Martin Lawrence

Martin Lawrence


4/16/1965, Frankfurt, Germany

Birth Name

Martin Lawrence


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Martin Lawrence was encouraged to pursue a comedy career as a teenager by a School Teacher who gave him the last few minutes of every class to entertain his fellow students. Several years later, Hollywood talent scouts noticed Martin on Star Search. They asked him if he would…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Martin's favorite NBA basketball team is the Detroit Pistons.

    • Martin's mother named him after civil rights activist Martin Luther King. His middle name came from late President John Fitzgerald Kennedy.

    • Martin's height is 5' 7¼" (1.71 m).

    • Martin married Patricia Southall, a former Miss Virginia winner, in January 1995. The couple had a daughter, Jasmine Page, born on January 15, 1996. Martin and Patricia later divorced in September 1997. Lawrence also has two other daughters, Iyanna and Amara, born in 2001 and 2003.

    • Martin was a 90 pound, mid-Atlantic Golden Gloves boxer in his teen years, calling his boxing trainer his only father figure.

    • Martin won the 'Icon Comedy Award' from BET in 2005.

    • Martin popularized his trademark phrase 'Whasssssup?'

    • Martin was robbed at gunpoint in broad daylight, while employed as a gas station attendant.

    • When Martin was a teen, he worked at Sears with future stars Salt-N-Peppa, and Kid'N'Play in Queens, New York.

    • Martin is credited as a writer, actor, director, producer, comedian, and music supervisor.

    • Martin was awarded two NAACP Image Awards in 1995 & 1996 for 'Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series' for his work on Martin.

    • In August 1999, Martin collapsed from heat exhaustion in the 100 degree Los Angeles heat while jogging. He lapsed into a coma in the hospital, but recovered fully.

    • Martin was banned for life from Saturday Night Live after his first appearance as host on February 19th, 1994 for an extremely crude monologue that had to be edited out.

    • Martin was personally selected by Russell Simmons to host the hit show on HBO, Def Comedy Jam, which exposed him to a brand new audience.

    • Martin was in music videos for: Kid'N'Play's 'Funhouse', JayZ's 'Girls Best Friend', and Diana King's 'Shy Guy'.

    • Martin's salary for: Bad Boys II in 2003 was $20,000,000.00, National Security in 2003 was $20,000,000.00, Black Knight in 2001 was $16,500,000.00, and Nothing To Lose was $6,000,000.00 in 1997.

    • Martin was arrested in August 1996, at the Burbank Airport for carrying a loaded and concealed weapon in his suitcase.

    • Martin was arrested March 28th, 1997 for punching a fellow nightclub patron. He was ordered to perform Community Service for the altercation.

    • Martin toned down his raunchy act to earn a spot on Star Search in 1987. The tape of his appearance made its way to the executives at Columbia Pictures and led to his role on Whats Happening Now!! in its final season.

    • Martin appeared briefly in Spike Lee's hit Do The Right Thing, as the guy ordering pizza during the riot. He also had a small role in the Hudlin brothers' House Party with Kid 'N' Play, as the tone-deaf DJ.

    • Martin was openly criticized by Bill Cosby for his vulgarity and for reinforcing negative stereotypes of blacks.

    • In 1984, Martin graduated from Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Maryland.

    • His teachers used to give him the last few minutes of class to make his classmates laugh.

    • Martin is the brother of Rae Proctor who has acted as Martin's personal assistant. Rae is also a producer.

    • Martin Lawrence is the second youngest of six children.

    • Tisha Campbell, Martin's co-star on Martin and in the House Party films, filed suit against the star and the show's producers, HBO Studios, saying Martin sexually harassed her and it was to the point that she feared for her safety. On the set of his directorial debut,A Thin Line Between Love and Hate, Martin erupted in a violent outburst and began taking psychotropic drugs. After that a few months later, he was arrested for another disturbance type situation, where he reportedly took out a pistol and screamed at tourists. Over the next two years, his behavior became even more dangerous and erratic as he racked up a series of gun-related arrests. He landed in drug rehab and filed for divorce from his current ex-wife, who was Miss Virginia,.... after she got a temporary restraining order against him for yet another vicious eruption.

  • Quotes

    • Martin: (On his goal of making a living in comedy) For me, this was all or nothing. I left no room for anything else. That goal was just for my own push - my own self-esteem. The fear of not being a success in my life made me push even harder.

    • Martin: (On who inspried him)God inspired me, because I was blessed with the knowledge that I wanted to do this. And my mother supported it. She said, 'Whatever it is you want to do. If you believe acting or comedy is what you really want to do, I can only tell you it's not easy, it's very hard, but I'll support you.' Her supporting me enabled me to move forward.

    • Martin: (On the actor he would most like to work with)Denzel Washington, because I feel he can teach [me about] the level he's acting on. I think it would be a lot of fun just to learn from him.

    • Martin Lawrence: ... it's like Arsenio [Hall] says: If you're doing comedy and you haven't stolen from [Richard] Pryor, then you ain't doing it right. I agree with that. All I studied was Pryor. Pryor, [Eddie] Murphy, Redd Foxx, Moms Mably. I looked to the old school. I looked to those I considered to be the best of their times. I consider Richard Pryor the best of all time.

    • Martin: Nobody's ever challenged me and tapped into what I can do. I aint played a villain, which I believe I can do, and real well. There hasn't been any director who has been able to challenge me to go there.

    • Martin: Fatherhood means a great deal to me. I love it. To me, there aint nothing better, because your kids keep it real with you. When you think things are bad, you look at them and they show you how things could be all right, and it's all worth it.

    • Martin: Boxing kept me out of the streets, by giving me something to do. And it gave me a father figure in the coach that was there for me. I just reiterated what my mother was trying to teach me about focusing and getting my life together.

    • Martin: It's always fun to be able to have a voice, because it helps me to stay in tune with the project and the people that I am working with. Ther's nothing worse than being on a project and not being able to have a voice. I don't like that.

    • Martin: No one is immune to the trials and tribulations of life.

  • come back martin

    hey martin u need to come back with the martin of people still love the show.. we still watch the reruns and hope u consider coming back
  • Martin Lawrence is a great actor. He`s one of the funniest comedians ever.

    Martin is a crazy guy and I mean that in a good way. He knows how to make people laugh. I also liked his tv show Martin. That was a classic show. I also liked his movies. My favorites movies were Blue Streak, and National Security. I love both of them. They were funny. Martin was even sued alot in the late 90`s. He was even sued by Tisha Campbell on Martin. She said that he sexually harrassed her. Martin is a crazy man. I wish he can make another show. So I hope Martin can appear in more movies or tv shows.moreless