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Martin Lawrence (born April 16, 1965 in Frankfurt, Germany) is a popular American actor, comedian, director and producer, who first became popular for his 1992-1997 series, Martin, which was nominated for 2 awards (2 Kids' Choice Awards) and won 2 other awards. (NAACP Image Awards)

Martin Lawrence was banned from the show after his opening monologue on the February 19, 1994 episode included comments about female genitalia.

Note: The monologue has been edited out in both the network repeats and syndicated version, with just a graphic describing in general what Lawrence had said. The graphic also told viewers that it was a lively monologue and it almost cost many SNL employees their jobs.

While not a reason for the ban, another factor that harmed Lawrence was a Stuart Smalley sketch where he told the title character "Shut up you ass pirate". That line had not been in the script; it was ad-libbed.

Filmography Edit

  • Do the Right Thing (1989)
  • House Party (1990)
  • Talkin' Dirty After Dark (1991)
  • House Party 2 (1991)
  • Boomerang (1992)
  • You So Crazy (1994)
  • Bad Boys (1995)
  • A Thin Line Between Love and Hate (1996) (also director and writer)
  • Nothing to Lose (1997)
  • Life (1999)
  • Blue Streak (1999)
  • Big Momma's House (2000)
  • What's the Worst That Could Happen? (2001)
  • Black Knight (2001)
  • Martin Lawrence Live: Runteldat (2002)
  • National Security (2003)
  • Bad Boys II (2003)
  • Rebound (2005)
  • Big Momma's House 2 (2006)
  • Open Season (2006) (voice)
  • Wild Hogs (2007)
  • Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins (2008)
  • College Road Trip (2008)
  • Death at a Funeral (2010)
  • Big Mommas: Like Father Like Son (2011)

Television Work Edit

  • What's Happening Now!! (cast member from 1987-1988)
  • A Little Bit Strange (1989) (unsold pilot)
  • Hammer, Slammer, & Slade (1990) (unsold pilot)
  • Private Times (1991)
  • Martin (1992-1997)
  • Def Comedy Jam (host from 1992-1993)

Awards and nominations Edit

  • BET Comedy Award - Icon Comedy Award (2005)
  • Blockbuster Entertainment Award
         o nominated for Favorite Actor (2001) for the movie Big Momma's House
         o nominated with Eddie Murphy for Favorite Comedy Team (2000) for the movie Life
  • NAACP Image Award
         o nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (1997) for the series Martin
         o won Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (1996) for the series Martin
         o won Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (1995) for the series Martin
  • Kids' Choice Award
         o nominated for Favorite Movie Actor (2001) for the movie Big Momma's House
         o nominated for Favorite Television Actor (1996) for the series Martin
         o nominated for Favorite Television Actor (1995) for the series Martin
  • MTV Movie Award
         o nominated with Will Smith for Best On-Screen Team (2003) for the movie Bad Boys II
         o nominated for the movie Big Momma's House
         o nominated with Will Smith for Best On-Screen Duo (1996) for the movie Bad Boys
  • ShoWest - Male Star of Tomorrow (1995)
  • Teen Choice Award -
         o nominated for Wipeout Scene of the Summer (2000) for the movie Big Momma's House

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