Clarke Peters

Clarke Peters (born April 7, 1952) is an American actor, singer, writer and director best known for his roles as Detective Lester Freamon and Albert "Big Chief" Lambreaux, on the HBO dramas The Wire and Treme respectively. Peters was born Peter Clarke as the second of four sons in New York City and grew up in Englewood, New Jersey. At the age of twelve, he had his first theater experience, in a school production of My Fair Lady. He began to have serious ambitions to work in the theater at the age of 14. He graduated from Dwight Morrow High School in 1970. Shortly before he left the United States, he was arrested, but then later cleared, after an anti-Vietnam war demonstration for obstructing police lines. He later said of this experience: "It made me more angry than anything else, because what I experienced was how impotent you could be as an American citizen." In 1971, Peters' elder brother enabled him to work as a costume designer for a production of the musical Hair in Paris, in which he later starred. While there, he received a letter from the FBI that accused him of draft evasion.


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