Martin Lawrence Receives a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Martin Lawrence, the actor and comedian, was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday, recognizing his remarkable career that includes starring in the "Bad Boys" trilogy and the 1992-97 Fox comedy series "Martin."

Famous comedians and actors Steve Harvey, Tracy Morgan, and Lynn Whitfield joined Lawrence to speak at the ceremony. Morgan, who made his acting debut in “Martin,” thanked Lawrence for giving him a chance to act and be a part of his comedy series.

Lawrence’s journey began in clubs in the Washington area, where he started his career in comedy. He later went on to land his first acting job, joining the cast of the syndicated comedy series “What’s Happening Now!!” in 1987.

The actor’s breakthrough role came in the 1989 Spike Lee-directed comedy-drama “Do The Right Thing,” which was followed by appearances in several popular movies such as “House Party,” “Boomerang,” and “Def Comedy Jam.”

In addition to the “Bad Boys” trilogy, Lawrence’s other notable film credits include “Nothing to Lose,” “Life,” “Blue Streak,” “Big Momma’s House,” “Black Knight,” and “National Security.”

The new star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is the 2,753rd since the Walk of Fame was completed in 1961 with the initial 1,558 stars.

Born in Frankfurt, West Germany, on April 16, 1965, while his father was serving in the U.S. Army, Lawrence grew up in the Washington, D.C. suburb of Landover, Maryland. He is recognized as one of the funniest comedians and most talented actors in Hollywood, and his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is a testament to his tremendous contributions to the entertainment industry.