Clarke Peters
Clarke Peters
Personal details
Birth place New York City, New York, USA
Years active 1979 to present
The Wire
Character Lester Freamon
Seasons 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5
First episode "The Detail"
Last episode "-30-"
Credits 59 episodes (see below)
Clarke Peters, born Peter Clarke in New York City, New York, USA in April 7, 1952, is an actor, singer, and writer. He stars as Lester Freamon in the second, third, fourth, & fifth seasons. He initially appeared as a recurring guest star in the first season. He has appeared in The Wire creator David Simon's other series The Corner, Treme, Show Me a Hero and The Deuce. He has been active since 1979 and has also appeared in the films Mona Lisa (1986), Notting Hill (1999), and Marley & Me (2008).


Early lifeEdit

Born in New York City, Clarke Peters grew up in Englewood, New Jersey and graduated from Dwight Morrow High School in 1970.


Peters earned a Tony Award nomination for Best Book of a Musical for writing the revue Five Guys Named Moe. As an actor, he has appeared on Broadway in The Iceman Cometh (1999), which won him the Theatre World Award, and as shady lawyer Billy Flynn in the revival of Chicago in 2000 and 2003. His West End theatre credits include Blues in the Night, Porgy and Bess, The Witches of Eastwick, and Chicago. In regional theatre he has appeared in Driving Miss Daisy, The Wiz, Bubbling Brown Sugar, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Carmen Jones, and The Amen Corner.

He played "Fat" Curt, a homeless drug addict, in The Wire creator David Simon's earlier miniseries The Corner. Also in 2000 he had a guest starring role in the HBO drama Oz as Afsana.

Peters is familiar to television viewers as Detective Lester Freamon in the HBO series The Wire. His screen credits include Notting Hill, K-Pax, and Freedomland (2006). Freedomland was written by The Wire writer Richard Price.

In 2009 he had a recurring guest starring role in the third season of the FX drama Damages as Dave Pell.

He stars in Treme as Albert Lambreaux. Treme was co-created by Simon and The Wire producer Eric Overmyer. The series began in 2010.

When not on set, Peters is an avid horseback rider.

Clarke Peters lives in London.


Guest starEdit

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–"


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