Jesse L. Martin

Actor, Singer, Waiter
A handsome African-American actor, Jesse L. Martin broke through as part of the original cast of the seminal 1996 Broadway musical, "Rent," a late-1980s, NYC/HIV gloss on Puccini's classic opera "La Bohme." Martin's ... Read more »
Born: 01/17/1969 in Rocky Mount, Virginia, USA

Filmography

Actor (39)

The Flash 2014 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

Sexual Healing 2014 (Movie)

Marvin Gaye (Actor)

Smash 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Joyful Noise 2012 (Movie)

Marcus Hill (Actor)

Puncture 2011 (Movie)

Daryl King (Actor)

Buffalo Bushido 2010 (Movie)

Shawn (Actor)

Cake Eaters 2009 (Movie)

Judd (Actor)

Peter and Vandy 2009 (Movie)

Paul (Actor)

The Philanthropist 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Battlestar Galactica: The Phenomenon 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Law & Order 1999 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Comic Relief 2006 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The 38th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Trial by Jury 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Rent 2005 (Movie)

Tom Collins (Actor)

Ally McBeal 1997 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Apollo at 70: A Hot Night in Harlem 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Conan O'Brien 10th Anniversary Special 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

New York Undercover 1997 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

TV Land Moguls 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Art Crimes and Mysteries 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Season of Youth 2003 (Movie)

(Actor)

Christmas in Rockefeller Center 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

World's Sexiest Athletes 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Rocky Horror: 25th Anniversary Special 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 52nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Restaurant 2000 (Movie)

Quincy (Actor)

The 31st Annual NAACP Image Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 54th Annual Tony Awards (CBS) 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The X-Files 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

413 Hope Street 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Deep in My Heart (TV Show)

Actor

Marvin Gaye: What's Going On (TV Show)

Narrator

Biography

A handsome African-American actor, Jesse L. Martin broke through as part of the original cast of the seminal 1996 Broadway musical, "Rent," a late-1980s, NYC/HIV gloss on Puccini's classic opera "La Bohème." Martin's performance as Tom Collins, a gay professor and lover of the doomed drag queen Angel, led to a recurring role as Dr. Greg Butters, the seemingly perfect new boyfriend of "Ally McBeal" (Fox, 1997-2002). Showing an impressive off-screen savvy, Martin moved on to "Law & Order" (NBC, 1990-2010), where he was cast as Jerry Orbach's loose cannon new partner, detective Ed Green. He stayed with the show until 2008, taking a leave of absence to reprise his Broadway role in the film version of "Rent" (2005), as well as notching supporting roles in indie films like "The Cake Eaters" (2007) with Kristen Stewart and co-starring on the short-lived show "The Philanthropist" (NBC, 2009) and the hit musical series, "Smash" (NBC, 2012- ) before scoring his dream role in the long-gestating Marvin Gaye biopic, "Sexual Healing." Although he never truly broke out as an A-list star, Martin proved a reliably likable presence and a welcome addition to any ensemble.

Relationships

Virginia Price

Mother
Divorced from Martin's father; remarried; her sons adopted surname of second husband

Jesse Watkins

Father
Divorced from Martin's mother

EDUCATION

New York University

New York , New York
Attended NYU's Tisch School of the Arts

Buffalo School for Visual and Performing Arts

Buffalo , New York 1987
School formerly known as Buffalo School of the Performing Arts; classmates included singer Ani DeFranco

Milestones

2012

Featured alongside Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah in the musical comedy "Joyful Noise"

2010

Performed for the Public Theater in New York's Central Park in the plays "Winter's Tale" and "The Merchant of Venice"

2010

Returned to Broadway when the production of "The Merchant of Venice" transferred from Shakespeare in the Park

2008

Made a guest cameo as a postal worker in the TV movie "A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa" (NBC)

2005

Reprised role of Tom Collins, the HIV-positive computer genius in Chris Columbus directed feature adaptation of "Rent"

1999

Played a Negro League Baseball player on an episode of "The X-Files" (Fox), written and directed by David Duchovny

1999

Joined cast of the NBC drama series "Law & Order" as Detective Ed Green

1998

Feature acting debut in the ensemble of "Restaurant"

1998

Played recurring role of Dr. Greg Butters, a love interest for Calista Flockhart's "Ally McBeal" (Fox)

1997

TV series debut as a regular in the short-lived Fox drama "413 Hope Street"

1996

Originated the role of Tom Collins in Jonathan Larson's award-winning musical "Rent"; show opened off-Broadway before later moving to Broadway

1995

Primetime TV debut on the Fox drama "New York Undercover"

1994

Reunited with Langham for the National Actors' Theater production of "The Inspector General"

1993

Broadway debut in the ensemble of the National Actors' Theater production of "Timon of Athens"; directed by Michael Langham

1992

Played recurring role on the CBS daytime drama "Guiding Light"

1978

Moved with family to Buffalo, NY

Worked as a waiter at the Moondance Diner in NYC; trained in the position by Jonathan Larson

Born in Virginia

Bonus Trivia

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Martin on the first musical that made an impact on him: "I remember seeing 'Pippin' on PBS and being absolutely blown away. It was Ben Vereen who was in the show and for me, as a young black kid, to see this black man up there doing this amazing job telling this story, he was the narrator of the story, I was so impressed with him. I was like, 'Man, how come I don't know any people like that?' And within two years or so I knew a lot of people like that because I'd become so interested and all." – Martin quoted in Venice magazine, November 2005

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