Martin Lawrence to Receive 2,753rd Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Martin Lawrence at the AFI Honors Denzel Washington at the Dolby Theater on June 6, 2019 in Los Angeles, CA — Photo by Jean_Nelson/Deposit Photos

After over three decades in movies and TV, Martin Lawrence is getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The actor and comedian will be honored with the 2,753rd star on the Los Angeles landmark on April 20, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce recently announced.

“Martin Lawrence has been a staple in pop culture for more than 30 years,” Ana Martinez, producer of the Hollywood Walk of Fame, said in a statement. “This comedic genius has made many of us laugh for decades and he will continue to do so with his creative television and film moments.”

The star will be awarded in the television category. Steve Harvey and Lynn Whitfield are scheduled to speak at the ceremony.

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Lawrence got his start doing stand-up comedy in the Washington, D.C. area.

After competing on Star Search, he landed his first acting job on What’s Happening Now! in the late 1980s.

He went on to host Def Comedy Jam on HBO, and was approached about doing his own TV show which became the hit sitcom Martin. The series aired on FOX from 1992 to 1997, and was the flagship show on the network’s Thursday-night lineup, drawing millions of viewers away from NBC’s “Must See TV” programming block.

After Martin ended, Lawrence focused on films, including Nothing to Lose, Life, Blue Streak, Big Momma’s House, Black Knight, National Security, and the Bad Boys movies with Will Smith.

In 2020, Lawrence reprised his role as Detective Marcus Burnett in Bad Boys for Life, the third installment of the hit franchise. The film grossed $426 million worldwide.

The actor and comedian is currently filming Bad Boys 4 with Smith.

Lawrence’s star ceremony will be held on Thursday, April 20 at 11:30 a.m. PT, at 6617 Hollywood Blvd. The event will stream live on the Hollywood Walk of Fame’s YouTube page.