For other people named Joey Lawrence, see Joey Lawrence (disambiguation).

Joseph "Joey" Lawrence (born April 20, 1976) is an American actor, singer, and television host. In television he is best known for his roles in TV series Gimme a Break! Blossom and Melissa & Joey.

Early life

Lawrence was born Joseph Lawrence Mignogna, Jr. in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Donna Mignogna, a personnel manager, and Joseph Lawrence Mignogna, Sr., an insurance broker.[1] His family's surname was changed to "Lawrence" during his childhood. He has two younger brothers, Matthew and Andrew, who are also actors.

He graduated from Abington Friends School in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania in 1994, and later attended the University of Southern California.[2]



Lawrence's first acting role was in a Cracker Jack commercial. At the age of five, he appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, where he performed the song "Give My Regards to Broadway".[3] After appearing in guest spots on Diff'rent Strokes and Silver Spoons, Lawrence won the role of Joey Donovan on the hit NBC sitcom Gimme a Break! in 1983. He continued in that role until the series ended in 1987. Lawrence provided the voice of the Oliver, the protagonist in the 1988 Disney film Oliver & Company.

From 1991 to 1995, Lawrence co-starred in the hit TV series Blossom, in which he played Joey Russo, a dim-witted teenager who frequently uttered the phrase "Whoa!", which due to the success of the show became a catchphrase in the United States.

Lawrence has also starred in the series Brotherly Love and Run of the House, and has guest starred on shows such as American Dreams and CSI: NY. One of Lawrence's movie credits is Urban Legends: Final Cut (2000) in which he costarred with Jennifer Morrison, Matthew Davis, and Hart Bochner.

In 2006, Lawrence appeared on ABC's Dancing with the Stars. Paired with professional dancer Edyta Śliwińska, he placed third in the competition. In May 2007, he starred in the Broadway hit Chicago as Billy Flynn.[4] He next hosted a dance competition show on The Learning Channel, Master of Dance, which premiered June 9, 2008.[5]

In 2009, Lawrence starred in the television movie My Fake Fiance, with Melissa Joan Hart which premiered on ABC Family to 3.6 million viewers becoming the most watched television movie of the ratings season, sweeping top rank in its time-period in key demos. In August 2010, Lawrence returned to television in the ABC Family sitcom Melissa & Joey, opposite Melissa Joan Hart.[6] Hart plays a woman who hires Lawrence as a nanny to help care for her incarcerated sister's kids. Lawrence's character is a former member of the financial industry whos company came under investigation for wrongdoing and caused his professional life to be put on hold and in limbo.[7]


Lawrence has said that music was always his passion and in the wake of his success began a recording career. Lawrence was 16-years-old when his debut album, Joey Lawrence, was released in February 1993. The album was produced by Terry Lupton, Ian Prince and Teddy Riley. Lawrence also co-wrote songs on the album, including the international hit single "Nothin' My Love Can't Fix" (#6 Billboard Hot 100 Airplay, #10 Billboard Top 40 Mainstream, #19 Billboard Hot 100, #13 United Kingdom, #68 Australia).[8] The music video for the song received heavy airplay on MTV and MuchMusic, and Lawrence was invited to perform live on MTV's Spring Break, The Arsenio Hall Show, and the UK's Top of the Pops in 1993.

In July 2008, Lawrence told TV Guide that he is working on a new album composed mostly of ballads.[9]

Personal life

Lawrence married Michelle Vella in 2002; the couple divorced in 2004. He met his second wife, Chandie Yawn-Nelson, while on vacation in Disney World when the two were teenagers; they married there 13 years later.[10] The couple had two daughters, Charleston (born 2006) and Liberty Grace (born March 2010).[11][12]


