Martin Fitzgerald Lawrence (born April 16, 1965) is a German-born 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.