CU Denver College of Arts & Media’s Department of Theatre, Film, & Video Production Department presents an evening with actor Wendell Pierce. Pierce, a graduate of the Julliard School of Drama, is best known for his work in HBO dramas, which includes his portrayals of Detective Bunk Moreland in "The Wire" (he won a 2007 NAACP Image award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series as the detective) and trombonist Antoine Batiste in "Treme". In 2013, Pierce appeared in the USA network TV series "Suits", playing the high-profile lawyer Robert Zane.
Pierce’s film career includes appearing in Spike Lee's films "Malcolm X", "Get on the Bus", and Forrest Whitaker's "Waiting to Exhale". Pierce played band manager Wilbur Brassfield in the 2004 Oscar Award winning blockbuster "Ray", with Jamie Foxx. In 2011, he appeared in the film "Horrible Bosses" as Detective Hagan. In 2012, he played J. Jenks in "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2". In the same year, he was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead for the film "Four."
A native of New Orleans, Pierce began building local neighborhood grocery stores aptly named “Sterling Farms” in many of the low-income neighborhoods hit by Hurricane Katrina. The grocery stores offer fresh, high-quality food instead of the high sugar and fat alternatives offered by local mini marts. The first store, located in a defunct Winn-Dixie, opened on Friday, March 22. Four stores are planned to open in this year.
Pierce will speak about his career, his entrepreneurship, and his efforts to rebuild his hometown after Katrina. Also, he will comment on the last season wrap up of HBO’s Treme and talk about joining the cast of NCB’s upcoming Michael J. Fox’s comedy series for Sony Picture Television airing this fall. Joanne Ostrow, staff columnist of The Denver Post, will moderate the conversation with Pierce. A question and answer period will follow the conversation.