Street level characters of The Wire


Street level characters of The Wire

Street level characters comprise a large part of the cast on the fictional HBO drama series "The Wire". Characters in this section range from homeless drug addicts up to drug king-pins in charge of entire criminal empires.

Barksdale organization

Omar's crew

tanfield organization

New Day Co-Op

East Side

Frog

*Played by: Gary "D.Reign"
*Appears in season two: "Undertow"; "Backwash" and "Port in a Storm" (uncredited).Frog is a white street-level dealer whose allegiances are never made clear. He is seen early in season two distributing a package for Ziggy Sobotka (and stealing from him in the process), and later negotiates with Nick Sobotka to distribute another. During the early stages of season two's investigation, he sells heroin to Thomas "Herc" Hauk and is photographed by Kima Greggs and Ellis Carver.

"White" Mike McArdle

*Played by: Brook Yeaton
*Appears in season two: "Collateral Damage"; "Stray Rounds" (uncredited); "Bad Dreams" and "Port in a Storm" (Uncredited).White Mike is a mid-level East side drug dealer with his own territory. He supplied Ziggy Sobotka with packages of narcotics to distribute but their relationship soured when Ziggy failed to make adequate profit from the package.cite episode
title = Collateral Damage
episodelink = Collateral Damage (The Wire episode)
series = The Wire
serieslink = The Wire (TV series)
credits = David Simon, Ed Burns
writers =
network = HBO
station =
city =
airdate = 2003-06-08
season = 2
number = 2
] McArdle was supplied by The Greek's smuggling operation and was arrested as part of an investigation into that operation. He was quick to turn against his suppliers and gave up all the information he had.cite episode
title = Bad Dreams
episodelink = Bad Dreams (The Wire episode)
series = The Wire
serieslink = The Wire (TV series)
credits = David Simon, George P. Pelecanos
writers =
network = HBO
station =
city =
airdate = 2003-08-17
season = 2
number = 11
]

Brook Yeaton is also an on set dresser for the show. [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0947092/ Brook Yeaton imdb profile]

Others

Bubbles

Bubbles is a homeless heroin addict with a vast knowledge of surviving on the streets of Baltimore.

Brother Mouzone

*Played by: Michael Potts
*Appears in: :Season two: "Stray Rounds"; "Storm Warnings"; "Bad Dreams" and "Port in a Storm".:Season three: "Reformation"; "Middle Ground" and "Mission Accomplished".Brother Mouzone is a hitman from New York. "The Brother" does not fit the usual picture of a hitman, always wearing a suit, bowtie, and glasses, speaking politely, and reading magazines such as "Harper's", "Atlantic Monthly", "The New Republic", and "The Nation". He dresses and acts in a manner typically associated with the Nation of Islam, more particularly its military wing, the Fruit of Islam, but is never specified to belong to either (usually anti-drug) organization. (Though he reveals himself as a Muslim by mouthing "Allah akbar" repeatedly after Omar shoots him, when he believes he is about to die.) He is always accompanied by his bodyguard Lamar.

Avon Barksdale hired him to protect the weakened Barksdale operation from Proposition Joe's dealers, who were working the Barksdale towers as part of a secret agreement between Stringer Bell and Proposition Joe. Mouzone brought a team of soldiers in and promptly shot the dealers' leader "Cheese" with a rat shot (plastic pellets). He then informed Cheese that the next bullet in the chamber was a copper jacketed hollow point bullet. Proposition Joe's dealers were so intimidated that all he had to do to keep them away was sit on a nearby bench reading magazines. To maintain his alliance with Proposition Joe, Stringer duped Omar Little into believing that Mouzone was responsible for the brutal murder of Omar's boyfriend Brandon. After Omar confronted Mouzone and shot him, he realized that he was tricked and called the ambulance for Brother Mouzone himself. Mouzone informed Stringer that their agreement was "absolved", and returned to New York.

