Rising to fame as a lovable dim-witted television teen heartthrob in Blossom (1991-1995) after charming primetime viewers as the adorable youngster in such sitcoms as Diff'rent Strokes, Silver Spoons, and Gimme a Break!, Joseph Lawrence has since gone on to numerous film and television roles in addition to maintaining an active recording career as a Philly soul-inspired singer/songwriter. Born Joseph Lawrence Mignogna in a suburb of Philadelphia, PA, in 1976, Lawrence was the oldest of three brothers and by age four had convinced his parents that he had what it took to become an actor. Landing the first job he auditioned for and crooning "Give My Regards to Broadway" and "Zippity Do Da" on The Tonight Show shortly thereafter, it was obvious to many that the eager youngster indeed had the energy, talent, and dedication to make it as an entertainer. Making his mark on various television sitcoms before he became a fixture for four seasons on Gimme a Break!, it was as a teenager that Lawrence made his true mark on the small screen. As the titular character's goofy brother in the popular sitcom Blossom, Lawrence's charming aloofness endeared him into the hearts of starry-eyed teenage girls everywhere. His 1993 self-titled debut album quickly went gold as it sold over two million copies worldwide, proving that Lawrence's fans were indeed loyal. Following a public persona change in which he adopted the more mature moniker of Joseph, the actor/singer continued to make numerous appearances in such made-for-television films as Prince for a Day (1995) and Romantic Comedy 101 (2001) and such features as Tequila Body Shots (1999), Urban Legends: The Final Cut (2000), and Pandora's Box (2001). Lawrence made his directorial debut while simultaneously acting alongside brothers Matthew and Andrew in the mid-'90s sitcom Brotherly Love, and went on to produce (as well as star in) such made-for-television films as Horse Sense (1999) and Jumping Ship (2001). In 2002, Lawrence joined the cast of the period drama American Dreams, playing the recurring character of Michael Brooks. The following year, he starred in the sitcom Run of the House, which he followed with another comedy role, playing Brett on the series Half and Half until 2006. Later that same year, Lawrence took to the floor as a competitor on the reality series Dancing With the Stars and proved a popular addition to the show's roster. The stint led to Lawrence hosting the reality show Master of Dance in 2008, though it wasn't long before he was making waves with a comedic role again, appearing in the popular TV movie My Fake Fiancé with Melissa Joan Hart in 2009.
Biography by Jason Buchanan
- First acting gig was a Cracker Jack commercial.
- Appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson at age 5, singing "Give My Regards to Broadway."
- Released his self-titled debut album in 1993.
- Made a cameo in a 2006 commercial for Ice Breakers gum featuring sisters Hilary and Haylie Duff.
- Played Billy Flynn in a 2007 Broadway production of Chicago.
- Supports the March of Dimes charity and served as a celebrity co-chair for the 2011 March for Babies event.