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S. Epatha Merkerson

A native of Michigan, S. Epatha Merkerson earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Wayne State University. In 1978, she moved to New York City to apply her craft on stage. Although best known since 1993 as the smart and shrewd Lieutenant Anita Van Buren on the long-running TV crime drama Law & Order (1990), she has a long list of Broadway and off-Broadway credits and honors that include Drama Desk Award and Tony Award nominations for Best Actress for her performance in the August Wilson play The Piano Lesson (1995), a 1992 Obie Award for her performance in "I'm Not Stupid," and a 1998 Helen Hayes Award for her starring role in the Studio Theater production in Washington, DC, of the John Henry Redwood play "The Old Settler." Her first appearance on television was a guest-starring role on an episode of The Cosby Show (1984). Her earliest regular role in television, however, was that of Reba the Mail Woman on Pee-wee's Playhouse (1986). Merkerson remains a theatrical force on the stage and on the screen and has the distinction of having been nominated for an Image Award in the Outstanding-Lead-Actress-in-a-Drama category for Law & Order (1990) for three consecutive years by the NAACP.

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Nov 28, 1952 In Saginaw, Michigan, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series ABC Afterschool Specials 1972-10-04
Latest Project:
Series Being Mary Jane 2013-07-02

Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 11 wins & 22 nominations.

Known For
Poster of Law & Order
Being Mary Jane Unknown 2013-07-02
Deception Unknown 2013-01-07
Chicago Fire Unknown 2012
Drop Dead Diva Unknown 2009-07-12
The Good Wife Unknown 2009-09-22
The Wendy Williams Show Unknown 2008-05-14
Law & Order: Trial by Jury Unknown 2005-03-03
The Closer Unknown 2005-06-13
Law & Order: Criminal Intent Unknown 2001-09-30
The View Unknown 1997-08-11
The Daily Show Unknown 1996-07-22
Inside the Actors Studio Unknown 1994-06-12
Homicide: Life on the Street Unknown 1993-01-31
Frasier Unknown 1993-09-16
Equal Justice Unknown 1990-03-27
Law & Order Lieutenant Anita Van Buren / ... 391 episodes, 1991-2010 1990-09-13
American Masters Unknown 1986-06-22
Pee-wee's Playhouse Unknown 1986-09-13
Jeopardy! Unknown 1984-09-10
The Cosby Show Unknown 1984-09-20
ABC Afterschool Specials Unknown 1972-10-04