In season three, Mouzone returned to Baltimore to search for Omar. He located Omar's boyfriend Dante with advice from Baltimore local Vinson. Mouzone beat Dante until he revealed Omar's whereabouts. After he tracked Omar down he suggested that they team up to kill Stringer Bell. Avon gave Mouzone a time and a place to find Stringer, because Mouzone threatened his connection to New York and hence his supply of drugs if he did not. Omar and Mouzone planned an ambush and killed Stringer together. Before returning to New York, Mouzone released Dante and gave Omar his weapon to dispose of.

cite web
year = 2004
title = Org Chart - The Street
publisher = HBO
accessdate = 2006-07-27
url = http://www.hbo.com/thewire/orgchart/street.shtml
] cite web
year = 2004
title = Character profile - Brother Mouzone
publisher = HBO
accessdate = 2006-09-16
url = http://www.hbo.com/thewire/cast/characters/brother_mouzone.shtml
]

The Deacon

*Played by: Melvin Williams
*Appears in :Season three: "All Due Respect"; "Straight and True"; "Back Burners"; "Moral Midgetry"; "Slapstick"; "Reformation";:Season four: "Home Rooms;" "Refugees"; "Margin of Error;" "That's Got His Own.":Season five: "Late Editions"

The Deacon is a West Side church figure who is involved in many community projects. He also has many contacts within the city’s academic population. He is a friend of teacher Grace Sampson and helps her ex-boyfriend Dennis "Cutty" Wise when he is released after a long prison sentence. Initially he tries to encourage Cutty to enroll in a GED program, but Cutty is not interested in this idea. The deacon then helps Cutty to open a community boxing gym. He puts Cutty in touch with State Delegate Odell Watkins through the politically influential Reverend Frank Reid to help with obtaining the necessary permits for the gym. He also helps Cutty to get a paying job working as a school custodian at Edward Tilghman Middle, where Grace teaches the eighth grade.

The Deacon is also friends with Howard "Bunny" Colvin. When Colvin was Western District police commander the Deacon often served as his conscience. Colvin started three drug tolerant zones in his district and the deacon was dismayed at the poor conditions addicts faced in these areas and convinced Colvin to involve public health academics in providing services for the addicts now he had gathered them into an easy to reach area. Colvin was forced to retire because of his actions and the deacon found him a new job working with a sociologist in studying the prevention of repeat violent offender behavior.

In his youth Melvin Williams, the actor who plays the Deacon, was a real-life drug kingpin who was arrested by series writer Ed Burns in 1984 when he was a Baltimore city police officer.cite web
author = Neil Drumming
title = High Wire Act
publisher = Entertainment Weekly
accessdate = 2006-09-27
url = http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,1535094,00.html
] Creator David Simon was responsible for covering the arrest for "The Baltimore Sun" at the time.Cite web|url=http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2007/10/22/071022fa_fact_talbot?currentPage=1|title=Stealing Life|accessdate=2007-10-14|publisher=The New Yorker|year=2007|author=Margaret Talbot] Williams received a 34-year sentence for his crimes and much of the evidence against him came from a wiretap investigation like the one featured in the first season of the show.

Williams was featured in the Black Entertainment Television series American Gangster.

Dee-Dee

*Played by: Genevieve Hudson-Price
*Appears in :Season three: "Moral Midgetry":Season four: "Corner Boys":Season five: "Unconfirmed Reports"Dee-Dee is a drug addict. She is first seen in the Hamsterdam area buying an eight-ball of cocaine from a car.cite episode | title = Moral Midgetry | episodelink = Moral Midgetry (The Wire episode) | series = The Wire | serieslink = The Wire (TV series) | credits = Agnieszka Holland | writers = Richard Price (teleplay), David Simon & Richard Price (story)| network = HBO | station = | city = | airdate = 2004-11-14| season = 3 | number = 8] A year later she is living in West Baltimore and working as a prostitute.cite episode|title = Corner Boys|episodelink = Corner Boys|series = The Wire|serieslink = The Wire (TV series)|credits = Agnieszka Holand|writers = Richard Price (teleplay), Ed Burns & Richard Price (story)|network = HBO|station = |city = |airdate = 2004-11-05|season = 4|number = 08] Fifteen months later again she is seen at a narcotics anonymous meeting.cite episode | title = Unconfirmed Reports | episodelink = Unconfirmed Reports | series = The Wire | serieslink = The Wire (TV series) | credits = Ernest Dickerson | writers = William F. Zorzi (story and teleplay), David Simon (story) | network = HBO
station = | city = | airdate = 2008-01-13 | season = 5 | number = 2
]

She is played by Genevieve Hudson-Price, the daughter of author Richard Price, who writes for the show.

