More S. Epatha Merkerson Bios & Profiles
Biography #2 (for Radio)S. Epatha Merkerson is a native of Detroit and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Wayne State University. She has since won critical acclaim for her work in theatre, television and film. Merkerson recently completed her 10th season as 'Lieutenant Anita Van Buren' on NBC's acclaimed hit drama Law & Order. She also recently appeared in The Rising Place with Gary Cole and Mark Webber and opposite Jennifer Lopez in Kevin Smith's Jersey Girl. Merkerson has performed on and off Broadway in productions including the 1990 Pulitzer Prize-winning The Piano Lesson, for which she received a Tony and Drama Desk nomination for Best Actress. She received a 1991 Obie Award for her work in the Young Playwrights Festival's production of I'm Not Stupid and a 1999 Helen Hayes Award for her role in The Old Settler in Washington, D.C.
Prior to Law & Order, Merkerson was a series regular on Peewee's Playhouse, where she played 'Reba The Mail Lady,' Dick Wolf's Mann and Machine and the Cosby spin-off Here and Now with Malcolm Jamal Warner. She also appeared in the pilots Elysian Fields and Moe's World. She has
made guest appearances on The Cosby Show, Equal Justice and most recently, Frasier as the psychiatrist for Daphne Moon (Jane Leeves).
Ms. Merkerson co-starred in numerous television movies, including A Mother's Prayer with Linda Hamilton, An Unexpected Life and It's a Girl Thing with Stockard Channing. In 1998, she reprised her role as'Lt. Van Buren' for the NBC movie Exiled with Chris Noth.