The Wire
The Wire

John Doman (born 9 January 1945) is an American actor. He has a starring role in all 5 seasons of The Wire, as caustic police commander William Rawls.


He also had a cameo as a child molester pretending to be a cop in the 2003 film Mystic River. He guest starred in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Shakaar". He also portrayed Dr. Carl Deraad on Seasons 5 and 6 of ER.



Season 1 credits
"The Target" "The Detail" "The Buys" "Old Cases" "The Pager"
"The Wire" "One Arrest" "Lessons" "Game Day" "The Cost" *
"The Hunt" "Cleaning Up" "Sentencing"
Season 2 credits
"Ebb Tide" "Collateral Damage" "Hot Shots" "Hard Cases" "Undertow"
"All Prologue" "Backwash" "Duck and Cover" "Stray Rounds" "Storm Warnings"
"Bad Dreams" "Port in a Storm"
Season 3 credits
"Time after Time" "All Due Respect" "Dead Soldiers" "Amsterdam" "Straight and True"
"Homecoming" "Back Burners" "Moral Midgetry" "Slapstick" "Reformation"
"Middle Ground" "Mission Accomplished"
Season 4 credits
"Boys of Summer" "Soft Eyes" "Home Rooms" "Refugees" "Alliances"
"Margin of Error" "Unto Others" "Corner Boys" "Know Your Place" "Misgivings"
"A New Day" "That's Got His Own" "Final Grades"
Season 5 credits
"More with Less" "Unconfirmed Reports" "Not for Attribution" "Transitions" "React Quotes"
"The Dickensian Aspect" "Took" "Clarifications" "Late Editions" "-30-"

* - credit only, did not appear.


