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Sharon Epatha Merkerson was born on the 28th November 1952, in Saginaw, Michigan USA. She is a stage, television and film actress, probably best recognized from starring in the role of Anita Van Buren in the TV drama series “Law & Order” (1993-2010), playing Rachel “Nanny” Crosby in “Lackawanna Blues” (2005), and as Ariel Winters in “Girl, Positive” (2007). She is also known for being a TV host. Her career has been active since 1986.

So, have you ever wondered how rich S. Epatha Merkerson is? It has been estimated by sources that the size of Merkerson’s net worth is over $5 million as of mid- 2016, which has been accumulated through her successful involvement in the entertainment industry not only as an actress, but also as a host. Another source is coming from her career as a teacher of drama at the City College of New York. Additional to all of these, she has also appeared in several commercials, which has also contributed to her net worth.

S. Epatha Merkerson Net Worth $5 Million

S. Epatha Merkerson is the youngest of five children raised by a single mother, Ann, who worked in the post office, as her father left them in 1957. She went to Cooley High School, and right after matriculation in 1970, she enrolled at Wayne State University in Detroit, from which she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Later, in 2009, she was rewarded with an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Wayne State University.

Speaking about her acting career, upon graduation from the college, she moved to Albany, New York, where she started her acting career initially on the stage, joining a children’s theater company, and began appearing in off-Broadway productions.

Subsequently, she made her debut television appearance in 1986, with the role as Reba the Mail Lady in a TV show entitled “Pee-Wee’s Playhouse” (1986-1989). With this role her net worth was established, and her popularity began to grow. During the 1980s, she had several more appearances, such as those in “She’s Gotta Have It” (1986), and “Christmas At Pee-Wee’s Playhouse” (1988).

Merkerson continued successfully into the 1990s, securing several notable roles, including as Anita Van Buren in the TV drama series “Law & Order” (1991-2010), appearing in more than 300 episodes, which certainly increased her net worth considerably, but also this role celebrated her as an actress. During the 1990s, she had several more roles in the films and series such as “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” (1991), with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton in lead roles, “Mann & Machine” (1992), “Here And Now” (1992-1993), “A Place For Annie” (1994), and “Random Hearts” (1999). All of there appearances contributed steadily to her net worth.

Although the role of Anita became the main source of her net worth, she still searched for new roles, and as a result she appeared in films “The Rising Place” (2001), Radio” (2003), “Lackawanna Blues” (2005), “Black Snake Moan” (2006), “Splitstream” (2007), and “Mother And Child” (2009), among others, which also added to her net worth.

After “Law & Order” ended, she continued to feature in TV series and films, such as “Peeples” (2013), “The Challenger” (2015), and most recently “Chicago Fire” (2015), “Chicago Med” (2015-2016) and “Chicago PD. Epatha will also appear in the film “Sexual Healling”, which is set to be released in late 2016.

Thanks to her skills, she received several prestigious awards, including the Golden Globe award in the category Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television for her work on “Lackawanna Blues”, and she also won the Primetime Emmy in the category Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for the same film. Furthermore, she received two Image Awards in the category Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her work on “Law & Order”, among many others.

Apart from her acting career, she is also recognized for being the host of a reality TV show named “Find Our Missing” in 2012, which also increased her overall net worth.

Speaking about her personal life, S. Epatha Merkerson was married to Toussaint L. Jones, Jr. from March 1994 to February of 2006. Currently she is single and resides in the Washington Heights section of New York City. She is also known for being an outspoken advocate against smoking.


