Sharon Epatha Merkerson (born November 28, 1952), known as S. Epatha Merkerson, is an American film, stage, and television actress known for her work in Law & Order, Lackawanna Blues and Black Snake Moan.

Peter denies being a racist after he accidentally shoots Cleveland Brown, Jr. in "A Shot in the Dark", explaining that he dream 3-way is with S. Epatha Merkerson and C. C. H. Pounder. In a cutaway, he introduces the pair and recommends they proceed with dignity.