Lawrence in 2017
Joseph Lawrence Mignogna Jr.|
April 20, 1976
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Other names||Joe Lawrence, Joseph Lawrence|
Abington Friends School (1994)|
University of Southern California
|Occupation||Actor, singer-songwriter, record producer, game show host|
(m. 2002; div. 2004)
Matthew Lawrence (brother)|
Andrew Lawrence (brother)
Joey Lawrence (born Joseph Lawrence Migogna Jr.; April 20, 1976) is an American actor, singer, and game show host. He is known for his roles as Joey Donavan on Gimme a Break, Joey Russo in Blossom, Joe Roman in Brotherly Love, and Joe Longo in Melissa & Joey.
Lawrence was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Donna, a personnel manager and former elementary school teacher, and Joseph Lawrence Mignogna Sr., an insurance broker. He is of partial Italian descent. His family's surname was changed to "Lawrence" during his childhood. He has two younger brothers, Matt and Andy, who are also actors.
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".
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. 1985 marked Lawrence's theatrical debut with the release of Summer Rental. Lawrence provided the voice of Oliver, the protagonist in the 1988 Disney film Oliver & Company. From 1991-95, Lawrence co-starred in the hit TV series Blossom, playing "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. One of Lawrence's film credits is Urban Legends: Final Cut (2000).
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 Hart. 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.
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. On March 19, 2013, Lawrence began appearing in the ABC reality show Splash, which he co-hosts 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 and Ian Prince. 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). 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 June 2011, he released a single, "Rolled", which was available as a free download for one week on ABC Family's website. In July, Joey released a second single, "Give It To Ya (Acoustic)" via Pledge Music. In 2017 Joey started a band with Matt and Andy called Still 3. They released their debut single "Lose Myself".
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 wed there in July 2005. The couple have two children. Reports surfaced in March 2018 that Lawrence and Yawn-Nelson had filed for bankruptcy in July 2017. On 6 April 2018 the Chapter 7 bankruptcy case was reportedly settled.
|1985||Summer Rental||Bobby Chester|
|1988||Oliver & Company||Oliver (voice)|
|1991||"Chains of Gold"||Tommy|
|1994||Radioland Murders||Frankie Marshall|
|1995||A Goofy Movie||Chad (voice)|
|1999||Horse Sense||Michael Woods|
|2000||Urban Legends: Final Cut||Graham Manning|
|2000||Desperate But Not Serious||Darby|
|2001||Do You Wanna Know a Secret?||Hank Ford|
|2001||Jumping Ship||Michael Woods|
|2001||A Christmas Adventure ...From a Book Called Wisely's Tales||Wolfpack Leader (voice)||Video|
|2002||Trois 2: Pandora's Box||Det. Anderson|
|2006||Rest Stop||Officer Michael Deacon||Video|
|2008||Killer Pad||Joey Lawrence|
|2008||Together Again For The First Time||Carey Krzyznyk||Video|
|2010||Sinatra Club||Louie 'Pipes' Pepitone|
|2011||Tumor & Gooch||Gooch||Short film|
|2016||Saved By Grace||Rick|
|2016||Emma's Chance||Kevin Chambers|
|2016||Arlo: The Burping Pig|
|2016||Isle of the Dead|
|2019||Roe v. Wade||Robert Byrn||Filming|
|1982||Diff'rent Strokes||Joey||Episode: "Big Brother"|
|1982||Silver Spoons||Joey Thompson||Episode: "The Best Christmas Ever"|
|1983||Wait till Your Mother Gets Home!||Chris Peters|
|1983–87||Gimme a Break!||Joey Donovan||Main role (77 episodes)|
|1984||Young People's Specials||Billy||Episode: "Umbrella Jack"|
|1985||ABC Afterschool Special||Mattie||Episode: "Don't Touch"|
|1989||Adventures in Babysitting||Brad Anderson||Pilot|
|1993||Olsen Twins Mother's Day Special||Singer|
|1993||Almost Home||Jeff Thornton||Episode: "Girls and Boy"|
|1993||Empty Nest||Wade||Episode: "Aunt Verne Knows Best"|
|1995||The John Larroquette Show||Carly's Brother||Episode: "Whipping Post"|
|1995||Something Wilder||J.J. Travis||Episode: "Bergman of Alcatraz"|
|1995||Prince for a Day||Ralph Bitondo / Ricky Prince|
|1995–97||Brotherly Love||Joe Roman||Main role (40 episodes)|
|1996||Brothers of the Frontier||Ethan Frye|
|1999||Touched by an Angel||Jesse||Episode: "Fool for Love"|
|1999||Horse Sense||Michael Woods|
|1999||Recess||Franklin Dudikoff (voice)||Episode: "The Dude"|
|2001||Jumping Ship||Michael Woods|
|2002||Romantic Comedy 101||Mark Gibson|
|2002||The Zeta Project||Dex Finley (voice)||Episode: "Eye of the Storm"|
|2002–03||American Dreams||Michael Brooks||11 episodes|
|2003–04||Run of the House||Kurt Franklin||Main role (19 episodes)|
|2004||Love Rules!||Michael Warner|
|2005||Confessions of a Sociopathic Social Climber||Ferguson|
|2005–06||Half & Half||Brett Mahoney||9 episodes|
|2007||CSI: NY||Clay Dobson||3 episodes|
|2007–08||The Emperor's New School||Dirk Brock (voice)||2 episodes|
|2009||My Fake Fiancé||Vince|
|2010–15||Melissa & Joey||Joe Longo||Main role (104 episodes)|
|2011||The Dog Who Saved Halloween||Zeus|
|2012||Hitched for the Holidays||Rob Marino|
|2012||The Dog Who Saved The Hollidays||Zeus|
|2015||Celebrity Family Feud||Himself||Episode: "Lawrence vs Lopez"|
|2016||Cupcake Wars||Himself||Runner Up|
|2017||Hawaii Five-0||Aaron Wright||2 episodes|
- Chicago (2007), as Billy Flynn (replacement)
|US Hot 200
- 2017: Imagine
|US Hot 100
|1993||"Nothin' My Love Can't Fix"||19||13||68||Joey Lawrence|
|"I Can't Help Myself"||–||27||–|
|1998||"Never Gonna Change My Mind"||–||49||–||Soulmates|
Other non-charting singles
- 2011: "Rolled"
- 2011: "Give It To Ya" (acoustic)
- 2013: "Our Time"
- 2017: "Imagine"
- 2017: "Christmas Time"
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