Martin Lawrence

Actor, Comedian, Producer
Arguably one of the most popular and successful comedians of the mid-1990s, not to mention being the man who first popularized "Wassup?" as a socially acceptable expression of hello, actor Martin Lawrence quickly rose ... Read more »
Born: 04/15/1965 in Germany

Filmography

Actor (56)

Conan 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Partners 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

The Soul Man 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son 2011 (Movie)

Malcolm Turner/Big Momma (Actor)

Martin 1991 - 1997, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Martin Lawrence Presents: 1st Amendment Standup 1991 - 1997, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Late Show With David Letterman 2011 (Tv Show)

Guest

Death at a Funeral 2010 (Movie)

Ryan (Actor)

College Road Trip 2008 (Movie)

Chief James Porter (Actor)

Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam 1991 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins 2008 (Movie)

RJ (Actor)

Eddie Murphy: The Making of Delirious 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Wild Hogs 2007 (Movie)

Bobby Davis (Actor)

2005 BET Comedy Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Big Momma's House 2 2006 (Movie)

Malcolm Turner/Big Momma (Actor)

Inside the Actors Studio 2006 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Open Season 2006 (Movie)

Voice of Boog (Actor)

Rebound 2005 (Movie)

Roy McCormick/Preacher Don (Actor)

100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Bad Boys II 2003 (Movie)

Detective Marcus Burnett (Actor)

National Security 2003 (Movie)

Earl Montgomery (Actor)

Reel Comedy: Bad Boys II 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2003 MTV Movie Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Will Smith VH1 Movie Special: Bad Boys II 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Martin Lawrence Live: Runteldat 2002 (Movie)

Comedian (Actor)

Black Knight 2001 (Movie)

Jamal Walker (Actor)

What's The Worst That Could Happen? 2001 (Movie)

Kevin Caffrey (Actor)

Big Momma's House 2000 (Movie)

Malcolm (Actor)

Blue Streak 1999 (Movie)

Miles Logan (Actor)

Life 1999 (Movie)

Claude Banks (Actor)

ABC in Concert 1990 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Nothing to Lose 1997 (Movie)

T Paul (Actor)

The 28th NAACP Image Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

A Thin Line Between Love and Hate 1996 (Movie)

Darnell (Actor)

The 27th Annual NAACP Image Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Bad Boys 1995 (Movie)

Marcus Burnett (Actor)

The 1993 Billboard Music Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1993 MTV Video Music Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

You So Crazy 1994 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Fox New Year's Eve Live 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

One-Night Stand 1988 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Boomerang 1992 (Movie)

Tyler (Actor)

The 44th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

House Party 2 1991 (Movie)

Bilal (Actor)

Kid 'N' Play 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Voice

Talkin' Dirty After Dark 1991 (Movie)

Terry (Actor)

House Party 1990 (Movie)

Bilal (Actor)

A Little Bit Strange 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Do the Right Thing 1989 (Movie)

Cee (Actor)

What's Happening Now! 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Hammer, Slammer, and Slade (TV Show)

Actor

Sheneneh and Wanda (Movie)

Wanda (Actor)
Producer (12)

Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son 2011 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Love That Girl 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Big Momma's House 2 2006 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Rebound 2005 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

National Security 2003 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Martin Lawrence Live: Runteldat 2002 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Black Knight 2001 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

What's The Worst That Could Happen? 2001 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Big Momma's House 2000 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

A Thin Line Between Love and Hate 1996 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

You So Crazy 1994 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Sheneneh and Wanda (Movie)

(Producer)
Writer (3)

A Thin Line Between Love and Hate 1996 (Movie)

(From Story)

A Thin Line Between Love and Hate 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

You So Crazy 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Music (2)

Black Knight 2001 (Movie)

("Dance to the Music" "Sound Off (Duckworth Chant)") (Song Performer)

A Thin Line Between Love and Hate 1996 (Movie)

