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How Martin Lawrence’s net worth was built

Martin Lawrence began his career in stand-up comedy after high school, holding a job as a department store janitor to make ends meet. In 1986, he appeared on the TV talent competition show “Star Search.” He didn’t win, but the exposure led to his first television job on “What’s Happening Now!” several months later.

The momentum kept building, and he appeared in the movies “House Party” and “House Party II.” Martin later became the host of “Def Comedy Jam” on HBO and launched his own sitcom, “Martin,” on the Fox network. He took his career from the small screen to the big screen with box-office hits like “Big Momma’s House,” “Bad Boys” and “What’s the Worst That Could Happen?” He also did voice work for the animated film “Open Season.” Martin Lawrence’s net worth as of March 2017 is $110 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.

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Martin Lawrence

  • Born: 1965
  • Birthplace: Frankfurt, West Germany

What he’s up to now

In 2016, Lawrence returned to television with his first stand-up comedy special in 14 years titled “Martin Lawrence Doin’ Time: Uncut.” He will rejoin Will Smith for the third installment of the “Bad Boys” franchise, titled “Bad Boys for Life.” It is expected to hit theaters in 2018. A fourth “Bad Boys” movie also has been announced.


The first two films in the “Bad Boys” franchise brought in over $414 million at the box office. “Big Momma’s House” brought in about $174 million worldwide and prompted two sequels. Martin received two NAACP Image Awards and a BET Comedy Award. He received three nominations for MTV Movie Awards, three nominations for Kids Choice Awards, and a nod at the Grammys for Best Comedy Album in 1996.

Martin Lawrence is super-rich, but fellow comedian Chris Rock isn’t doing too bad either!