Ed Green
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Name Ed Green
Title Detective
Affiliation NYPD
Division Manhattan North Homicide Squad
Precinct 27th Precinct
Status Alive (retired)
Actor Jesse L. Martin
First Appearance "Gunshow"
Last Appearance "Burn Card"

Edward "Ed" Green was a homicide detective on Law & Order. He first appeared in 1999 in the episode "Gunshow".

History[edit | edit source]

Green was a detective in Gang Intel. Unlike his predecessor, Detective Rey Curtis, Detective Green's attitude as a cop was more aggressive and in ways like the style of Dirty Harry. This can be noted when Detective Green points his gun at a suspect who opened fire on college students (mostly women) and yells at him to confess without reading him the miranda warning. (L&O: "Gunshow"). He was Lennie Briscoe's partner until Briscoe's retirement in 2004 (L&O: "C.O.D."). After that, his new (Senior) partner became Detective Joe Fontana (L&O: "Paradigm"). Green was shot in the line of duty by Emiliano Ortiz while escorting a witness, Kenny Peluso, to court (L&O: "Tombstone"). He recovered and was assigned desk duty until he was able to resume field work (L&O: "Red Ball").

Green was then promoted to Senior Detective and taking Nina Cassady (L&O: "Fame") and Cyrus Lupo as Junior Partners (L&O: "Called Home"). He retires after being charged with a murder. While the charges are dropped when it is revealed he killed the suspect in defense of another person, he quits out of guilt for his actions when a person's secret that he was protecting comes out as a result despite the fact that he could have fought and won the case against him by the police department. He was replaced by Cyrus Lupo as Senior Partner (L&O: "Burn Card").

Officer-involved shootings[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Ed Green is the first detective in Law & Order to make Sr. Detective from Jr. Detective.
  • He is also one of only five characters to appear in all four New York City-based Law & Order series.
  • He was shot in season 15's 20th episode, Tombstone while escorting a reluctant witness to the courthouse. The hitman killed the witness on matters unrelated to the case. That was concluded in the Trial By Jury episode "Skeleton".
  • Jesse L. Martin had to leave to shoot the movie Rent so his character, Detective Green was shot so Martin could take the time off.
  • He's a vegetarian.
  • He lived in the Middle East and has strong respect for Muslims and Islam.
  • Carries the Glock 19 as his issued sidearm.
  • Jesse L. Martin made his debut around the same time as Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
  • He used to have a gambling problem and was protecting April Lannen, a young mother he introduced to gambling who had committed embezzlement to pay her debts.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Icon L&O.jpg Law & Order - Main Characters

Senior Detectives: Max GreeveyPhil CerretaLennie BriscoeJoe FontanaEd GreenCyrus Lupo

Junior Detectives: Mike LoganRey CurtisEd GreenNick FalcoNina CassadyCyrus LupoKevin Bernard

Commanding Officers: Captain Donald Cragen • Lieutenant Anita Van Buren


Executive Assistant District Attorneys: Benjamin StoneJack McCoyMichael Cutter

Assistant District Attorneys: Paul RobinetteClaire KincaidJamie RossAbbie CarmichaelSerena SoutherlynAlexandra BorgiaConnie Rubirosa

District Attorneys: Adam SchiffNora LewinArthur BranchJack McCoy


Elizabeth OlivetAlfred Wentworth

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