The Wire
The Wire

Larry Gilliard, Jr., born September 22, 1971 in New York City, New York, USA, is a New York City-based, character actor. He stars as D'Angelo Barksdale in first and second seasons. He has appeared in The Wire creator David Simon's earlier series Homicide: Life on the Street. He has appeared in The Waterboy (1998), Gangs of New York (2002), The Machinist (2004), and Brother to Brother (2004).


Gilliard studied acting at Juilliard School, Baltimore School for the Arts, American Academy of Dramatic Arts and The Acting Studio, Inc.. He made his film debut with the lead role in the 1991 film Straight Out of Brooklyn.

Often cast as a hoodlum, Gilliard has appeared on numerous television crime dramas such as Law & Order, Homicide: Life on the Street, New York Undercover and CSI: NY. Most notably, he had a regular role in HBO's highly acclaimed drama The Wire as Baltimore drug dealer D'Angelo Barksdale. Among his notable film roles include: a love-struck ghetto teen in LottoLand, an earnest college football player in The Waterboy and a member of the Dead Rabbits in Gangs of New York. His most notable theatre role was that of Booth in a new production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Topdog/Underdog. One noteworthy contrast in Gilliard’s career was his role in Brother to Brother. There he played the role of a thoughtful and caring friend to classmate at a New York City university.

He went on to star in the AMC drama The Walking Dead as Bob Stookey. He appeared alongside The Wire alumni Seth Gilliam and Chad L. Coleman in the series.

He was cast by The Wire creator David Simon again on his later series The Deuce. Gilliard Jr. starred as NYPD detective Chris Alston in all three seasons of the series from 2017 to 2019. The role saw him acting opposite former The Wire cast members Michael Kostroff and Chris Bauer in several scenes.

Despite appearing in some high-profile projects, Gilliard rarely gives interviews and very little is known about his personal life.



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"

Selected Filmography

  • Brother to Brother (2004)
  • The Machinist (2004)
  • Gangs of New York (2002)
  • Cecil B. DeMented (2000)
  • Simply Irresistible (1999)
  • The Waterboy (1998)
  • The Associate (1996)
  • Trees Lounge (1996)
  • Money Train (1995)
  • LottoLand (1995)
  • Fly By Night (1993)
  • Straight Out of Brooklyn (1991)

Selected Television

  • The Wire (2002-2003)
  • The Walking Dead (2013-2015)
  • The Deuce (2017-2019)


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