Hucklebuck

*Played by: Gil Deeble
*Appears in: :Season one: "The Wire":Season two: "Stray Rounds" (uncredited):Season three: "Middle Ground" (uncredited):Season five: "More with Less"Hucklebuck is a drug addict and friend to Bubbles and Johnny. He often assists them on their "capers" to make money for drugs. He is a part of Johnny's copper house robbery scam in season 1. Hucklebuck continues to live on the street when Bubbles is in recovery in season 5.

Lamar

*Played by: DeAndre McCullough
*Appears in: :Season two: "Storm Warnings" (uncredited); "Bad Dreams" (uncredited) and "Port in a Storm" (uncredited).:Season three: "Reformation" and "Mission Accomplished".Lamar is the assistant and inept bodyguard of New York mercenary Brother Mouzone. He has accompanied Mouzone on both his visits to Baltimore. On their first trip they worked at the Franklin Terrace high rises for Avon Barksdale – guarding his territory against East Side drug dealers. Lamar failed to protect his charge against Omar Little on this trip. He was distracted by a dog and knocked unconscious by Omar’s associates while guarding a motel room door. His failure allowed Omar to enter the room and shoot Brother Mouzone.

Brother Mouzone recovered and returned to Baltimore for revenge. He had Lamar seek out Omar in various gay bars having learned that he was homosexual. Lamar resented the task and his visceral homophobia made him confrontational with those he came across while searching for Omar. Eventually Lamar was approached by Omar’s boyfriend Dante allowing Mouzone to capture him and find Omar.

DeAndre McCullough, the actor who plays Lamar, was the basis of an eponymous character in David Simon's "The Corner".cite book
last = Alvarez
first = Rafael
year = 2004
title = The Wire: Truth Be Told
publisher = Pocket Books
location = New York
pages = 202
]

Raylene Lee

*Played by: Shamika Cotton
*Appears in: :Season four: "Refugees", "Corner Boys", "Misgivings", "A New Day" (uncredited) and "That's Got His Own":Season five: "Transitions" and "The Dickensian Aspect"Raylene Lee is Michael Lee and Aaron "Bug" Manigault's mother. She is a drug addict.

Devar Manigault

*Played by: Cyrus Farmer
*Appears in: :Season four: "Corner Boys", "Know Your Place" and "Misgivings"Devar Manigault is Raylene Lee's domestic partner, father to her younger son Aaron "Bug" Manigault. Fans frequently refer to him as the stepfather of Raylene's older son Michael Lee, though he never actually married her. Devar is feared by Michael and it is implied that Michael suffered sexual abuse by Devar. Shortly after Devar is released from prison he is savagely beaten to death by Chris Partlow at Michael's behest. Because Chris leaves DNA at the crime scene, he is ultimately arrested for this murder.

queak

*Played by: Mia Arnice Chambers
*Appears in season three: "Back Burners"; "Moral Midgetry"; "Slapstick"; "Reformation" and "Mission Accomplished".Squeak is the girlfriend of Bernard, a mule in the Barksdale organization. Bernard was responsible for supplying the organization with disposable mobile phones and was told to buy no more than two phones at any one outlet and provide receipts for his purchases. Squeak's nagging convinced Bernard to start breaking these rules.

Squeak was an old associate of Bubbles and their association allowed the police to use her as an inroad to the Barksdale organization. Bubbles put Squeak and Bernard in touch with Lester Freamon who was a posing as a conman who could provide them with phones at lower price. With Squeak's encouragement, Bernard accepted Freamon's offer and began buying solely from him on the condition that he provide him with receipts. Freamon gave Bernard pre-wiretapped phones that eventually brought down the Barksdale organization. When the investigation was closed with the arrest of Avon Barksdale Bernard and Squeak were also brought in. Bernard joked that he could not wait to go to jail to get away from Squeak.

