Robert Wisdom

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For the 19th century politician in colonial Australia, see Robert Wisdom (New South Wales politician).
Robert Wisdom
Wisdom in 2008
Born (1953-09-14) September 14, 1953 (age 62)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1990–present

Robert Ray Wisdom (born September 14, 1953) is an American actor who has appeared in many different TV shows and movies throughout his career. He is arguably most well known for his roles in The Wire and Prison Break.

Life and career[edit]

Wisdom was born in Washington, D.C., to Jamaican parents. He is a graduate of Columbia University.[1] He appeared in four of the five seasons (primarily seasons three and four) of HBO program The Wire as Howard "Bunny" Colvin.[2] He has also starred in the 2004 films Barbershop 2: Back in Business and Ray, and the 2007 film Freedom Writers. He landed a regular role on season 3 of Prison Break playing the role of a Panamanian drug kingpin named Lechero.[3] He also had a recurring roles in television series Supernatural, Happy Town, and Burn Notice.[4]

From 2012 to 2013, Wisdom was series regular in season one of ABC drama series Nashville, as Coleman Carlisle.[5]


Year Title Role Notes
2016 Unforgettable Filming
2014 The Loft Detective Cohagan
2012 The Dark Knight Rises Army Captain at Bridge
2012 Freelancers Terrence Burke
2011 Rampart Captain
2010 Passion Play Malcolm
2010 Sympathy for Delicious Prendell
2009 The Collector Roy
2008 Ball Don't Lie Officer Perkins
2007 Saw IV Officer Peter
2007 Sex and Death 101 Alpha
2007 Freedom Writers Dr. Carl Cohn
2006 The Hawk is Dying Billy Bob
2005 Mozart and the Whale Blume
2004 Crazy like a Fox Roy Fowler
2004 The Forgotten Carl Dayton
2004 Ray Jack Lauderdale
2004 Haven Mr. Sterling
2004 Killer Diller Moker
2004 Barbershop 2: Back in Business Alderman Lalowe Brown
2003 Duplex Officer Dan
2003 Masked and Anonymous Lucius
2002 Live from Baghdad Bernard Shaw
2002 Coastlines Bob Johnson
2001 Osmosis Jones Additional voices voice
2001 Storytelling Mr. Scott
2001 Rocky Road Michael Jones
2001 Hollywood Palms The Dutchman
2000 For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story Oscar Valdez
2000 Dancing at the Blue Iguana Eddie
2000 The Heist Slim
1999 How to Get Laid at the End of the World Quonset Jones
1998 Three Businessmen
1998 Mighty Joe Young Kwell
1998 Three Businessmen Leroy Jasper
1997 Jamaica Beat Inspector Sterling
1997 Stir Detective Williams
1997 Volcano OEM Staffer #2
1997 Face/Off Tito Biondi
1996 No Easy Way Motel Manager
1996 Invader Colonel Jessie Pratt
1996 That Thing You Do! Bobby Washington
1995 Sahara Sergeant Major Tambul
1994 Clean Slate Mort
Year Title Role Notes
2015 Ballers Dennis
2014-2015 Chicago P.D. Commander Ron Perry
2013 Grey's Anatomy
2012 Nashville Coleman Carlisle Series Regular - Season 1, Recurring Role - Season 2
2011 Nikita Director Abbott
2010-2011 Burn Notice Vaughn Anderson
2010 Happy Town Roger Hobbs
2009 NCIS Warden Gene Halsey
2009 Lie to Me Bonds
2009 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Father Theo
2009 How I Met Your Mother McCracken
2008 Supernatural Uriel
2007 - 2008 Prison Break Norman 'Lechero' St. John Season 3
2007 The Nine Clarence Jones
2005 Inconceivable Earl Godcheaux
2003 The Wire Howard "Bunny" Colvin
2003 Judging Amy D.A. Matthews
2003 Boomtown Chronic
The Agency Mr. Banga
2002 NYPD Blue Eric Green
2001 The District Mr. Broyles
2001 ER Dr. Hammond
1998 Dharma & Greg Prospero
1998 Arli$$
1997-1999 Poltergeist: The Legacy Daniel Euwara
1997 Cracker Detective Danny Watlington
1996 The Sentinel Lieutenant Williams
1993 Agatha Christie's Poirot Waiter
1990 The Bill Johnny Olina-Olu


  1. ^ "Robert Wisdom Biography". 1953-09-14. Retrieved 2012-09-14. 
  2. ^ "Character profile - Major Howard "Bunny" Colvin". HBO. 2006. Retrieved 2007-09-26. 
  3. ^ Wisdom was once a producer for NPR's All Things Considered"Exclusive Interview: 'Prison Break' Star Robert Wisdom". Buddy TV. 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-26. 
  4. ^ "Robert Wisdom Cast on Burn Notice." March 18, 2010
  5. ^ Michael Ausiello (2013-09-16). "‘Nashville’ Season 2: Powers Boothe Leaving as a Series Regular". TVLine. Retrieved 2013-12-08. 

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