The Wire is possibly the greatest TV show ever written, created by David Simon. It is an amazing show, featuring a number of great actors, but also a significant number of the cast are non-actors. A few are even prominent real-life Baltimore figures. Here are some of them:
Rev. Frank M. Reid III; plays himself in the episode of The Wire, titled “Margin of Error.” It all is a prelude to powerful words coming from the pulpit of one of Baltimore’s most widely known real-life clergymen, the , pastor of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church.
Former police chief, convicted felon, and radio personality Ed Norris had a recurring minor role, appearing in various episodes throughout the show’s five season run as a homicide detective of the same name. His appearances are a source of irony on the show, and he is often given dialogue bemoaning the state of the police department. In addition, Norris faced a long prison sentence for an allegation of mortgage fraud,a charge also used against Sen. Clay Davis in the series.
Howard County Executive Ken Ulman appears for six seconds on the television show “The Wire”. He plays a reporter, in the fifth and final season, he’s briefly seen in Episode 6, which aired Sunday, and Episode 7
Former mayor Kurt Schmoke appeared in two 2004 episodes of the acclaimed HBO series The Wire. The episodes, entitled “Middle Ground” and “Mission Accomplished”, featured Schmoke in a bit part as a health commissioner.He acts as an advisor to the fictional mayor after a rogue police major has legalized drugs in a portion of the city.This is a reference to his own feelings on the drug war.
Jay Landsman, a longtime police officer who inspired the character of the same name, played Lieutenant Dennis Mello. The character is based on and named after a real homicide detective sergeant whom David Simon had met while researching the book Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets.
Baltimore police commander Gary D’Addario served as the series technical advisor for the first two seasons and has a recurring role as prosecutor Gary DiPasquale. Simon shadowed D’Addario’s shift when researching his book Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets and both D’Addario and Landsman are subjects of the book. Gary D’Addario had a recurring role as the gambling-addicted grand jury prosecutor Gary DiPasquale in The Wire.