Matthew Lawrence

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Matthew Lawrence
Matthew Lawrence.jpg
Lawrence at the premiere of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, May 2007
BornMatthew William Lawrence
(1980-02-11) February 11, 1980 (age 34)
Abington Township, Pennsylvania, U.S.
OccupationActor
Years active1984–present
 
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Matthew Lawrence
Matthew Lawrence.jpg
Lawrence at the premiere of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, May 2007
BornMatthew William Lawrence
(1980-02-11) February 11, 1980 (age 34)
Abington Township, Pennsylvania, U.S.
OccupationActor
Years active1984–present

Matthew William Lawrence (born February 11, 1980) is an American actor known for his leading role in the movie Cheats with Trevor Fehrman and his role of Jack Hunter on the ABC sitcom Boy Meets World from 1997 to 2000, and his roles in movies such as The Hot Chick, The Comebacks, and Mrs. Doubtfire.

Early life[edit]

Lawrence was born in Abington Township, Pennsylvania, the son of Donna Lynn (née Shaw), a personnel manager, and Joseph Lawrence, Sr., an insurance broker.[1][2] His family's surname was changed to Lawrence from Mignogna before he was born. He is of part Italian descent.[citation needed] He is the middle born of three boys; with two brothers, Joey and Andrew, both of whom are actors. Lawrence attended classes at Abington Friends School.

Career[edit]

Lawrence began acting in the mid 1980s, his first role being that of Danny Carrington in Dynasty. He became a renowned child actor through the early 1990s, appearing in many television and feature film roles, including the 1993 Robin Williams comedy Mrs. Doubtfire and the mid-1990s television series Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad. In addition, he maintained starring roles in Brotherly Love, which starred his real life brothers, and Boy Meets World where he played the character Jack. Lawrence starred opposite Rob Schneider, in The Hot Chick.

Lawrence's singing debut was in 1986, when he and Joey performed at the 1986 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (Matt sang at the 1991 Macy's Parade as well). Other musical Matt rarities can be found on two Gimme A Break episodes (Nell's Secret Admirer; Johnny B. Goode & The Window; Part 1; Rock & Roll Music), two Brotherly Love episodes (A Roman Holiday; Silent Night, Art Attack; Pigeon On Your Car) and his last musical moment on Boy Meets World (As Time Goes By; This Dame). Except for Silent Night and This Dame, Matt also played guitar on the remaining three.

In 2011, Lawrence guest starred on his brother's sitcom ABC Family's Melissa & Joey.[3]

Filmography[edit]

Film
YearTitleRoleNotes
1987Planes, Trains and AutomobilesLittle Neal
1988PulseStevie
1990Tales from the Darkside: The MovieTimmy
1993Mrs. DoubtfireChris Hillard
1998Hairy Bird, TheThe Hairy BirdDennisAKA, All I Wanna Do
1998Rusty: A Dog's TaleRusty the Dog (voice)
1998Kiki's Delivery ServiceTombo (voice)English dub
2000GlowJeremy
2000Big Monster on CampusFrank Stein
2002CheatsVictor
2002Hot Chick, TheThe Hot ChickBilly
2006Monster NightBrockVideo
2007Comebacks, TheThe ComebacksLance Truman
2008TruckerScott
2009Creature of DarknessLance
2011Fort McCoyDan Griffin
2012Of SilenceBrian
2013My SantaChris
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1984–1985DynastyDanny Carrington Jr.TV series
1985SaraJesse WebberRecurring role (13 episodes)
1985ABC Afterschool SpecialMattEpisode: "Don't Touch"
1986–1987Gimme a Break!Matthew Donovan18 episodes
1988DavidDavid RothenbergTV film
1989Wilfrid's Special ChristmasWilfrid Gordon McDonald PartridgeTV film
1990Joshua's HeartJoshuaTV film
1990Lifestories: Families in CrisisEpisode: "The Hawkins Family"
1991Summer My Father Grew Up, TheThe Summer My Father Grew UpTimmyTV film
1991DaddySam WatsonTV film
1991BlossomYoung JoeyEpisode: "Thanks for the Memorex"
Episode: "This Old House"
1991–1992Drexell's ClassWalker14 episodes
1991–1992Walter & EmilyZach Collins13 episodes
1992With a VengeancePhillip BarcettiTV film
1994BlossomYoung JoeyEpisode: "Night of Reckoning"
1994–1995Superhuman Samurai Syber-SquadSam Collins / ServoMain role (53 episodes)
1995Bringing up JackRyan McMahon6 episodes
1995–1997Brotherly LoveMatt RomanMain role (40 episodes)
1996Brothers of the FrontierAaron FryeTV film
1996Adventures from the Book of VirtuesTom Sawyer (voice)Episode: "Work"
1997Angels in the EndzoneJesse HarperTV film
1997–2000Boy Meets WorldJack HunterMain role (68 episodes)
1999H-E Double Hockey SticksDave HeinrichTV film
1999Horse SenseCowboy at Airport (uncredited)TV film
2000Girl BandMikeTV film
2001Jumping ShipJake HunterTV film
2003CSI: MiamiChuck ShawEpisode: "Hard Time"
2004Boston PublicBilly DeeganEpisode: "Chapter 80"
2011Melissa & JoeyTony LongoEpisode: "The Other Longo"
2011Inside CarlyJimTV series
2013My SantaChrisTV film (Ion)[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Matthew Lawrence Biography (1980-)". Filmreference.com. 1980-02-11. Retrieved 2010-07-27. 
  2. ^ https://sites.google.com/site/missteenagephiladelphia/donna-lynn-shaw
  3. ^ "Exclusive: Matthew Lawrence Joins Brother Joey on Melissa & Joey". TVGuide.com. Retrieved October 5, 2010. 
  4. ^ Pennington, Gail (November 27, 2013). "Snowed under: Christmas comes early, often on TV". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved December 2, 2013. 

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