S. Epatha Merkerson

Biography: The youngest of five children. Grew up in Michigan. Attended Wayne State University in Detroit. S. Epatha made her Broadway debut as the understudy for Lynne Thigpen in the musical Tintypes. It was ten years later she created the role of Bernice, the no nonsense wife, in August Wilson's Puliter Prize winning play, The Piano Lesson. She received a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Play and a Drama Desk nomination for Best Actress in a Play. It was another 18 years before she would return to Broadway in the revival of Come Back, Little Sheba recreating the role of Lola (which made Shirley Booth a star.)

S. Epatha made her television series debut in the Saturday morning show Peewee's Playhouse playing Reba the Mail Lady. It was a guest role in Season One of Law & Order, that led to her being cast as a regular starting in Season Four. This makes Lieutenant Anita Van Buren the show's longest running character.

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Title: Year: Credit: User score:
tbd Law & Order: Season 17 Sep 22, 2006 Lt. Anita Van Buren (Seasons 4-) tbd
tbd Law & Order: Season 16 Sep 21, 2005 Lt. Anita Van Buren tbd
tbd Law & Order: Season 15 Sep 22, 2004 Lt. Anita Van Buren tbd
tbd Law & Order: Season 14 Sep 24, 2003 Lt. Anita Van Buren tbd
tbd Law & Order: Season 13 Oct 2, 2002 Lt. Anita Van Buren tbd
tbd Law & Order: Season 12 Sep 26, 2001 Lt. Anita Van Buren tbd
tbd Law & Order: Season 11 Oct 18, 2000 Lt. Anita Van Buren tbd
tbd Law & Order: Season 10 Sep 22, 1999 Lt. Anita Van Buren tbd
tbd Law & Order: Season 9 Sep 23, 1998 Lt. Anita Van Buren tbd
tbd Law & Order: Season 8 Sep 24, 1997 Lt. Anita Van Buren tbd
tbd Law & Order: Season 7 Sep 18, 1996 Lt. Anita Van Buren tbd
tbd Law & Order: Season 6 Sep 20, 1995 Lt. Anita Van Buren tbd
tbd Law & Order: Season 5 Sep 21, 1994 Lt. Anita Van Buren tbd
tbd Law & Order: Season 4 Sep 15, 1993 Lt. Anita Van Buren tbd
tbd Pee-Wee's Playhouse: Season 5 Sep 8, 1990 Reba tbd
tbd Pee-Wee's Playhouse: Season 4 Sep 9, 1989 Reba tbd
tbd Pee-Wee's Playhouse: Season 2 Sep 12, 1987 Reba tbd
tbd Pee-Wee's Playhouse: Season 1 Sep 13, 1986 Reba tbd