Detective “Jimmy” McNulty
McNulty was something else wasn’t he? While he could definitely be an awful individual outside of work with his love for the ladies and his reckless abandon, when it came to doing his job, your boy was too good at what he did. Even if he was a hot mess a majority of the time while doing it (I know you remember his controversial antics in the final season!?). In real life, Dominic West is not from B-More, let alone America. He’s an acclaimed English actor, and since leaving “The Wire,” he’s done a lot of work (he was even in 300 during his time on the show), including a lot of theatre work (“Butley,” “Othello”), movies (Centurion, Johnny English Reborn, The Awakening, John Carter) and some more TV (“The Hour”, “The Devils W***e,” and “Appropriate Adult”). Random fact, he also showed up on Eminem’s album Relapse on the opening track, “Dr. West.”
Det. William “Bunk” Moreland
The Bunk! He was the hilarious, cigar smoking “murder police” who tried his hardest to keep McNulty in check. When he wasn’t taking back beers with him after work, he was talking crazy (“You happy now b***h??”). This guy was a hoot, indeed. After the show, Wendell Pierce used his connections to get a starring role on another HBO show, “Treme.” He’s also done a lot of movies, including Horrible Bosses, Night Catches Us, and The Mortician, and has finished up four movies that you can catch him probably acting a fool in as well: Four, Parker, Bolden, and B.B. King and I.
Lt. Cedric Daniels
Lance Reddick did an awesome job of playing the very uptight Lt. Cedric Daniels. And thanks to David Simon, his character had some great lines during the show’s run: “You’d rather live in s*** than let the world see you work a shovel.” When the show ended, Daniels had a recurring role on “Lost” for a short while, showed up in the horrible movie Johah Hex, and was of course a regular on the FOX show, “Fringe” from 2008-2012. He’s also done a lot of voice work, including some for the animated shows “TRON: Uprising,” and “The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.” What’s coming up next for one of our favorite bald brothas? Well, Reddick just completed filming the movies Won’t Back Down and St. Sebastian.
Detective Shakima Greggs
The lone lady in the crew, and a lesbian…just in case you weren’t aware…while Greggs was known for playing no games, she was also known for being very caring when it came to the people that mattered to her (she was the only person who really seemed to ACTUALLY care about informant Bubbles). She went through a lot on the show, getting shot, having a baby with her lady, breaking up with her, and being moved from unit to unit at the drop of a hat, but she was a trooper through it all. In real life, after the show, Sonja Sohn took a break from acting to try her hand at dealing with a variety of political issues that affect the community, the Baltimore community to be specific. So she started the outreach program, reWIRED for Change. And when she came out of hiatus, she had a guest role on “Brothers & Sisters” and “The Good Wife,” and a regular role on the show “Body of Proof.” Sohn was also one of the few old cast members to show up for the “Funny or Die” short that was “The Wire: The Musical.”