(Music Supervisor)
Director (1)

A Thin Line Between Love and Hate 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

Arguably one of the most popular and successful comedians of the mid-1990s, not to mention being the man who first popularized "Wassup?" as a socially acceptable expression of hello, actor Martin Lawrence quickly rose to prominence on the back of his popular sitcom "Martin" (Fox, 1992-97), only to become embroiled in personal travails that very nearly ruined his career. While basking in the early success of "Martin," Lawrence began making strides in the feature world, starting with the hit action-comedy, "Bad Boys" (1995). But trouble began to surface when he landed in the hospital following an outburst while on the set of his first directing job, "A Thin Line Between Love and Hate" (1996), which precipitated a series of embarrassing events that included sexual harassment charges from his "Martin" co-star, a brutal divorce from his first wife, and a strange episode where he was found waving a gun at tourists in Los Angeles. Despite his personal problems, Lawrence had a popular hit with "Big Momma's House" (2000) while maintaining a steady career pace that saw its share of misfires, but always kept Lawrence in the public eye.

Relationships

Lyana

Daughter
Mother, Shamicka Gibbs

Ameria

Daughter
Mother, Shamicka Gibbs

Shamicka Gibbs

Wife
Married July 10, 2010 in Beverly Hills, CA Separated April 24, 2012 Lawrence filed for divorce April 25, 2012

John Lawrence

Father
Served in the military Divorced Lawrence's mother c. 1973

Chlora Lawrence

Mother
Divorced Lawrence's father c. 1973

Jasmine Lawrence

Daughter
Born Jan. 15, 1996; mother, Patricia Southall

Ursula Lawrence

Sister
Born c. 1966; ran Lawrence's fan club

Robert Lawrence

Brother

Rae Proctor Assistant

Sister

Patricia Southall

Wife
Born c. 1971; former Miss Virginia Married Jan. 7, 1995 Divorced Sept. 17, 1996

Lark Voorhies Actor

Companion
Briefly engaged in 1993

EDUCATION

Eleanor Roosevelt High School

Greenbelt , Maryland

Friendly High School

Fort Washington , Maryland

Thomas G. Pullen School of Creative and Performing Arts

Landover , Maryland

Milestones

2010

Co-starred in the Chris Rock produced black comedy, "Death at a Funeral," a remake of the 2007 British film of the same name

2008

Starred in the comedy, "Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins"

2008

Co-starred with Raven-Symoné in the father/daughter comedy, "College Road Trip"

2007

Cast in the comedy-adventure "Wild Hogs" as one of four middle-aged friends who decide to rev up their routine suburban lives with a freewheeling motorcycle trip

2006

Produced and starred in "Big Momma's House 2" the sequel to the 2000 comedy

2006

Voiced BOOG, a happily domesticated grizzly bear in the animated comedy "Open Season"

2005

Starred in the basketball comedy "Rebound" as flamboyant coach Roy McCormick

2003

Re-teamed with Will Smith for "Bad Boys 2"

2003

Starred in the comedy feature "National Security"

2002

Released "Martin Lawrence Live: Runteldat" a concert film

2001

Starred (also executive produced) in "Black Knight"

2001

Starred opposite Danny DeVito in "What's the Worst That Could Happen?"

2000

Scored a hit as an FBI agent going undercover in "Big Momma's House"; also executive produced

1999

Starred as a diamond thief impersonating a cop in "Blue Streak"

1999

Re-teamed with Eddie Murphy as prisoners in "Life"

1997

Starred opposite Tim Robbins in "Nothing to Lose"

1996

Feature directorial debut (also co-wrote, co-starred and produced), "A Thin Line Between Love and Hate"

1995

Co-starred with Will Smith as two undercover Miami cops in Michael Bay's feature directorial debut, "Bad Boys"

1994

Banned from NBC after some controversial comments made while hosting "Saturday Night Live" (NBC)

