Martin Lawrence was born on April 16th, 1965 in West Germany. He is named after Martin Luther King Jr. Martin did not see his police officer father much. His mom had to work multiple jobs to help support the family. Lawrence, during his younger years, was a very talented boxer. He says he was seriously considering going pro until he broke his eye. Martin moved to
New York and found himself preforming at The Improv. Soon after Lawrence appeared on Star Search. Columbia Pictures Television executives saw Martin and offered him a role on What’s Happening Now!! This was Martins acting debut. The role that earned him popularity however was Cee in Do the Right Thing. He also appeared in the House Party series, Boomerang and he also hosted the extremely influential Def Comedy Jam. During this time Martin was starring in his own show called Martin. The show was a huge hit and ran for 5 years. In 1994 Martin hosted
Saturday Night Live but was banned for life after he made many inappropriate comments. Martin would also star in the hugely successful Bad Boys series alongside famous actor
Will Smith. After his sitcom Martin focused on comedy films. He starred in movies such as Life, Big Momma’s House and Nothing to Lose, all of which were big successes. In 2007 he appeared in the star studded movie, Wild Hogs. He also completed a film for Disney alongside Raven Simone. He also completed some voice acting in 2006 in the movie Open Season. In 2011, Martin returned to the Big Momma series for one more movie. It has been reported that a TV Show starring Martin and Kelsey Grammar is in the works and also that Bad Boys 3 is almost done being produced.