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 and Treme. He has been active since 1979 and has also appeared in the films Mona Lisa (1986), Notting Hill (1999), and Marley & Me (2008).
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.