Year Film Role Other notes
2008 Shoot First and Pray You Live (Because Luck has Nothing to do With It Jim Boone
The Wire season 5
William Rawls Episodes:
Law & Order season 18 Jim Gilles Episode: "Political Animal"
2007 The Wire: The Chronicles William Rawls Episode: "2000: Bunk & McNulty"
Gracie Coach Colasanti
Without a Trace season 5 Hayden Mills Episode: "Deep Water"
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit season 5 Mike Mollinax Episode: "Scheherazade"
The Wire: The Last Word Himself
The Wire: Odyssey Himself
2006 The Wire season 4 William Rawls Episodes:
The Wire: It's All Connected Himself
Close to Home season 2 Eugene Kale Episode: "Deacon"
Lonely Hearts Chief MacSwain
Fatwa John Davidson
Jimmy Blue McShane
2005 Law & Order: Trial by Jury Tim Grace "Blue Wall"
Rock the Paint Father Pete
Navy NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service season 2 Lieutenant Cheney Episode: "Doppleganger"
Timeless Himself (narrator)
2004 The Wire season 3 William Rawls Episodes:
Sniper 3 Paul Finnegan
Noel Dr. Matthew Barron
The Kings of Brooklyn Dad
2003 The Wire season 2 William Rawls Episodes:
Law & Order season 13 Howard Ridgeway Episode: "Maritime"
Hack season 2 Hanratty Episode: Dial 'O' for Murder
Manhunt (Video Game) Hoods #2 (voice)
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation season 4 Judge Slater Episodes:
  • "All for our Country"
  • "Assume Nothing"
Mystic River Driver
Midnight Club II (Video Game) Diego (voice)
Queens Supreme Unknown Episode: "One Angry Man"
ER season 9 Dr. Carl DeRaad Episode: "A Little Help from My Friends"
2002 The Wire season 1 William Rawls Episodes:
City by the Sea Henderson
Emmet's Mark Captain Burman
Mafia: Lost Heaven (Video Game) Don Morello (voice)
2001 ER season 7 Dr. Carl DeRaad Episode: "Fear of Commitment"
Law & Order: Criminal Intent season 1 Roy Markham Episode: "The Extra Man"
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit season 3 Special Agent Rod Franklin Episode: "Wrath"
3 Blind Mice Stephen Leeds
Besotted Cap'n Dave
Judging Amy season 2 Ralph Episode: "Hold on Tight"
A Glimpse of Hell Unknown
The Practice season 5 Detective Episode: "What Child is This?"
Oz season Colonel Edward Galson Episodes:
  • "Famous Last Words"
  • "Even the Score"
  • "Orpheus Descending"
  • "Blizzard of '01"
100 Centre Street season 1 Unknown Episode: "Hostage"
2000 ER season 7 Dr. Carl DeRaad Episodes:
  • "All in the Family"
  • "The Fastest Year"
  • "Loose Ends"
  • "Mayday"
The Practice season 5 Testifying Detective Episode: "Mr. Hink Goes to Town"
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit season 2 Munch's Informant Episode: "Wrong is Right"
The Opponent Fred
Interstate 84 Montaldo
Martial Law season 2 Governor Marx Episode: "Heartless"
The Sopranos season 2 DA Episode: "Full Leather Jacket"
Wirey Spindell Wirey's Father
The Practice season 4 Officer Finlay Episode: "Life Sentence"
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit season 1 Dan Latimer Episode: "Limitations"
1999 ER season 6 Dr. Carl DeRaad Episodes:
  • "Leave it to Weaver"
  • "Greene with Envy"
Loving Jezebel Pop Melville
NYPD Blue season 6 Frank DiNovi Episode: "Don't Meth With Me"
Giving It Up Ralph Gagante, Sr.
Puppet Russian Godfather
ER season 5 Dr. Carl DeRaad Episodes:
  • "Rites of Spring"
  • "Getting to Know You"
1998 Law & Order season 9 Mr. Stephens Episode: "True North"
Claire Dolan Cain's Friend
Mercury Rising Supervisor Hartley
1997 Law & Order season 7 Sergeant Frank Gottlieb Episode: "We Like Mike"
Cop Land Lassaro's Aide
Little Boy Blue Andy Berg
New York Undercover season 3 Richard Coates Episodes:
  • "No Place Like Hell"
  • "Is it a Crime?"
1996 The City season 2 Murray Golden Unknown episodes
Beavis and Butt-Head Do America Airplane Captain / Whitehouse Representative (voice)
1995 Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman season 4 Mr. Riggs Episode: "Hell on Wheels"
Donor Unknown Dr. Buchman
New York News season 1 Unknown Episode: "Cost of Living"
The Journey of August King Bolton
Stonewall Plain Clothes Cop
Star Trek: Deep Space 9 season 3 Lenaris Episode: "Shakaar"
Die Hard: With a Vengeance Foreman
Ultimate Taboo Unknown
1994 Leslie's Folley Unknown
Empty Cradle Unknown
1994 Law & Order season 1 Bailiff Episode: "The Blue Wall"

Law & Order franchise

Doman has worked extensively on the Law & Order franchise along with many of his The Wire co-stars.

Law & Order

Doman has played five roles in Law & Order:

    • A bailiff in the season 1 episode "The Blue Wall" (marking his television debut).
    • Sergeant Frank Gottlieb in the season 7 episode "We Like Mike".
    • Mr. Stephens in the season 9 episode "True North".
    • Howard Ridgeway in the season 13 episode "Maritime".
    • Jim Gilles in the season 18 episode "Political Animal".

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Doman has played four roles in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit:

    • Dan Latimer in the season 1 episode "Limitations".
    • Munch's informant in the season 2 episode "Wrong is Right".
    • Special Agent Rod Franklin in the season 3 episode "Wrath".
    • Mike Mollinax in the season 8 episode "Scheherazade".

Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Doman plays Roy Markham in the season 1 Law & Order: Criminal Intent episode "The Extra Man".

Law & Order: Trial by Jury

Doman plays Tim Grace in the Law & Order: Trial by Jury episode "Blue Wall" (the title is similar to Law & Order episode "The Blue Wall" - Doman's television debut).


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