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      Jesse L. Martin

      Jesse L. Martin

      Highest Rated: 77% Restaurant (1998)

      Lowest Rated: 32% Joyful Noise (2012)

      Birthday: Jan 18, 1969

      Birthplace: Rocky Mount, Virginia, USA

      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, 2012-13) 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.

      Highest rated movies

      Restaurant
      Peter and Vandy
      The Cake Eaters
      Puncture
      Rent
      Joyful Noise

      Photos

      Jesse L. Martin at arrivals for The CW Network Upfronts 2015, The London Hotel, New York, NY May 14, 2015. Photo By: Gregorio T. Binuya/Everett Collection PETER AND VANDY, from left: Jesse L. Martin, Tracie Thoms, 2009. Ph: Carrie Leonard/©Strand Releasing PETER AND VANDY, from left: Jesse L. Martin, Tracie Thoms, 2009. Ph: Carrie Leonard/©Strand Releasing PETER AND VANDY, from left: Jason Ritter, Jesse L. Martin, 2009. Ph: Carrie Leonard/©Strand Releasing JOYFUL NOISE, from left: Jesse L. Martin, Queen Latifah, Keke Palmer, 2012. ph: Van Redin/©Warner Bros. Pictures PUNCTURE, l-r: Jesse L. Martin, Mark Kassen, Chris Evans, 2011, ©Millenium Entertainment Smash, Jesse L. Martin, 'The Producers', Season 2, Ep. #13, 04/27/2013, ©KSITE Smash, Debra Messing (L), Jesse L. Martin (R), 'The Producers', Season 2, Ep. #13, 04/27/2013, ©KSITE Smash, Jesse L. Martin, 'Musical Chairs', Season 2, Ep. #7, 03/19/2013, ©NBC Smash, Jesse L. Martin, 'Musical Chairs', Season 2, Ep. #7, 03/19/2013, ©NBC Smash, Jesse L. Martin (L), Jack Davenport (R), 'The Bells And Whistles', Season 2, Ep. #8, 03/26/2013, ©NBC Smash, Debra Messing (L), Jesse L. Martin (R), 'The Producers', Season 2, Ep. #13, 04/27/2013, ©NBC Smash, Jesse L. Martin, 'The Producers', Season 2, Ep. #13, 04/27/2013, ©NBC Smash, Jack Davenport (L), Jesse L. Martin (R), 'Opening Night', Season 2, Ep. #12, 04/20/2013, ©NBC Smash, Christian Borle (L), Debra Messing (C), Jesse L. Martin (R), 'The Invited Dress', Season 2, Ep. #11, 04/13/2013, ©NBC Smash, Jesse L. Martin, 'The Surprise Party', Season 2, Ep. #10, 04/06/2013, ©NBC Smash, Jesse L. Martin (L), Jack Davenport (R), 'The Parents', Season 2, Ep. #9, 04/02/2013, ©NBC Smash, Jesse L. Martin, 'The Fringe', Season 2, Ep. #6, 03/12/2013, ©NBC Smash, Jesse L. Martin, 'The Bells And Whistles', Season 2, Ep. #8, 03/26/2013, ©NBC PETER AND VANDY, Jesse L. Martin, 2009. Ph: Carrie Leonard/©Strand Releasing

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      32% 65% Joyful Noise Marcus Hill (Character) $30.9M 2012
      52% 54% Puncture Daryl King (Character) $67.1K 2011
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Buffalo Bushido Shawn (Character) - 2009
      65% 56% Peter and Vandy Paul (Character) $11.3K 2009
      64% 48% The Cake Eaters Judd (Character) - 2007
      47% 83% Rent Thomas B. "Tom" Collins (Character) $29.0M 2005
      No Score Yet 61% A Christmas Carol: The Musical Ghost of Christmas Present/Ticket Seller (Character) - 2004
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Season of Youth Unknown (Character) - 2003
      77% 42% Restaurant Quincy (Character) $52.6K 1998

      TV

      Credit
      47% 74% The Irrational Alec Mercer (Character) 2023-2024
      89% 59% The Flash Detective Joe West (Character) 2014-2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Talk Guest 2015 2021-2022
      88% 47% Supergirl Joe West (Guest Star) 2017
      No Score Yet 95% Sofia the First Kai (Guest Voice) 2016-2017
      68% 79% Smash Unknown (Guest Star) 2013
      61% No Score Yet The Philanthropist Philip Maidstone (Character) 2009
      No Score Yet 83% Law & Order Ed Green (Character) 1999-2008
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rachael Ray Guest 2006 2008
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Law & Order: Trial by Jury Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
      No Score Yet 71% Law & Order: Criminal Intent Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Guest 2000
      61% 74% Ally McBeal Unknown (Guest Star) 1998-1999
      74% 86% The X-Files Josh Exley (Guest Star) 1999
      17% No Score Yet 413 Hope St. Unknown (Character) 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet New York Undercover Unknown (Guest Star) 1995