Martin hangs up badge on "Law & Order"

Thu Feb 21, 2008 9:14am EST
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By Nellie Andreeva

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - "Law & Order" veteran Jesse L. Martin is leaving the long-running NBC drama after nine years, and will be replaced by Anthony Anderson.

Martin will film one more episode of the series, in which his character, Detective Ed Green, will be written off, sources said. The actor had signed on to do the first 13 episodes this season with an option for more.

Anderson will play a new detective partnered with Jeremy Sisto's Cyrus Lupo, who joined the revolving lineup this season. Anderson previously appeared as a cop on an episode of the spinoff "Law & Order: SVU."

"Law & Order" continues Anderson's streak of dramatic roles, including FX's "The Shield," Martin Scorsese's "The Departed" and, most recently, Fox's gritty cop drama "K-Ville," for which he landed an Image Award nomination. His feature credits also "Barbershop" and "Hustle & Flow."

Martin, who recently wrapped the feature "Peter and Vandy," next is set to portray Marvin Gaye in the biopic "Sexual Healing," which is expected to begin production in late April or early May.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

<p>Jesse L. Martin arrives at the National Board Of Review of Motion Pictures award gala in New York January 15, 2008. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson</p>