Top 43 Wendell Pierce Quotes of 2020

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“Culture is the intersection of people and life itself. It’s how we deal with life, love, death, birth, disappointment… all of that is expressed in culture.”

― Wendell Pierce

“Be your true self. Because if you’re not, there are consequences to be paid.”

― Wendell Pierce

“The role of culture is that it’s the form through which we as a society reflect on who we are, where we’ve been, where we hope to be.”

― Wendell Pierce

“In our house, my dad had a chair. It was a Barcalounger, big and comfortable. If we missed him or wanted comfort when he wasn’t home, we’d just climb into the chair and let it envelop us.”

― Wendell Pierce

“The power of a sports team in a community it’s almost indescribable.”

― Wendell Pierce

“In 1974, when the city of Boston was desegregating its schools, I watched the news with my dad and saw the police escorts in riot gear, the protesters screaming at the buses, small frightened faces in their windows.”

― Wendell Pierce

“’The Wire’ really is an American classic, and I think that’s something to be very proud of.”

― Wendell Pierce

“One of the real worries I had before the first season of ‘Treme’ aired was that, man, people in New Orleans really hold movie and television shows up to a high standard in how they depict the city.”

― Wendell Pierce

“Gregory Hines was the most talented man I’ve ever met or seen. Gregory Hines is one of those people that whenever he talked to you, you felt like you were the center of the universe.”

― Wendell Pierce

“I played trumpet for about two weeks. Sixth grade. And I didn’t practice. Maybe a little longer than two weeks, but I didn’t practice and I was faking it.”

― Wendell Pierce

“At Julliard we had some voice classes. It was really just so you could carry a tune. It always just helps with your speaking voice also, when you connect your diaphragm and your breath.”

― Wendell Pierce

“A lot of cats in New Orleans, very soulful, very soulful musicians and they assume that they’re singers. And they just make that assumption. And so when there’s a little intonation problem, people are very forgiving of them because they heard how soulful they play.”

― Wendell Pierce

“It was really great to also see the response that people were having to ‘Treme’ ’cause you’re in a vacuum when you’re on a TV show. You see the response online, you read about it and all of that, but actually to be live and have that many thousands of fans come out, it’s really wonderful.”

― Wendell Pierce

“The NFL is such a large, multibillion dollar enterprise with fan loyalty because they have provided not only entertainment for sports fans, but memories, good memories, family memories to these fans, that can only bring about good will.”

― Wendell Pierce

“What thoughts are to the individual, art is to the community as a whole. That’s where you reflect on who you are, who you hope to be, what you’ve gone through, and where you hope to go.”

― Wendell Pierce

“New Orleans, more than many places I know, actually tangibly lives its culture. It’s not just a residual of life; it’s a part of life. Music is at every major milestone of our life: birth, marriage, death. It’s our culture.”

― Wendell Pierce

“We always see abhorrent behavior and say why, but then we get mad when somebody tries to answer.”

― Wendell Pierce

“And that’s what art is, a form in which people can reflect on who we are as human beings and come to some understanding of this journey we are on.”

― Wendell Pierce

“I worked at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, lived there for three years, and lived in Baltimore for 12 years.”

― Wendell Pierce

“I went to Beijing for the Olympics and was literally right across the track from Usain Bolt. And when he gets to full stride, for every two steps the other guy’s taking, he’s just taking one.”

― Wendell Pierce

“The world, post-Katrina, was a hard time for my city. The hardest time. For people who didn’t live through it, no words can fully express the pain, the rage, the grief, and the futility we New Orleanians felt. For the people who did, words seemed like a feeble protest against a relentless night without end.”

― Wendell Pierce

“My dad prepared me for the worst of times while also enabling me to succeed in the best. He taught me to confront the insidiousness of racism head on, no matter what the ramification, so it will not fester. Defeat it and get past it. That was The Talk. Nothing scared me after that.”

― Wendell Pierce

“When a sports team is doing well in a city that’s going through tough times like New Orleans, like Detroit, it bolsters this real sentiment of ‘we can get through this.’ And when you have that sentiment, it becomes more than feelings: It’s transported into action.”

― Wendell Pierce

“David Simon is a brilliant writer, brilliant at being able to take what is ordinary and make it extraordinary.”

― Wendell Pierce

“My mother was a teacher for 40 years. She was part of the United Teachers of New Orleans.”

― Wendell Pierce

“I have so much love for art.”

― Wendell Pierce

“I trained at Juilliard so that I could do all kinds of genres, so that’s what I’m trained to do.”

― Wendell Pierce

“I consider myself a journeyman actor, and I pride myself and look forward to keeping my career choices as diverse as possible because it challenges me as an actor.”

― Wendell Pierce

“I’m a multitasker, and I kind of like it that way.”

― Wendell Pierce

“Coming out of school, sometimes people can be theater snobs. I only wanted to do theater, highbrow stuff. But what I learned very quickly is there can be good material in every genre.”

― Wendell Pierce

“It strengthens the acting muscles to tap into other parts of yourself. When you can accomplish something that’s unexpected, for you as well as the audience, that’s really important. It’s also very important if you want people considering you for other projects to broaden their view of you.”

― Wendell Pierce

“The social justice movement of the 21st century is economic development.”

― Wendell Pierce

“One of the great things my grandparents and grandparents taught me was, there are those who don’t have your best interests at heart.”

― Wendell Pierce

“My father was so against me becoming an actor.”

― Wendell Pierce

“The key, I always thought, to my career would be diversity – a diversity of not only the type of work that you do but the mediums.”

― Wendell Pierce

“Juilliard gave me the ability to go and do classical, contemporary, comedy, drama, everything.”

― Wendell Pierce

“I tell people all the time: get some training and become a student of your craft.”

― Wendell Pierce

“I just know that ‘Treme’ broke ground when it comes to music and film on television.”

― Wendell Pierce

“Great art, the more specific you are, the more universal it becomes, and that’s the thing that I loved about ‘The Wire.’”

― Wendell Pierce

“I would love to do an anthology show based on the character of Jesse B. Semple that Langston Hughes wrote about. He’s sort of a Forrest Gump character in the midst of 20th century Harlem.”

― Wendell Pierce

“I would love to see a real story about Fred Hampton.”

― Wendell Pierce

“Ultimately, I would love to do ‘The Emperor of Ocean Park’ by Stephen Carter.”

― Wendell Pierce

“Jon Voight is a consummate American actor.”

― Wendell Pierce
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