Joey Lawrence

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Joey Lawrence
Joey Lawrence 2012.jpg
Lawrence at the AHA 2012 Hero Dog Awards
BornJoseph Lawrence Mignogna, Jr.
(1976-04-20) April 20, 1976 (age 38)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Other namesJoe Lawrence, Joseph Lawrence
OccupationActor, singer-songwriter, record producer
Years active1982–present
Spouse(s)Michelle Vella (m. 2002–04)
Chandie Yawn-Nelson (m. 2005)
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Joey Lawrence
Joey Lawrence 2012.jpg
Lawrence at the AHA 2012 Hero Dog Awards
BornJoseph Lawrence Mignogna, Jr.
(1976-04-20) April 20, 1976 (age 38)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Other namesJoe Lawrence, Joseph Lawrence
OccupationActor, singer-songwriter, record producer
Years active1982–present
Spouse(s)Michelle Vella (m. 2002–04)
Chandie Yawn-Nelson (m. 2005)

Joseph Lawrence Mignogna, Jr.[citation needed] (born April 20, 1976), known professionally as Joey Lawrence, is an American actor, singer, and game show host. He is known for his roles as Joey Donovan in the TV series Gimme a Break!, Joey Russo in Blossom, Joe Roman (the eldest brother of three with his real life brothers) in Brotherly Love, and as Joe Longo in Melissa & Joey.

Early life[edit]

Lawrence was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Donna Mignogna, a personnel manager and former elementary school teacher,[1] and Joseph Lawrence Mignogna, Sr., an insurance broker.[2][3] He is of half Italian descent.[4][5] His family's surname was changed to "Lawrence" during his childhood. He has two younger brothers, Matthew and Andrew, who are also actors.[6]

He graduated from Abington Friends School in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, in 1994, and later attended the University of Southern California.[7]



Lawrence's first acting role was in a Cracker Jack commercial. At the age of five, he appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, where he performed the song "Give My Regards to Broadway".[8] After appearing in guest spots on Diff'rent Strokes and Silver Spoons, Lawrence won the role of Joey Donovan on the hit NBC sitcom Gimme a Break! in 1983. He continued in that role until the series ended in 1987. Lawrence provided the voice of Oliver, the protagonist in the 1988 Disney film Oliver & Company.

From 1991 to 1995, Lawrence co-starred in the hit TV series Blossom, in which he played Joey Russo.

Lawrence has also starred in the series Brotherly Love (which featured his real life brothers Matthew and Andrew Lawrence) and Run of the House, and has guest starred on such programs as American Dreams and CSI: NY.[9] One of Lawrence's film credits is Urban Legends: Final Cut (2000) in which he costarred with Jennifer Morrison, Matthew Davis, and Hart Bochner.

Lawrence with the cast of Melissa & Joey

In 2006, Lawrence appeared on ABC's Dancing with the Stars. Paired with professional dancer Edyta Śliwińska, he placed third in the competition. In May 2007, he starred in the Broadway hit Chicago as Billy Flynn.[10] He next hosted a dance competition show on The Learning Channel, Master of Dance, which premiered June 9, 2008.[11]

In 2009, Lawrence starred in the television movie My Fake Fiancé with Melissa Joan Hart, which premiered on ABC Family to 3.6 million viewers, becoming the most-watched television movie of the ratings season, sweeping top rank in its time-period in key demos. In August 2010, Lawrence returned to television in the ABC Family sitcom Melissa & Joey, again opposite Melissa Joan Hart.[12] Hart plays a woman who hires Lawrence as a nanny to help care for her incarcerated sister's kids. Lawrence's character is a former figure in the financial industry whose company came under investigation for wrongdoing and caused his professional life to be put on hold. Lawrence's brothers have guest starred on the show. Matthew Lawrence played Tony Longo in season 1 episode 25 and Andrew Lawrence appeared in season 1 episode 26 as Ryder Scanlan's teacher, Evan McKay. As of 2014, the series has been renewed for its fourth season.[13]

In 2012, he was contracted to be a Chippendales dancer for a special engagement in June at the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.[14]

On March 19, 2013, Lawrence began appearing in the ABC reality show Splash. He is co-host alongside Charissa Thompson.


