wendell Pierce has appeared on Broadway in 3 shows.

Wendell Pierce has appeared on London's West End in 2 shows.

Wendell Pierce's first West End show was Death of a Salesman which opened in 2019

Wendell Pierce has been nominated for several awards throughout his career. He received a nomination for Outstanding Lead Performance in a Play at the Drama Desk Awards for his role in "Death of a Salesman." He was also nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Play at the Tony Awards for his performance in "Death of a Salesman." Additionally, he received a nomination for Best Play at the Tony Awards for his work in "Radio Golf."

Wendell Pierce's next show will be Death of a Salesman which opens on 10/9/2022 on Broadway.

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