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Jesse L. Martin Biography

Birth Name:
Jesse Lamont Watkins
Birth Place:
Rocky Mount, Virginia, United States
Profession
Actor, singer

Fast Facts

  • Family took to calling him by his middle name, Lamont
  • While in grade school, his family moved from Rocky Mount, VA, to Buffalo, NY and he hated to speak because of his southern accent
  • Was bit by the acting bug after he played a pastor in a grade-school play
  • Worked as a waiter at the Moondance Diner in New York City with Rent composer Jonathan Larson
  • Made his Broadway debut in Timon of Athens in 1993
  • Originated the role of Tom Collins in Rent, and played the character in the 2005 movie version

Awards

  • 2006Critics' Choice Awards-Best Acting Ensemble: nominated
  • 2006Critics' Choice Awards-Best Song: nominated
  • 2003Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2001Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2000Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 1999Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 1998Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: nominated

Relationships

  • Jesse Reed Watkins -- Father
  • Virginia Price -- Mother