One of the acting Lawrence brothers, Matthew (Matt) was four years younger than brother Joey, but as Joey slid into his 20s, Matt replaced him as one of the top teen idols in America. Coming across as shy, with a broad smile, thick eyebrows, and floppy hair, Lawrence, like older brother Joey, began in show business at an early age. Along with youngest brother Andy, the trio were featured as siblings in the gentle sitcom "Brotherly Love" (NBC, 1995-96; The WB, 1996-97), Matthew was the not-yet-centered and somewhat high strung teen half-brother of Joey, who has mixed feelings when the older sibling decides to move in and help run the garage owned by their late father.
In 1999, Lawrence joined Robert Forster, Ashley Judd and his brother Andrew Lawrence for the family drama "Family Tree." Then in 2002, Lawrence portrayed a high school quarterback helplessly in love with a cheerleader (played by Rachel McAdams) who, is turned into a thirty year old man (played by Rob Schneider), in "The Hot Chick." Lawrence was three years old when he first stepped in front of the cameras as the son of Sammi Jo (Heather Locklear) in "Dynasty" (ABC, 1983). Two years later, he was Mark Hudson's son on the short-lived sitcom "Sara" (NBC). In the final (1986-87) season of NBC's "Gimme a Break," he appeared as Joey's half-brother, both being raised by Nell Carter. He was again motherless in "Walter and Emily" (NBC, 1991) as a youth being raised by his grandparents (Cloris Leachman and Brian Keith). Lawrence occasionally played his big brother as a youth in flashback episodes of NBC's "Blossom" during that series' 1991-95 run, but he picked up his own teen following as the star of the syndicated "SuperHuman Samurai Syber Squad" (1994-95). In the latter, he played Sam, the only person on earth who could stop megaviruses from taking over the world's computers.
Lawrence has also been in several spotlighted TV-movies, including the title role as the real-life burn victim in "David" (ABC, 1988), as John Ritter's son in "The Summer My Father Grew Up" (NBC, 1991), Along with his two brothers, he co-starred in the Western adventure pilot "Brothers of the Frontier" (NBC, 1996). Lawrence made his film debut as Little Neal--with Steve Martin as Big Neal--in John Hughes' "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" (1987). He is probably best recalled, though, as the son of Robin Williams and Sally Field in "Mrs. Doubtfire" (1993).
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Made TV acting debut as Sammi Jo's son on the ABC series "Dynasty"
Played Mark Hudson's son on the short-lived NBC sitcom "Sara"
Appeared as a regular on the NBC sitcom "Gimme a Break", starring older brother Joey
Made feature film debut in "Planes, Trains and Automobiles"
Played title role in the TV-movie "David"
Appeared in the short-lived sitcom "Walter & Emily", co-starring Cloris Leachman and Brian Keith
Played Robin Williams' son in the feature "Mrs. Doubtfire"
Co-starred in short-lived "Bringing Up Jack"
Joined cast of the ABC sitcom "Boy Meets World"
Co-starred in the comedy "Strike/The Hairy Bird" (re-released in 2000 under title "All I Wanna Do")
Co-starred in the feature drama "Family Tree"
Portrayed the character Jeremy in the feature "Glow"
Joined Rob Schneider for the hilarious comedy feature "The Hot Chick"