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Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Exiled 1998 TV Movie Lieutenant Anita Van Buren
An Unexpected Life 1998 TV Movie Beverly Hawkins
Breaking Through 1996 TV Movie Barbara
A Mother's Prayer 1995 TV Movie Ruby
A Place for Annie 1994 TV Movie Alice
South Beach 1993 TV Series Madam Bouchard
It's Nothing Personal 1993 TV Movie Louise Waters
Here and Now 1992-1993 TV Series Ms. St. Marth
Mann & Machine 1992 TV Series Capt. Margaret Claghorn
ABC Afterschool Specials 1992 TV Series Ruth Clayton
Terminator 2: Judgment Day 1991 Tarissa Dyson
Moe's World 1990 TV Movie Moe's Mother
Jacob's Ladder 1990/I Elsa
Navy Seals 1990 Jolena
Equal Justice 1990 TV Series Mrs. Walters
Loose Cannons 1990 Rachel
Pee-wee's Playhouse 1986-1989 TV Series Reba - Mail Woman Reba
CBS Summer Playhouse 1989 TV Series Jimmie
Christmas at Pee Wee's Playhouse 1988 TV Movie Reba - Mail Woman
The Cosby Show 1988 TV Series Elena
She's Gotta Have It 1986 Doctor Jamison (as Epatha Merkinson)
Sexual Healing announced Alberta Gay
Chicago Med 2015-2017 TV Series Sharon Goodwin
Chicago Fire 2015-2017 TV Series Sharon Goodwin
Chicago P.D. 2016 TV Series Sharon Goodwin
You Can Go 2016 Short Mrs. Bryant
Year by the Sea 2016 Liz
The Challenger 2015/I Jada
Being Mary Jane 2015 TV Series Mark's Mother
The Gabby Douglas Story 2014 TV Movie Miss Caroline
Peeples 2013 Daphne Peeples
Deception 2013 TV Series Beverly
The Good Wife 2013 TV Series Judge Melanie Ellis
Boomerang 2013 TV Movie
Lincoln 2012 Lydia Smith
Drop Dead Diva 2012 TV Series Judge Hiller
Law & Order 1991-2010 TV Series Anita Van Buren / Mrs. Winters
Mother and Child 2009 Ada
Great Performances 2009 TV Series Narrator
The Six Wives of Henry Lefay 2009 Effa
American Masters 1999-2008 TV Series documentary Narrator / Eslanda Robeson
The Closer 2007 TV Series Dr. Rebecca Dioli
Girl, Positive 2007 TV Movie Ariel Winters
Slipstream 2007 Bonnie
Black Snake Moan 2006 Angela
Law & Order: Trial by Jury 2005 TV Series Anita Van Buren
Lackawanna Blues 2005 TV Movie Rachel "Nanny" Crosby
Jersey Girl 2004 Doctor #1
Radio 2003 Maggie
Law & Order II: Double or Nothing 2003 Video Game Lieutenant Anita Van Buren (voice)
Law & Order: Dead on the Money 2002 Video Game Lieutenant Anita Van Buren (voice)
Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2002 TV Series Anita Van Buren
The Rising Place 2001 Lessie Watson
A Girl Thing 2001 TV Movie Lani (Co-worker)
Frasier 2000 TV Series Dr. McCaskill
Random Hearts 1999 Nea

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Peeples 2013 performer: "Turn You On Unplugged"
Black Snake Moan 2006 performer: "Balm In Gilead"

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Contradictions of Fair Hope 2012

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Contradictions of Fair Hope 2012 executive producer

