The American actor and singer, Jesse Martin is known for playing detective characters on the small screen. Some of his best works include his character of Tom Collins in a musical named ‘Rent’ which he played on Broadway. His television portrayal involves his roles as NYPD agent Ed Green in ‘Law and Order’ and Detective Joe West in ‘The Flash’. Virgo is his star sign and he belongs to white ethnical background.
Jesse is blessed with a tall height of 6 feet 2 inches. The French beard on his face makes him look more dashing. The good looking actor made his screen debut in the year 1995 from the role of ‘Mustafa’ in the New York Undercover, a television series. His family calls him from his middle name ‘Lamont’. Jesse Lamont Watkins born in 1969 on 18th January, his father Jesse Reed Watkins was a truck driver, and his mother Virginia Price was a college counselor. He was born in Rocky Mount, Virginia, where he spent few years of his childhood.
His parents separated when Jesse was very young. He is the third one, out of his four siblings. Jesse has adopted his surname ‘Martin’ from his stepfather, whom his mother married after her divorce. He currently resides in Manhattan.
Despite being popular, the actor manages to keep his personal life below the media radar. He never reveals any details regarding the women in his life.
Education: His family relocated to Buffalo, New York when he was only in his grade school. He always felt left out and became quiet, because of people’s southern accent over there. Later, one of his teachers convinced him to enroll in an after school drama program, this helped him emerge from his shell.
Following his education, he attended The Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts; here he was honored as the most talented student in his senior class. Martin later enrolled himself into Tisch School of Arts to pursue its theater program in New York City. Here, he participated in numerous Shakespearean plays and soap Operas, in order to find his interest.
Career: He made his Broadway debut with ‘Timon of Athens’. Jesse toured through the state with John Houseman’s ‘The Acting Company’. During this time, he became a part of several plays including ‘Shakespeare’s Rock in Roles’ and ‘The Butcher’s Daughter’. After this tour, he returned to Manhattan and started performing at local theaters, in soap operas and became a part of several commercials.
He made his debut in 1995 with the TV series ‘New York Covers’. After which he worked as a lead in several other TV series including ‘413 Hope St.’, ‘Ally McBeal’, ‘Law and Order’, ‘The Philanthropist’, ‘Smash’, ‘The Flash’ etc. He returned to the theater in 2010, in order to relive his drama days, and appeared in several productions like ‘The Merchant of Venice’ and ‘The Winter’s Tale’ in Central Park at Delacorte Theater.
Jesse L. Martin Net Worth in year 2017 is approximately $11 Million US Dollars
The net worth of the television and theater star is estimated to worth $11 million US dollars as of 2017. The actor is working in the entertainment business since his college days, and earning a good amount of fortune. It is speculated that the actor makes around $1.7 million from his television series.
Jesse L. Martin Business Model
Martin gave his voice to Ed Green in the popular video game ‘Law and Order: Justice is served’. He also narrated ‘The Fire Next Time’ an audio book written by John Baldwin.
He also works as a part time producer, he co- produced an off Broadway production named ‘Fully Committed’ with his ‘Rent’ co star. He is also known to make some extra earning through his endorsement deals for brands like ‘Tonello’.
The star can be seen playing the role of ‘Detective Joe West’ in the DC television series ‘The Flash’. He has been working in the show since season one which started in 2014.
Since 2011 it is being speculated that Jesse L. Martin has replaced Lenny Kravitz, to play the role of legendary sing Marvin Gaye in his biopic which is titled as ‘Sexual Healing’ but the film is yet to go under the production. The movie already gained plenty of negative publicity from first change in the cast to Marvin’s family, wanting someone else rather than Jesse to play the character. He is one of the jury trustees for Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation.
The actor is definitely one of the favorite reel NYPD officers. He has served the entertainment industry for ages, first through his theatrical talents and now through his main stream commercial acting. The actor is doing great in his career, and is creating new fans every day.