Martin Lawrence was born in 1965 in Germany, to parents who were stationed overseas as part of the US military. Upon his return to the states, Lawrence attended a number of performing arts high schools in the Washington, D.C. and Maryland areas, and upon graduation, he moved to Denver and began performing stand-up around town. An appearance at the Kings Wood comedy club led to a spot on Star Search, which led him to the role on the television show What’s Happening Now.
After the show was cancelled, Martin Lawrence appeared in a number of films and shows, including: Do the Right Thing, House Party, Talkin’ Dirty After Dark, Boomerang, and ultimately Def Comedy Jam, which would prove to be a huge launching pad for dozens of other comedians. It certainly did for Martin Lawrence; while still appearing on the show, Lawrence’s own series, Martin, aired on Fox TV in 1992. The show was an astonishing success, and the network used the show as the anchor for their Thursday night line-up. The show ran successfully until 1997, and made Martin Lawrence a household name.
Following the cancellation of Martin, Lawrence appeared in another streak of hit films, including: Nothing to Lose, Blue Streak, Big Momma’s house, Black Night, National Security, Wild Hogs, College Road Trip, Open Season, Death at a Funeral, and, most recently, Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son. Currently, Martin Lawrence is purportedly in negotiations for a comedy series alongside Kelsey Grammer, set to air in the coming year.