Martin Fitzgerald Lawrence is as American comedian, screenwriter, musician, film producer, TV producer and director whose estimated net worth is as amazingly high as $120 million. He is best known for appearances in movies which helped to increase Martin’s net worth: for “Bad Boys II” he was paid $20,000, and the same amount of money Lawrence was given after appearing in the movie entitled “National Security”. Furthermore, Martin Lawrence was paid more than $16 million after he played in “Black Knight”, and this is the reason why today Lawrence is considered to be one of the richest comedians and actors in the United States.
Martin Lawrence Net Worth $120 Million
Martin Fidzgerald Lawrence was born on April 16, 1965, in Frankfurt am Main, Hesse, Germany. However, his parents were Americans. They divorced when the young Martin was only eight years old and after that Martin saw little of his father. In order to support herself and her son Martin’s mother worked at several jobs at once, while her son attended Eleanor Roosevelt High School. At that young age Martin didn’t think about increasing his net worth as an actor, as actually he was interested in boxing and was seriously thinking about a professional sports career, but couldn’t do it because of a black eye on him.
Martin Lawrence made his debut in a filmography in 1989, when he played Cee in “Do The Right Thing”. One year later he appeared in a “House Party” and then in a “House Party 2”. One of the greatest breakthroughs Martin made was because of the movie “Bad Boys” directed by Michael Bay – this movie was released in 1995 with Lawrence in the main role. There he filmed together with the famous Will Smith. In 1996 “A Thin Line Between Love and Hate” was released, and Martin not only played Darnell Wright, but was also the director, narrator and executive producer, and this great movie only increased Lawrence’s net worth even more. One of his most recent appearances was in his role in “Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son”, where he played Malcolm Turner, and was an executive producer.
However, despite his great talent as an actor, comedian and producer, Lawrence has some serious problems with his health. Everything started in 1995, when “A Thin Line Between Love and Hate” was being filmed. Then M. Lawrence suddenly showed extremely violent behaviour and was immediately hospitalized. One year afterwards, this story was repeated one more time, but now police were also involved as Lawrence had a pistol with him. After the second hospitalization his behaviour didn’t change, and of course, it wasn’t very good for the net worth of Martin Lawrence. In the next two years he was arrested twice – once for carrying a gun in an airport and once for injuring a man in a nightclub. In 1999 Lawrence was even in a coma for three days, and this is the reason why his net worth wasn’t growing as fast as it could.
He was born in Frankfurt am Main, Hesse, Germany, to American parents, Chlora (Bailey) and John Lawrence, in the U.S. military there at the time of his birth. He was raised in the U.S., including in Queens, New York and Landover, Maryland.
In 1996, Lawrence was arrested at Burbank Airport for trying to board a plane while carrying a loaded 9mm Beretta. He claimed he didn't know guns were allowed on interstate flights. He wasn't charged in relation to the chase.
In October 1997, Lawrence's soon-to-be-ex-wife 'Pat Smith' won a restraining order against him. She told a judge that among other things, Lawrence threatened to kill her and her family.
Was taken to Sherman Oaks Hospital and Health Center and later released to his personal physician, Dr. William Young of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, in May 1996. He was wandering in the middle of a busy L.A. intersection on Ventura Boulevard cursing and screaming at oncoming cars while also carrying a loaded handgun in his pocket. Lawrence's publicist released a statement regarding the incident in which it was stated that Lawrence suffered from "a case of complete exhaustion and dehydration".
Was banned from appearing on NBC after he hosted Saturday Night Live (1975) on 19 February 1994. In order to appease network censors, he agreed not to do his opening monologue as planned. However, he did his routine as intended anyway, and this incurred the wrath of the network's top brass. The ban was overturned several years later. However, Lawrence is still not allowed to appear on SNL.
Often plays a policeman or a thief, sometimes both in the same film
When I'm playing Big Momma, it's so much work that all I want to do, when I'm finished, is go back home and just relax and study my lines and get ready for the next day.
I don't want to sound facetious, but humor is the key to the soul. You know what I mean?
You make due with the time you have here. Hopefully when you pass on, somebody can look back and say, 'Wow, they made a difference in some kind of way.'
I don't like forcing comedy and people just trying to do things just to find a funny beat all the time.
We grew to know the meaning of love. That is what allowed me and my family to stay close together.
I was a B.I.G. fan. I like all of his stuff. I don't really have a favorite song. They all are good, and each brings different memories to me. And you can still listen to it to this day and it means something.
As long as there's Big Momma, we're going to bring you comedy.
You might see some of the movies that I'm in where there are shades of drama or whatever, but for the most part, I don't get offered serious roles.
To each his own. You like what you like. If you want someone who's big-boned and you like that, ain't nothing wrong with having a little extra meat on there. If you like them thin-boned, then that's okay, too.
I wanted to trust in my partners and the directors and producers and do the best I can to deliver what I could deliver.
If somebody pisses me off and I understand it ain't personal then I'll go to another place and I'll meditate.
I try to always step up to the plate, be professional, be good at what I'm doing and deliver on the character. In Hollywood, what more can you ask for. You want a consummate professional.
I just try to get along with people and show the love that I would like to be shown to me.
Everybody has a Big Momma: the mother or the grandmother who tells it like it is, keeps it real with them, isn't afraid to tell you the truth about yourself.
If you want someone who's big-boned and you like that, ain't nothing wrong with having a little extra meat on there. If you like them thin-boned, then that's okay, too.
You can be cool and at the same time respect your woman, who will hopefully become your wife, who will hopefully become the mother of your kids. America needs to get back to family values.
I'm most proud of the blessings that God has bestowed upon me, in my life. He's given me the vision to truly see that you can fall down, but you can still get back up. Hopefully I'll learn from my mistakes and have the opportunity to strengthen and improve the next thing I do.
I don't really judge. To each his own. You like what you like.
No one is immune to the trials and tribulations of life.