stars as Earl Montgomery, the talented but bombastic police academy reject, who
wreaks havoc on Hank Rafferty (Steve Zahn). Lawrence also serves as an Executive
Producer on National Security.
Having made his mark in
film and television with a unique style and clever physical comedy, Lawrence has
set himself apart as one of America's most popular actor/comedians. Most
recently, he returned to the stand-up comedy world from which he originated,
with a national tour and the theatrical release of Martin Lawrence Live:
Runteldat. The concert film gave the heralded comedian's viewpoints on
everything from the dangers of smoking to the trials of relationships. The
performance is a nonstop litany of raucous anecdotes, stinging social commentary
and very personal reflections about his life. The modestly budgeted concert film
went on to become a box-office hit, reaffirming Lawrence's position in the
comedy lexicon. He will next be seen in Bad Boys 2, which will re-team
him with co-star Will Smith, director Michael Bay and producer Jerry Bruckheimer.
filmography, which has teamed him with some of the most successful performers in
the industry, includes starring roles in numerous box-office hits such as Big
Momma's House, which he also executive produced, Blue Streak, Bad Boys
opposite Will Smith, and Life opposite Eddie Murphy. His additional film
credits include Black Knight, What's The Worst That Could Happen? with
Danny Devito, Nothing To Lose with Tim Robbins, Boomerang, also
with Eddie Murphy, the House Party films, Spike Lee's Do The Right
Thing and A Thin Line Between Love and Hate, which he co-wrote,
directed and starred in.
A native of Landover,
Maryland, Lawrence traces his comedy beginnings to his hyperactive childhood. In
grade school he would stand in the hall making jokes about everyone who walked
by. A Golden Gloves boxer, Lawrence found his true calling when an art teacher
encouraged him to go on stage at an open-mic night at a local comedy club. From
that night on, comedy was in his blood.
Relocating to New York,
Lawrence eventually found his way to the legendary Improv. Shortly thereafter,
he won a performance spot on the hugely successful talent showcase "Star
Search," eventually making it to the final round. When executives at
Columbia Television saw a copy of his "Star Search" appearance, they
approached him with his first Hollywood job, the sit-com "What's
Happening Now!" Lawrence was personally chosen by Rap music mogul Russell
Simmons to be the host of his groundbreaking showcase for young comedians, HBO's
"Def Comedy Jam." As the host of the instantly popular show for three
seasons, Lawrence is credited with giving exposure to a new generation of
comics, including Chris Tucker, Steve Harvey, Cedric The Entertainer, and many
From 1992 to 1997,
Lawrence starred in and served as executive producer of Fox Television's hit
series "Martin." Garnering three NAACP Image Awards, the hugely
successful series was seen by many in the entertainment industry as the
foundation from which the fledgling network was built, and it continues to be
one of the most popular television shows in syndication.
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