Martin Lawrence
American actor and director
Martin Lawrence
Martin Fitzgerald Lawrence, is an American actor, film director, film producer, screenwriter, and stand up comedian. He came to fame during the 1990s, establishing a Hollywood career as a leading actor, most notably the films Bad Boys, Blue Streak, and Big Momma's House. Lawrence has acted in numerous film roles and starred in his own television series, Martin, which ran from 1992 to 1997.
Biography
Martin Lawrence's personal information overview.
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Martin Lawrence is back
Fox News - 4 months
Comedian returns to the stage
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WATCH: Martin Lawrence and Other Stars Mourn Tommy Ford
ABC News - 4 months
Martin Lawrence and other Hollywood stars are mourning the loss of their friend and fellow actor Tommy Ford, who died Wednesday at age 52.
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Martin Lawrence On His First 'Raw' Stand-Up Film In 14 Years
Huffington Post - 6 months
Martin Lawrence is making his long-anticipated return to stand-up comedy with his new Showtime special, “Martin Lawrence Doin’ Time: Uncut.” The hour-long special, which was filmed live earlier this summer at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, California, marks Lawrence’s first stand-up special in 14 years. “It’s something to take your mind off of all the craziness going on in the world, and just enjoy,” he told The Huffington Post in regards to what viewers can expect from the special. “It’s not complicated. It’s just a lot of fun. It’s raw.” There wasn’t a particular reason for the decade-plus hiatus, he explained to The Huffington Post, adding that the special was an opportunity to reconnect with fans and “give them something that they’re used to seeing from me.” The special, which is Lawrence’s third concert film, will feature the comedy veteran providing his take on some of today’s top headlines and issues including, President Barack Obama, Bill Cosby, Hollywood and ...
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Martin Lawrence Has 'Nothing to Prove' in First Comedy Special in 14 Years
ABC News - 6 months
"Doin' Time: Uncut" premieres Friday at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
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11 new movie trailers you need to watch from this past week
Yahoo News - 7 months
There’s a lot happening in the movie world, and we’ve got plenty of new trailers to look at this week. Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk stands out, and so does  Masterminds , a hilarious bank heist comedy based on real-life events. There’s more to see after the break. DON’T MISS: The only bad cell company is Sprint Broken Vows Broken Vows is a story about a creepy dude who’s stalking a woman after a one night stand. Said woman is supposed to marry a different dude, who’s less creepy. You might not see this one anywhere in cinemas, but if it tickles your fancy, it should hit TV sooner or later. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7aI7K0tBe4 Brother Nature Looking for a goofy comedy about a family vacation gone wrong? Brother Nature , hitting cinemas on September 9th, has the potential to deliver that. We’re looking at an impressive cast of comedians ready to provide those awkward family vacation gags you expect. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVK1IeQQIiA Demon It doesn’t have a spectacular cast ...
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Martyn Lawrence Bullard on decorating like a star
Chicago Times - 11 months
Martyn Lawrence Bullard always is ready for his close-up. The London-born Italian-Frenchman actually intended to be an actor when he arrived in Hollywood in his 20s. Instead, he took a few unexpected turns and eventually landed a role as one of the Bravo TV stars of "Million Dollar Decorators." ...
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Ride Along 2
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Too soon. As the opening credits start to roll, you wonder why the producers didn't' give moviegoers a real break between Ride Along (2014) and Ride Along 2 (2016). Two years is not enough time to make audiences yearn for more, not enough time to take this franchise to the next level. (Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures) Kevin Hart, Ken Jeong and Ice Cube co-star in the comedy Ride Along 2. Bad Boys premiered in 1995. Eight years later in 2003, Will Smith and Martin Lawrence teamed up again and the vacation did everybody a world of good. Though this series is not nearly as slick as the aforementioned, the Hart and Cube duo have similarities. Awkward cop buddies. Haphazard, unorthodox crime fighting. Oh, and there's the setting. Hart and Cube have taken their show to South Beach, where the sun shines on everything, except the script. The goofy, annoying Ben Barber (Hart), who once patrolled the streets of Atlanta with his curmudgeon brother-in-law-to-be police detective J ...
