Martin Lawrence

Martin Lawrence

  • Highest Rated: 96% House Party (1990)
  • Lowest Rated: 5% Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son (2011)
  • Birthday: Apr 16, 1965
  • Birthplace: Frankfurt, Germany
  • Actor/comedian Martin Lawrence started the 21st century off with a bang, starring and executive producing Big Momma's House, the story of an FBI agent posing as a corpulent Southern matriarch, which went on to gross more than 100 million dollars, despite universally negative reviews. The success of this film pushed Lawrence ever closer to joining the much-coveted 20-million-dollar club, cementing his reputation as one of the biggest comic stars for years to come.Lawrence was born in Frankfurt, Germany, on April 16, 1965, and eventually settled with his family in suburban Maryland around his sixth birthday. Soon after, his father left the family; Lawrence claims he got his start as a comedian by cheering up his mother, who was forced to support her six children by cashiering in various department stores. He attended Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Landover, MD, dabbling in sports and sticking with comedy, even agreeing to stop acting up in an art class in return for performing his stand-up routine in front of the other students.Soon after graduating, the bug-eyed performer earned a chance to perform on Star Search, which led to a role in 1985's What's Happening Now! Lawrence kept honing his frenetic schtick and by 1989, won two big breaks -- a supporting role in Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing and MCing HBO's Def Comedy Jam. Lawrence continued to rack up scene-stealing roles throughout the early '90s, including parts in House Party, House Party 2, and Boomerang, eventually landing his own series on Fox in 1992, appropriately named Martin. The show became a huge success, its risqué humor making it a ratings stalwart for more than five years and winning two NAACP Image Awards in the process, although some detractors criticized Lawrence for promoting the image of an oversexed, insensitive black man.Two years after Martin's successful launch, Lawrence released You So Crazy!, a raunchy, vulgarity-laced comedy that originally received the NC-17 rating and was later released unrated. Its crudeness, however, didn't matter much to audiences, as You So Crazy! went on to become one of the highest-grossing concert films of its time.Lawrence appeared to have it all, professionally and privately; in 1995 he married former beauty queen Patricia Southall in a lavish ceremony and the pair had a daughter, Jasmine. Around this time, however, Lawrence's success story began to slip away, his off-camera behavior setting up what should someday be a fascinating E! True Hollywood Story.On the set of his directorial debut, A Thin Line Between Love and Hate, Lawrence erupted in a violent outburst and began taking psychotropic drugs. A few months later, he was arrested for another disturbance, where he reportedly brandished a pistol and screamed at tourists and others on Ventura Boulevard. Over the next two years, his behavior became even more erratic as he racked up a series of gun-related arrests. He landed in drug rehab and filed for divorce from Southall after she got a temporary restraining order against him for yet another vicious eruption.But the most bizarre and unsettling charges were yet to come. Tisha Campbell, Lawrence's co-star on Martin and the House Party films, filed suit against the star and the show's producers, HBO Studios, claiming Lawrence sexually harassed her to the point that she feared for her safety. The studio brokered a settlement that allowed Campbell to finish the show's final season, although she and Lawrence would never be on the soundstage together again.Despite all the trauma, Lawrence seemed as popular as ever. He starred in four hugely commercial successes between 1995 and 1999, including Bad Boys with Will Smith, Nothing to Lose with Tim Robbins, Life with Eddie Murphy, and on his own in Blue Streak. These films made Lawrence extremely bankable -- his salary broke the ten-million-dollar mark for Big Momma's House and it seemed as if his previous troubles were behind him.Then in 1999, while jogging to lose an extra few

