Martin Fitzgerald Lawrence (born April 16, 1965) is an American stand up comedian, actor, producer, talk show host, writer, and former Golden Gloves boxer. Lawrence came to fame during the 1990s, establishing a Hollywood career as a leading actor. He is known for playing Maurice Warfield in What's Happening Now!! (1987-1988). He was a leading actor in the Fox television sitcom Martin and the films House Party, Boomerang, Bad Boys, Wild Hogs, Nothing to Lose, Blue Streak, Life, Big Momma's House, and A Thin Line Between Love and Hate.