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Short Redhead Reel Reviews for the week of May 15
Hometown Source - almost 2 years
by Wendy Schadewald Special to Sun Thisweek-Dakota County Tribune Rating system:  (4=Don’t miss, 3=Good, 2=Worth a look, 1=Forget it) www.shortredheadreelreviews.com For more reviews, click here. “Far from the Madding Crowd” (PG-13) (3.5) [Some sexuality and violence.] — Gorgeous cinematography highlights this captivating, well-acted, romantic, 2-hour, remake of the 1967 film based on Thomas Hardy’s 1874 classic novel in which a beautiful, headstrong, fiercely independent British woman (Carey Mulligan) in Dorset, England, is being sought after by three smitten suitors in 1870, including a charismatic sheep farmer (Matthias Schoenaerts), a handsome sergeant (Tom Sturridge), and a wealthy landowner (Michael Sheen). “In Between Days” (NR) (2.5) [DVD only] — When a lonely, confused Korean high school student (Jiseon Kim) moves with her hardworking mom (Bokja Kim) to Canada in the dead of winter in this heartfelt So Yong Kim film, she struggles to fit in with her Toronto classmate ...
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Kevin James Returns To TV With New 10-90 Lionsgate Comedy Series Deal
Huffington Post - over 3 years
"King of Queens" star Kevin James is reportedly returning to the small screen for a new comedy, according to Deadline. As part of a TV and film deal James just inked with Lionsgate, he's set to executive produce and star in a new multicamera comedy that will be packaged under the 10-90 production template that saw Charlie Sheen's "Anger Management" and Tyler Perry’s "House Of Payne" receive 90 episode back-orders once their first 10 reached a certain ratings mark. No word yet on the comedy's concept or whether James will write any episodes, nor a potential network, although Lionsgate and syndication company Debmar-Mercury have sold their three most recent 10-90 comedies -- "Anger Management," George Lopez's "Sant George" and the untitled Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence project -- to FX. For more, click over to Deadline. Are you looking forward to seeing James back on TV?
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It Isn't Just About Chappelle
Huffington Post - over 3 years
This isn't just about Chappelle. It was bordering on an argument now. I felt my muscles getting tight as I tried to keep myself from yelling out in frustration. We were stomping across the parking lot to our cars, much earlier than expected after Dave Chappelle decided to leave the stage at the Comcast theater. I went with my friend and a couple but the conversation we were having was as though we had left two different theaters. Was I crazy? Was I the only one who had seen the way the night escalated? My friend and I were one of the few Black people at the Chappelle show in Hartford and it was quickly becoming clear to me, that was an important fact. The couple that attended with us, Ray and Hannah, were White. "He's a comedian, what did he expect?" Ray asked, over emphasizing his words the way he did when he was trying not to slur. "Respect." I damn near snarled... I pointed out that there was a larger racial context, that a crowd of majority White patrons yelling at a single ...
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The Second City Network: 9 Ways to Not Ruin Your Fantasy Football Season
The Huffington Post - over 3 years
After years of playing America's favorite make-believe pastime, we all know it's a crapshoot. No matter how much research you do... "Philip Rivers looks good; this is the year!" No matter how much time you invest in setting your lineups... "Seriously, who the hell do I play at the flex?" Odds are you'll be pulling your hair out by Week 3. You can have a really solid draft only to instantly have your season derailed by unpredictable injuries, slumps and murder investigations. Here are 9 ways to not ruin your fantasy football season: 1. A Savvy Team Name You can lose every single game this year but still carry the coveted title of best name in the league. When it comes to naming your team, skip current events and pop culture references that will fizzle out in a few months, such as: Miley Cyrus-ly Injured Carlos Danger Zone Everybody's Twerking for the Weekend Stick with football player puns and alliterations that will stand the test of time. Stri ...
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1990 Things From The 90s (Seriously)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
It's been more than a decade since the 1990s ended, yet the Internet can't seem to go a day without a reminder of the neon slap bracelets that may have been banned from your school. Yes, we get it. Times are tough and there's comfort in reflection, but enough is enough. Below, a final goodbye to the 90s to end the nostalgia once and for all. (We're not kidding. There are 1990 items below.) 1. Scrunchies 2. "The Wild Thornberries" 3. Dawson and Joey 4. "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys" 5. Mr. Feeny 7. MTV playing music videos 8. Snick 9. The premiere of "Freaks and Geeks" 10. Levar Burton 11. "Daria" 12. "Arthur" 13. "The Powerpuff Girls" 14. "Smart Guy" 15. Comedy Central globe logo with buildings 16. "The X-Files" 17. Rosie O'Donnell 18. Bill Nye 19. "Dawson's Creek" 20. The Mighty Ducks" 21. "Are You Afraid of the Dark" 22. Cornholio 23. Rachel Green 24. Tim Allen 25. "All That" 26. "Beverl ...
