Jan. 18th, 1969
Rocky Mount, Virginia, USA
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Jesse L. Martin (born January 18, 1869) 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.
- He is a graduate of one of the United States' most famous academic art schools, the Buffalo Academy For Visual and Preforming Arts for grades 5-12
- In Law & Order, he works with Jerry Orbach, who played Billy Flynn in the original cast of Chicago. In Rent, (play and film) he works with Taye Diggs, who played the band leader in the 2002 film, and briefly played Flynn himself in late 2002 during the Broadway revival.
- Currently preparing two one-man shows: "Fiend" and an untitled piece based on the life of Marvin Gaye.
- Has appeared in episodes of three different television series with 'Sam Waterston' (qv): _"Law & Order" (1990)_ (qv), _"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (1999)_ (qv) and _"Law & Order: Trial by Jury" (2005)_ (qv).
- Returning back to Buffalo, N.Y., to work on an independent film, in October of 2006, his luggage was stolen from an SUV as he signed autographs in a restaurant. Martin's belongings have not been returned.
- Accompanied 'Jerry Orbach' (qv)'s widow Elaine to the 2005 Tony Awards.
- Almost Graduated from NYU
- Appeared in episodes of three different series with 'Jerry Orbach' (qv): _"Law & Order" (1990)_ (qv), _"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (1999)_ (qv) and _"Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (2001)_ (qv).