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S. Epatha Merkerson net worth: S. Epatha Merkerson is an American actress who has a net worth of $5 million dollars. S. Epatha Merkerson was born in Saginaw, Michigan, and graduated from Wayne State University. She began her professional acting career on stage in New York City, and then moved to film and television work. Her early work included supporting roles in the film, "She's Gotta Have It", and guest starring or recurring roles on such television shows as "Pee-Wee's Playhouse", "The Cosby Show", and "Mann and Machine". She became a household name when she was cast on the long-running series, "Law & Order". She appeared as Anita van Buren on the show for a record 16 seasons. She was the cast member who remained with the show for the longest time, and holds the record for the longest-running African-American character on television. Since leaving "Law & Order" in 2010, she has continued to appear in a wide variety of film, television, and theater projects. She has won numerous awards, including an Emmy, a Golden Globe, a SAG Award, an Obie, and four NAACP Image Awards. She has also been nominated for two Tony Awards.
S. Epatha Merkerson (/i??pe???,??/; born Sharon Epatha Merkerson; November 28, 1952) is an American film, stage, and television actress. She has won a Golden Globe, an Emmy Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, an Obie Award and four NAACP Image Awards. She has also received two Tony Award nominations. She is best known for her role as NYPD Lieutenant Anita Van Buren from 1993 to 2010 on the long-running NBC police procedural drama series, Law & Order. She appeared in 391 episodes of the series???more than any other cast member.
In 2012, Merkerson became the host of Find Our Missing, a reality-reenactment series on TV One which profiles missing people of color.
Merkerson, the youngest of five children, was born in Saginaw, Michigan. Her mother, Ann, was, at the time, the only female in the vehicles operation unit at the Detroit Post Office. Her father worked in a factory. Merkerson's parents separated in 1957.
Merkerson has often been reticent about revealing what her first name really was (Sharon). On the June 11, 2005 episode of NPR's Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!, she jokingly claimed that the initial "S," "stands for 'Sweet' [because] so many people have difficulty with Epatha, which is what I prefer to be called". She has legally changed her first name to S. During a segment on the January 31, 2012 episode of The Wendy Williams Show, when questioned about the origin of her name, Merkerson shared that "Epatha" was the name of "a grade-school teacher who was influential in keeping [her father] in school." She further went on to clarify that she prefers to be addressed as "Epatha" as opposed to "S. Epatha."
Merkerson graduated from Cooley High School in 1970. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Wayne State University and began her New York theater career in 1978. She was conferred an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Wayne State University in May 2009.
Merkerson made her television debut as Reba the Mail Lady on Pee-wee's Playhouse. "It

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Detroit Repertory Theatre celebrates 60th anniversary with black-tie gala

This black-tie affair was hosted by former WKBD Detroit news anchor Amyre Makupson and featured S. Epatha Merkerson of “Law and Order” fame as keynote speaker. Adding an additional reason to celebrate was UAW-Ford’s generous donation of $20K to ...
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Singer Randy Newman is 73. Musician Paul Shaffer is 67. Actor Ed Harris is 66. Actress S. Epatha Merkerson is 64. Country singer Kristine Arnold of Sweethearts of the Rodeo is 60. Actor Judd Nelson is 57. Drummer Matt Cameron (Pearl Jam, Soundgarden ...
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November 28, birthdays for Trey Songz, Bryshere Gray, Andrew Bogut

actress S. EPATHA MERKERSON, who was born in 1952; actor JUDD NELSON, who was born in 1959; singer, songwriter and composer RANDY NEWMAN, who was born in 1943; bandleader PAUL SHAFFER, who was born in 1949; R&B singer TREY SONGZ, who was born in 1974 ...
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