Robert Wisdom

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Robert Wisdom
Wisdom in 2008
Born Robert Ray Wisdom
(1953-09-14) September 14, 1953 (age 63)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1990–present

Robert Ray "Bob" Wisdom (born September 14, 1953) is an American actor best 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 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
2017 Unforgettable Detective Pope
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
2001 Storytelling Mr. Scott
2001 Rocky Road Michael Jones Credited as Bob Wisdom
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 Video
1999 How to Get Laid at the End of the World Quonset Jones
1998 Three Businessmen Leroy Jasper
1998 Mighty Joe Young Kwell
1997 Jamaica Beat Inspector Sterling
1997 Stir Detective Williams
1997 Volcano O.E.M. 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
TBA The Alienist Cyrus 7
2016 Flaked George 7 episodes
2015 Ballers Dennis Episode: "Flamingos"
2014-2015 Chicago P.D. Commander Ron Perry 9 episodes
2013 Grey's Anatomy Mr. Hamilton Episode: "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word"
2012-2013 Nashville Coleman Carlisle Series Regular - Season 1, Recurring Role - Season 2
2011 Nikita CIA Director Abbott Episode: "Pandora"
2010-2011 Burn Notice Vaughn Anderson 8 episodes
2010 Happy Town Roger Hobbs 8 episodes
2009 NCIS Warden Gene Halsey Episode: "Caged"
2009 Lie to Me Bonds Episode: "Pilot"
2009 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Father Theo Episode: "Hell"
2009 How I Met Your Mother McCracken Episode: "Murtaugh"
2008 Supernatural Uriel 4 episodes
2007-2008 Prison Break Norman 'Lechero' St. John Season 3
2007 The Nine Clarence Jones Episode: "Man of the Year"
2005 Inconceivable Earl Godcheaux Episode: "Balls in Your Court"
2003-2008 The Wire Howard "Bunny" Colvin 27 episodes
2003 Judging Amy D.A. Matthews Episode: "Tricks of the Trade"
2003 Boomtown Chronic/Daryl C. Boycott Episode: "Execution"
2003 The Agency Mr. Banga Episode: "Absolute Bastard"
2002 NYPD Blue Eric Green Episode: "Safari, So Good"
2001 The District Mr. Broyles Episode: "To Serve and Protect"
2001 ER Dr. Hammond Episode: "Piece of Mind"
1998 Dharma & Greg Prospero Episode: "It Takes a Village"
1998 Arli$$ Episode: "His Name Is Arliss Michaels"
1997-1999 Poltergeist: The Legacy Daniel Euwara 3 episodes
1997-1999 Cracker Detective Danny Watlington 15 episodes
1996 The Sentinel Lieutenant Williams Episode: "The Debt"
1993 Agatha Christie's Poirot Waiter Episode: "The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb"
1990 The Bill Johnny Olina-Olu Episode: "Street Smart"
Video Games
Year Title Role
2012 Call of Duty: Black Ops II Jonas Savimbi
2009 The Lord of the Rings: Conquest Uruk-Hai Officer #2
2008 Spider-Man: Web of Shadows Luke Cage


  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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