Wendell Pierce has said The Wire changed his career and “defined” television.
The 56-year-old US actor, currently on stage in London in Death Of A Salesman, starred as Detective Bunk Moreland in the hit HBO drama.
He told The Big issue magazine he is now “ready to do all those roles my insecurities told me I shouldn’t pursue”.
“The Wire changed everything. It was the defining moment of my career,” he said.
“(Creator) David Simon changed the game. He innovated the medium … He wrote the first television novel.
“He showed … that people would watch television the same way they read a novel, allowing it to develop chapter by chapter … We did great work that defined television in a historic way.”
The US crime drama also starred Dominic West and ran from 2002 to 2008.
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