S. Epatha Merkerson

S. Epatha Merkerson

Age
61
Birthday
Nov. 28th, 1952
Born in
Saginaw, Michigan, USA
Height
5' 6"

S. Epatha Merkerson's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Law & Order TV Show
Law & Order
The Closer TV Show
The Closer
Find Our Missing TV Show
Find Our Missing
Here and Now TV Show
Here and Now
Life & Style TV Show
Life & Style
South Beach (1993) TV Show
South Beach (1993)
 

Main Movie Roles

2010 - Mother and Child
2009 - The Six Wives of Henry Lefay
2007 - Slipstream
2006 - Black Snake Moan
2004 - Jersey Girl
2003 - Radio
1999 - Random Hearts
1991 - Terminator 2: Judgment Day
1990 - Loose Cannons
1990 - Navy Seals
1990 - Jacob's Ladder
1986 - She's Gotta Have It

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Capt. Margaret Claghorn
9
Lt. Anita Van Buren
1
Lt. Anita Van Buren
1
Judge Hiller
1
Judge Melanie Ellis
1
Mrs. Walters
1
Book Club Member #5
1
Herself
1
Dr. McCaskill
1
[Complete List]



BIOGRAPHY:

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) (TV), 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.


TRIVIA:
  • Nominated for the Drama League's Distinguished Performance Award for her work in "Fucking A" (2003), "Birdie Blue" (2006) and "Come Back, Little Sheba" (2008).
  • Was nominated for Broadway's 2008 Tony Award for Best Performance By a Leading Actress in a Play for "Come Back, Little Sheba".
  • Is the youngest of five children.
  • Before studying Acting, she majored in Dance at Wayne State University.
  • Her _"Law & Order" (1990)_ (qv) character, Lt. Anita Van Buren, whom she has played since 1993, is the longest running African American character in an American television drama.
  • Was nominated for Broadway's 1990 Tony Award as Best Actress (Featured Role - Play) for 'August Wilson' (qv)'s "The Piano Lesson."
  • Owes much of her success to casting director 'Meg Simon' (qv).
  • Her parents are originally from the South, and came to Michigan (Merkerson's birthplace) in search of work.


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