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



32% 65% Joyful Noise Marcus Hill (Character) $30.9M 2012
52% 54% Puncture Daryl King (Character) $67.1K 2011
65% 56% Peter and Vandy Paul (Character) $11.3K 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Buffalo Bushido Shawn (Character) - 2009
64% 48% The Cake Eaters Judd (Character) - 2007
46% 83% Rent Thomas B. "Tom" Collins (Character) $29M 2005
No Score Yet 61% A Christmas Carol: The Musical Ghost of Christmas Present/Ticket Seller (Character) - 2004
77% 40% Restaurant Quincy (Character) $52.6K 1998


88% 68% Flash Detective Joe West (Character) 2014-2020
88% 50% Supergirl Joe West (Guest Star) 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sofia the First Kai (Guest Voice) 2016-2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Talk Guest 2015
67% 78% Smash Unknown (Guest Star) 2013
61% No Score Yet The Philanthropist Philip Maidstone (Character) 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Live With Regis and Kelly Guest 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Law & Order Ed Green (Character) 1999-2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rachael Ray Guest 2008 2006
No Score Yet No Score Yet Law & Order: Trial by Jury Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet Law & Order: Criminal Intent Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Guest 2000
61% 70% Ally McBeal Unknown (Guest Star) 1998-1999
75% 85% The X-Files Josh Exley (Guest Star) 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet 413 Hope St. Unknown (Character) 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet New York Undercover Unknown (Guest Star) 1995


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