Martin Lawrence Net Worth and How He Became Famous

Martin Lawrence is best known for starring in the hit TV show “Martin” and the “Bad Boys” movie franchise. How much is he worth and how did he become the star he is today? Showbiz Cheat Sheet will tell you all about Martin Lawrence’s net worth and career.

Martin Lawrence’s movies and TV shows

Martin Lawrence | GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP via Getty Images
Martin Lawrence | GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP via Getty Images

Martin Lawrence made his acting debut on the television series “What’s Happening Now!” He played the character Maurice Warfield from 1987 to 1988. Lawrence made his film debut in the 1989 movie “Do the Right Thing,” in which he played the character Cee. That led to his next movie the following year, “House Party,” starring rappers Christopher “Kid” Reed and Christopher “Play” Martin.

Lawrence became a household name after landing his own television show, titled “Martin.” He starred on the show from 1992 to 1997. His other acting roles include appearances in “Boomerang,” “Bad Boys,” “A Thin Line Between Love and Hate,” and “Big Momma’s House.”

Martin Lawrence’s highest-grossing films

Martin Lawrence and Will Smith | Oscar Gonzalez/NurPhoto via Getty Images
Martin Lawrence and Will Smith | Oscar Gonzalez/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Lawrence has appeared in many successful movies throughout his career. Not surprisingly, his work in the “Bad Boys” film franchise is on top when it comes to box-office earnings. Some of Lawrence’s highest-grossing films include “Bad Boys II,” with worldwide earnings of more than $$273 million; “Wild Hogs,” with worldwide earnings of more than $253 million; and “Open Season,” with worldwide earnings of more than $191 million, according to research from The Numbers.

Martin Lawrence’s work outside of acting

Martin Lawrence at a press event for Bad Boys for Life | Sebastian Reuter/Getty Images for Sony Pictures
Martin Lawrence at a press event for Bad Boys for Life | Sebastian Reuter/Getty Images for Sony Pictures

Lawrence’s entertainment work extends beyond acting. He also lends his talent as a producer, director, and writer. One of his first production projects was his television show “Martin.” Lawrence was the executive producer of the show from 1995 to 1997. His other production credits include “Black Knight,” “Big Momma’s House,” and “1st Amendment Stand Up.” So far, Lawrence has one director credit for the 1996 film, “A Thin Line Between Love and Hate.”

What is Martin Lawrence’s net worth?

Martin Lawrence at the German Bad Boys for Life Premiere |  Jörg Carstensen/picture alliance via Getty Images
Martin Lawrence at the German Bad Boys for Life Premiere | Jörg Carstensen/picture alliance via Getty Images

As of this writing, Martin Lawrence has a net worth of $110 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth estimates. A big part of his wealth is from movie earnings. Lawrence was paid $6 million for his appearance in “Bad Boys for Life,” reports Variety. Will Smith earned a whopping $17 million for the film.

What’s next for Martin Lawrence

What does Lawrence have planned next? After “Bad Boys for Life,” Lawrence is reportedly set to appear in “Bad Boys 4.” He’s also planning to host a stand-up comedy tour titled the “Lit AF Tour.” Some of the comedians slated to appear include Hannibal Buress, Tommy Davidson, DeRay Davis, Ricky Smiley, and B. Simone.

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