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      Mark Christopher Lawrence

      Mark Christopher Lawrence

      Highest Rated: 83% Fear of a Black Hat (1993)

      Lowest Rated: 5% Christmas With the Kranks (2004)

      Birthday: May 22, 1964

      Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

      The art of debate was what took Mark Christopher Lawrence from an inner-city childhood in Compton, where he and his two siblings where raised by a single mom to steady work as a character actor/stand-up comedian/voiceover artist. Born in Los Angeles, Lawrence joined his high school's debate team when he was in 10th grade. After competing on the state and national levels with the Cerritos Community College forensics squad and winning the Bovero-Tabor Award--given to the top junior college speaker in the country--Lawrence caught the attention of USC's debate team coaches and wound up with a full college scholarship. As an undergraduate, he started taking acting classes and after graduation worked with the San Francisco Mime Troupe and started performing stand-up comedy, eventually traveling overseas and opening for the likes of Jerry Seinfeld and Rodney Dangerfield. Lawrence's first major film and television roles were of a supporting nature--he played construction workers ("Caddyshack II"), a "burly attendant" ("Terminator 2: Judgment Day"), and a security guard ("Martin"). His big break came when he was cast as D.J. Tone Def in the 1994 Rusty Cundieff hip-hop documentary, "Fear of a Black Hat." Other motion picture roles landed him screen time alongside Will Smith ("The Pursuit of Happyness"), Kevin Spacey ("K-PAX"), Denzel Washington ("Crimson Tide"), and Tim Allen ("Christmas with the Kranks"). Lawrence fared better on television, where he became best known for playing Big Mike on the 2007 NBC action dramedy "Chuck."

      Highest rated movies

      Fear of a Black Hat
      The Pursuit of Happyness Family Camp
      Speed-Dating
      That Darn Cat
      Christmas With the Kranks

      Photos

      Mark Christopher Lawrence at arrivals for William S. Paley Television Festival Featuring CHUCK, Arclight Cinemas, Hollywood, CA, March 18, 2008. Photo by: David Longendyke/Everett Collection FEAR OF A BLACK HAT, Mark Christopher Lawrence, Rusty Cundieff, Larry B. Scott, 1994, (c)Samuel Goldwyn Films

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet 97% Roll With It Unknown (Character) - 2023
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Roll With It Nick (Character) - 2023
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bringing Back Christmas Daniel Reece (Character) - 2023
      40% 84% Family Camp Pastor Dave (Character) $4.0M 2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Nothing Is Impossible Pastor Lawrence (Character) - 2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sleeper Agent Mike (Character) - 2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Skin: The Movie Marvin (Character) - 2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Maybe I'm Fine Detective Greene (Character) - 2019
      No Score Yet 25% 2nd Chance for Christmas Spoken Word Poet (Character) - 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet One Fine Christmas Al (Character) - 2019
      No Score Yet 43% West of Hell Abram (Character) - 2018
      No Score Yet 17% American Nightmares Borris (Character) - 2018
      No Score Yet 35% Circus Kane Billy (Character) - 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Conflict of Interest Rich (Character) - 2017
      25% 40% Speed-Dating Dr. Petesmith (Character) - 2010
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sudden Death! Jim (Character) - 2010
      67% 87% The Pursuit of Happyness Wayne (Character) $162.6M 2006
      No Score Yet 61% Life Is Ruff Calvin's Dad (Character) - 2005
      No Score Yet 38% Fair Game Wesley (Character) - 2005
      5% 39% Christmas With the Kranks Wes Trogden (Character) $73.7M 2004
      No Score Yet 24% Lost Treasure Danny G. (Character) - 2003
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Retiring Tatiana E.J. (Character) - 2000
      13% 24% That Darn Cat Rollo (Character) $18.3M 1997
      83% 86% Fear of a Black Hat Tone Def (Character) $232.5K 1993

      TV

      Credit
      82% 96% Sprung Hank (Guest Star) 2022
      93% 83% Pitch Unknown (Guest Star) 2016
      61% 84% Franklin & Bash Henry Shae's Boss (Guest Star) 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Lab Rats: Bionic Island Unknown (Guest Star) 2013
      70% 71% Glee Rob Adams (Guest Star) 2012
      90% 91% Chuck Big Mike (Character),
      Unknown (Guest Star)
      2007-2012
      52% 65% Heroes Unknown (Guest Star) 2007
      70% 80% Weeds Mike (Guest Star) 2006
      82% 88% My Name Is Earl Jack Knox (Guest Star) 2006
      30% No Score Yet Hot Properties Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Reba Bar Bouncer (Guest Star) 2004
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Grounded for Life Duane (Guest Star) 2004
      27% No Score Yet The Mullets Unknown (Guest Star) 2003-2004
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dharma & Greg Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Yes, Dear Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
      No Score Yet 90% Malcolm in the Middle Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Touched by an Angel Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Shake, Rattle & Roll Unknown (Character) 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Malcolm & Eddie Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet High Incident Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Coach Big Dave (Guest Star) 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Show Unknown (Character),
      Unknown (Guest Star)
      1996
      10% No Score Yet The George Wendt Show Fletcher Williams (Character) 1995
      89% 92% Seinfeld Boss (Guest Star) 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Designing Women Unknown (Guest Star) 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Method & Red Unknown (Guest Star)