Martin Lawrence was born on April 16, 1965 in Frankfurt, Germany. He was an American comedian, actor, and filmmaker, many of his films were blockbusters, including Nothing to Lose, Life, Blue Streak, and especially, Big Momma's House which opened at No. 1 at North American box office and grossed almost $28 million its first weekend and his salary steadily increased to over $10 million per film role. Def Comedy Jam show ran from 1992 to 1997 and was an enormous success which drew millions of viewers away from NBC's "Must See TV" line-up.
Lawrence, the fourth of six children, was born in Frankfurt, West Germany. He was named after civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. and U.S. President John F. Kennedy. During his teen years Lawrence excelled at boxing. He lived in Queens, New York, and Landover, Maryland
He married Patricia Southall in 1995. Lawrence and have one daughter together, They divorced in 1997. Lawrence began a relationship with Shamicka Gibbs They married on July 10, 2010 at Lawrence's Beverly Hills home Lawrence owns a farm near Purcellville, Virginia.