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Filmography

Movies

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No Score Yet Bad Boys for Life Actor 2020
56% The Beach Bum Captain Wack 2019
No Score Yet Def Comedy Jam 25 Actor 2017
No Score Yet Martin Lawrence: Doin' Time: Uncut Actor 2016
No Score Yet The Skank Robbers Producer Wanda 2013
5% Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son Executive Producer $38M 2011
No Score Yet Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son (Extended Cut) Actor 2011
42% Death at a Funeral Ryan $16.1M 2010
12% College Road Trip James Porter $45.6M 2008
23% Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins Roscoe Jenkins $42.2M 2008
14% Wild Hogs Bobby Davis $168.3M 2007
No Score Yet The Robin Harris Story: We Don't Die, We Multiply Actor 2006
48% Open Season Boog $84.4M 2006
6% Big Momma's House 2 Executive Producer Malcolm Turner $70.2M 2006
14% Rebound Roy McCormick/Preacher Don Executive Producer $16.8M 2005
No Score Yet Before They Were Kings Vol 2 Actor 2005
22% Bad Boys II Det. Marcus Burnett $138.4M 2003
11% National Security Executive Producer Earl Montgomery $35.8M 2003
39% Martin Lawrence Live - Runteldat Actor Executive Producer $19.1M 2002
13% Black Knight Jamal Walker Executive Producer $33.4M 2001
10% What's the Worst That Could Happen? Kevin Caffrey Executive Producer $31.1M 2001
30% Big Momma's House Malcolm Executive Producer $0.5M 2000
36% Blue Streak Miles Logan 1999
50% Life Claude Banks 1999
28% Nothing to Lose T. Paul 1997
12% A Thin Line Between Love and Hate Executive Producer Screenwriter Darnell Wright Director 1996
No Score Yet Nueba Yol Producer 1996
42% Bad Boys Marcus Burnett 1995
50% Martin Lawrence: You So Crazy Executive Producer Himself 1994
44% Boomerang Tyler 1992
21% House Party 2 Bilal 1991
No Score Yet Talkin' Dirty After Dark Terry 1991
96% House Party Bilal 1990
93% Do the Right Thing Cee 1989
No Score Yet Il fiume del grande caimano (The Big Alligator River) (The Great Alligator) Producer 1979
No Score Yet L'Isola degli Uomini Pesce Producer 1979

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No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
Guest
  • 2018
  • 2016
25% Partners
2014
Producer Executive Producer Marcus Jackson
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet Conan
2010
Guest
  • 2014
  • 2011
No Score Yet Lopez Tonight
2009-2011
Guest
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Mo'Nique Show
2009-2011
Guest
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
Guest
  • 2010
  • 2008
  • 2006
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
No Score Yet Martin
1992-1997
Momma/Martin Payne Martin/Roscoe Martin Payne/Otis Martin/Dr. Drillgood Martin Martin Payne Martin Payne/Sheneneh Jenkins
  • 1997
  • 1996
  • 1995
  • 1994
  • 1993
  • 1992
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Host Guest
  • 1994

QUOTES FROM Martin Lawrence CHARACTERS

Det. Marcus Burnett
My ass still hurts from what you did to it.
Ryan
Well she may be in 12th grade, but that ass is in grad school.
Hank Rafferty
Hey, do you actually believe the crap that comes out of your mouth?
Earl Montgomery
Well, I'm never really sure till i'm finished talkin'.
Earl Montgomery
Time to conceal the weapon.
Det. Marcus Burnett
Did you see that?!?
Det. Marcus Burnett
Did you see that?
Det. Mike Lowrey
They throwing cars at us! How am I not seeing that?!?
Det. Mike Lowrey
They throwing cars at us! How am I not seeing that?
Malcolm Turner/Big Momma
Nobody called it the nutcracker
Malcolm Turner/Big Momma
Now I know why they call it the Nutcracker.
Det. Marcus Burnett
This is a nice fish. Big fuckin eyes, but a nice fuckin fish.
Malcolm / Big Momma
When she put clothes in the trash.
Malcolm / Big Momma
When she gave tequila to dog name pancho.
Bobby Davis
They say you can get water in cactuses. Where in a desert and they don't get no damnable cactuses.
Dudley Frank
I think when its plural its pronounced cacti.
Bobby Davis
Im killing him.
Boog
Uh... ELLIOT!
Boog
Get it off! Like a band-aid! Please!
