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Martin Lawrence Biography

Birth Name:
Martin Fitzgerald Lawrence
Birth Place:
Frankfurt, West Germany
Actor, comedian

Fast Facts

  • Was a Golden Gloves boxer in his teens
  • In the mid-'80s, worked at a Sears department store in Queens, along with members of Salt 'n Pepa and Kid 'n Play
  • Later reunited with Christopher Reid and Christopher Martin, a
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  • Kid 'n Play, for House Party (1990) and House Party 2 (1991)
  • A 1987 appearance on Star Search launched his career, despite his loss in the second round
  • A role in the sitcom What's Happening Now!! soon followed
  • In 1992, he landed his own Fox sitcom, Martin, which became a hit and made him a household name
  • Made his directorial debut with A Thin Line Between Love and Hate (1996)
  • Spent three days in a coma after jogging in extreme heat to prepare for his role in Big Momma's House (2000), a role he reprised for Big Momma's House 2 (2006)
  • Used his off-screen tabloid adventures as material for the candid stand-up concert film Martin Lawrence Live: Runteldat (2002)
  • Took to the road first to play a middle-aged man on a motorcycle trip with his pals in Wild Hogs (2007), and then to portray an overprotective dad accompanying his daughter on a college interview in College Road Trip (2008)