Jesse L. Martin Biography


Jesse L. Martin is an American actor and singer. He has mainly performed on stage at first and did a lot of singing there as well. Later, he managed to transfer to TV and movies and continued a good career there. He is mostly remembered for his portrayal of Detective Ed Green on “Law & Order”. His theater career will be recognized for playing Tom Collins on Broadway in the adaptation of “Rent.” He currently stars on CW’s “The Flash”, as detective Joe West.

Jesse L. Martin started traveling along the country and performing with acting groups after graduation. He eventually landed on Broadway with his debuting role being in “Timon of Athens”. But his star role would come in 1990s when he was cast in the musical called “Rent” which took everybody by storm. This would be something that would define his career as he would come back to this role again and again. Afterwards he appeared in such plays as “The Merchant of Venice” and “The Winter’s Tale” which would go on to define his career.


Jesse L. Martin and Grant Gustin in “The Flash”

Jesse L. Martin started his TV career very well. He was first cast to play a small role on “Ally McBeal”, which did not go unnoticed. David Duchovny, of all people, liked his performance and cast him in an episode of “The X-Files”, which Duchovny wrote and directed. When an opportunity arose for him to play a part in “Law & Order,” Martin jump up and took it. Benjamin Bratt was getting ready to leave the show and they needed a replacement. Marin stepped up and asked for the part and after it was head that both Fox and NBC have offered Martin development deals, they immediately gave the part to Martin without even getting him to try out for the role. He went on to star in “Law & Order” for eight years and was one of the longest running characters of the shows. After that, his career took him to various other places and shows that he made. So you can see him on “The Philanthropist”, “Smash” and “The Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives”. His latest role is being Joe West in CW “The Flash”. But he has also made an appearance on other Arrowverse shows with his first appearance actually being in “Arrow”.

In films, Jesse L. Martin has not have the same success as on TV. But he does not mind the work that he did there. He actually acted in a film iteration of “Rent”, reprising the role of Tom Collins. He was also cast in 2013 to replace Lenny Kravitz in the role of Marvin Gaye in the upcoming biopic about the famous singer.


Jesse L. Martin in “Law & Order”

Jesse L. Martin Net Worth and Salary

Jesse L. Martin has been in the business for a long time. He has also been smart with his money and with taking his roles. Grabbing every opportunity and carefully choosing his career path has led him to acquire the kind of salary that he has today. He is worth approximately 10 million dollars according to the latest news.

Jesse L. Martin Girlfriend and Family

People are surprised to hear that Jesse L. Martin is still not married. In fact it is rumored that he is currently single, which makes him a great catch for all the ladies out there. He was in a relationship with Vanessa Ridign a while back in 2006. As the two were having an affair they dated in secret for a long time. Finally they made their relationship public but did not last too long after that. Eventually they decided to call it quits and broke up. Martin is still waiting for the woman of his dreams and an opportunity to come along.


Vanessa Ridign

Jesse L. Martin Age

Jesse L. Martin was born on January 18, 1969. This means that at the time of writing the article, he would be 49 years old. He was born and grew up in Rocky Mountains, Virginia along his father Jesse Reed Watkins and mother Virginia Price. But when his parents decided to get a divorce he went to live with his mother who remarried. Jesse took up the surname of Martin from his adopted father and is using it ever since. The family relocated in Buffalo, New York where Martin attended grade school. Being a kid from Virginia and with a funny accent, he was teased a lot which led him becoming introvert and speaking less and less. In order to help him, a counselor from the school cast him in a play at school where he was supposed to play a Southern Baptist preacher. Jesse was able to speak as freely and with his native accent and led to him overcoming his fear of speaking. The rest is just history.

Height and Weight

Jesse L. Martin is quite a big and strong man. Actually it suits him playing a detective, which is a role he has been cast for more than once He has a strong and sturdy build for his age and can carry himself quite well. He is 189 cm tall and weighs about 82 kg. His hair color is black and his eyes are dark brown.


Jesse L. Martin and Mariska Hargitay

Interesting Fact about Jesse L. Martin

Even though early in his career Jesse L. Martin was a successful actor on stage. He was very talented and got various praise form the critics from everywhere. But unfortunately, this did not mean that he was earning a lot of money. In fact he was really struggling to make ends meet that he had to take other menial jobs to pay the rent. He worked as a waiter and had other jobs in order to help him keep by. But one night as he was serving a pizza in the restaurant that he worked, an episode of “Guiding Light” where he started in appeared on TV. He was immediately recognized and was given an applause form the customers and he even told them to keep their receipts as one day he will become famous.

Nationality and Ethnicity

Jesse L. Martin is an American citizen and has an American nationality. He is African American by ethnic group.

Biography & Facts
Born: January 18 1969
Nationality: American
Ethnicity: African American
Religion: N/A
Profession: Actor and Singer
Net Worth: $10 million
Salary: N/A
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Dark Brown
Height: 189 cm
Weight: 82 kg
Married to: No
Affair with: N/A
Children: No
Birth Sign: Capricorn
Education: Buffalo School for Visual and Performing Arts / New York University's Tisch School of the Arts