Martin, the third of four sons, was born in Rocky Mount, Virginia. His father, Jesse Reed Watkins — , was a truck driver, and his mother, Virginia Price, a college counselor. He was born two months premature. His parents divorced when he was a child. When Martin was in grade school, the family relocated to Buffalo, New York , but Martin began to dislike speaking because of his Southern accent and was often overcome with shyness. A concerned educator and mentor influenced him to join an after-school drama program and cast him as the pastor in The Golden Goose. Being from Virginia, the young Martin played the character the only way he knew how: as an inspired Southern Baptist preacher.
Jesse L. Martin
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His mother, Virginia Price, was a college career counselor. His father, Jesse Reed Watkins, was a truck driver. His parents divorced when he was very young.
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Jesse L. Martin has portrayed Joe West for six seasons on The Flash. But before that, the actor had already logged an impressive amount of experience on television and in films. And with a steady career of lucrative gigs comes the opportunity to earn some serious dough. After a successful run in theater, he transitioned to the small screen. Martin began his television career with guest appearances on the classic soap operas One Life to Live and Guiding Light. But being a longtime daytime player was not in the cards for Martin.