Spending time with him bears out the unifying nature of his diverse roles: He's a guy you like hanging with. With a full frame, a broad sweet face and a mischievous magnetism, he's good company.
Consider the role for which he is perhaps best known: as Bunk Moreland, the dapper, dry-witted detective on HBO's epic urban drama "The Wire." A series with dense storylines and grim twists, it was given its essential heart in large part thanks to Bunk's partnership with Detective Jimmy McNulty (Dominic West).
Pierce even infuses with intermittent charm his character in "Four," a somber drama about living a lie and the damage that results.