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Tim Allen Condemned For 'N-Word' Rant
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Tim Allen took heat on Sunday for his insistence in an interview released over the weekend that "the 'n-word' is worse to me than n*****." The comment came during an interview the "Home Improvement" star sat down for with the Tampa Bay Times last month. The conversation took place on the same day news broke about Paula Deen's admission during a deposition to using the racial epithet. Allen argued that the taboo against white people saying the word was itself a damaging practice. Eric Deggins, the Times reporter who interviewed Allen, explained: For him, the criticism that keeps any nonblack comic from using the word is a step backward from the days when [Richard] Pryor and [Lenny] Bruce were breaking comedy boundaries by purposefully using street language in ways middle-of-the-road comics wouldn't dare. "If I have no intent, if I show no intent, if I clearly am not a racist," Allen argued, "then how can 'n*****' be bad coming out of my mouth?" Allen also insist ...
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A Whole Lot Of Roseanne Could Be Coming Your Way
Popeater - over 3 years
Roseanne Barr is working on another TV comeback, this time with a big NBC deal. According to Deadline, Roseanne and NBC are near a deal for a new sitcom that would receive a straight-to-series 10 episode order with the popular 10/90 model. The deal, which is similar to what FX gave Charlie Sheen for "Anger Management," allows the network to test out the sitcom with the first 10 episodes. Should they prove a hit, 90 more will be ordered through a syndication deal. Roseanne's latest comeback attempt is a collaboration with "Nurse Jackie" co-creator Linda Wallem, The Hollywood Reporter also reported. Roseanne previously attempted a sitcom comeback co-starring opposite John Goodman in the "Downwardly Mobile" pilot for the 2012-2013 TV season. FX recently ordered two sitcoms, one with George Lopez headlining and the other with Martin Lawrence and Kelsey Grammer, following the 10/90 model. Sheen's sitcom on FX started off strong in the ratings. The series premiere had ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Martin Lawrence
    FORTIES
  • 2014
    Age 48
    In August 2014, Martin Lawrence confirmed, on Conan O'Brien, that Bad Boys 3 is almost done being written.
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  • 2013
    Age 47
    In January 2013, it was announced that Lawrence and Kelsey Grammer are considering pairing up to star in a comedy for Lionsgate TV.
    More Details Hide Details The series will likely follow the same production model as Charlie Sheen's Anger Management, which is also produced by Lionsgate TV. That show was recently given a hardy back-90 pickup following its initial 10-episode order. In March 2013, it was announced that television producers/writers Robert L. Boyett and Robert Horn are on board, writing and executive producing. They have worked on the popular hit sitcoms Family Matters, Perfect Strangers, Full House, and Designing Women. Partners, pairs the two actors as Chicago lawyers from "vastly different backgrounds who unexpectedly meet in court on the worst day of their lives," according to a network description. David A. Arnold has been tapped to write. Arnold has written for television shows including: Raising Whitley, Meet the Browns, The Rickey Smiley Show and more. Edi Patterson has been cast as a regular and will play Verushka, a busty, sexy Russian woman who co-owns the massage shop next door. Danièle Watts will play the daughter of Lawrence's character. The show premiered August 4, 2014.
  • 2012
    Age 46
    Lawrence owns a farm near Purcellville, Virginia. For many years, he owned a large mansion in the exclusive Beverly Park community, but sold it in June 2012 following his divorce.
    More Details Hide Details His oldest daughter Jasmin is currently a freshman at Duke University. In July 1995, while on the set filming A Thin Line Between Love and Hate, Lawrence lashed out in a violent rage and was then hospitalized at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. On May 8, 1996, he became increasingly erratic and was arrested after he brandished a pistol in the middle of an intersection on Ventura Boulevard in Los Angeles, screaming, "They're trying to kill me!" He was again hospitalized, with his public-relations agent citing exhaustion and dehydration as the reasons for this episode. In March 1997, Lawrence was arrested after punching a man in a Hollywood nightclub. During August 1999, Lawrence slipped into a three-day coma after collapsing from heat exhaustion while jogging in 100-degree heat in preparation for Big Momma's House while wearing heavy clothing and a "plastic suit." He recovered in the hospital after nearly dying due to a body temperature of 107 °F (41.7 °C), his breathing assisted by a ventilator.