Boog
Get it off, like a band-aid please!
Elliot
Okay this might hurt a little, and you might want to cover your ears
Boog
Cover my what- OW!!
Boog
Cover my what- OW!
Elliot
Okay scamp off back to the woods little buddy. Oh porcupines.
Elliot
These big wood stick things are called trees.
Elliot
These big rocks are called mountains and little rocks are their babies.
Boog
Uh... ELLIOT!
Elliot
Boogster, ugh. How many times do I have to tell you. "I'm the incredible Mr. E."
Elliot
Boogster, ugh. How many times do I have to tell you. 'I'm the incredible Mr. E.'
Boog
Eliot... please. Whoa!
Elliot
Look, if you don't use the code names who would I know you would be the one talking to me.
Giselle
Sweet!
McSquizzy
Freedom!!
McSquizzy
Freedom!
Boog
Ha ha ha, huh? What?
Shaw
Hello, Goldilocks! Ha ha ha!
Elliot
Yeah, bulls eye!
Elliot
Quick, we need more ammo.
Boog
Elliot, catch!
Elliot
Got it!
Boog
Fire!
Elliot
Boog, It's working!
Boog
Ha ha ha ha, yeah! Look at them run!
McSquizzy
Send out, Mr. Happy!
Boog
Who?
Park Ranger Beth
Gordy, I'm taking home!
McSquizzy
Oh...Mr. Happy didn't go off.
Boog
Whoa whoa, we were just supposed to run them into town!
Elliot
That's right, keep running.
Boog
Behold, the mighty grizzly!
Boog
You know Elliot, This place ain't so bad.
Elliot
Wait, hold that thought.
Elliot
Woo-Hoo!
Boog
Dinkleman!
Boog
Ouch!
Boog
Keep your tree. I'll find another one.
Boog
I'M GONNA KILL YOU! [Tackles Elliot behind the curtains and starts hurting him]
Boog
You chipped a... you chipped a... [Finally loses it] I'm gonna kill you!
Elliot
I chipped a hoof !
Elliot
I chipped a hoof!
Boog
you chipped..... you chipped a, IM GUNNA KILL YOU !!!!
Boog
You chipped... you chipped a... I'M GUNNA KILL YOU!
Boog
I never hold a grudge. I just let it go.
Malcolm Turner/Big Momma
You'd better change your voice before you start scaring the girls.
Trent/Charmaine
Oh how about this? Swing low...Swing AAAAAAAAAHHHHH! [screeching]
Malcolm Turner/Big Momma
Big Momma take orders from nobody...Nobody!
Tyler
What does he think, I'm gonna stink it all up and bring it back?
Det. Marcus Burnett
This is some sick shit!
Det. Mike Lowrey
Yup! It's about to get sicker!
Boog
I got ten claws and I ain't afraid of you.
Boog
I do what I want, when I want, and I come and go as I please.
Boog
Outside?
Boog
No problem!
Boog
You got it all twisted.
Boog
Until then, I ain't goin' down without a fight!
Boog
We ain't doin' no show.
Boog
[Exasperated sigh]
Earl Montgomery
Your partner got killed. You lost your job. You went to jail. Your girlfriend walked. You got a job as a security guard at a hundred and eighty-two dollars a week. You know what you are, Hank? You're a black man.
Malcolm Turner
You better get that nasty-ass tongue back in your mouth before I rip it out!
Ben
Yes, ma'am! My mouth is closed! But these hands is open for business.
Malcolm Turner
Trent's so smart. Trent's so cute. Trent knows Karate.
Trent
I know a little bit.
Malcolm Turner
I done seen a lot of scary shit in my day. But damn, that was a lot of ass!
Boog
Elliot, let the nice people enjoy the show.
Boog
All right, he's gone. Now get out.
Gordy
Beth, you're not his mother.
Park Ranger Beth
I'm not mothering him!
Boog
[Taps on the window and smiles while waving at Beth]
Park Ranger Beth
Excuse me. [Yelling] Go to bed, Boog!
