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VIP: 5 things to know about Wendell Pierce

Gayle Jo Carter, USA WEEKEND | 12/3/2013, 6:49 a.m. | Updated on 12/4/2013, 7:07 a.m.
Five things to know about Actor Wendell Pierce, 46, of The Michael J. Fox Show (NBC) and Treme (HBO) -- ...
Wendell Pierce plays a trombone player on the New Orleans-based HBO series 'Treme.' Paul Schiraldi/HBO

Five things to know about Actor Wendell Pierce, 46, of The Michael J. Fox Show (NBC) and Treme (HBO) -- which kicks off its final season Sunday night -- shares some interesting tidbits about himself:

He has known Fox for over 20 years. "I met him doing a very heavy Brian De Palma movie, Casualties of War. Here, we are doing a family comedy. It's a joy."

He's from New Orleans. "The first thing you should do when you get here, is go to Preservation Hall or Frenchmen Street to hear one of America's only created art forms: jazz."

He has a Tony award. "I'm putting it out there," he says: He wants to get back on Broadway. "You always want to have a follow-up when you're a Tony Award-winning producer." (He won for Clybourne Park.)

He's a Juilliard grad. "I like to fly, but I've never taken a lesson as a pilot. You wouldn't get on a plane with me. Why would I be interested in seeing your work if you've never taken any time or effort or energy into studying the craft?"

He's a grocer. "It was an opportunity to do well and do good," he says of his fresh-focused Sterling Farms and Sterling Xpress stores in New Orleans.