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Battlestar Galactica: The Phenomenon 2008 TV Short documentary special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Entertainment Tonight 2015 TV Series Herself
Today 2015 TV Series Herself - Guest
Life's Essentials with Ruby Dee 2014 Documentary Herself
Made in Hollywood 2013 TV Series Herself
Reel Junkie 2013 TV Series Herself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan 2013 TV Series Herself
The Wendy Williams Show 2012-2013 TV Series Herself - Guest
Find Our Missing 2012-2013 TV Series documentary Herself - Host
Second Coming?: Will Black America Decide the 2012 Election 2012 TV Movie Herself - Narrator
Rocco's Dinner Party 2011 TV Series Herself
The 56th Annual Obie Awards 2011 TV Special Herself - Host
Vine Talk 2011 TV Series Herself
Triple Negative Breast Cancer: Get the Facts 2010 TV Movie documentary Narrator
25th Film Independent Spirit Awards 2010 TV Special Herself
We Heard the Bells: The Influenza of 1918 2010 Documentary Narrator (voice)
Infanity 2009 TV Series documentary Herself
The 40th NAACP Image Awards 2009 TV Special Herself
TV Land Moguls 2009 TV Mini-Series documentary Herself
The 62nd Annual Tony Awards 2008 TV Special Herself - Nominee: Best Leading Actress in a Play
Live with Kelly and Michael 2006-2008 TV Series Herself
Martha 2006-2008 TV Series Herself
The View 2007-2008 TV Series Herself / Herself - Co-Host
Tavis Smiley 2005-2007 TV Series Herself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 2007 TV Series Herself
38th NAACP Image Awards 2007 TV Special Herself
Comic Relief 2006 2006 TV Special documentary Herself
Rachael Ray 2006 TV Series Herself
The 2nd Annual Quill Awards 2006 TV Special Herself
The 60th Annual Tony Awards 2006 TV Special Herself - Presenter: Best Play Montage
Inside the Actors Studio 2006 TV Series Herself
2006 Independent Spirit Awards 2006 TV Movie documentary Herself
The 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards 2006 TV Movie documentary Herself - Winner: Best Actress in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show 2005-2006 TV Series Herself
The WIN Awards 2005 TV Special Herself
The 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2005 TV Special Herself - Winner: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Jerry Orbach Tribute 2005 Video short Herself
Life & Style 2005 TV Series Herself
Romare Bearden at the High 2005 TV Movie Herself
Inside TV Land: Cops on Camera 2002 TV Movie documentary Herself
Art in the Twenty-First Century 2001 TV Series documentary Herself
Hollywood Squares 2001 TV Series Herself
The Daily Show 2000 TV Series Herself
Larry King Live 2000 TV Series Herself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 1999-2000 TV Series Herself
Jeopardy! 1999 TV Series Herself - Celebrity Contestant
5th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 1999 TV Special Herself
The 44th Annual Tony Awards 1990 TV Special Herself - Performer & Nominee: Best Featured Actress in a Play
The More You Know 1989 TV Series Herself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Corazón de... 2005-2006 TV Series Herself
Homicide: Life on the Street 1999 TV Series Lt. Anita Van Buren

