Jesse L. Martin Married, Wife, Gay, Net Worth, Rent, Education

By Anmol Basnyat | On: 19 Jul, 2017
Jesse L. Martin Married, Wife, Gay, Net Worth, Rent, Education

Quick Information

Date of Birth January 18, 1969
Age 52 Years 0 Month(s)
Citizenship American
Profession Actor
Marital Status Single
Divorced Not Yet
Girlfriend/Dating Not Yet
Gay/Lesbian Gay (Rumors)
Net Worth $10 Million Dollars
Ethnicity Afro-American
Children/Kids Not Yet
Height 6 feet 2 Inches (1.88 m)
Education New York University
Parents Jesse Reed Watkins (Father), Virginia Price (Mother)
Siblings Four (Brother)

A vigilant and talented stage artist who made a name for himself as Tom Collins of Rent on Broadway, Jesse L. Martin now plies his image as Detective Ed in TV series Law and Order. The Tony Award recipient was shy in his early career which is hard to predict by his dominant and impressive performances on a TV show and stage drama. Now the producer cast him merely to up the rating and bring a flare to the show.

Career And Progression

Martin completed his education in Buffalo Academy of Visual Arts and Performing Arts, New York where he found his true self. Jesse was a shy person during his early career; it wasn’t until his mentor cast him as a pastor in after-school drama. After his graduation from New York University, he did mention good stage work like Timons of Athens, and Romeo and Juliet. The acting Maestro got several awards including Tony Awards and Pulitzer Awards for 1990’s update of Puccini’s La Boheme.

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He is also famous as Detective Ed Green in Law and Order. Jesse got hooked up for the first TV series in the form of New York Undercover. The detective also helmed his next venture as Martin Gaye in Sexual Healing. 

For now, Jesse is currently busy for his recurring character of Joe West in the American TV series, The Flash. The fifth season of the DC Comics includes 22 episodes and first went air on 9 October 2018.

Produced by Warner Bros. Television, Berlanti Productions, and DC Entertainment, the TV series includes principle characters of actors including Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes, and Hartley Sawyer to name a few.

Jesse L. Martin at the screening of the movie, Puncture on 15Septemberr 2011 held at New York City (Photo: 

The actor had also essayed the role of a gay philosophy professor named Tom Collins in the 2005 American musical drama film Rent. Although the movie was not a box office success, it certainly backed his career. The film starred most top Hollywood stars including Anthony Rapp, Adam Pascal, Rosario Dawson, and Idina Menzel to name a few.

American Filmmaker, Chris Columbus directed the film and was financed on a budget of $40 million by producers including Jane Rosenthal and Robert De Niro. With $10 million of significant loss, the movie made a box office collection of just $30 million.

How Much Is Detective Ed’s Net Worth And Salary?

The talented stage artist and TV personality have accomplished the unachievable. His family had the unfortunate background, and Jesse is now charging $100 thousand per episode, and the producer gets every penny of it back as the actor like the rating of the show by miles.

The actor who is racking a handsome salary has a current net worth of $10 million.

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Is Jesse A Married Man?

It’s amazingly surprising that the actor of his stature has been able to keep his life intact and out of the sight of media. He rarely gives insight into his personal life. The Tom Collins of the famous Rent was reportedly in a relationship with Venessa Riding in 2006, but the couple didn’t get married as they parted their way before sharing vows. As of now, he is single and doesn’t have a wife.

After his breakup with Venessa, he has never been linked to anyone that let people wild space to speculate about his sexual orientation. As of now, he has declared himself to be gay or straight while the fans are still desperately trying to find out.

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Short Bio

Jesse was born with the birth name Jesse Lamont Watkins on 18th January 1969 in Rocky Mount, Virginia. The 48-year-old actor was born in parents Jesse Reed Watkins and Virginia Price. But in his young, his parents got divorced, and his mother remarried. He and four brothers adopted his stepfather's family name. The veteran stage artist stands a tall height of 1.85 m (6 feet 1 inch). The multitalented actor possesses American Nationality.