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From Baltimore to Hollywood: Discover the Transformative Careers of These 10 The Wire Actors
2024/04/10

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The Wire, an acclaimed crime thriller TV show, has been the launching pad for many amazing actors who went on to have successful careers in movies and TV. The show, which revolves around the fictionalized version of the Baltimore drug trade, features a talented cast of law enforcers and drug lords.

One of the biggest stars to come from The Wire is Idris Elba, who gave an amazing performance as Russell "Stringer" Bell, the businessman behind the drug trafficking organization. Since then, Elba has played a variety of characters in action franchises, dramas, and even voiced characters in Disney movies.

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Lance Reddick, who played Lt. Cedric Daniels, a tough and intelligent police officer turned criminal defense attorney, became known for his role as Charon in the John Wick movies. He also lent his voice to various video game characters.

Dominic West, who portrayed Det. Jimmy McNulty, the hot-headed and determined officer, had important roles in major movies like The Square and appeared in the popular TV show The Crown.

Michael B. Jordan, credited his role as Wallace, a young drug dealer in The Wire, for launching him to fame.

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He went on to star in the Creed movies and portrayed the memorable antagonist Erik "Killmonger" Stevens in Black Panther.

Aidan Gillen, known for playing Tommy Carcetti, a corrupted politician in The Wire, landed the role of Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish in Game of Thrones, and also appeared in Bohemian Rhapsody and the Maze Runner movies.

Michael K. Williams, who played the complex and iconic character of Omar Little, went on to star in Boardwalk Empire, Assassin's Creed, and the Best Picture winner 12 Years a Slave.

Seth Gilliam, who portrayed narcotics detective Ellis Carver, had long-term roles in popular TV shows like Teen Wolf and The Walking Dead, where his character Father Gabriel Stokes redeemed himself and saved lives.

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Amy Ryan, as Beatrice "Beadie" Russell, a down-to-earth and caring port patrol officer, played the recurring character Holly Flax in The Office, and appeared in the Best Picture winner Birdman.

Chad Coleman, who portrayed Dennis "Cutty" Wise, a former member of the Barksdale Crew, had a recurring role in The Walking Dead before his character met a devastating fate in season 5. He also appeared in The Orville.

Tom McCarthy, who played Scott Templeton, a reporter who fabricates stories to advance his career, went on to write and direct the Best Picture winner Spotlight.

The Wire, starring Dominic West and Lance Reddick, is considered one of the best TV shows of all time. Its talented cast has gone on to have successful careers in various areas of movies and TV, showcasing their versatility and talent. The show has truly stood the test of time and continues to be admired for its exceptional performances and gripping storyline.

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