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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.

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Jan 18, 1969 In Rocky Mount, Virginia, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series American Masters 1986-06-22
Latest Project:
Series The Flash 2014-10-07

15 nominations.

Known For
Poster of The Flash
Poster of Law & Order
The Flash Joe West / ... 134 episodes, 2014-2021 2014-10-07
Smash Unknown 2012-02-06
The Philanthropist Philip Maidstone 8 episodes, 2009 2009
Andy Barker, P.I. Unknown 2007-03-15
Law & Order: Trial by Jury Unknown 2005-03-03
Law & Order: Criminal Intent Unknown 2001-09-30
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Unknown 1999-09-20
Ally McBeal Unknown 1997-09-08
The View Unknown 1997-08-11
The Daily Show Unknown 1996-07-22
New York Undercover Unknown 1994-09-08
The X-Files Unknown 1993-09-10
Law & Order Detective Ed Green 198 episodes, 1999-2008 1990-09-13
American Masters Unknown 1986-06-22