Mr. Lawrence

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Doug Lawrence
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Lawrence at the San Diego ComicCon, 2009
Born Douglas Lawrence Osowski
(1969-01-01) January 1, 1969 (age 46)
East Brunswick, New Jersey, U.S.
Occupation Comedian, voice actor, writer, storyboard artist, animator, director, producer
Years active 1992–present

Douglas Lawrence Osowski (born January 1, 1969), better known as Mr. Lawrence and sometimes credited as Doug Lawrence, is an American voice actor, comedian, writer, storyboard artist, animator, director and producer best known for his work on the animated series SpongeBob SquarePants, on which he voices the show's villain Sheldon Plankton. He also voiced the character of Filburt on Rocko's Modern Life and has written for both Rocko's Modern Life and SpongeBob SquarePants.

Life and career[edit]

Lawrence was born in East Brunswick, New Jersey. He is known for his work on the animated TV series SpongeBob SquarePants, on which he has long-running-roles as Sheldon Plankton, Larry the Lobster, Elaine and various other characters including Artist at Sea.

He was the voice of Edward T. Platypus, Nurse Leslie, Dave, and Ping-Pong on Camp Lazlo. Lawrence also performed the voice of Filburt in Rocko's Modern Life and is recently the voice of the Announcer and Manant in The Aquabats! Super Show!. Lawrence is a standup comedian, cartoonist, writer-director, animator and producer on the television series Johnny Talk. He worked on The Ren and Stimpy Show in its second season as a layout assistant. Apart from his voice work he is a writer on SpongeBob SquarePants and worked as a writer on Rocko's Modern Life and The Twisted Whiskers Show.

As a comedian, Mr. Lawrence performed in New Jersey and Los Angeles, collaborating with comedian Jeremy Kramer and Boston comedy writer Martin Olson. Jeff "Swampy" Marsh, a storyboard writer for Rocko's Modern Life and co-creator of Phineas and Ferb, described Lawrence as bearing a "unique sense of humor," and that one "would really have to know Doug to understand (or not understand)" his style. Marsh says that the rationale for Lawrence's humor techniques and decisions "remain a mystery to us forever."[1]


Film and television[edit]

Mr. Lawrence with Tom Kenny (the voice of SpongeBob SquarePants)
Year Title Role Notes
1993–1996 Rocko's Modern Life Filburt Turtle
Additional Voices
1999–present SpongeBob SquarePants Plankton
Larry the Lobster
Additional Voices
2000 Hairballs Short film
2003 Do the Voice Fictionalized version of Himself Short film
2004 The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie Plankton
2005–2008 Camp Lazlo Edward
Dave and Ping Pong
Nurse Leslie
2006 Ergo Proxy Dog Cop #4 Episode: "Shôjo sumairu"
2007 The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy Alien #2 Episode: "Billy and Mandy Moon the Moon"
2010 The Cartoonstitute Joey Episode: "Joey To the World"
2012–2014 The Aquabats! Super Show! Narrator
ManAnt (voice)
Series narrator
Episode: "ManAnt!"
2014 Wander Over Yonder Additional voices
2015 The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water Plankton

Video games[edit]

Mr. Lawrence sitting on the SpongeBob SquarePants panel at the 2009 San Diego Comic-Con
Year Title Role
1996 Nickelodeon 3D Movie Maker Filburt Turtle
2001 SpongeBob SquarePants: SuperSponge Plankton
Nicktoons Racing
SpongeBob SquarePants: Operation Krabby Patty
2002 SpongeBob SquarePants: Employee of the Month Plankton
Larry the Lobster
SpongeBob SquarePants: Revenge of the Flying Dutchman
2003 Nickelodeon Toon Twister 3D Plankton
SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom Plankton
Larry the Lobster
Fish Announcer
2004 The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie Game Plankton
2005 Nicktoons Unite
SpongeBob SquarePants: Lights, Camera, Pants!
2006 SpongeBob SquarePants: Creature from the Krusty Krab
2008 SpongeBob's Atlantis SquarePantis
2009 Borderlands Additional Voices
SpongeBob's Truth or Square Plankton
2011 Nicktoons MLB Larry the Lobster
2013 SpongeBob SquarePants: Plankton's Robotic Revenge Plankton
Mr. Lawrence at the 2009 San Diego Comic-Con



Other work[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Result
1995 CableACE Award Best Animated Programming Special or Series Won
2012 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Short-Format Animated Program Nominated


  1. ^ "Dan Abrams' interview with Jeff "Swampy" Marsh," The Rocko's Modern Life FAQ

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