1994

Starred in the concert film "You So Crazy"; feature debut as executive producer; film received an NC-17 rating

1993

Released first concert album, Talkin' Shit

1992

Starred (also executive produced) in the Fox sitcom, "Martin"; co-starring Campbell as his girlfriend

1992

Hosted the HBO comedy series, "Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam"

1992

First film with Eddie Murphy, "Boomerang"; third film with Campbell

1991

Reunited with Kid 'N' Play and Campbell for a sequel, "House Party 2"

1990

Teamed with Kid 'N' Play for the feature "House Party"; first collaboration with actress Tisha Campbell

1990

Provided a voice for the short-lived cartoon, "Kid 'n' Play" (NBC)

1989

Feature debut in Spike Lee's "Do The Right Thing"

1987

Cast in a recurring role on the syndicated sitcom, "What's Happening Now!!" as a smartmouthed busboy

1987

Won the first round of a "Star Search" competition

Founded production companies You So Crazy and You Go Boy

Moved to NYC where he performed in Washington Square Park

Starred in the HBO comedy special, "One-Night Stand"

Worked at Sears in Queens, New York with Salt-N-Pepa and Kid 'N' Play (Christopher Reid and Christopher Martin)

Began performing stand-up on the local nightclub circuit in Washington DC

Bonus Trivia

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Lawrence was accused of sexual harrassment by co-star Tisha Campbell in a lawsuit filed in January 1997. Campbell, who had quit the Fox sitcom in November, agreed to complete the final two episodes of the five-year run of "Martin" (Fox) on the condition that she would not have to appear in any more scenes with him. This provided a real a challenge for the writers who had to to make the pair seem like a loving couple, though they never stood in the same room.

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Actor Martin Lawrence collapsed while jogging and lay in a coma for three days before regaining consciousness, hospital officials said Wednesday. He was running in heavy clothing to try to lose weight for a movie role, putting himself near death when his body temperature rose to more than 107 degrees. - from USAToday, Aug. 26, 1999

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"It's like Arsenio [Hall] says: If you're doing comedy and you haven't stolen from [Richard] Pryor, then you ain't doing it right. I agree with that. All I studied was Pryor, [Eddie] Murphy, Redd Foxx, Moms Mably. I looked to the old school. I looked to those I considred to be the best of their times. I consider Richard Pryor the best of all time." - Lawrence quoted in Rolling Stone, Nov. 11, 1993

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"When I was growing up, people cracked on my ears, a lot. Kids are blunt. They don't know no better, so they'll say, 'Oooh, you got some big ears,' or 'Hi, Mr. Elf.' So there came a time when I had to learn to joke on my own ears." - Lawrence, quoted in New York Post, April 9, 1996

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On his erratic behavior: "He's not sick, he's not taking drugs. I think [his behavior] was a combination of many things - a marriage that didn't go well, doing movies back to back with his sitcom. I think he's learned how to pace himself." - an inside source quoted in the New York Post, July 16, 1997

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About his first meeting long ago with Eddie Murphy at the Comedy Store on Sunset Boulevard: "I watched Eddie on 'Saturday Night Live' and I couldn't believe it when I looked down and saw Eddie Murphy in the audience. I thought I might need oxygen or something. I still can't believe I did two movies with him. I learn something from him each time. Eddie's a great teacher." - Lawrence to Cindy Pearlman in the Chicago Sun-Times, April 11, 1999

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In May 1996, Martin was picked up by police in Sherman Oaks, CA, after complaints that he was screaming at motorists and pedestrians; police discovered a concealed weapon; released to his personal physician who issued statement that Lawrence was suffering from exhaustion and dehydration.

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Detained on July 29, 1996 for attempting to board a flight from Burbank to Phoenix carrying a concealed 9mm Baretta; eventually received two years' probation.

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In October 1996, Martin's wife obtained a temporary restraining order against him, claiming in divorce papers to be frightened for her own and her daughter's safety.

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