Martin Lawrence life and biography

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Martin Lawrence biography

Date of birth : 1965-04-16
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Frankfurt am Main, Hesse, Germany
Nationality : American
Category : Arts and Entertainment
Last modified : 2011-09-19
Credited as : actor and comedian, Bad Boys, screenwriter

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Martin 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.

Lawrence was born in Frankfurt am Main, Hesse in Germany on April 16, 1965, to American parents. He was given his first name after civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. and his middle name after US President John F. Kennedy. His father, John Lawrence, served in the US Military. After his parents divorced when he was eight, Lawrence rarely saw his father, who worked as a police officer at the time. His mother, Chlora (née Bailey), began working several jobs to support her family.During his teen years, Lawrence excelled at boxing. He lived in Maryland, and attended Thomas G. Pullen School of Creative and Performing Arts (Landover, Maryland), Fairmont Heights High School (Fairmount Heights, Maryland), Eleanor Roosevelt High School, and also Friendly High School in Fort Washington, Maryland, becoming a Mid-Atlantic Golden Gloves boxing contender.

Lawrence began his career in comedy. He performed in Kings Wood Comedy Club in Los Angeles, California. Lawrence made his acting debut in an episode on the television sitcom What's Happening Now!!. From 1992-1997, Lawrence starred in his own FOX television show called Martin. From there, he starred in the well known films Boomerang, Bad Boys, Big Momma's House, Big Momma's House 2, and Wild Hogs. His more recent works include Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins and College Road Trip.

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