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Also Known As: Joey Lawrence, Joseph Lawrence Mignona Jr. Died:
Born: April 20, 1976 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Montgomery, Pennsylvania, USA Profession: actor, singer, director

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An engaging teen star of 1990s television sitcoms, actor and singer Joey Lawrence became a star thanks to his portrayal of the intellectually challenged, but loveable Joey Russo on the hit series "Blossom" (NBC, 1990-95). Thanks to Russo's dumb charm and catchphrase, "Whoa!", Lawrence was popular among the teenage girl population, which allowed him to branch out into other areas, including the release of his first album, appropriately titled Joey Lawrence (1993). Once "Blossom" went off the air, he parlayed his popularity into the short-lived sitcom, "Brotherly Love" (NBC/The WB, 1995-97), which showcased real-life brothers Matthew and Andrew. Following two rather forgettable television movies with his brothers, Lawrence settled into a string of mediocre made-for-television movies and feature films that did nothing but dim the light on his career. But in the new millennium, Lawrence rose up again, first appearing in a recurring role for the ambitious drama series, "American Dreams" (NBC, 2002-05). Showing off his dancing ability, he earned third place overall in the third season of the ratings juggernaut "Dancing with the Stars" (ABC, 2005- ), which helped rekindle interest in his celebrity. Now...

An engaging teen star of 1990s television sitcoms, actor and singer Joey Lawrence became a star thanks to his portrayal of the intellectually challenged, but loveable Joey Russo on the hit series "Blossom" (NBC, 1990-95). Thanks to Russo's dumb charm and catchphrase, "Whoa!", Lawrence was popular among the teenage girl population, which allowed him to branch out into other areas, including the release of his first album, appropriately titled Joey Lawrence (1993). Once "Blossom" went off the air, he parlayed his popularity into the short-lived sitcom, "Brotherly Love" (NBC/The WB, 1995-97), which showcased real-life brothers Matthew and Andrew. Following two rather forgettable television movies with his brothers, Lawrence settled into a string of mediocre made-for-television movies and feature films that did nothing but dim the light on his career. But in the new millennium, Lawrence rose up again, first appearing in a recurring role for the ambitious drama series, "American Dreams" (NBC, 2002-05). Showing off his dancing ability, he earned third place overall in the third season of the ratings juggernaut "Dancing with the Stars" (ABC, 2005- ), which helped rekindle interest in his celebrity. Now taking on a more adult persona, Lawrence parlayed the rediscovered attention into highly-rated television movies like "My Fake Finacé" (ABC Family, 2009- ) and the sitcom "Melissa & Joey" (ABC Family, 2010- ), proving that one can have new life in Hollywood with just a little determination.

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CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Havana Heat (2009)
3.
4.
 PANDORA'S BOX (2002) Detective Anderson
5.
 Christmas Adventure, A (2001) Voice Of Bad Wolf
6.
 Desperate But Not Serious (2001) Darby
7.
 Urban Legends: Final Cut (2000) Graham Manning
8.
 Tequila Body Shots (1999) Johnny Orpheus
9.
 Brothers of the Frontier (1996) Ethan Frye
10.
 Goofy Movie, A (1995) Voice Of Chad
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Milestones close milestones

1979:
Began appearing in commercials at age three
1981:
Appeared on "The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson", singing, "Give My Regards to Broadway"
1982:
TV-movie debut, "Scamps"
1983:
TV series debut, "Gimme a Break"
1985:
Feature acting debut, "Summer Rental"
1988:
Provided the voice of Oliver for Disney's "Oliver & Company"
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Cast as Joey Russo in the series "Blossom"
1993:
Released solo album entitled "Joey Lawrence"
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Starred in sitcom "Brotherly Love" with brothers Matthew and Andrew
1997:
Made directing debut with episode of sitcom "Brotherly Love"
2000:
Acted in "Urban Legends: The Final Cut"
2002:
Landed role on NBC drama "American Dreams"
2003:
Starred as Kurt in the WB sitcom "Run of the House"
2006:
Joined the third season of ABC's "Dancing With the Stars"
2007:
Made Broadway debut as Billy Flynn in the Broadway revival of "Chicago"
2009:
Co-starred with Melissa Joan Hart in the ABC Family romantic comedy "My Fake Fiance"
2010:
Re-teamed with Hart to star in the ABC Family series "Melissa & Joey"
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Education

University of Southern California: Los Angeles , California -

Notes

"'Donny and Marie' was the first show on TV that I really was into. I watched it every week when I was about three or four years old. Watching Donny sing and dance made me realize that I wanted to be a performer, too. I was watching someone on TV doing what I wanted to do." --Joey Lawrence

"I don't really remember much, other than there was very little air, and it was really dark in there. It was sort of like reverting back to the womb." - Lawrence on what it was like to be pressed into the bosom of Neil Carter. Entertainment Weekly October 2002

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companion:
Kellie Martin. Actor. Lawrence and Martin dated when Lawrence was 17.
wife:
Michelle Vella. Married August 24, 2002; filed for divorce November 2004.

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mother:
Donna Mignona. Manager. Born c. 1952; manages her three sons' careers.
father:
Joseph Mignona Sr. Insurance-broker. Born c. 1949.
brother:
Matthew Lawrence. Actor. Born c. 1980; appeared on "Gimme a Break" and "Brotherly Love" with Joe.
brother:
Andrew Lawrence. Actor. Born c. 1988; co-starred on "Brotherly Love" with Joe and Matthew.
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