Matthew Lawrence

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Matthew Lawrence
Matthew Lawrence.jpg
Lawrence in May 2007
Born
Matthew William Lawrence

(1980-02-11) February 11, 1980 (age 39)
OccupationActor, singer
Years active1984–present
Spouse(s)
Cheryl Burke (m. 2019)
FamilyAndrew Lawrence (brother)
Joey Lawrence (brother)
Websitehttps://instagram.com/matthewlawrence

Matthew William Lawrence (born February 11, 1980)[1] is an American actor and singer best known for his roles in Mrs. Doubtfire and Boy Meets World. Lawrence also starred in the series Brotherly Love with his real-life brothers Joey and Andrew.

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 half Italian, English and Scottish descent.[3] He is the middle-born of three boys; with two brothers, Joey Lawrence and Andy, both of whom are also actors.[4][5] 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 studied acting at HB Studio[6] in New York City. 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 Jack Hunter. 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.

In 2011, Lawrence guest-starred on his brother's sitcom ABC Family's Melissa & Joey.[7]

In 2015, he reprised his role as Jack Hunter in the series Girl Meets World, a spin-off/sequel of Boy Meets World.[8]

Music career[edit]

In 2017 Matt started a band with Joey and Andy called Still Three. They released their debut single "Lose Myself".[9]

Personal life[edit]

He was previously engaged to Heidi Mueller from 2004 to 2006.[10] He began dating professional dancer Cheryl Burke in February 2017. They became engaged on May 3, 2018.[11] On May 23, 2019, he married Burke in San Diego, California.[12]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1987 Planes, Trains and Automobiles Neal Jr.
1988 Pulse Stevie
1990 Tales from the Darkside: The Movie Timmy
1993 Mrs. Doubtfire Christopher "Chris" Hillard
1998 The Hairy Bird Dennis AKA, All I Wanna Do
Rusty: A Dog's Tale Rusty the Dog (voice)
Kiki's Delivery Service Tombo (voice) English dub
2000 Glow Jeremy
Big Monster on Campus Frank Stein
2002 Cheats Victor
The Hot Chick Billy
2006 Monster Night Brock Video
2007 The Comebacks Lance Truman
2008 Trucker Scott
2009 Creature of Darkness Lance
2011 Fort McCoy Dan Griffin
2013 My Santa Chris
2014 Of Silence Brian
The Dog Who Saved Easter Will
2016 Evol: The Theory of Love Ben Dawson

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1984–1985 Dynasty Danny Carrington 3 episodes
1985 Sara Jesse Webber Recurring role (13 episodes)
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
1990 Joshua's Heart Joshua
Lifestories: Families in Crisis Episode: "The Hawkins Family"
1991 The Summer My Father Grew Up Timmy TV film
Daddy Sam Watson
1991–1994 Blossom Young Joey 3 episodes
1991–1992 Drexell's Class Walker 14 episodes
Walter & Emily Zach Collins 13 episodes
1992 With a Vengeance Phillip Barcetti TV film
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
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
Horse Sense Cowboy at Airport (uncredited)
2000 Girl Band Mike
2001 Jumping Ship Jake Hunter
2003 CSI: Miami Chuck Shaw Episode: "Hard Time"
2004 Boston Public Billy Deegan Episode: "Chapter 80"
2011–2014 Melissa & Joey Tony Longo 4 episodes
2011 Inside Carly Jim Unknown episodes
2015 Workaholics Coast Guard Guy Episode: "Front Yard Wrestling"
Girl Meets World Jack Hunter Episode: "Girl Meets Semi-Formal"
2019 Hawaii Five-0 Josh Baker Episode: "Hapai ke kuko, hanau ka hewa"

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Matthew Lawrence Biography (1980-)". Filmreference.com. 1980-02-11. Retrieved 2010-07-27.
  2. ^ "Donna Lynn Shaww - Miss Teenage Philadelphia 1968". sites.google.com.
  3. ^ "Andy Lawrence (@_AndyLawrence_) - Twitter". twitter.com.
  4. ^ Weigle, Lauren (14 March 2016). "Joey, Matthew & Andrew Lawrence on 'Hollywood Medium'".
  5. ^ Mackelden, Amy. "Where Are The Lawrence Brothers Now?".
  6. ^ HB Studio Alumni
  7. ^ "Exclusive: Matthew Lawrence Joins Brother Joey on Melissa & Joey". TVGuide.com. Retrieved October 5, 2010.
  8. ^ "'Girl Meets World' Spoilers: Matthew Lawrence Returning As Jack Hunter". 5 June 2015.
  9. ^ "Whoa! Hear Joey Lawrence's New Song with Brothers Matthew and Andy".
  10. ^ "Heidi Mueller". Metacritic.
  11. ^ "'DWTS' pro Cheryl Burke is engaged".
  12. ^ Respers France, Lisa (May 24, 2019). "'DWTS' pro Cheryl Burke marries Matthew Lawrence". CNN. Retrieved June 27, 2019.

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