List of The Wire characters

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The following is a listing of fictional characters from the HBO series, The Wire. Note that some characters' allegiances or positions may have changed over time; and, although the series has ended, the placement below is generally meant to reflect their most recent situation. Also, some specific plot lines may be revealed in a character's description.

The Law[edit]

Law enforcement is an integral part of The Wire, and characters in this field range from those enforcing the law at street level up to those setting laws city wide.

Politicians[edit]

Characters in this section include the state and city officials, both honest and corrupt, depicted in the series.

The Street[edit]

Characters in this section range from homeless drug addicts up to drug king-pins in charge of entire criminal empires.

The Schools[edit]

This section includes the pupils, staff and Education Board employees from the school system depicted on the show.

The Docks[edit]

This section includes the stevedores and their families as well as the criminal organization that controls smuggling through the Baltimore docks.

The Paper[edit]

The fifth season features an examination of a fictionalized version of The Baltimore Sun and introduced several journalist characters.

Starring cast[edit]

Actor/Actress Character Starring seasons Guest seasons Episode count Position
Dominic West Jimmy McNulty 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 N/A 56 Homicide Detective (formerly Major Case Unit Detective and Patrol Officer)
Larry Gilliard, Jr. D'Angelo Barksdale 1, 2 N/A 18 Drug organization crew chief
Lance Reddick Cedric Daniels 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 N/A 58 Deputy Commissioner for Operations (formerly Lieutenant/Major/Colonel/CID Commander)
Idris Elba Russell "Stringer" Bell 1, 2, 3 N/A 36 Drug Kingpin
Wood Harris Avon Barksdale 1, 2, 3 5 32 Drug Kingpin
Sonja Sohn Kima Greggs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 N/A 56 Homicide Detective (formerly Narcotics and Major Case Unit Detective)
Wendell Pierce Bunk Moreland 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 N/A 54 Homicide Detective
John Doman William Rawls 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 N/A 46 Police Commissioner (formerly Major/Colonel/Deputy Commissioner for Operations)
Frankie Faison Ervin Burrell 1, 2, 3, 4 5 40 Police Commissioner (formerly Deputy Commissioner for Operations)
Deirdre Lovejoy Rhonda Pearlman 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 N/A 44 Assistant State's Attorney in charge of Violent Crimes
Andre Royo Bubbles 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 N/A 40 Soup kitchen volunteer and newspaper vendor (formerly drug addict and police informant)
Clarke Peters Lester Freamon 2, 3, 4, 5 1 55 Major Case Unit Detective (formerly Homicide and Pawn Shop Unit Detective)
Chris Bauer Frank Sobotka 2 N/A 12 Union secretary-treasurer
Amy Ryan Beatrice "Beadie" Russell 2 3, 4, 5 20 Port Police officer
Paul Ben-Victor Spiros "Vondas" Vondopoulos 2 4, 5 15 Organized crime underboss
Seth Gilliam Ellis Carver 3, 4, 5 1, 2 50 Western District Sergeant in Charge (formerly Narcotics and Major Case Unit Detective)
Domenick Lombardozzi Thomas "Herc" Hauk 3, 4, 5 1, 2 52 Defense investigator (formerly Narcotics Detective and Major Case Unit Sergeant)
J. D. Williams Preston "Bodie" Broadus 3, 4 1, 2 37 Drug organization crew chief (formerly drug dealer)
Jim True-Frost Roland "Prez" Pryzbylewski 3, 4 1, 2, 5 45 Teacher (formerly Major Case Unit Detective)
Michael K. Williams Omar Little 3, 4, 5 1, 2 42 Stick-up man
Corey Parker Robinson Leander Sydnor 3, 4, 5 1 37 Major Case Unit Detective
Aidan Gillen Tommy Carcetti 3, 4, 5 N/A 35 Mayor of Baltimore (formerly City Councilman)
Robert Wisdom Howard "Bunny" Colvin 3, 4 2, 5 25 Retired (Former Major with Police Department, and former teacher of sorts)
Jamie Hector Marlo Stanfield 4, 5 3 31 Drug Kingpin
Chad Coleman Dennis "Cutty" Wise 4 3, 5 20 Youth boxing instructor (former gang enforcer)
Glynn Turman Clarence Royce 4 3, 5 16 Former Mayor of Baltimore
Reg E. Cathey Norman Wilson 4, 5 N/A 23 Mayoral Deputy Chief of Staff (formerly Campaign Manager)
Michael Kostroff Maurice Levy 5 1, 2, 3, 4 21 Defense attorney
Isiah Whitlock, Jr. Clay Davis 5 1, 2, 3, 4 17 Maryland State Senator
Gbenga Akinnagbe Chris Partlow 5 3, 4 30 Drug organization enforcer and crew chief
Tristan Wilds Michael Lee 5 4 22 Drug organization enforcer and crew chief (formerly middle school student)
Jermaine Crawford Duquan "Dukie" Weems 5 4 20 Corner boy (formerly middle school student)
Neal Huff Michael Steintorf 5 4 11 Mayoral Chief of Staff
Clark Johnson Augustus Haynes 5 N/A 10 City Desk Editor of The Baltimore Sun
Tom McCarthy Scott Templeton 5 N/A 10 General Assignments Reporter atThe Baltimore Sun Metro Desk
Michelle Paress Alma Gutierrez 5 N/A 10 Police beat reporter for The Baltimore Sun City Desk

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