Park Ranger Beth
Excuse me. [yelling] Go to bed, Boog!
Boog
[Gets startled and throws up on the window]
Boog
[gets startled and throws up on the window]
Boog
I can't snap.
Boog
[Upon spotting one of the big trees in the Timberline National Forest] Hmm. Alright. [Cracks his knuckles] I can do this! Ha ha ha ha. No problem.
Boog
[upon spotting one of the big trees in the Timberline National Forest] Hmm. Alright. [cracks his knuckles] I can do this! Ha ha ha ha. No problem.
Malcolm / Big Momma
And keep a lookout! You never know when Big Momma might be back!
Det. Marcus Burnett
Shit just got real.
Marcus Burnett
Look at all this this is shit! Liquid shit!
Boog
All right. I can do this!
Boog
[Seeing a flower right in front of him in the forest] Pretty.
Boog
Get out of here!
Elliot
Hey, I took you out of the garage. You should thank me.
Boog
Thank you?!
Elliot
You're welcome.
Boog
[To McSquizzy] We're gonna need your nuts.
Elliot
And your acorns too!
Elliot
I get it. You're like a pet.
Boog
I'm nobody's pet.
Elliot
[Holds up Boog's bowl] Right.
Boog
[Holding Elliot over a cliff] Take a good look around, Elliot. What's missing?
Elliot
Wait. Don't tell me. I know this one...
Boog
TIMBERLINE IS MISSING!
Elliot
Oh, I was just going to say that.
Boog
[Realises he is in the Timberline forest] Where's home? It's gone! Somebody stole it!
Boog
Give it up for Boog!
Elliot
Ian's right. I'm a loser.
Boog
No, you're not a loser.
Elliot
Yes I am!
Boog
No you're not!
Elliot
Yes!
Boog
No!
Elliot
Trust me! You know the day I met you Ian kicked me out of the herd, I lost my antler, I got run over, and tied to the hood of a truck, what do you call that?
Boog
Uhh... a loser. But check this out. Behold, the Mighty Grizzly! I look like a bear, I talk like a bear, but I can't fish, I can't climb a tree, I can't even go in the woods.
Elliot
That's nothing! Half doe, half buck! I'm a duck!
Jamal Walker
Punks jump up to get beat down.
Miles Logan
Its like leaving candy around me, its not gonna be alright I'm gonna (chomping teeth) chomp it up!
Miles Logan
Its like leaving candy around me, its not gonna be alright I'm gonna [chomping teeth] chomp it up!
Boog
[After hitting Shaw with a golf club] Ha ha ha! Oh yeah! Don't mess with the Boogster.
Boog
[after hitting Shaw with a golf club] Ha ha ha! Oh yeah! Don't mess with the Boogster.
Boog
Naw, naw, cornflake. You got it all twisted. This here is my home.
Elliot
Sweet!
Boog
Now haul your butt back out that window. [Points]
Boog
Now haul your butt back out that window. [points]
Gordy
Freeze.
Boog
[Drunk on sugar] Behold... the Mighty... Grizzly. Good night. [Passes out]
Boog
[drunk on sugar] Behold... the Mighty... Grizzly. Good night. [passes out]
Boog
I do what I want, when I want, and I come and go as I please!
Elliot
Well, then let's go!
Boog
Uh... outside?
Boog
I'm warnin' you. I got 10 claws and I ain't afraid of you.
Det. Marcus Burnett
That's that bullshit.
Boog
[To Elliot] Now haul your butt back out that window.
Elliot
What's a Shaw?
Boog
Only the nastiest hunter in town.
Elliot
Guys, it's not his fault.
Boog
Oh, you're right, Elliot. It's your fault.
Elliot
My fault?
Boog
Yeah. If it weren't for you, I'd be home right now. None of this would've ever happened. You said you knew the way back, but you lied.
Elliot
I-- no. ...Okay. Okay, maybe-- I thought if you hung out with me, then maybe you would like me.
Boog
Oh, man! I-- I trusted you, Elliot.