    Lawrence filed for divorce from Gibbs on April 25, 2012, citing irreconcilable differences and asking for joint legal and physical custody of the children.
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  • 2010
    Age 44
    They married on July 10, 2010, at Lawrence's Beverly Hills home.
    More Details Hide Details Actors Eddie Murphy and Denzel Washington were among the 120 wedding guests; R&B singer Shanice serenaded the couple with the Minnie Riperton classic "Lovin' You." Lawrence and Gibbs have two daughters: Iyanna Faith (born November 9, 2000) and Amara Trinity (born August 20, 2002).
    In 2010, Fox announced that it was producing a film based on the sketch, featuring Foxx, Lawrence, and actress Halle Berry.
    More Details Hide Details In 2011, Lawrence reprised his role as FBI agent Malcolm Turner in Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son, the third film in the Big Momma's House series.
  • 2009
    Age 43
    At the 2009 BET Awards he appeared in a spoof movie trailer with Jamie Foxx for a fictional movie, The Skank Robbers, that featured their respective television characters Sheneneh Jenkins and Ugly Wanda.
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  • 2008
    Age 42
    In 2008, Lawrence starred in Disney's College Road Trip co-starring with Raven-Symoné.
    More Details Hide Details It was his first G-rated film, but not his first appearance in a children's film: he supplied a voice for Open Season (2006) opposite Ashton Kutcher.
  • 2006
    Age 40
    In 2006, Lawrence appeared on Inside the Actors Studio, during which Lawrence briefly brought back to life some of the characters he'd portrayed on Martin.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1997
    Age 31
    In 1997, Lawrence began a relationship with Shamicka Gibbs.
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    After Martin ended its run in 1997, Lawrence found work in comedy films.
    More Details Hide Details He often starred as the second lead opposite actors including Eddie Murphy, Danny DeVito, and Tim Robbins. Many of his films were blockbusters at the box office, including Nothing to Lose, Life, Blue Streak, and Big Momma's House. He also starred in critical- and box-office failures, including Black Knight and National Security. Regardless, his salary steadily increased to over $10 million per film role. He continues to work in film, with such films as Big Momma's House 2, which opened at No. 1 at North American box office and grossed almost $28 million its first weekend, and Wild Hogs (2007), in which he played a bored suburbanite seeking adventure on the open road in a biker comedy alongside John Travolta, Tim Allen and William H. Macy.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1995
    Age 29
    He married Patricia Southall, aka Pat Smith, a former Miss Virginia USA, in 1995. Lawrence and Southall have one child together, daughter Jasmin Page (born January 15, 1996). They divorced in 1997.
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  • 1994
    Age 28
    He hosted Saturday Night Live on February 19, 1994, where he made crude remarks about women's genitalia and personal hygiene; the monologue was completely edited out of NBC reruns and syndicated versions, and Lawrence was banned from the show for life.
    More Details Hide Details Martins ratings continued to skyrocket so much that Fox became more of a contender against NBC and came closer to being considered among the top television networks.
  • 1993
    Age 27
    Lawrence was engaged to actress Lark Voorhies in 1993.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1965
    Born
    The fourth of six children, Lawrence was born in Frankfurt, West Germany on April 16, 1965, to African American parents who were serving in the U.S. military in West Germany at the time of Martin's birth.
    More Details Hide Details Lawrence was named after civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. and U.S. President John F. Kennedy. His parents divorced when he was eight years old and Lawrence rarely saw his estranged father, who worked as a police officer. His mother, Chlora (née Bailey), began working several jobs to support her family. During his teen years, Lawrence excelled at boxing. Lawrence lived in Queens, New York, and Landover, Maryland, and he attended: Thomas G. Pullen School of Creative and Performing Arts (Landover, Maryland); Fairmont Heights High School (Fairmont Heights, Maryland); Eleanor Roosevelt High School; and Friendly High School in Fort Washington, Maryland, becoming a Mid-Atlantic Golden Gloves boxing contender. He seriously considered a professional career until he suffered a broken eye that prompted him to reconsider. Lawrence ended up moving to New York City and found his way to the legendary The Improv. Shortly after appearing at The Improv, Lawrence won a performance spot on Star Search. He did well on the show and made it to the final round, but did not win. However, executives at Columbia Pictures Television saw Martin's performance and offered him the role of Maurice in What's Happening Now!!; this was his first acting job. Upon cancellation of that show, Lawrence found bit parts in various films and television series. His breakthrough role was as Cee in Do the Right Thing.
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