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 Best Ensemble Best Actors Film Festival Feature Dramedy Year by the Sea (2016) · Karen Allen
· Yannick Bisson
· Michael Cristofer
· Celia Imrie
2011 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Law & Order (1990)
2010 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Law & Order (1990)
2006 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television Lackawanna Blues (2005)
2006 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Best Actress - Television Lackawanna Blues (2005)
2006 Gracie Gracie Allen Awards Outstanding Female Lead - Miniseries Lackawanna Blues (2005)
2006 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Law & Order (1990)
2006 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a TV Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special Lackawanna Blues (2005)
2006 Prism Award Prism Awards Performance in a TV-Movie or Miniseries Lackawanna Blues (2005)
2006 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries Lackawanna Blues (2005)
2005 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie Lackawanna Blues (2005)
2005 Camie Character and Morality in Entertainment Awards Radio (2003) · Todd Garner (producer)
· Michael Tollin (director)
· Mike Rich (screenwriter)
· Cuba Gooding Jr. (actor)
· Ed Harris (actor)
· Alfre Woodard (actress)
· Riley Smith (actor)
· Brent Sexton (actor)
· Sarah Drew (actress)
2005 Gold Derby TV Award Gold Derby Awards TV Movie/Mini Lead Actress Lackawanna Blues (2005)
2005 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Actress in a Motion Picture or Miniseries Lackawanna Blues (2005)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2013 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Best Independent Documentary The Contradictions of Fair Hope (2012) · Rockell Metcalf
2009 Gold Derby TV Award Gold Derby Awards TV Movie/Mini Actress of the Decade Lackawanna Blues (2005)
2009 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Law & Order (1990)
2008 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special Girl, Positive (2007)
2008 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Law & Order (1990)
2007 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Law & Order (1990)
2006 Independent Spirit Award Independent Spirit Awards Best Female Lead Lackawanna Blues (2005)
2006 Vision Award NAMIC Vision Awards Best Dramatic Performance Lackawanna Blues (2005)
2005 Satellite Award Satellite Awards Outstanding Actress in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television Lackawanna Blues (2005)
2005 WIN Award Women's Image Network Awards Actress in Made-for-TV Movie/Miniseries Lackawanna Blues (2005)
2004 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Law & Order (1990) · Jesse L. Martin
· Jerry Orbach
· Elisabeth Röhm
· Fred Dalton Thompson
· Sam Waterston
2002 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Law & Order (1990) · Angie Harmon
· Jesse L. Martin
· Jerry Orbach
· Elisabeth Röhm
· Sam Waterston
· Dianne Wiest
2001 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series Law & Order (1990)
2001 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Law & Order (1990) · Angie Harmon
· Steven Hill
· Jesse L. Martin
· Jerry Orbach
· Sam Waterston
· Dianne Wiest
2000 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Law & Order (1990) · Benjamin Bratt
· Angie Harmon
· Steven Hill
· Jesse L. Martin
· Carey Lowell
· Jerry Orbach
· Sam Waterston
1999 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Law & Order (1990)
1999 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Law & Order (1990) · Benjamin Bratt
· Angie Harmon
· Steven Hill
· Carey Lowell
· Jerry Orbach
· Sam Waterston
1998 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Law & Order (1990)
1998 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Law & Order (1990) · Benjamin Bratt
· Steven Hill
· Carey Lowell
· Jerry Orbach
· Sam Waterston
1997 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Law & Order (1990)
1997 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Law & Order (1990) · Benjamin Bratt
· Jill Hennessy
· Steven Hill
· Carey Lowell
· Jerry Orbach
· Sam Waterston
1996 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Law & Order (1990) · Benjamin Bratt
· Jill Hennessy
· Steven Hill
· Chris Noth
· Jerry Orbach
· Sam Waterston
1995 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Law & Order (1990) · Jill Hennessy
· Steven Hill
· Chris Noth
· Jerry Orbach
· Sam Waterston