Lawrence has said that music was always his passion, and at the height of his success began a recording career. Lawrence was 16 when his debut album Joey Lawrence was released in February 1993. Produced by Steve Barri, Tony Peluso, Terry Lupton, Ian Prince and Teddy Riley, Lawrence co-wrote some material, including the international hit single "Nothin' My Love Can't Fix" (#6 Billboard Hot 100 Airplay, #10 Billboard Top 40 Mainstream, #19 Billboard Hot 100, #13 United Kingdom, #68 Australia).[15] The song was used as the end-title theme from the movie Cop and a Half; its music video received heavy airplay on MTV and MuchMusic, and Lawrence was invited to perform live on MTV's Spring Break, The Arsenio Hall Show, and the UK's Top of the Pops in 1993.

In July 2008, Lawrence told TV Guide that he was working on a new album composed mostly of ballads.[16] In June 2011, he released his new single entitled Rolled, which was available as a free download for one week on ABCFamily's website.[17] In July, Joey released a second single, "Give It To Ya (Acoustic)" via Pledge Music.[18]

Personal life[edit]

Lawrence married Michelle Vella in 2002; the couple divorced in 2004. He met his second wife, Chandie Yawn-Nelson, while on vacation in Disney World when the two were teenagers; they married there 13 years later, in July 2005.[19] The couple have two daughters, born 2006 and 2010.[20][21]


1985Summer RentalBobby Chester
1988PulseDavid Rockland
1988Oliver & CompanyOliver (voice)
1994Radioland MurdersFrankie Marshall
1995Goofy Movie, AA Goofy MovieChad (voice)
2000Urban Legends: Final CutGraham Manning
2000Desperate But Not SeriousDarby
2001Do You Wanna Know a Secret?Hank Ford
2001Christmas Adventure ...From a Book Called Wisely's Tales, AA Christmas Adventure ...From a Book Called Wisely's TalesWolfpack Leader (voice)Video
2002Trois 2: Pandora's BoxDet. Anderson
2006Rest StopOfficer Michael DeaconVideo
2008Killer PadJoey Lawrence
2008Together Again For The First TimeCarey KrzyznykVideo
2010Sinatra ClubLouie 'Pipes' Pepitone
2011Tumor & GoochGoochShort film
2011Hit ListLyle
1982ScampsSparkyShort film
1982Diff'rent StrokesJoeyEpisode: "Big Brother"
1982Silver SpoonsJoey ThompsonEpisode: "The Best Christmas Ever"
1983Little ShotsPete
1983Wait till Your Mother Gets Home!Chris Peters
1983–87Gimme a Break!Joey DonovanMain role (77 episodes)
1984Young People's SpecialsBillyEpisode: "Umbrella Jack"
1985ABC Afterschool SpecialMattieEpisode: "Don't Touch"
1989Adventures in BabysittingBrad AndersonPilot
1990–95BlossomJoey RussoMain role (114 episodes)
1991Chains of GoldTommy
1993Olsen Twins Mother's Day SpecialSinger
1993Almost HomeJeff ThorntonEpisode: "Girls and Boy"
1993Empty NestWadeEpisode: "Aunt Verne Knows Best"
1995John Larroquette Show, TheThe John Larroquette ShowCarly's BrotherEpisode: "Whipping Post"
1995Something WilderJ.J. TravisEpisode: "Bergman of Alcatraz"
1995Prince for a DayRalph Bitondo / Ricky Prince
1995–97Brotherly LoveJoe RomanMain role (40 episodes)
1996Brothers of the FrontierEthan Frye
1999Touched by an AngelJesseEpisode: "Fool for Love"
1999Horse SenseMichael Woods
1999RecessFranklin Dudikoff (voice)Episode: "The Dude"
2001Jumping ShipMichael Woods
2002Romantic Comedy 101Mark Gibson
2002Zeta Project, TheThe Zeta ProjectDex Finley (voice)Episode: "Eye of the Storm"
2002–03American DreamsMichael Brooks11 episodes
2003–04Run of the HouseKurt Franklin19 episodes
2004Love Rules!Michael Warner
2005Confessions of a Sociopathic Social ClimberFerguson
2005–06Half & HalfBrett Mahoney9 episodes
2006Android ApocalypseDeeCee
2007CSI: NYClay Dobson3 episodes
2007/08Emperor's New School, TheThe Emperor's New SchoolDirk Brock (voice)2 episodes
2009My Fake FiancéVince
Melissa & JoeyJoe LongoMain role (82 episodes)
2011Dog Who Saved Halloween, TheThe Dog Who Saved HalloweenZeus
2012Hitched for the HolidaysRob Marino
2012The Dog Who Saved The HollidaysZeus
2013Splash (ABC U.S. show)HimselfCo-host
2007ChicagoBilly FlynnReplacement




