Martin Lawrence – Net Worth, Career Journey, Salary, Controversies and Legal Problems

Real Name:Martin Fitzgerald Lawrence
Birthday:April 16, 1965
Net Worth:$110 million
Height:171 cm
Occupation:American Stand-Up Comedian, Actor, Producer,
Talk Show Host, Writer, Former Golden Gloves boxer

Martin Lawrence appeared in more than 35 movies. But his most recognizable role is in Bad Boys. There, he plays the partner to Will Smith. And Martin is a calm and good police officer. Born in 1965, Martin is an American actor, comedian, screenwriter, and movie producer. He rose to fame during the 1990s with his sitcom Martin and then on Def Comedy Jam.

As of June 2020, Martin Lawrence’s fortune is more than $110 million. That is a hefty sum for someone who started on Star Search. Let’s take a look at his career path.

Career Journey

Before starting as an actor, Martin Lawrence did comedy shows in Washington, DC. He supported himself through odd jobs. Money was hard to come by. Everything changed when comedian Ritch Snyder saw his act. He encouraged Lawrence to move to New York and look for a job there.

In New York, Martin found his way to the legendary club, The Improv. After that, he won a performance spot on Star Search. While he made it to the final round of Star Search, Martin did not win.

But the good news is executives at Colombia Pictures Television saw his act. They offered him a role in What’s Happening Now. That ended up his first acting job. The show got canceled, and after that Martin found roles in different movies and television series. He had his movie debut in Do the Right Thing.

His career skyrocketed after Russell Simmons offered him to host the groundbreaking series, Def Jam Comedy on HBO. During his time on Def Comedy Jam, he also had his own hit series, Martin. The series aired on Fox from 1992 to 1997. His popularity helped him host the Saturday Night Live on February 19, 1994.

After the show Martin ended its run, Lawrence found success in comedy movies. He starred alongside lead actors like Danny DeVito, Tim Robbins, and Eddie Murphy. His salary steadily increased with each movie.

In 1995, Martin got his signature movie role, appearing in Bad Boys alongside Will Smith. The movie crushed the box office, earning more than $140 million. For that movie, he earned $7 million. But over the next few years, his salary went up. Nowadays, Martin earns more than $10 million per movie.

In 2006, he appeared on Inside the Actors Studio. During the show, he briefly brought back to life some of the characters he portrayed on his show, Martin. In 2008, he expanded his acting skills to children’s movies. He appeared in the G-rated Disney movie College Road Trip.

By this point, he already starred in Bad Boys 2, another box office hit. In the early 2010s, Martin starred alongside Kelsey Grammer in the Partners TV show.

In 2020, Lawrence appeared in the third installment of the Bad Boys franchise. The movie earned more than $112 million in the first four days of release.

Net Worth and Salary

We said before that Martin Lawrence earns up to $10 million per movie. He did settle for something less for Bad Boys for Life, the third installment of the movie. Lawrence earned $6 million for his portrayal of detective Marcus Burnett.

Many of his movies are box office hits. In the 1990s he did not earn as much. But by the end of the 1990s, and in the 2000s, Lawrence commanded a salary of $10 million per movie. As of June 2020, Martin Lawrence’s assets are estimated at over $110 million. He accumulated the money through acting roles in movies and TV shows. Here are some of his highest paid jobs.

  •  $6 million for Nothing to Lose, released in 1997
  • $8.5 million for Life, released in 1999
  • $20 million for Blue Streak, released in 1999
  • $16.5 million for Black Knight, released in 2001
  • $20 million for National Security, released in 2003
  • $20 million for Bad Boys 2, released in 2003

He will also star in the Bad Boys 4, the fourth installment of the franchise. Lawrence also plans a stand-up comedy tour titled Lit AF Tour. He will perform alongside comedians like Tommy Davidson, Ricky Smiley, B Simone, and Hannibal Buress.

Here are his highest grossing movies:

  • Bad Boys II, earned $273 million at the box office
  • Wild Hogs, earned $253 million at the box office
  • Open Season earned $191 million at the box office

Martin Lawrence gets income from other projects. He is a producer, director, and writer. In fact, he served as the producer on his television show, Martin.

Awards and Achievements

Throughout his career, Martin appeared in more than 30 movies as an actor, producer, or writer. And he earned a couple of awards for his performance.

  • In 2000 he got nominated for Favorite Comedy Team alongside Eddie Murphy by Blockbuster Entertainment Award
  • Won Favorite Comedy Actor in 2001 by Blockbuster Entertainment Award
  • Three nominations by MTV Movie Award for Bad Boys, Bad Boys II, and Big Momma’s House

Personal Life

Martin Lawrence dated actress Lark Voorhies. The two got engaged in 1993, but the relationship ended. In 1995, he got married to the former Miss Virginia, Patricia Southall. They got a daughter in 1996 and then got divorced in 1997.

After that, he dated Shamicka Gibbs and got married to her in 2000. They have two daughters together. But they also got divorced in 2012.

As of 2020, Martin Lawrence is single. He owned a 15,000 square foot mansion in Beverly Hills. But he sold it in 2013 for $17.2 million. He then bought a property in Encino, Los Angeles.

Martin lives on his farm near Purcellville, Virginia. He has a luxury car collection, including a Ferrari 458 Italia.

Controversies and Legal Problems

On February 19, 1994, Martin hosted the Saturday Night Live. During his monologue, he made crude remarks about women’s genitalia and personal hygiene. The show completely edited his monologue for reruns of the episode. He also got banned from SNL. But that didn’t affect the ratings of his Martin show.

In 1995, while on the set for A Thin Line Between Love and Hate, he lashed out in a violent rage. He then got hospitalized at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

On May 8, 1996, he got arrested after he brandished a pistol in the middle of an intersection in Los Angeles. He got hospitalized again.

In January 1997, co-star Tisha Campbell-Martin filed a lawsuit against him. She cited sexual harassment and abuse on the set of Martin. In April the same year, she settled the lawsuit and returned for the final two episodes of the series.

Written by Eric

37-year-old who enjoys ferret racing, binge-watching boxed sets and praying. He is exciting and entertaining, but can also be very boring and a bit grumpy.


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