Lawrence at the premiere of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, May 2007
|Born||Matthew William Lawrence
February 11, 1980
Abington Township, Pennsylvania, U.S.
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 its spin-off Girl Meets World, as well as his roles in movies such as The Hot Chick, The Comebacks, and Mrs. Doubtfire. He also played a TV sitcom, "Brotherly Love" where he played along with his real-life brothers, and played Matt/Matthew Roman.
Lawrence was born in Abington Township, Pennsylvania, the son of Donna Lynn (née Shaw), a personnel manager, and Joseph Lawrence, Sr., an insurance broker. His family's surname was changed to Lawrence from Mignogna before he was born. He is of half Italian descent. He is the middle-born of three boys; with two brothers, Joey and Andrew, both of whom are also actors. Lawrence attended classes at Abington Friends School.
Lawrence began acting in the mid-1980s, his first role being that of Danny Carrington in Dynasty. He continued as a 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 also appeared alongside 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.
|1987||Planes, Trains and Automobiles||Little Neal|
|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||Big Monster on Campus||Frank Stein|
|2002||Hot Chick, TheThe Hot Chick||Billy|
|2007||Comebacks, TheThe Comebacks||Lance Truman|
|2009||Creature of Darkness||Lance|
|2011||Fort McCoy||Dan Griffin|
|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|
|2014||Melissa & Joey||Tony Longo||Episode: "Uninvited"|
|2015||Workaholics||Coast Guard Guy||Episode: "Front Yard Wrestling"|
|2015||Girl Meets World||Jack Hunter||Episode: "Girl Meets Semi-Formal"|
- "Matthew Lawrence Biography (1980-)". Filmreference.com. 1980-02-11. Retrieved 2010-07-27.
- "Exclusive: Matthew Lawrence Joins Brother Joey on Melissa & Joey". TVGuide.com. Retrieved October 5, 2010.