Jesse L. Martin, who plays Detective Ed Green on Law & Order, is celebrating his birthday today. He was born on January 18, 1969 as Jesse Lamont Watkins, in Rocky Mount, Virginia, and took his current surname of Martin from his mother’s second husband.
Jesse attended grade school in Buffalo, NY, and during that time, a teacher cast him as a pastor in a play. Jesse was a success in the role, and was bitten by the acting bug.While at high school - the The Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts - he was voted "Most Talented" in his senior class. He also attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts Theater Program, and later toured with John Houseman's The Acting Company.
Jesse has a long list of credits. Besides his stint on Law & Order, he has also appeared in the movie “Rent”, and TV shows Ali McBeal and The X-Files. He also appeared in the original Broadway version of “Rent.” Jesse is slated for the movie production of “Sexual Healing,” playing the role of singer Marvin Gaye.
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