‘Law & Order,’ ‘Chicago Med’ actress talks diabetes, city violence

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Actress S. Epatha Merkerson, of Law & Order and Chicago Med, moved to Chicago a few years ago for a role in the latest of Dick Wolf's Chicago-centered TV series. | Rich Hein/Sun-Times

Chicago Sun-Times

Emmy, Golden Globe and NAACP Image award-winning actress S. Epatha Merkerson is passionate about a few things.

Acting is one of them.

Advocating for people afflicted with Type 2 diabetes is another.

And also her belief in the value of education and extracurricular activities in keeping kids away from violence.

Best known for her 17-year run as Lt. Anita Van Buren on TV’s longest-running crime drama, “Law & Order,” Merkerson moved to Chicago three years ago for a role on “Chicago Med,” one of NBC’s Chicago-centric drama series.

“I was doing August Wilson’s ‘The Piano Lesson’ on Broadway, and a producer of ‘Law & Order’ was there,” said the actress, who now lives on the Gold Coast, recalling how she met “Law & Order” franchise creator Dick Wolf.

“I got an opportunity to audition for a part in the very first season. The character wasn’t Van Buren, but it connected me with Dick Wolf, and he has completely changed my life,” she said.

Wolf is behind “Chicago Med,” “Chicago Fire” and “Chicago P.D.”

“The great thing about working with Dick is that he really knows exactly what he’s looking for. And he’s very loyal, which you don’t always hear about in the business that I’m in,” she said. “He doesn’t suffer fools, but he’s a great person to work for.”

Merkerson, 64, acclaimed for her work in theater, film and TV for over 40 years, plays hospital administrator Sharon Goodwin, head of “Chicago Med,” and buffer between bureaucrats and doctors. The show enters its third season…Read More

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