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Jesse L. Martin | Biography

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  • Full Name Jesse L. Martin
  • Occupation Singer, Actor
  • Nationality American
  • Birthplace Virginia, USA
  • Birth Date Jan 18, 1969
  • Age 52 Years, 10 Months
Cast of The CW's superhero series 'The Flash'

Jesse L. Martin | Biography

Jesse L. Martin's role as a gay philosophy professor Tom Collins in the 2005 film 'Rent' left him to face gay rumors in his real life.

Martin's detective role as Ed Green on the NBC's legal drama series 'Law & Order,' and detective Joe West on The CW's superhero series, 'The Flash' has earned him name and fame.


Jesse L. Martin is a renowned American singer and actor best known as detective Ed Green from NBC’s legal drama series ‘Law & Order.’ 

Who is Jesse L. Martin?

Jesse Martin is a stage performer, theatre artist, singer, and actor. 

Jesse Lamont Watkins was born on 18 January 1969 to his father Jesse Reed Watkins and mother, Virginia Price. His parents divorced when he was very young, and his mother, Virginia, married her second husband. Thus, Jesse took his stepfather’s surname and later became Jesse L. Martin.

Jesse is a high school graduate in Visual and Performing Arts from The Buffalo Academy in Buffalo, New York. He then joined Tisch School of Arts of New York University and graduated in Theatre Program. 

After graduation, Jesse worked with various acting companies and did several stage roles. His notable performances include The Butcher Daughter (1993), Arabian Nights (1994), Rent (1996), The Merchant of Venice and The Winter Tales (2010), and Romeo and Juliet (2012).

Besides stage plays and theatres, Jess had also appeared on numerous TV series and films over the years. His debut performance on TV began in 1995 with a single-episode role in New York Undercover. He later appeared on the 1997 TV series 413 Hope StLaw and Order from 1999 to 2008, The Philanthropist in 2009, Smash in 2013, and The Flash from 2014 to date. His role as Detective Joe West on The CW's superhero series, The Flash has earned him, name and fame.

His film credits include Restaurant (1998), Season of Youth (2003), The Cake Eaters (2007), Puncture (2011), and Joyful Noise (2012).

Is Jesse Martin married?

Jesse is one of the stars who maintain their personal life intact and undisclosed. He is very private about relationships and has not revealed anything in the media.

Gay Rumors

Jesse has portrayed several characters and played a variety of roles in his 28 years acting career. One of his most notable roles was in the American musical drama film Rent in 2005. In the film, he played the famous Tom Collins, a gay philosophy professor. Because of the success of the role, he faced gay rumors. However, contrary to the accusations, Jesse L. Martin is straight and heterosexual.

Net Worth

According to Celebrity Net Worth,  his per episode salary is estimated to be around $100k and has a net worth of approximately $10 million.

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