'Law & Order' Star Hands in his Badge

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After nine years on the force, Jesse L. Martin is retiring from Law & Order.

The 39-year-old will film one more episode, in which his character, Detective Ed Green, will be written out of the long-running NBC drama, Reuters reports.

Anthony Anderson – who has appeared on The Shield and the Law & Order spinoff Special Victims Unit – will replace Martin, teaming up with last year’s series newcomer, Jeremy Sisto.

Martin first joined the cast in 1999, when he hunted down baddies with Jerry Orbach’s wise-cracking Detective Lennie Briscoe.

During the 2004-2005 season, he took a haitus to reprise his Broadway role as Tom Collins in the big-screen version of Rent. He’ll be crooning again for his next project: Playing Marvin Gaye in the upcoming biopic, Sexual Healing.

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