Something The Lord Made is a 2004 Emmy Award and 2005 Peabody Award-winning HBO biopic about the legendary black cardiac pioneer Vivien Thomas and his complex and volatile partnership with white surgeon Alfred Blalock, the world famous "Blue Baby doctor" who pioneered modern heart surgery. Directed by Joseph Sargent, scripted by Peter Silverman and Robert Caswell, and produced by Robert Cort, David Madden and Eric Hetzel, Something the Lord Made stars Mos Def as Vivien Thomas, Alan Rickman as Alfred Blalock, and Mary Stuart Masterson as Helen Taussig.
The film shares many cast and crew members with The Wire.
- Merritt Wever plays Mrs. Saxon
- Clayton LeBouef plays Harold Thomas
- Al Brown plays Dr. Ford
- Robert F. Chew plays a janitor.
- Elisabeth Noone plays a payroll clerk.
- Doug Olear plays Michael Saxon
- Dave Trovato plays Dr. Harmel
- Nat Benchley plays Karsh
- Antonio D. Charity plays an admissions officer
- R. Emery Bright has an uncredited role as a dishwasher
- Tray Chaney has an uncredited role as a college student
- Robert Neal Marshall has an uncredited role as a party guest
- Vincent Peranio was the production designer for both projects
- Xan Valan was second second assistant director on Something The Lord Made and a second assistant director on The Wire.
- Jeffrey Pratt Gordon was a props assistant on Something The Lord Made and property master on The Wire.
- Brook Yeaton was property master on Something The Lord Made and an on-set dresser on The Wire.