Martin Lawrence Poster


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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 16 April 1965Frankfurt am Main, Hesse, Germany
Birth NameMartin Fitzgerald Lawrence
Height 5' 7½" (1.71 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Martin Lawrence was born on April 16, 1965 in Frankfurt am Main, Hesse, Germany as Martin Fitzgerald Lawrence. He is an actor and writer, known for Bad Boys II (2003), Bad Boys (1995) and Big Momma's House (2000). He has been married to Shamicka Gibbs since July 10, 2010. They have two children. He was previously married to Pat Smith.

Spouse (2)

Shamicka Gibbs (10 July 2010 - present) (filed for divorce) (2 children)
Pat Smith (7 January 1995 - 17 September 1996) (divorced) (1 child)

Trade Mark (2)

Often plays a policeman or a thief, sometimes both in the same film
Using karate moves

Trivia (29)

Lapsed into a coma after collapsing from heat exhaustion while jogging. Recovered in hospital. [August 1999]
Ordered to perform community service after incident in March. [September 1997]
Arrested outside a Hollywood nightclub after police called by a man claiming Lawrence had punched him. [March 1997]
Arrested at Burbank Airport for carrying a loaded gun in his suitcase. [August 1996]
His ex-wife, Pat Smith, was once Miss Virginia.
Graduated from Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Maryland.
Was a Mid-Atlantic Golden Gloves boxing contender in his teens.
Brother of Rae Proctor, Ursula Lawrence and Robert Lawrence. Rae is his personal assistant.
Claims he got his start as a comedian by cheering up his mother, who was forced to support her six children by cashiering in various department stores.
His teachers used to give him the last few minutes of class to make his classmates laugh.
Was once engaged to Saved by the Bell (1989) actress Lark Voorhies.
His mother was in her mid-40s when she gave birth to him.
Agents discovered him on Star Search (1983).
Lived in Maryland.
His ex-wife, Pat Smith, is married to retired pro football star Emmitt Smith.
Is the second youngest of six children.
His mother took his first name from slain civil rights activist Martin Luther King and his middle name from the late President John F. Kennedy.
He attended and graduated from Eleanor Roosevelt High School.
Was banned from appearing on NBC after he hosted Saturday Night Live (1975) on 19 February 1994. In order to appease network censors, he agreed not to do his opening monologue as planned. However, he did his routine as intended anyway, and this incurred the wrath of the network's top brass. The ban was overturned several years later. However, Lawrence is still not allowed to appear on SNL.
Son of John Lawrence and Chlora Lawrence.
Has a daughter, Jasmine Page, with his ex-wife, Pat Smith. Jasmine Lawrence was born on January 15, 1996.
Lives in Beverly Hills, California.
Was taken to Sherman Oaks Hospital and Health Center and later released to his personal physician, Dr. William Young of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, in May 1996. He was wandering in the middle of a busy L.A. intersection on Ventura Boulevard cursing and screaming at oncoming cars while also carrying a loaded handgun in his pocket. Lawrence's publicist released a statement regarding the incident in which it was stated that Lawrence suffered from "a case of complete exhaustion and dehydration".
In October 1997, Lawrence's soon-to-be-ex-wife 'Pat Smith' won a restraining order against him. She told a judge that among other things, Lawrence threatened to kill her and her family.
In 1996, Lawrence was arrested at Burbank Airport for trying to board a plane while carrying a loaded 9mm Beretta. He claimed he didn't know guns were allowed on interstate flights. He wasn't charged in relation to the chase.
Friends with Robin Harris.
Born on the exact same day as Jon Cryer.
He was born in Frankfurt am Main, Hesse, Germany, to American parents, Chlora (Bailey) and John Lawrence, in the U.S. military there at the time of his birth. He was raised in the U.S., including in Queens, New York and Landover, Maryland.

Personal Quotes (19)

No one is immune to the trials and tribulations of life.
I don't really judge. To each his own. You like what you like.
I'm most proud of the blessings that God has bestowed upon me, in my life. He's given me the vision to truly see that you can fall down, but you can still get back up. Hopefully I'll learn from my mistakes and have the opportunity to strengthen and improve the next thing I do.
You can be cool and at the same time respect your woman, who will hopefully become your wife, who will hopefully become the mother of your kids. America needs to get back to family values.
If you want someone who's big-boned and you like that, ain't nothing wrong with having a little extra meat on there. If you like them thin-boned, then that's okay, too.
Everybody has a Big Momma: the mother or the grandmother who tells it like it is, keeps it real with them, isn't afraid to tell you the truth about yourself.
I just try to get along with people and show the love that I would like to be shown to me.
I try to always step up to the plate, be professional, be good at what I'm doing and deliver on the character. In Hollywood, what more can you ask for. You want a consummate professional.
If somebody pisses me off and I understand it ain't personal then I'll go to another place and I'll meditate.
I wanted to trust in my partners and the directors and producers and do the best I can to deliver what I could deliver.
To each his own. You like what you like. If you want someone who's big-boned and you like that, ain't nothing wrong with having a little extra meat on there. If you like them thin-boned, then that's okay, too.
You might see some of the movies that I'm in where there are shades of drama or whatever, but for the most part, I don't get offered serious roles.
As long as there's Big Momma, we're going to bring you comedy.
I was a B.I.G. fan. I like all of his stuff. I don't really have a favorite song. They all are good, and each brings different memories to me. And you can still listen to it to this day and it means something.
We grew to know the meaning of love. That is what allowed me and my family to stay close together.
I don't like forcing comedy and people just trying to do things just to find a funny beat all the time.
You make due with the time you have here. Hopefully when you pass on, somebody can look back and say, 'Wow, they made a difference in some kind of way.'
I don't want to sound facetious, but humor is the key to the soul. You know what I mean?
When I'm playing Big Momma, it's so much work that all I want to do, when I'm finished, is go back home and just relax and study my lines and get ready for the next day.

Salary (6)

Nothing to Lose (1997) $6,000,000
Life (1999) $8,500,000
What's the Worst That Could Happen? (2001) $13,000,000
Black Knight (2001) $16,500,000
National Security (2003) $20,000,000
Bad Boys II (2003) $20,000,000

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