Jesse L Martin Biography
Jesse Lamont Martin is known as an American actor and singer. Likewise, he is best known for his role of Tom Collins on Broadway in the musical Rent and also performed on television as NYPD Detective Ed Green on Law and Order, Captain Joe West on The Flash, and also professor Alec Mercer on The Irrational.
How Old is Jesse L Martin – Age and Birthday
Martin, born on 18 January 1969, in Rocky Mount, Virginia, United States, is now 54 years old as of 2023. Each year, his birthday falls on the 18th of January.
How Tall is Jesse L Martin? – Height and Weight
Standing at an average height of 6 feet 2 inches, Jesse carries a weight of approximately 82 kilograms.
Jesse L Martin Mother, Father, Siblings – Family
Martin, was born the third of four sons, in Rocky Mount, Virginia. Besides, his father, Jesse Reed Watkins (1943–2003), was a truck driver, and also his mother, Virginia Price, a college counselor. In addition, he was born two months premature. Likewise, his parents divorced when he was a child. Later, his mother eventually remarried and also he adopted his stepfather’s surname.
Martin went to high school at the Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts. Later, he enrolled in New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts’ theatre program.
Is Jesse L Martin Married? – Wife
Martin as well returned to Buffalo, New York to work on an independent film (Buffalo Bushido), and became robbed two days after his arrival there in October 2006.
In 2018, he suffered a back injury through the summer. Likewise, he took a medical leave of absence from The Flash after recording scenes for a few episodes. He is also a resident of Manhattan. However, he has not revealed his wife in the public.
Jesse L Martin’s Career
Later after graduation, he toured the states along with John Houseman’s The Acting Company. In addition, he appeared in Shakespeare’s Rock-in-Roles at the Actors Theatre of Louisville and also The Butcher’s Daughter at the Cleveland Play House, and later returned to Manhattan to perform in local theatre, commercials and soap operas.
Moreover, Martin made his Broadway debut in Timon of Athens, and later performed in The Government Inspector with Lainie Kazan. While he was employed at the Moondance Diner, Jesse met the playwright Jonathan Larson, who as well served on the restaurant’s staff. Later in 1996, Larson’s musical Rent took the theatre world by storm, along with Martin in the role of gay computer geek/philosophy professor Tom Collins.
Likewise, Martin landed roles on Fox’s short-lived 413 Hope St. and also Eric Bross’s independent film Restaurant (1998). Besides, Ally McBeal’s creator, David E. Kelley, went to Rent’s Broadway premiere and remembered him when the show needed a new boyfriend for the title character.
Martin later returned from medical leave in January 2019 along with the season’s fifteenth episode. In addition, he departed as a series regular after the eighth season, having been cast in the NBC pilot Irrational . Currently, he is starring in The Irrational.
Jesse L Martin’s Salary and Net Worth
Martin’s salary falls around $100,000 per episode. He has an estimated net worth $10 million, reflecting his earnings from his illustrious career.
- Season of Youth
- The Cake Eaters
- Peter and Vandy
- Buffalo Bushido
- Joyful Noise
- Long Live TOY
- Sexual Healing
Jesse L Martin Instagram
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