Year Film Role Notes
1985 Summer Rental Bobby Chester
1988 Pulse David Rockland
Oliver & Company Oliver Voice
1991 Chains of Gold Tommy
1994 Radioland Murders Frankie Marshall
1995 A Goofy Movie Chad Voice
1999 Desperate But Not Serious Darby
Tequila Body Shots Johnny Orpheus
Horse Sense Michael Woods
2000 Urban Legends: Final Cut Graham Manning
2001 Do You Wanna Know a Secret? Hank Ford
Jumping Ship Michael Woods
A Christmas Adventure from a Book Called Wisely's Tales Wolfpack Leader Voice
2002 Pandora's Box Detective Anderson
2006 The Pool 2 Lance Cooper
Rest Stop Officer Michael Deacon Direct-to-DVD release
2008 Killer Pad Joey Lawrence
Together Again for the First Time Carey Krzyznyk Direct-to-DVD release
2009 The Sinatra Club Louie Pipes Completed
2010 Hit List Lyle Post-Production


Year Title Role Notes
1982 Scamps Sparky Television movie
Diff'rent Strokes Joey "Big Brother"
Silver Spoons Joey Thompson "The Best Christmas Ever"
1983 Littleshots Pete Television movie
Wait Till Your Mother Gets Home! Chris Peters Television movie
1983–1987 Gimme a Break! Joey Donovan 77 episodes
1984 Young People's Specials Billy "Umbrella Jack"
1985 ABC Afterschool Specials Mattie "Don't Touch"
1990–1995 Blossom Joey Russo 114 episodes
1993 Olsen Twins Mother's Day Special Singer Television movie
Almost Home Jeff Thornton "Girls and Boy"
Empty Nest Wade "Aunt Verne Knows Best"
1995 The John Larroquette Show Carly's Brother "Whipping Post"
Something Wilder J.J. Travis "Bergman of Alcatraz"
Prince for a Day Ralph Bitondo/Ricky Prince Television movie
1996 Brothers of the Frontier Ethan Frye Television movie
1995–1997 Brotherly Love Joe Roman 37 episodes
1999 Touched by an Angel Jesse "Fool for Love"
Recess Franklin Dudikoff "The Dude"
2001 Romantic Comedy 101 Mark Gibson Television movie
Jumping Ship Michael Woods Television movie
2002 The Zeta Project Dex Finley "Eye of the Storm"
2002–2003 American Dreams Michael Brooks 11 episodes
2003–2004 Run of the House Kurt Franklin 18 episodes
2004 Love Rules! Michael Warner Television movie
2005 Bow Matt Television movie
Confessions of a Sociopathic Social Climber Ferguson Television movie
2005–2006 Half & Half Brett Mahoney 9 episodes
2006 Android Apocalypse DeeCee Television movie
2007 CSI: NY Clay Dobson 3 episodes
The Emperor's New School Dirk Brock "Emperor's New Musical"
2009 My Fake Fiance Vince Television movie
2010 Melissa & Joey Joe filming


Studio albums


  • "Nothin' My Love Can't Fix" (1993)
  • "Stay Forever" (1993)
  • "I Can't Help Myself" (1993)
  • "Ven Ven Conmigo" (1997)
  • "Never Gonna Change My Mind" (1997)


  1. Joey Lawrence Biography (1976-)
  2. Lipton, Michael A. (1994-06-27). "Class of '94". People 41 (24). ISSN 0093-7673. 
  3. "Joey Lawrence: Biography". Retrieved 12 June 2010. 
  4. Gans, Andrew (2007-05-04). "Joey Lawrence Joins Broadway's Chicago May 4". Retrieved 12 June 2010. 
  5. Master of Dance : TLC
  6. Bockelman, Andy (2010-04-01). "Melissa Joan Hart, Nikki Blonsky Among Stars To Appear In New ABC Family Shows". Retrieved 12 June 2010. 
  7. "Hart & Lawrence Land New Sitcom". Retrieved 2010-02-02. 
  8. "Joey Lawrence: Billboard chart history". Retrieved 12 June 2010. 
  9. Script error
  10. Rizzo, Monica (2006-11-13). "Whoa, It's Joey!". People 66 (20). ISSN 0093-7673. 
  11. Michaud, Sarah (2009-11-13). "Joey Lawrence, Wife Expecting Second Daughter". Retrieved 12 June 2010. 
  12. Michaud, Sarah (2010-03-04). "Joey Lawrence Welcomes Second Daughter". Retrieved 12 June 2010. 

External links

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