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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 poster
      Peter and Vandy poster
      Peter and Vandy
      The Cake Eaters poster
      The Cake Eaters
      Puncture poster
      Rent poster
      Joyful Noise poster
      Joyful Noise




      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 60% A Christmas Carol: The Musical Ghost of Christmas Present/Ticket Seller (Character) - 2004
      77% 40% Restaurant Quincy (Character) $52.6K 1998


      89% 63% The Flash Detective Joe West (Character) 2014-2022
      No Score Yet 0% The Talk Guest 2015 2021-2022
      88% 46% Supergirl Joe West (Guest Star) 2017
      No Score Yet 93% 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 96% 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 84% Law & Order: Criminal Intent Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
      No Score Yet 100% The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Guest 2000
      61% 73% Ally McBeal Unknown (Guest Star) 1998-1999
      74% 85% 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