DEATH AT A FUNERAL
MARTIN LAWRENCE (Ryan) is one of America's most popular actor/comedians with starring roles in hit movies such as Big Momma's House 1 and 2, Bad Boys 1 and 2, Blue Streak, and National Security. Lawrence's many other screen credits include Do the Right Thing, Talkin' Dirty After Dark, House Party 1 and 2, Boomerang, A Thin Line Between Love and Hate (which he also co-wrote and directed), Nothing to Lose, Life, What's the Worst That Could Happen?, and Black Knight, among others.
Currently, Martin is on the road for his "DOIN' TIMEā€¯ Comedy Tour. The 13 city tour kicked off in February of 2010.
Later this year, Martin will start filming the third installment of the hugely successful and popular Big Momma's House films, which will be released in 2011.
Last year, Martin starred in two popular films: The Universal Pictures comedy Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins about a talk show host who leaves LA to reunite with his family in the deep South, and Walt Disney Pictures' College Road Trip about an overprotective cop who takes his daughter on a road trip to find the perfect college for her. Other recent films include the hit comedy Wild Hogs, as well as Sony Animation's Open Season, where he gave the voice to grizzly bear Boog.
Lawrence began his career as a stand-up comedian gaining major attention at Hollywood's legendary Improv, and shortly thereafter won a performance spot on TV's popular talent showcase Star Search. Columbia Television executives, impressed by his Star Search appearance, offered Lawrence his fist acting job as a regular role on the sitcom "What's Happening Now!"
Lawrence was then personally chosen by music mogul Russell Simmons to host HBO's Def Comedy Jam, a groundbreaking showcase for young comedians. Lawrence worked on the show for two seasons and is credited with helping expose a new generation of stand-up comics including Chris Tucker, Damon Wayans, Steve Harvey, and Cedric the Entertainer.
The actor/comedian went on to co-create, executive produce and star in Fox Television's "Martin." The hit sitcom, which ran from 1992-1997, earned three NAACP Image Awards and is one of several series credited with helping solidify the fledgling Fox network within the industry. Lawrence has also starred in two hugely successful concert films: "You So Crazy" and "Martin Lawrence Live: Runtledat"; and has recorded the Billboard Top 10 concert album "Talkin' Shit" and the Grammy-nominated "Funk It."
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