Bodie Broadus

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Preston "Bodie" Broadus is a fictional character on the HBO drama The Wire, played by actor J. D. Williams. Bodie is initially a Barksdale organization drug dealer in "The Pit" who slowly rises through the ranks. Intelligent and violent, he is willing to do what it takes to get ahead in the drug world, to the point of (hesitantly) taking part in the murder of friend and fellow dealer Wallace on orders from Stringer Bell. His relationship with the police is also dynamic. His frequent interactions with Ellis Carver and Thomas "Herc" Hauk begin as purely hostile but improve over time. He eventually earns the respect of Officer Jimmy McNulty.


Preston "Bodie" Broadus was raised by his disillusioned grandmother after his mother fell into addiction and homelessness, dying when he was four years old. He began working with the Barksdales at age 13. His older brother James was a renowned street dealer, who had working ties to Dennis "Cutty" Wise; unfortunately, he too was killed early in Bodie's life, depriving him of immediate familial support.

Season 1

Bodie, aged 16, worked under D'Angelo Barksdale in the low-rise projects known as "The Pit", with his friends Poot and Wallace. He was a more prominent member of the area, and was also more openly violent and hostile than his peers. This caused Bodie to chafe under D'Angelo's soft style of leadership and lead him to often challenge his authority. When The Pit's...
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