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Martin Lawrence is one man who has thrilled American audiences, and indeed the whole world, over the years. The comic/actor first rose to fame as a cocky, sexist and wisecracking DJ on the Fox sitcom, Martin. He later went on to portray several unforgettable roles in the 90s including that of an FBI agent who goes undercover as a grandma. In recent times, Lawrence has somewhat retreated from the spotlight and this has left many fans wondering what he has been up to. Well, if you are one of the curious cats, then we have got all the answers for you.

How Martin Lawrence Career Began

Martin Fitzgerald Lawrence was born on the 16th of April 1965 in Frankfurt, Germany. His father’s name was John while his mother’s name was Chlora. The actor cum comic also has a total of five siblings including brother, Robert, and sisters, Rae Proctor and Ursula Woodland. Lawrence spent his formative years in Maryland, Washington D.C. and attended Eleanor Roosevelt high school. While in high school, he dabbled into comedy and often entertained his peers with his stand-up routines. Lawrence commenced his professional career in the New York club circuit and later got his first acting gig on the sitcom, What’s Happening Now, in 1987. From thereon, he scored bit parts in several movies and TV series. Martin Lawrence later got his breakthrough as the MC of the ground-breaking comedy series, Def Comedy Jam.

Hollywood Success

Since his breakthrough on Def Comedy Jam, Martin Lawrence has appeared in several movies and TV shows. On the small screen, the Maryland native has featured in Kid n’ Play, Hammer, Slammer & Slade as well as Martin. Martin is a Fox sitcom which ran from 1992 to 1997. In the series, Lawrence portrayed the lead role of Martin, a free-spirited and selfish DJ, who is often inappropriate, but still genuinely cares for family and friends. Martin ran for a total of five seasons and Lawrence was the undisputed star of the show. His performance earned him several accolades including the 1995 and 19996 People’s Choice Awards for outstanding lead actor in a comedy series.

On the big screen, Martin Lawrence has appeared in several comedy blockbusters including A Thin Line between Love and Hate, Wild Hogs, Death at a Funeral, Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins, Open Season and Big Momma’s House. Big Momma’s House is a 2000 action comedy film in which Lawrence plays the role of an FBI agent, Malcolm Turner, who is in pursuit of an escaped murderer and armed robber, Lester. Turner later disguises himself as the grandmother of Lester’s girlfriend in order to reel his target. Big Momma’s House was panned by the critics but it was a box office hit, grossing $174 million on a budget of $30 million. The movie has since spurned two sequels and achieved cult status.

Martin Lawrence
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What Has Martin Lawrence Been Doing?

Since the dawn of the new millennium, Lawrence’s popularity has somewhat waned in comparison to what it was in the 90s. This has however not stopped the Maryland native from doing what he loves best. Lawrence continues to enjoy a thriving acting career and in recent times featured in The Beach Bum. The Beach Bum is a 2019 stoner comedy about a poet, Moondog, who lives a hedonistic life. Moondog’s wealthy wife, Minnie, later dies and places his inheritance under the control of their strict daughter, Heather. The Beach Bum featured the likes of Matthew McConaughey and Stefania LaVie Owen while Lawrence played the role of a dolphin tour guide named Captain Wack.

Shortly after the making of the 3rd instalment of the Bad Boys franchise titled Bad Boys 3 became official, Martin Lawrence was announced as one of the returning cast. He would reprise his iconic role of Detective Marcus Burnett. The film will also see co-star, Will Smith, reprise his role of Detective Mike Lowrey. Bad Boys 3 is directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah and will be released in January 2020.

On the small screens, Martin Lawrence debuted a sitcom, titled Partners, in 2014. The sitcom featured him and Kelsey Grammer as two Chicago lawyers, from vastly different backgrounds, who develop a partnership after meeting at a low point in their lives. Partners was however short-lived as it lasted for just one season, comprising of 10 episodes.

Lawrence has also continued to explore his first love which is comedy. The Maryland native launched a successful comedy tour, LIT AF TOUR, in September 2018. The tour saw the comic wow audiences with his signature style of hilarious stories and social commentary. It also featured an enticing line-up of comedians such as Jay Pharaoh, Deon Cole, Bruce Bruce, Michael Blackson, Deray Davis, Rickey Smiley, Adele Givens, Clayton Thomas, and Benji Brown. The LIT AF TOUR took part in several cities including Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Louisville, Orlando, Greenville, Milwaukee, Detroit, Birmingham, and Orlando.

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