S. Epatha Merkerson Biography

Birthday: 1952-11-28
Place of Birth: Saginaw, Michigan USA
Height: 5' 6" (1.68 m)
Wiki Biography: A native of Michigan, S. Epatha Merkerson earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Wayne State University. In 1978, she moved to New York City to apply her craft on stage. Although best known since 1993 as the smart and shrewd Lieutenant Anita Van Buren on the long-running TV crime drama "Law & Order" (1990), she has a long list of Broadway and off-Broadway credits and honors that include Drama Desk Award and Tony Award nominations for Best Actress for her performance in the August Wilson play The Piano Lesson (1995) (TV), a 1992 Obie Award for her performance in "I'm Not Stupid," and a 1998 Helen Hayes Award for her starring role in the Studio Theater production in Washington, DC, of the John Henry Redwood play "The Old Settler." Her first appearance on television was a guest-starring role on an episode of "The Cosby Show" (1984). Her earliest regular role in television, however, was that of Reba the Mail Woman on "Pee-wee's Playhouse" (1986). Merkerson remains a theatrical force on the stage and on the screen and has the distinction of having been nominated for an Image Award in the Outstanding-Lead-Actress-in-a-Drama category for "Law & Order" (1990) for three consecutive years by the NAACP.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Here and Now 1992 Comedy
The Challenger Jada 2013 Drama
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Navy Seals 1990 0
Terminator 2: Judgment Day Tarissa Dyson 1991 0, Game Show, Sport
Radio 2003
Jersey Girl 2004 0, Biography
Lackawanna Blues 2005 Drama, Music
Black Snake Moan Angela 2007 Drama
The Six Wives of Henry Lefay Effa 2009 Comedy
Peeples Daphne Peeples 2013 Comedy, Romance
The Challenger Jada 2015 Action, Drama
Year by the Sea Liz 2016 Comedy, Drama, Romance