Martin Lawrence Net Worth
Martin Lawrence net worth: Martin Lawrence is an actor and stand up comedian who has a net worth of $110 million. Martin Lawrence has accumulated his net worth through his many acting roles in film and television, as well as his own television series "Martin," and his many standup comedy routines.
Early Life: Martin Fitzgerald Lawrence was born April 16, 1965, in Frankfort, Germany to American parents. His father, John Lawrence, was serving in the U.S. military at the time. Lawrence was named after Martin Luther King, Jr. and John F. Kennedy. When he was seven, his father left the military and his family moved back to the U.S., where his dad became a police officer. The Lawrences settled in Landover, Maryland, in the Greater Washington D.C. Metropolitan area. His parents divorced in 1973. After that, he rarely saw his father. His mother Chlora worked several jobs to support her family.
Lawrence attended Eleanor Roosevelt High School and Friendly High School. He excelled at boxing as a teenager and was a Mid-Atlantic Golden Gloves boxing contender in high school.
Career: Lawrence did the stand-up circuit in the Washington D.C. area in the early days. At the same time, he was supporting himself with odd jobs. Comedian Ritch Snyder caught Lawrence's act on night and suggested he give the New York City comedy scene a try. Lawrence moved to New York City and ended up at the legendary comedy showcase The Improv. Not long after performing at The Improv, Lawrence appeared on the talent search television program "Star Search." He made it to the final round but didn't win. However, executives at Columbia Pictures Television saw Lawrence on the show and cast him in his first acting role as Maurice Warfield in "What's Happening Now!!" When that show was canceled, Lawrence found small parts in films and television series. His breakthrough role was as Cee in Spike Lee's seminal film "Do the Right Thing." After that, he appeared in the "House Party" films, the Eddie Murphy movie "Boomerang," and "Talkin' Dirty After Dark." He was tapped by Russell Simmons to host the series "Def Comedy Jam" on HBO in 1992. This series gave many comedians their mainstream break including Dave Chappelle, Chris Tucker, and Bernie Mac. While he was hosting "Def Comedy Jam," Lawrence was also starring in his own sitcom on Fox called "Martin." The show was a huge hit and ran from 1992 to 1997. His show was the anchor of Fox's Thursday night lineup and really helped Fox catch up to the "big three" networks to become a major player.
On February 19, 1994, Lawrence hosted "Saturday Night Live." During his monologue, he made crude remarks about women's personal hygiene and genitalia. His monologue was completely edited out of reruns of the episode and he was banned for life from SNL. That didn't affect the ratings of "Martin," which continued to skyrocket. When "Martin" went off the air in 1997, Lawrence established a career in comedy films starring as the second lead opposite actors including Eddie Murphy, Danny DeVito, and Tim Robbins. He starred in "Nothing to Lose," "Life," "Blue Streak," and "Big Momma's House."
One of Lawrence's most well-known films is the "Bad Boys" franchise, which he stars in with Will Smith as two detectives in the Miami Police Department, Michael "Mike" Lowrey, and Marcus Burnett. The first film was released in 1995, the second in 2003, and the third in 2020.
Lawrence is also a singer and musician. His debut album, "Martin Lawrence Live Talkin' Shit, " was released in 1993. In 1995, he released his second album "Funk It."
Personal Life: Lawrence was engaged to actress Lark Voorhies in 1993 but they broke up before walking down the aisle. He married Miss Virginia USA, Patricia Southall, in 1995. Their daughter Jasmine Page was born on January 15, 1996. Lawrence and Southhall divorced in 1997. He started a relationship with Shamicka Gibbs in 1997. They have two daughters, Iyanna Faith (2000) and Amara Trinity (2002). They married on July 10, 2010. Lawrence filed for divorce from Gibbs in April 2012. Shamicka appeared on the reality television show, "Hollywood Exes," where she discussed her divorce but remained positive about her relationship with Lawrence.
Lawrence has been plagued by difficulties in his personal life. The first sign of something wrong was in 1995 during the filming of "A Thin Line Between Love and Hate." Lawrence reportedly flew into a violent rage and had to be hospitalized after collapsing.
Lawrence continued to occasionally demonstrate erratic behavior. In January 1997, Lawrence's co-star Tisha Campbell-Martin filed a lawsuit against him, alleging sexual harassment and abuse both on and off the set of "Martin." In April 1997, Campbell settled the lawsuit and returned to appear in the last two episodes of the series. Also in the spring of 1997, Lawrence was arrested after punching a man in a nightclub in Hollywood.
Then, in August 1999, Lawrence went jogging in 100-degree heat wearing heavy clothing over a plastic suit while prepping for "Big Momma's House." He collapsed from heat exhaustion and was in a coma for three days. He almost died as his body temperature hit 107 degrees. His breathing was assisted by a ventilator while he was in the coma.
Salary Highlights: Lawrence brought home $6 million for 1997's "Nothing to Lose" and $8.5 million for 1999's "Life." He earned $20 million for 1999's "Blue Streak." In 2001, he earned $13 million for "What's the Worst That Could Happen?" He made $16.5 million on 2001's "Black Knight," $20 million on 2003's "National Security," and $20 million on 2003's "Bad Boys II."
Real Estate: For years, Lawrence owned a large mansion in the Beverly Park neighborhood of Beverly Hills. It is where he and Gibbs had their wedding. After their divorce, that house was available for rent at $200,000 a month in June 2012. In 2013, the estate hit the market for $26.5 million. He eventually sold it to Los Angeles real estate developer Bruce Makowsky for $17.2 million. Lawrence then bought a home in Encino, California for $6.63 million. He also owns a farm near Purcellville, Virginia.
|Net Worth:||$110 Million|
|Date of Birth:||Apr 16, 1965 (54 years old)|
|Height:||5 ft 7 in (1.71 m)|
|Profession:||Comedian, Screenwriter, Actor, Film director, Film Producer, Musician, Television producer|
|Nationality:||United States of America|
Martin Lawrence Earnings
- Bad Boys II$20,000,000
- National Security$20,000,000
- Black Knight$16,500,000
- What's the Worst That Could Happen?$13,000,000
- Nothing to Lose$6,000,000