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Jesse L. Martin

Jesse Martin was born Jesse Lamont Watkins in Virginia's Blue Ridge mountain range. His mother, Virginia Price, was a college career counselor. His father, Jesse Reed Watkins, was a truck driver. His parents divorced when he was very young. His mother then moved his family to Buffalo, New York. He and his four brothers took the surname of his mother's second husband. His family calls him by his middle name, Lamont. As a fourth-grader, a teacher cast him in a play and he found his passion. After graduating from high school, he worked in restaurants to afford the tuition at New York University. He then got work on soaps and did commercials. His breakthrough came in a role in Jonathan Larson's Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway musical Rent (2005). That was followed up with TV exposure in his first starring role in the series 413 Hope St. (1997), which aired on Fox.

Known For


Cast Credits

The Irrational (2023)
Starring as Alec Mercer (11 episodes)
How It Really Happened (2017)
Starring as Host (13 episodes)
Supergirl (2015)
Guest starring as Joe West
The Flash (2014)
Starring as Joe West (154 episodes)
Guest starring as Digsy Foss
  • Episode 3x17: Duet (Mar 21, 2017) [Uncredited]
Guest starring as Joe West (6 episodes)
Smash (2012)
Guest starring as Scott Nichols (9 episodes)
The Philanthropist (2009)
Guest starring as Philip Maidstone (8 episodes)
  • Episode 1x08: Haiti (Aug 12, 2009) [Special Guest Star]
  • Episode 1x07: Kashmir (Aug 5, 2009) [Special Guest Star]
  • Episode 1x06: San Diego (Jul 29, 2009) [Special Guest Star]
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Andy Barker, P.I. (2007)
Guest starring as Det. Ed Green
Law & Order: Trial by Jury (2005)
Guest starring as Detective Edward "Eddie" Green
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999)
Guest starring as Detective Edward "Eddie" Green (2 episodes)
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (1999)
Guest starring as Jesse L. Martin
413 Hope Street (1997)
Starring as Antonio Collins (10 episodes)
Ally McBeal (1997)
Guest starring as Dr. Greg Butters (12 episodes)
New York Undercover (1994)
Guest starring as Kaylen Foster
Guest starring as Mustafa Hawkins
The X-Files (1993)
Guest starring as Josh Exley
Law & Order (1990)
Starring as Detective Edward "Eddie" Green (198 episodes)
Today (1952)
Guest starring as Jesse L. Martin
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