Jesse L. Martin (born Jesse Lamont Watkins), actor & singer. He is known for originating the role of Tom Collins in the Broadway production of Rent, and for his portrayal of NYPD Det. Ed Green on Law & Order. He will portray Marvin Gaye in an upcoming biopic. In addition to his work in numerous stage plays, he has appeared in several TV shows and movies such as 413 Hope St., Ally McBeal, & Joyful Noise, and will appear in S2 of Smash. He is a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.