How much is Martin Lawrence worth?
|Net Worth:||$110 Million|
|Date of Birth:||April 16, 1965|
About Martin Lawrence
Martin Lawrence is one of the most famous and biggest comedic movie stars of the 90s. Movie franchises such as Big Momma’s House and Bad Boys have made him a multi-millionaire. He was born in 1965, in Germany. His father was an army officer at the time and stationed there. His mother worked all kinds of jobs after his parents divorced. Theirs was a large family, of 6 children and the family was struggling to make ends meet after his parents separated. Martin was named after the late great civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Few people are aware of it, but Martin Lawrence was a really talented boxer in his youth. He was one of the top amateur boxers in his weight class and was a competitor in the Golden Gloves competitions.
As of 2020, we estimate Martin Lawrence has a net worth of $110 million dollars.
How did Martin Lawrence get so rich?
His early comedy career can be traced to living in Washington D.C. The scene there wasn’t as large as it was in other cities. So to support himself while working on his comedy career, Martin Lawrence worked a lot of odd jobs. He met a few comedians that were on the road and passing through Washington who suggested that he had talent, but if he wants to make it in that business he should move to New York, the best place for him to hone his talents as well as get some connections in the comedy world. He did as they suggested and found decent early success in New York
He even started to perform regularly in the iconic, legendary comedy venue called The Improv. Soon after that, he entered a talent show called Star Search. He was great on the show. Even if he didn’t win, he made it to the final round and made a lasting impression on various TV executives. They offered him various acting jobs on a few short-lived TV shows. Martin Lawrence enjoyed the switch to acting, and as he stated, it was nice to finally receive a steady paycheck.
His best known early role is probably that of Cee in Do The Right Thing. He also starred with Eddy Murphy in the movie Boomerang. His next big break was being on the hit TV show Def Comedy Jam.
Following his success with Def Comedy Jam, an HBO show that launched many more careers, like that of Dave Chappelle and Chris Tucker, he was finally offered a sitcom of his own. It was named Martin. It aired on Fox for 5 seasons and a total of 134 episodes were aired. During its five year run, and during the rise of FOX as a TV network, Martin was one of the most-watched TV shows in the United States. Martin Lawrence played an eccentric and egocentric DJ on a fictional radio station, who would often annoy his loved ones and learn valuable lessons out of it.
Once the successful sitcom ended, he did what the majority of TV stars in the 90s did, tried to transition to movies. In the first few years of his film career, he was mostly seen as the Robin to somebody else’s Batman. He would be the sidekick in various comedies staring some of the greats of that time, like Eddy Murphy, Danny DeVito and Tim Robbins. But his movies were popular. Even if not always a success critically, the movies that he was in where commercial successes. One of the biggest was Big Momma’s House where Martin Lawrence played an undercover FBI agent who had to go undercover as an archetypal Afro-American grandmother. Towards the end of the 90s, his paycheck per movie was around $10 million dollars. Big Momma’s House and its sequel made a combined $350 million dollars at the box office.
Another iconic role for Martin Lawrence was the lead in the movie Bad Boys, where he starred together with Will Smith. The first two movies where a great success and the third one opened this year. In total, those three movies made close to $900 million dollars. His net worth is estimated at $110 million dollars. Due to various health and family problems his career suffered in the 00s and 10s. But if we can judge based on his last Bad Boys movie, Bad Boys for Life (2020), Martin Lawrence is back and he is one of his best comedic forms yet. In 2003 he was awarded his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
What makes him so successful?
Martin Lawrence is an amazing combination of comedic talent, likeability and charisma. But he was also willing to sacrifice a lot for the success of his career. Just by one look at his wide, beaming smile you know there is something both attractive and intriguing about Martin Lawrence. Being one of the most popular comedians for over 10 years also shows an ability to improve, adapt and grow as his audience expands.
Martin Lawrence is a hard worker, and really mentally tough. One of his co-stars who really praised him as both a comedian and a mentally strong person, was Dave Chappelle. He has said on numerous occasions that Martin Lawrence is one of the toughest people he has ever met. So if we look at the equation of his success, we can conclude that talent plus hard work over a long period of time, sprinkled with a bit of connection in the show biz world has made him one of the most successful actors of his day.
We calculate Martin Lawrence is worth $110 million dollars in 2020.
The fact that Martin Lawrence grew up in a military family, and later on in poor, harsh circumstances can be attributed to the work ethic that he would develop later in life. It was this childhood that pushed him to do and excel at everything he tried. From a talented boxer to a stand-up comedian who impressed you whenever he appears, to one of the biggest TV and movie stars. Martin Lawrence was not afraid to enter various arenas and fight to the death until the arena was whole his. Determination and talent can, and over time will, move mountains and push your life to unseen heights.