Matthew Lawrence
Birth Date:
February 11, 1980
Birth Place:
Abington, Pennsylvania, USA
5' 11" (1.80 m)
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Boy Meets World


“Hollywood is fickle; your career can end pretty fast. If the acting jobs dry up, you have to have something to fall back on. In fact, that would be my advice to kids interested in acting. Make sure you get an education too.” Matthew Lawrence

Matthew Lawrence, the younger brother of actor Joseph Lawrence and older brother of actor Andrew Lawrence, showed off his promising talent in such TV movies as “David” (ABC, 1988), “The Summer My Father Grew Up” (NBC, 1991) and “With a Vengeance” (1992) and the series “Drexell's Class” (1991), “SuperHuman Samurai Syber Squad” (1994-1995) and “Brotherly Love” (1995-1997) before rising to prominence as a teen idol thanks to his role of Jack Hunter in the ABC sitcom “Boy Meets World” (1997-2000). After the cancellation of the show, he briefly returned to series TV as a guest star in “CSI: Miami” and “Boston Public” (2004).

Making his film debut in John Hughes' “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” (1987), the six time Young Artist nominee is perhaps best known to moviegoers for playing Robin Williams' son in the blockbuster comedy “Mrs. Doubtfire” (1993). He later added “Strike,” (1998), “Family Tree” (1999), “Glow” (2000), “Big Monster on Campus” (2000) “Cheats” (2002), “The Hot Chick” (2002), “The Comebacks” (2007) and “Trucker” (2008) to his endeavors. Lawrence's fans also saw him in the horror film “Creature of Darkness” (2009).

Lawrence is good friends with “Boy Meets World” co-star Ben Savage. He cites Paula Abdul, Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston as his favorite singers. As for his romantic life, Lawrence dated his former “Boy Meets World” co-star Danielle Fishel before becoming engaged to Heidi Mueller. However, they broke off their engagement in March 2006. Lawrence then dated professional dancer Cheryl Burke, who appeared in ABC's well known “Dancing with the Stars.” They dated from December 2006 to February 2008.

Aspiring Zoologist

Childhood and Family:

Matthew William Lawrence was born on February 11, 1980, in Abington, Pennsylvania, to an insurance broker father, Joseph Mignona Sr., and personal manager mother, Donna Mignona. The last name of his family was changed from Mignona to Lawrence before his birth. Matthew has two brothers, Joseph (born on April 20, 1976) and Andrew (born on January 12, 1988). They are also actors.

Matthew graduated from Abington Friends School and in 2002, attended the University of Southern California. An animal lover, he considered becoming a zoologist. Matthew keeps chameleons and two dogs, Jack and Cody, as pets.

“A lot of actors think they don't need to go to college because they already have a career, but that's a bad idea.” Matthew Lawrence

Mrs. Doubtfire


Matthew Lawrence began his acting career as a child when he portrayed the son of Sammi Jo in the long running ABC series “Dynasty” from 1984 to 1985. He went on to portray Mark Hudson's son, Jesse Webber, on the short-lived sitcom “Sara” (NBC, 1985) and Matthew Donovan in the final season of “Gimme a Break” (1986-1987), which starred his older brother. It was in 1987 that Lawrence branched out to the cinematic industry with a small part as the young incarnation of Steve Martin in the John Hughes movie “Planes, Trains and Automobiles.” Before long, the young actor headlined his first TV film, “David” (1988). He was nominated for a Young Artist for Best Young Actor in a Special, Pilot, Movie of the Week or Mini-Series for his portrayal of burn victim David Rothenberg.

In the early 1990s, Lawrence successfully picked up Young Artist nominations for his work in the NBC TV film “The Summer My Father Grew Up” (1991), where he was cast as the son of John Ritter, and for his work in the television movie “With a Vengeance” (1992), opposite Melissa Gilbert. He returned to series television as a young motherless boy being raised by his grandparents (played by Brian Keith and Cloris Leachman) in the short lived sitcom “Walter & Emily” (NBC, 1991). He also played Walker in the comedy series “Drexell's Class” (1991), with Dabney Coleman and Dakin Matthews, and young Joey Russo in three episodes of the NBC sitcom “Blossom” (1991-1994). His older brother Joey played the older version of the character.

1993 marked Lawrence's banner year. Director Chris Columbus hired him to portray the son of Robin Williams and Sally Field in the comedy film “Mrs. Doubtfire.” The film was a box office hit and Lawrence picked up his next Young Artist nomination. He gained additional popularity starring as Sam 'Servo' Collins, a teen with a talent for programming video games, in the syndicated series “SuperHuman Samurai Syber Squad” (1994-1995). It was followed with roles in the short lived series “Bringing Up Jack” (1995) and the NBC comedy series “Brotherly Love” (1995-1997), in which his real life siblings also starred in. He received a Young Artist nomination for Best Performance by a Young Actor - TV Comedy Series in 1996 and shared another nomination with little brother Andrew in the category of Best Performance in a TV Comedy - Leading Young Actor, the following year. The brothers also starred together in the western pilot “Brothers of the Frontier” (NBC, 1996).

Lawrence's television career enjoyed a significant boost when he was recruited to play Jack Hunter on the long running ABC sitcom “Boy Meets World” (1993-2000), opposite Ben Savage, Rider Strong, Danielle Fishel, Will Friedle and others. He was on the show from 1997 to 2000. He also appeared in the TV movies “Angels in the Endzone” (1997, received a YoungStar nomination for Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Miniseries/Made-for-TV Movie), the based-on-opera “H-E Double Hockey Sticks” (1999, with Will Friedle and Gabrielle Union) and the family film “Horse Sense” (1999, starred brothers Joey and Andrew). He resumed his film career by costarring with Kirsten Dunst, Gaby Hoffmann and Rachael Leigh Cook in the comedy “Strike” (1998), played a character named Mark in the drama “Family Tree” (1999), which also starred brother Andrew, Robert Forster and Naomi Judd, teamed up with writer-director Heather Magee in “Glow” (2000) and starred as Frank Stein in the horror “Big Monster on Campus” (2000).

After “Boy Meets World” ended, Lawrence played the character Mike in the TV movie “Girl Band” (2000), rejoined his brothers for the Disney Channel Original Movie “Jumping Ship” (2001), portrayed Victor in the film “Cheats” (2002) and was cast with Rob Schneider and Anna Faris in the comedy “The Hot Chick” (2002), which was directed by Tom Brady and co-written by Brady and Schneider. He then revisited series TV with guest roles in CBS' “CSI: Miami” (2003) and Fox's “Boston Public” (2004).

In 2007, Lawrence portrayed Lance Truman in the comedy feature “The Comebacks,” which reunited him with the “The Hot Chick” director Tom Brady. He recently appeared in the drama film “Trucker” (2008), directed and written by James Mottern. He then costarred with Devon Sawa and Dan White in the horror feature “Creature of Darkness” (2009).


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