S. Epatha Merkerson

American actress

Sharon Epatha Merkerson (the middle name is pronounced ee-pay-thuh), known as S. Epatha Merkerson, is an American actress. She was born on November 28, 1952.[1] She is best known as Lieutenant Anita Van Buren in the Law & Order television series. She was on Law & Order from 1993 until it stopped airing new episodes in 2010,[2] and she was in 391 episodes. This was more than any other actor on the show.[3]

S. Epatha Merkerson
Merkerson in 2017
Sharon Epatha Merkerson

(1952-11-28) November 28, 1952 (age 71)
Saginaw, Michigan, United States
Years active1986–present
Spouse(s)Toussaint Louverture Jones, Jr. (1994-2006; divorced)

She has won a Golden Globe, an Emmy award, an Obie Award, four NAACP Image Awards, and a Screen Actors Guild Award.


  1. "S. Epatha Merkerson" in 'Come Back, Little Sheba'" Archived 2008-02-25 at the Wayback Machine. The Leonard Lopate Show, 2008-02-22. WNYC, New York. Elapsed time approx. 15:50. Retrieved 2008-02-23
  2. "Exclusive: S. Epatha Merkerson exits 'Law & Order'". ausiellofiles.ew.com. Archived from the original on November 14, 2010. Retrieved March 29, 2013.
  3. "Interview with S. Epatha Merkerson". The Wendy Williams Show. Archived from the original on February 26, 2012. Retrieved March 29, 2013.