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Played By Wood Harris
Drug lord Avon Barksdale sows misery and death wherever his lethal operation touches. As the drug supplier to the Franklin Terrace housing project and surrounding West Side neighborhoods, Barksdale is a cunning and ruthless criminal who eliminates anyone threatening his operation. With a gang of drug runners, dealers and hit men eager to do his bidding, Barksdale operates out of a strip club named Orlando's that serves as the front for his business. Having invested his money in real estate and other legitimate businesses, Barksdale, with Stringer Bell's able assistance, is a well-heeled and elusive adversary for the police. When he visits his brother in a hospice, he reveals to his nephew D'Angelo how important family is to him. Yet he is more than willing to sacrifice D'Angelo when the police finally corner him. Prison is a minor setback for Barksdale, whose power is not diminished by fences and walls. He wreaks havoc in jail when he poisons inmates with strychnine-laced heroin, all the while maneuvering desperately to maintain control of his drug empire. He's also determined to keep D'Angelo under control. Sentenced to 20 years in prison, D'Angelo is estranged from his uncle and a source of concern to both Avon and Stringer Bell. Despite running things from prison, he caves to Stringer's desire to share his hard-won territory for better product. He'll return things to normal when he gets out, but until then, he'll send in Brother Mouzone. When Mouzone is shot, Avon schools Stringer on what not to say to a soldier. Now that Avon knows that Stringer is not street enough, he gets Levy to work on an early release date. Barksdale is ready to come home.

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Characters  Actors    Crew
Russell "Stringer" Bell

Avon Barksdale

Bodie

Poot

Omar

Bubbles

Marlo Stanfield

Dennis "Cutty" Wise

Proposition Joe Stewart

Brianna Barksdale

Maurice "Maury" Levy

Johnny

Donette

Brother Mouzone

Wee-Bey

D'Angelo Barksdale

Chris Paltrow


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