Elliot
I'm sorry, Boog. I-- we're still partners, right?
Boog
You know, Elliot, I'm better off alone.
Boog
Stupid nature.
Elliot
Want a Fishy Cracker?
Boog
Uh, no. Uh, I'll eat when I get home.
Boog
[Before passing out when tranquilized by Beth] Buttermilk biscuits...
Boog
[Choking Elliot and hitting his head on the ground, who keeps saying "ow"] You're-ruining-my-show!
Boog
[Choking Elliot and hitting his head on the ground, who keeps saying 'ow'] You're-ruining-my-show!
Boog
Out of the coat.
Elliot
No.
Boog
Take it off.
Elliot
No!
Boog
Take off the coat.
Elliot
No means no!
Boog
It's a whole Woo Hoo village.
Boog
[Singing his own version of "The Teddy Bears' Picnic"] If you go out in the woods today, there's gonna-- [hiccups] Be some fries [laughs]
Boog
[Singing his own version of 'The Teddy Bears' Picnic'] If you go out in the woods today, there's gonna-- [hiccups] Be some fries [laughs]
Boog
[Waiting for Beth in the jeep] Where is that girl?
McSquizzy
Try it again, I'll be kickin' your furry brown bahookie! [slaps his butt at Boog]
Boog
What?! But this is a different tree!
McSquizzy
They're ALL my trees!
Boog
The Woo Hoo bar. She's my lady. Smooth and creamy. So bad I shouldn't. Yet I will.
Boog
[After waking up face-to-face with a flower in the Timberline National Forest] Ooh, pretty.
Boog
We've been walkin' around in circles?
Elliot
Cir-cle. One time around.
Elliot
Trust me, you know the day I met you Ian kicked me out of the herd, I lost my antler, I got run over, and tied to the hood of a truck, what do you call that?
Boog
Ahh... a loser! But check this out. Behold, the Mighty Grizzly! I look like a bear, I talk like a bear, but I can't fish, I can't climb a tree, I can't even go in the woods!
Elliot
That's nothin'! Half doe, half buck! I'm a duck!
Boog
I ride a unicycle for crackers.
Elliot
I have a glass eye.
Boog
I can't snap.
Elliot
I thought log was a color.
Boog
I can't see my feet!
Elliot
I killed a man! [he and Boog both laugh]
Boog
[sees Dinkleman in his garage] Hey! What are you lookin' at? I told you not to wait up!
Boog
When I'm a bear rug, they can walk all over me. Until then, I ain't goin' down without a fight!
Boog
[to McSquizzy and the Furry Tail Clan] That's it! You're askin' for a whoopin'!
Boog
This is my home.
Boog
[smelling Elliot, who is strapped to Shaw's truck and appears dead] Whew! That's nasty!
Boog
[during the fight with the hunters] Gas mask.
Reilly
Got it.
Boog
All right. Time to run these guys back to town.
Boog
[Elliot has hit Shaw with a pillow] A pillow?! Come on!
Boog
Boog is sorry.
Boog
[losing Dinkleman in the water] DINKLEMAN!
Boog
[to Elliot] Shut the-- shut the-- I'm gonna kill you!
Boog
[to Elliot] Shut the - shut the. I'm gonna kill you!
Boog
[sees a mad Beth in Gordy's police car] Uh-oh! Back up quick, before she sees me!
Park Ranger Beth
You're in big trouble, mister!
Boog
Shush!
Boog
Yeah. And the giraffes taste almost exactly like the elephants. That's messed up.
Boog
Oh, no. I never hold a grudge. I just let it go.
Boog
[drunk on chocolate] Behold... the Mighty... Grizzly. Good night. [faints]
Boog
[drunk on chocolate] Behold... the mighty... Grizzly. Good night. [faints]
Boog
Alright! Show me your "Grr" face!
Boog
Alright! Show me your 'Grr' face!
Boog
No denyin'. That girl's got growl. But can she get down like this?
Boog
[during a rabbit fight] Oh yeah? Well, eat rabbit!