Jesse L. Martin has long said that his dream role is to portray Marvin Gaye. On March 4th, 2013, it was announced that Martin would finally be playing the legendary Motown singer in a biopic directed by Julien Temple. (Source)
In October 2006, Jesse L. Martin returned to his hometown of Buffalo, New York to work on an independent film (Buffalo Bushido). While eating at a restaurant, his luggage was stolen from a SUV and his belongings were never returned. He went to the airport without luggage for the first time.
The storyline of Detective Ed Green being shot in the line of duty was written into the script of Law & Order so that during his “recovery”, Jesse L. Martin could film RENT.
Spoke at Farmingdale State University of New York on February 21st, 2006, in recognition of Black History Month.
Has judged the English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition, which is a performance-based education program in which high school students nationwide (in the USA) read, analyze, perform and recite Shakespearean monologues and sonnets. Through the program, students develop communication skills and an appreciation of the power of language and literature. The English-Speaking Union is a non-profit, non-political educational organization, whose mission is to celebrate English as a shared language to foster global understanding and good will by providing educational and cultural opportunities for student, teachers and its members.
Shared a dressing room during RENT with Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp (Source)
Has been a juror for the Tribeca All Access Creative Promise Awards, a cash award of $10,000, presented by Time Warner, to one filmmaker in each category (narrative or documentary). Presented by the Tribeca Film Institute.
Has lived in New York City since 1987 (Source – video at the bottom)
Received the Made in NY Award in 2008 (Source)
Took part in the “Mayor’s Film Office and Apollo Theater Host Free Panel for Students on Careers in Entertainment Production” in October 2008 (Source)
Is the godfather to Daphne Rubin-Vega’s son, Luca Ariel (Source)
Hosted the Public Theater’s Shakespeare in Southampton fundraiser on August 15, 2010 (Source)
Is learning French, Spanish, Swahili and Xhosa (Source)
Predicted that the Pittsburgh Steelers would win the Super Bowl XL (2006) against the Seattle Seahawks 21-20 because of the defense. The final score was 21-10 in favour of the Steelers (Source)
Was on a bowling team at the age of 11. He was “terrible” and “just liked the shirts” (Source)
According to Josiah Howard, a journalist who worked in a famous restaurant/bar in New York City for 16 years, Martin left him his biggest tip. – Famous People Eat Too! Page 47-48. Read the story.
Was/is a mentor in the 52nd Street Project (Source)
Was voted People Magazine’s “Sexiest Newcomer” in 1999.
Has received seven Image Award nominations for Outstanding Actor for playing Detective Ed Green on Law & Order.
Has been nominated for four SAG Awards alongside his Law & Order co-stars for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.
If he wasn’t an actor, he would probably be a teacher (Source)
On April 2nd, 2006, Martin was a featured guest at the awards ceremony of the SunDeis Film Festival at Brandeis University. Martin, introduced to a standing ovation, presented his Law & Order co-star S. Epatha Merkerson with the first-ever SunDeis Entertainer of the Year Award, the highlight of the festival weekend. (Source) He was also in a car accident with Merkerson earlier in the day; neither of them were injured. (Source)
Attended the prestigious Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute (Source)
Has played the same character (Detective Ed Green) in four different television series: Law & Order, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Law & Order: Trial by Jury.
Appeared in episodes of three different series with Jerry Orbach: Law & Order, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Law & Order: Criminal Intent.
Worked at the Moondance Diner in New York City with Jonathan Larson.
Performed the song “Razzle Dazzle” from the musical Chicago at the 2005 Tony Awards just as the “In Memoriam” section of the show was finishing. The last photo shown during the memorial was that of Jerry Orbach, who was both Martin’s co-star on Law & Order and the first person to perform “Razzle Dazzle” in the original Broadway production of Chicago.
Has appeared in episodes of three different television series with Sam Waterston: Law & Order, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Law & Order: Trial by Jury.
Along with Jerry Orbach, Fred Dalton Thompson and Leslie Hendrix, he is one of only four actors to play the same character (Detective Ed Green) on all four Law & Order series (Law & Order, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and Law & Order: Trial by Jury) [this was before Law & Order: UK and Law & Order: LA].
Is a graduate of one of the United States’ most famous academic art schools, the Buffalo Academy For Visual and Preforming Arts for grades 5-12.
Did a Lean Cuisine commercial in the early 1990s.
S. Epatha Merkerson considers Martin to be her “brother” (Source)
Roger Howarth is one of his best friends. Martin is also the godfather of Howarth’s son Julian (Source)
Supporter of Harlem Stage (Source)
His family calls him by his middle name, Lamont.
Books that have made a difference in his life: Einstein’s Dream (by Alan Lightman), The Autobiography of Quincy Jones, Mules and Men (by Zora Neale Hurston), Not Without Laughter (by Langston Hughes), Eyewitness (by William Loren Katz), The Collected Plays of William Shakespeare (Source)
In 2001, Martin’s favourite movie was Being John Malkovich, his favourite TV show was The PJs and his favourite books were the Harry Potter series (Vibe, February 2001, page 62)
Is acknowledged in the book Tales from the Bed: On Living, Dying, and Having It All by Jennifer Estess, along with other individuals, for helping to find a cure for A.L.S.