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UPI Almanac for Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014.
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Jesse L. Martin to play singer Marvin Gaye in bio-picture

Jesse L. Martin to play singer Marvin Gaye in bio-picture

LOS ANGELES, March 5 (UPI) -- "Law & Order" star Jesse L. Martin has replaced Lenny Kravitz in director Julien Temple's Marvin Gaye bio-picture "Sexual Healing," The Hollywood Reporter said.

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UPI Almanac for Friday, Jan. 18, 2013.
By United Press International
Jesse L. Martin joins 'Smash' cast

Jesse L. Martin joins 'Smash' cast

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Jesse L. Martin is to star in a six-episode arc in Season 2 of the Broadway-themed, musical drama series "Smash," NBC said.

Jesse L. Martin to star in TV pilot

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- Actor Jesse L. Martin has signed on to star in a musical drama pilot called "Hallelujah," The Hollywood Reporter said.
Pacino to play Shylock on N.Y. stage

Pacino to play Shylock on N.Y. stage

NEW YORK, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Film star Al Pacino has signed on to play Shylock in a New York stage production of William Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice," the Public Theater said.

Thurman, Martin join 'Muppets Christmas'

NEW YORK, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- The upcoming NBC special "Letters to Santa -- A Muppets Christmas" will feature actress Uma Thurman and actor Jesse L. Martin, The Hollywood Reporter says.

Michael Imperioli returns to 'Law & Order'

NEW YORK, March 15 (UPI) -- "The Sopranos" star Michael "Christopher Moltisanti" Imperioli is ready to reprise his role as Detective Nick Falco on NBC's "Law & Order."

Jesse L. Martin to portray Marvin Gaye

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- "Law & Order" star Jessie L. Martin will portray legendary soul singer Marvin Gaye in a big screen biopic called "Sexual Healing."

'Law & Order' actor stars in 'Rent' film

NEW YORK, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- "Law & Order" actor Jesse L. Martin is wondering what will shock people more about his character in the film "Rent;" the fact he can sing or that he is in love

Rosario Dawson in 'Rent' cast

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Rosario Dawson will star in the upcoming movie version of the Tony-winning Broadway show "Rent," The Hollywood Reporter said Monday.
Jesse L. Martin
Jesse L. Martin arrives for the Tribeca Film Festival premiere of "F _ _ K" at the School of Visual Arts Theatre in New York on April 23, 2010. UPI /Laura Cavanaugh

Jesse Lamont Martin (born Jesse Lamont Watkins; January 18, 1969) is an American theatre, film, and television actor. He is best known for originating the role of Tom Collins in the Broadway theatrical production of Rent, and for his portrayal of NYPD Detective Ed Green on the NBC drama television series Law & Order.

Martin, the third of five sons, was born in Rocky Mount, Virginia, located in the Blue Ridge Mountains. His father, Jesse Reed Watkins, was a truck driver, and his mother, Virginia Price, a college counselor; the two divorced when he was a child. His mother eventually remarried and Martin adopted his stepfather's surname. When Martin was in grade school, the family relocated to Buffalo, New York, and the move was not an immediate success: Martin hated speaking because of his thick Southern accent and was often overcome with shyness. A concerned teacher influenced him to join an after-school drama program and cast him as the pastor in The Golden Goose. Being from Virginia, the young Martin played the character the only way he knew how: as an inspired Southern Baptist preacher. The act was a hit, and Martin emerged from his shell.

Martin attended high school at The Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts, where he was voted "Most Talented" in his senior class. He later enrolled in New York University's prestigious Tisch School of the Arts Theatre Program.

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