The youngest brother of actors Joseph and Matthew Lawrence, Andrew Lawrence first appeared on television at age 3 as the two-year-old version of his brother Joey's character on NBC's half-hour sitcom, “Blossom.” He would later be more popular after co-starring with his brothers in the NBC/The WB sitcom "Brotherly Love" (1995-1997) and after delivering a Young Artist Award-winning performance as a 13-year-old student who accidentally creates a clone of himself when working on a science project, in the book-based TV movie "The Other Me" (2000).
Lawrence voiced ringleader Theodore J. 'T.J.' Detweiler (1998-2001) in the ABC cartoon series "Recess" and co-starred as Oliver's sports nut and womanizer brother Tayler 'Ted' Mark Beene in the Fox sitcom "Oliver Beene" (2003-2004). He also had a recurring role in the short-lived CW drama series "Runaway" (2006).
As for his film works, the 6' actor could be seen in "White Man's Burden" (1995), "Bean" (1997), "Jack Frost" (1998), "Family Tree" (1999), and "Fingerprints" (2006). He will next appear opposite Isaiah Washington in an upcoming drama/thriller film called "The Least of These."
Childhood and Family:
The youngest of the three famous Lawrence siblings, Andrew James Lawrence, nicknamed “Andy,” was born on January 12, 1988 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His parents are Donna, a personal talent manager, and Joseph Lawrence, Sr., an insurance broker. His older brothers are actors Joseph Lawrence (born on April 20, 1976) and Matthew Lawrence (born on February 11, 1980). He has one niece named Charli, the daughter of Joey.
The Other Me
Raised with older brothers who work as actors, Andrew Lawrence followed his siblings footsteps and made his first appearance on television at age 3, playing the two-year-old version of his brother Joey's character on NBC's half-hour sitcom, “Blossom.” At age 5, he had a co-starring role as Tom Arnold's son in the short-lived sitcom “Tom” (1994) and portrayed the 5-year-old version of Denny Yaklich (David Lascher played the older version) in the made-for-television movie "Cries Unheard: The Donna Yaklich Story" (1994; also starring Jaclyn Smith, Brad Johnson, and Hilary Swank).
In 1995, Lawrence made made his feature film debut in writer/director Desmond Nakano's "White Man's Burden," the dramatic film about racism in an alternate America "White Man's Burden," starring John Travolta and Harry Belafonte. Meanwhile, TV viewers could catch him alongside his real-life brothers starring in the NBC/The WB sitcom "Brotherly Love" (1995-1997), which earned him two Young Artist Award nominations, one for Best Performance in a TV Comedy - Leading Young Actor and another one for Best Performance by an Actor Under Ten – Television.
During his "Brotherly Love" stint, Lawrence co-starred in the TV movies "Prince for a Day" (1995; starring his brother Joseph), "Brothers of the Frontier" (1996; with brothers Joseph and Matthew), and "Deadly Web" (1996; starring Gigi Rice and Ed Marinaro), as well as guest starred in an episode of PBS animated series "Adventures from the Book of Virtues." He also portrayed Kevin Langley, the son of Peter MacNicol's character, in the feature film based on the television series, "Bean" (1997), starring Rowan Atkinson.
From 1998 to 2001, Lawrence provided the voice of Theodore Jasper "T.J." Detweiler, the ringleader of five best friends in the ABC cartoon series "Recess." Meanwhile, he appeared in the telepics "Carson's Vertical Suburbia" (1998), "Young Hearts Unlimited" (1998), "Horse Sense" (1999), and "The Other Me" (2000), an adaptation of Mary C. Ryan's book which won him a Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Movie (Comedy) - Leading Young Actor for his starring role as a 13-year-old student who accidentally creates a clone of himself when working on a science project.
He also appeared in the TV movies "School's In" (2001) and "Jumping Ship" (2001), as well as had a role in the Fox show based on the popular children's book by Betty Paraskevas and Michael Paraskevas, "The Kids from Room 402" (1999). Additionally, he was spotted as a guest in an episode of the Fox Emmy-winning sitcom "King of the Hill" and in two episodes of short-lived NBC family/comedy series, "Tucker."
On the big screen, moviegoers could catch him in the Christmas movie starring Michael Keaton and Kelly Preston, "Jack Frost" (1998), in which he portrayed Tuck Gronic. He also played the lead in Duane Clark's family/drama film "Family Tree" (1999), as a lonely 9-year-old boy who finds strength and companionship from a stately old oak tree (Robert Forster played his ignoring business father; Naomi Judd as his mother, and real-life brother Matthew as his on-screen older brother).
After guest-starring in an episode of Kids' WB animated series "The Zeta Project" and the CBS drama "The Guardian," Lawrence landed a co-starring role in the Fox sitcom "Oliver Beene" (2003-2004), playing the title role's (played by Grant Rosenmeyer) brother Tayler 'Ted' Mark Beene, a sports nut and a womanizer. His performance in the show later earned him a Teen Choice Award nomination for Choice TV Breakout Star – Male.
Meanwhile, Lawrence became an on-air guest correspondent in an episode of "On-Air with Ryan Seacrest" and starred as Jason 'Jace' Newfield, the blind new kid at school, in the TV movie "Going to the Mat" (2004). He also supported Tom Berenger in the straight-to-video released movie "Sniper 3" (2004).
In 2006, Lawrence had a recurring role, as Brady Sullivan, in the short-lived CW drama series "Runaway," starring Donnie Wahlberg and Leslie Hope. That same year, he also co-starred with Leah Pipes and Kristin Cavallari in the horror/mystery/thriller film directed by Harry Basil, "Fingerprints."
Lawrence is currently working on his upcoming film project, "The Least of These," a drama/thriller by writer/director Nathan Scoggins starring Isaiah Washington.
Young Artist: Best Performance in a TV Movie (Comedy) - Leading Young Actor, "The Other Me," 2001