Is Martin Lawrence married or dating? Regarding his marital status, Lawrence is a divorced man. He had been married twice. His first wife’s name is Patricia Southall (AKA Pat Smith). The couple came to know each other 1992 during which Southall was working for Gov. L. Douglas Wilder’s media office. On January 15, 1996, Lawrence and his wife got blessed with a daughter named Jasmine Page Lawrence. Having some relationship disputes, the couple got divorced in 1997.
Lawrence remained unmarried for a long time following the divorce but Southall got married football star Emmitt Smith on April 22, 2000. In 2010, Lawrence celebrated his second wedding with Shamicka Gibbs (born on November 11, 1975). From their conjugal life, the pair welcomed two children together named Amara and Iyanna Lawrence.
His past relationship records also include American actress/ singer/ model Lark Voorhies (born on March 25, 1974). They were even engaged in 1993 but called off their engagement later. Since 2017, he has been in the relationship with aesthetics nurse practitioner Roberta Moradfar. The news about their engagement was confirmed through Roberta’s Instagram profile. Let’s explore in detail about Lawrence’s wiki including some interesting personal facts about him:
Who is Martin Lawrence?
Born as Martin Fitzgerald Lawrence, he landed the planet on April 16, 1965, which makes his age be 55 years old as of 2020. By profession, he is an American actor, stand-up comedian, talk show host, producer as well as a successful writer. He gained wide attention after securing a successful journey in Hollywood in the 1990s.
Early Life and Education
Lawrence was born in 1965 and his place of birth is in Frankfurt, West Germany. Talking about his family background, he was born to the parents named John Lawrence (father) and Chlora Lawrence (mother). His father used to serve the U.S. military whereas his mother used to work at various jobs like being a cashier and sales representative at various department stores.
He was the fourth child out of six children to his American parents. He was named after U.S. President John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. His father left his military job when Martin was just seven years old and then the family returned to the United States from Germany.
In 1973, Martin’s parents got divorced after which he started living with his mother and used to rarely see his father who was a police officer. He was very good at boxing during his teenage days. Regarding his education and academic achievements, Martin went to Eleanor Roosevelt High School and was later enrolled at Friendly High School. He was one of the Mid-Atlantic Golden Gloves boxing contenders.
Career and Professional Life
Lawrence used to get involved in comedy shows in Washington D.C. in his early days. Seeing his acts, comedian Ritch Snyder suggested him to move New York. He got an opportunity to join the legendary The Improv after moving to New York City. Although he reached the final, Martin was unable to become the winner. He received a role in What’s Happening Now!! As Maurice Warfield which was offered to him by the executives at Columbia Pictures Television.
He grabs an opportunity to become starred in 1989 American comedy-drama film Do the Right Thing as Cee. He continued his acting roles by appearing in movies like House Party series, he Eddie Murphy vehicle Boomerang and Talkin’ Dirty After Dark. He was also selected to serve as the host for the groundbreaking series Def Comedy Jam.
His other film credits include You So Crazy (1994), A Thin Line Between Love and Hate (1996), Nothing to Lose (1997), Big Momma’s House (2000), What’s the Worst That Could Happen? (2001), Martin Lawrence Live: Runteldat (2002), Big Momma’s House 2 (2006), Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins (2008), Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son (2011), Bad Boys for Life (2020) and others.
His debut album titled Martin Lawrence Live Talkin’ Shit was released in 1993 through East West Records. The tracklisting from the album includes “Worrying About Your Weight”, “Drivin’ Cross Country”, “Eddie’s House”, “Introduction” and much more. His second album titled Funk It was released in 1995 which turned to be a failure making a profitable business.
Martin Lawrence is a divorced man but has been married twice in the past. First, he celebrates his wedding with Patricia Southall with whom he is a father to a daughter named Jasmine Page Lawrence. With his second wife, he has welcomed two daughters named Iyanna Lawrence and Amara Lawrence. He was also romantically linked with actress Lark Voorhies. As of now, he is engaged to Roberta Moradfar.
Comedian Martin Lawrence stands at an average height of 5 feet and 7 inches or 170.2 cm. He weighs about 75 kilograms or 165 lbs. Lawrence needs a shoe size of 11 as per the United States measurement. He was slipped into a coma for three days in August 1999 after collapsing from heat exhaustion. He was very close to death due to his body temperature of 107 °F (42 °C).
Salary and Net worth
Martin Lawrence has an estimated net worth of 110 million USD. He is active in the industry since 1987 and has proven to be a successful actor and comedian. He has been the part of several hit Hollywood movies and television shows.
Wiki and Facts
The biography of Martin Lawrence is prepared by various wiki sites including Wikipedia and IMDb. Join him on Twitter @realmartymar where he has amassed more than 200k followers. His Instagram profile is reachable @martinlawrence where he is being followed by over 6.5 million followers.