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#Fact
1 She was nominated for a 2007-2008 Outer Critics Circle Award for Actress in a Play for "Come Back, Little Sheba," was performed in a Manhattan Theatre Club presentation of a Center Theatre Group production on Broadway in New York City.
2 She was nominated for a 2008 Antoinette Perry (Tony) Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play for "Come Back, Little Sheba," was performed in a Manhattan Theatre Club presentation of a Center Theatre Group production on Broadway in New York City.
3 She was nominated for a 2007 Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance Award for "Come Back, Little Sheba," was performed in a Manhattan Theatre Club presentation of a Center Theatre Group production on Broadway in New York City.
4 She was nominated for a 1990 Antoinette Perry (Tony) Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for "The Piano Lesson" on Broadway in New York City.
5 Appeared in a commercial for Coricidin. [2009]
6 Playing "Lola Delaney" in "Come Back Little Sheba" by William Inge at the Biltmore Theatre on Broadway for a limited run. [January 2008]
7 Performing the lead role in "Birdie Bues" in New York City. [July 2005]
8 She appeared in 391 episodes of Law & Order (1990), more than anyone else. Consequently, Lt. Anita Van Buren is the most prolific female character in the history of US primetime television.
9 She has played the same character (Lt. Anita Van Buren) in three different television series: Law & Order (1990), Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001) and Law & Order: Trial by Jury (2005).
10 Was nominated for Broadway's 2008 Tony Award for Best Performance By a Leading Actress in a Play for "Come Back, Little Sheba".
11 Nominated for the 2008 NAACP Theatre Award (Best Lead Female) for her performance as Lola in a revival of "Come Back, Little Sheba." The other three nominees, Jeannette Bayardelle, Felicia Fields and Michelle Williams, were all nominated for the work in "The Color Purple".
12 Nominated for the 2008 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play for her performance in "Come Back, Little Sheba".
13 Nominated for the Drama League's Distinguished Performance Award for her work in "Fucking A" (2003), "Birdie Blue" (2006) and "Come Back, Little Sheba" (2008).
14 As Lt. Anita Van Buren, Merkerson has done over 300 episodes and is the longest-running African-American character on television. Male or female.
15 When walking the streets of New York she is frequently approached by members of the NYPD, who jokingly ask how they can be transferred to her precinct.
16 Along with Jerry Orbach and Annie Parisse, Diane Neal, Milena Govich, and Jeremy Sisto one of at least 6 Law & Order (1990) cast members to play a different character in an episode before joining the cast in a later season. (Michael Imperioli also played multiple roles, but was not a permanent addition to the cast as Det. Falco.).
17 Won her second Village Voice Obie Award in 2006 for her work in "Birdie Blue."
18 In April 2006, co-star Jesse L. Martin presented Merkerson with the Entertainer of the Year Award at the SunDeis Film Festival at Brandeis Universty.
19 Is the youngest of five children.
20 Her parents are originally from the South, and came to Michigan (Merkerson's birthplace) in search of work.
21 Her favorite Law & Order (1990) episode is the first season show "Mushrooms," in which she plays Denise Winters, a woman whose son is mistakenly killed by a boy who, unable to read, fires shots into the wrong apartment.
22 Owes much of her success to casting director Meg Simon.
23 Her sister is a lung-cancer survivor.
24 Works with Justice Works Community, a group "advocating for humane policies towards women in prison, especially those with children."
25 Before studying Acting, she majored in Dance at Wayne State University.
26 Smoked for twenty years before quitting.
27 On a June 11, 2005, episode of the NPR show "Wait wait... Don't tell me!" she claimed that her first name was not Sharon, but rather was "Sweet." This may well have been a jest, but she repeatedly stuck with it.
28 Her Law & Order (1990) character, Lt. Anita Van Buren, whom she has played since 1993, is the longest running African American character in an American television drama.
29 Has been nominated twice for the Helen Hayes Award, first in 1990 for "The Piano Lesson" (Outstanding Lead Actress-Nonresident Production) and in 1999 for "The Old Settler" (Outstanding Lead Actress-Resident Play), for which she won the award.
30 In 2002, she received the Regulus Award from the Cancer Care organization for her dedication to lung-cancer awareness and education. The award was presented by her Law & Order (1990) co-star, Jesse L. Martin.
31 Was nominated for Broadway's 1990 Tony Award as Best Actress (Featured Role - Play) for August Wilson's "The Piano Lesson."
32 With Jerry Orbach's departure from Law & Order (1990) in 2004 after playing the role of Detective Lennie Briscoe for twelve years, she is now the longest-running cast member. She joined the series as Lt. Anita Van Buren in 1993 at the beginning of the show's fourth season.
33 She wears a wig on Law & Order (1990) to cover up her "twist-locs", which have since been cut off and replaced by short-length hair.

#Quote
1 On playing Lola in "Come Back Little Sheba": I'm usually typecast as strong, authoritative, so to find that kind of vulnerability is a real challenge. But Lola is not so far from me, either. I was married, and I understand how to be lonely in a marriage. I believe she's in menopause. And that alone, hormonally, can send a woman into a tailspin. Add in her alcoholic husband, and (you've got) a decent person who's just, um ... stuck. In the past. But she's muuuch stronger than she thinks.
2 My dad said he had a teacher named Epatha who was influential in keeping him in school. But my mother said it was an old girlfriend of his. So that's why she stuck in the Sharon Epatha. That's what the "S" stands for. Everyone knows now because some numbskull I went to high school with decided to put it on the Internet.


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