US Promo CD

  1. Nothin' My Love Can't Fix (LP Version) 3:59
  2. Nothin' My Love Can't Fix (D. Abraham Slam Mix) 4:00
  3. Nothin' My Love Can't Fix (D. Abraham Alternate Slam Mix) 4:24
  4. Nothin' My Love Can't Fix (Slam Fade Mix) 3:40
  5. Nothin' My Love Can't Fix (D. Abraham Alternate Extended Mix) 5:13

Europe Maxi-CD

  1. Nothin' My Love Can't Fix 4:06
  2. Nothin' My Love Can't Fix [D Abraham Slam Mix] 4:02
  3. Nothin' My Love Can't Fix [D Abraham Alternate Extended Mix] 5:13

US Maxi-CD

  1. Stay Forever (Album Version — Fade) 4:04
  2. Stay Forever (Groove Mix) 4:05
  3. Stay Forever (Street Corner Beat Box — Edit) 3:45
  4. Stay Forever (Spanglish) 3:57

UK Maxi-CD

  1. Stay Forever 4:22
  2. I Can't Help Myself (Alternative Mix)4:05
  3. I Can't Help Myself (12" Edit)4:01
  4. Joey Interview (Part II) 5:08

UK Maxi-CD

  1. I Can't Help Myself 4:25
  2. Joey Lawrence Interview 4:15
  3. Nothin' My Love Can't Fix (instrumental remix) 3:59
  4. Nothin' My Love Can't Fix (D. Abraham Alternate Slam Mix) 4:00

US Single

  1. Ven Ven Conmigo
  2. Never Gonna Change My Mind


  1. Never Gonna Change My Mind (soul version) 3:45

UK Maxi-CD

  1. Never Gonna Change My Mind (Mr. Mig & Adam World Mix) 4:05
  2. Never Gonna Change My Mind (Jason Nevins Radio Remix) 3:59
  3. Never Gonna Change My Mind (Jason Nevins Import Club Mix) 8:57


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  11. ^ Master of Dance : TLC
  12. ^ Bockelman, Andy (2010-04-01). "Melissa Joan Hart, Nikki Blonsky Among Stars To Appear In New ABC Family Shows". Retrieved 12 June 2010. 
  13. ^ "Hart & Lawrence Land New Sitcom". Retrieved 2010-02-02. 
  14. ^ "Joey Lawrence – Whoa, I'm a Stripper!". TMZ (website). May 16, 2012. Retrieved May 16, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Joey Lawrence: Billboard chart history". Retrieved 12 June 2010. 
  16. ^ "Joey Lawrence: What are Joey Lawrence's upcoming projects?". 2008-07-18. Retrieved 12 June 2010. 
  17. ^ "ABC Family's Hit Comedy "Melissa & Joey" Returns With All-New Episodes, Premiering Wednesday, June 29 at 8:00 ET/PT". 2011-06-24. Retrieved 8 July 2011. 
  18. ^ "Give it to ya". PledgeMusic. Retrieved 2011-11-25. 
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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Stacy Keibler & Tony Dovolani
Dancing with the Stars (US) third place contestant
Season 3 (Fall 2006 with Edyta Śliwińska)
Succeeded by
Laila Ali & Maksim Chmerkovskiy