herrod

*Played by: Rashad Orange
*Appears in :Season three: "All Due Respect" (uncredited):Season four: "Soft Eyes"; "Refugees"; "Alliances"; "Unto Others"; "A New Day"; "That's Got His Own".Sherrod is a young homeless boy who is befriended by Bubbles. He has been living on the streets since his mother succumbed to drug addiction. He last regularly attended school in the fifth grade at Steuart Hill elementary, though Bubbles tried to get him to go back at some point between the third and fourth seasons. As the fourth season starts, Bubbles is selling small items from a shopping cart to get by, and is trying to train Sherrod to run his own business. Sherrod's math skills are lacking, and Bubbles insists that he return to school. Bubbles visits Edward Tilghman middle school with Sherrod and convinces the Assistant Principal, Marcia Donnelly, to take him in. Sherrod only attends class once, when Bubbles forces him to, cutting class instead to go on the corner and deal drugs for "Jojo". He tries to fake doing homework by bringing books from school back to the squat he shares with Bubbles. When Bubbles finds Sherrod dealing on a school day, he tries to talk to him and is attacked by an addict who needs money. Bubbles then tells Sherrod that he cannot stay with him any more.

Sherrod continues to deal drugs and is involved in an assault on Namond Brice when they vie for territory. He also becomes a drug addict. Eventually, he returns to Bubbles, saying he wants to get away but he owes Jojo money. Bubbles offers Sherrod the chance to return home and says he will help with the debt. Bubbles, however, had previously prepared a lethal "hot shot" of narcotics he intended to use to kill another addict who had repeatedly harassed and traumatized Bubbles. Sherrod finds the vial Bubbles has prepared and takes it himself, dying soon afterwards.cite web
year = 2006
title = Character profile – Sherrod
publisher = HBO
accessdate = 2006-10-29
url = http://www.hbo.com/thewire/cast/characters/sherrod.shtml
]

Walon

*Played by: Steve Earle
*Appears in: :Season one: "One Arrest;" "Game Day" and "The Cost.":Season four: "Final Grades.":Season five: "Unconfirmed Reports;" "React Quotes;" "Late Editions;" and "–30–."

Walon is an HIV-positive recovering drug addict. He first appears in season one when Bubbles and Johnny see him speaking at a Narcotics Anonymous meeting. They see Walon again in the projects trying to get his nephew to give up drugs. Bubbles' conversations with Walon help him realise that he wants to get clean. When he makes a serious attempt, Walon gives him advice on keeping clean, which Bubbles is unable to stick with. Years later, when Bubbles is locked in a medical rehab facility, Walon visits him to again help him with his sobriety and grief. In later episodes, it is revealed that Walon has become Bubbles' sponsor.

Walon is played by singer/songwriter and recovering heroin addict Steve Earle.Cite web|url=http://www.hbo.com/thewire/cast/characters/walon.shtml|title=Character profile - Walon|accessdate=2008-03-12|publisher=HBO|year=2008] Earle also performs the theme song for Season 5.

Johnny Weeks


*Played by: Leo Fitzpatrick
*Appears in: :Season one: "The Target"; "The Pager"; "One Arrest"; "Game Day" and "Sentencing".:Season two: "Hard Cases" and "Port in a Storm".:Season three: "Time after Time"; "Dead Soldiers"; "Straight and True"; "Back Burners"; "Middle Ground" and "Mission Accomplished".In season one Johnny is Bubbles' best friend and a drug addict with notoriously bad luck. In the pilot episode he is beaten nearly to death by Bodie Broadus, Poot Carr and other dealers after trying to pass counterfeit money to D'Angelo Barksdale's operation; this spurs Bubbles to become a police informant.

While in the hospital for that beating, Johnny discovers he is HIV positive. In the season three finale he dies from an overdose and his partially rat-eaten body is discovered in a vacant house in the "Hamsterdam" free zone that Major Colvin had set up.

cite web
year = 2004
title = Character profile - Johnny
publisher = HBO
accessdate = 2006-07-24
url = http://www.hbo.com/thewire/cast/characters/johnny.shtml
]

Johnny is based on a young white homeless addict that David Simon met while researching "The Corner". This man would follow Simon's subject, drug addict Gary McCullough, around.cite video
people = David Simon
year = 2005
title = "The Wire" "The Target" commentary track
medium = DVD
location =
publisher = HBO
]

Dennis "Cutty" Wise

Wise is a reformed criminal who is trying to build a community boxing center.

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