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
Born Matthew William Lawrence
(1980-02-11) February 11, 1980 (age 34)
Abington Township, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1984–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
Year Title Role Notes
1987 Planes, Trains and Automobiles Little Neal
1988 Pulse Stevie
1990 Tales from the Darkside: The Movie Timmy
1993 Mrs. Doubtfire Chris Hillard
1998 Hairy Bird, TheThe Hairy Bird Dennis AKA, All I Wanna Do
1998 Rusty: A Dog's Tale Rusty the Dog (voice)
1998 Kiki's Delivery Service Tombo (voice) English dub
2000 Glow Jeremy
2000 Big Monster on Campus Frank Stein
2002 Cheats Victor
2002 Hot Chick, TheThe Hot Chick Billy
2006 Monster Night Brock Video
2007 Comebacks, TheThe Comebacks Lance Truman
2008 Trucker Scott
2009 Creature of Darkness Lance
2011 Fort McCoy Dan Griffin
2012 Of Silence Brian
2013 My Santa Chris
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1984–1985 Dynasty Danny Carrington Jr. TV series
1985 Sara Jesse Webber Recurring role (13 episodes)
1985 ABC Afterschool Special Matt Episode: "Don't Touch"
1986–1987 Gimme a Break! Matthew Donovan 18 episodes
1988 David David Rothenberg TV film
1989 Wilfrid's Special Christmas Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge TV film
1990 Joshua's Heart Joshua TV film
1990 Lifestories: Families in Crisis Episode: "The Hawkins Family"
1991 Summer My Father Grew Up, TheThe Summer My Father Grew Up Timmy TV film
1991 Daddy Sam Watson TV film
1991 Blossom Young Joey Episode: "Thanks for the Memorex"
Episode: "This Old House"
1991–1992 Drexell's Class Walker 14 episodes
1991–1992 Walter & Emily Zach Collins 13 episodes
1992 With a Vengeance Phillip Barcetti TV film
1994 Blossom Young Joey Episode: "Night of Reckoning"
1994–1995 Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad Sam Collins / Servo Main role (53 episodes)
1995 Bringing up Jack Ryan McMahon 6 episodes
1995–1997 Brotherly Love Matt Roman Main role (40 episodes)
1996 Brothers of the Frontier Aaron Frye TV film
1996 Adventures from the Book of Virtues Tom Sawyer (voice) Episode: "Work"
1997 Angels in the Endzone Jesse Harper TV film
1997–2000 Boy Meets World Jack Hunter Main role (68 episodes)
1999 H-E Double Hockey Sticks Dave Heinrich TV film
1999 Horse Sense Cowboy at Airport (uncredited) TV film
2000 Girl Band Mike TV film
2001 Jumping Ship Jake Hunter TV film
2003 CSI: Miami Chuck Shaw Episode: "Hard Time"
2004 Boston Public Billy Deegan Episode: "Chapter 80"
2011 Melissa & Joey Tony Longo Episode: "The Other Longo"
2011 Inside Carly Jim TV series
2013 My Santa Chris TV 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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