Martin Fitzgerald Lawrence was born on April 16, 1965 in Frankfurt am Main in Germany. åÊLawrenceåÊwas named after Martin Luther King, Jr. and John Fitzgerald Kennedy the president. åÊHis father was in the military and a police officer. åÊHis mother, who gained custody after his parents divorce worked several jobs to support Lawrence and his 3 siblings. åÊLawrence claims he began his comedic “career”, so to speak, trying to cheer up his mother. åÊTeachers also used to allow Lawrence to spend the last minutes of class doing stand-up as well. åÊMartin attended 4 different high schools including Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Maryland and Thomas G. Pullen School of Creative and Performing Arts.