Joey Lawrence

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Joseph "Joey" Lawrence (born April 20, 1976) is an American actor, singer, and TV host. He is known for his roles in the TV series Gimme a Break!, Blossom, and Melissa & Joey. In his most recent film, Hit List, Joey plays a hit man out to prove his love to a woman with a lot of enemies.

Early life

Lawrence was born Joseph Lawrence Mignogna, Jr. in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Donna Mignogna, a personnel manager and former elementary school teacher, and Joseph Lawrence Mignogna, Sr., an insurance broker. He is of Italian descent. 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.



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". 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 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 teenager who frequently said "Whoa!" which, due to the success of the show, became something of a self-conscious catchphrase in the United States.

Lawrence has also starred in the series Brotherly Love (which featured his real life brothers Matthew and Andrew Lawrence) and Run of the House, and has guest starred on such programs as American Dreams and CSI: NY. One of Lawrence's film 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 ?liwi?ska, he placed third in the competition. In May 2007, he starred in the Broadway hit Chicago as Billy Flynn. He next hosted a dance competition show on The Learning Channel, Master of Dance, which premiered June 9, 2008.

In 2009, Lawrence starred in the television movie My Fake Fiancé 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. 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 figure in the financial industry whose company came under investigation for wrongdoing and caused his professional life to be put on hold.

In 2012, he was contracted to be a Chippendales dancer for a special engagement in June at the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.


Lawrence has said that music was always his passion, and at the height of his success began a recording career. Lawrence was 16 when his debut album Joey Lawrence was released in February 1993. Produced by Steve Barri, Tony Peluso, Terry Lupton, Ian Prince and Teddy Riley, Lawrence co-wrote some material, 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). The song was used as the end-title theme from the movie Cop and a Half; its music video 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 was working on a new album composed mostly of ballads. In June 2011 he released his new single entitled Rolled, which was available as a free download for one week on ABCFamily's website. In July, Joey released a second single, "Give It To Ya (Acoustic)" via Pledge Music.

Personal life

Lawrence married Michelle Vella in 2002; the couple divorced in 2005. 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, in July 2005. The couple have two daughters, Charleston (born 2006) and Liberty Grace (born March 2010).


Year Title Role Notes
1985 Summer Rental Bobby Chester
1988 Pulse David Rockland
1988 Oliver & Company Oliver (voice)
1994 Radioland Murders Frankie Marshall
1995 ' Chad (voice)
2000 Urban Legends: Final Cut Graham Manning
2000 Desperate But Not Serious Darby
2001 Do You Wanna Know a Secret? Hank Ford
2001 ' Wolfpack Leader (voice) Video
2002 Trois 2: Pandora's Box Det. Anderson
2006 Rest Stop Officer Michael Deacon Video
2008 Killer Pad Joey Lawrence
2010 Sinatra Club Louie 'Pipes' Pepitone
2011 Tumor & Gooch Gooch Short film
2011 Hit List Lyle
2013 Havana Heat Agent Sean Franklin Pre-production
Year Title Role Notes
1982 Scamps Sparky TV short
1982 Diff'rent Strokes Joey Episode: "Big Brother"
1982 Silver Spoons Joey Thompson Episode: "The Best Christmas Ever"
1983 Little Shots Pete TV film
1983 Wait till Your Mother Gets Home! Chris Peters TV film
1983-1987 Gimme a Break! Joey Donovan Main role (77 episodes)
1984 Young People's Specials Billy Episode: "Umbrella Jack"
1985 ABC Afterschool Special Mattie Episode: "Don't Touch"
1989 Adventures in Babysitting Brad Anderson TV pilot
1990-1995 Blossom Joey Russo Main role (114 episodes)
1991 Chains of Gold Tommy TV film
1993 Olsen Twins Mother's Day Special Singer TV film
1993 Almost Home Jeff Thornton Episode: "Girls and Boy"
1993 Empty Nest Wade Episode: "Aunt Verne Knows Best"
1995 ' Carly's Brother Episode: "Whipping Post"
1995 Something Wilder J.J. Travis Episode: "Bergman of Alcatraz"
1995 Prince for a Day Ralph Bitondo / Ricky Prince TV film
1995-1997 Brotherly Love Joe Roman Main role (40 episodes)
1996 Brothers of the Frontier Ethan Frye TV film
1999 Touched by an Angel Jesse Episode: "Fool for Love"
1999 Horse Sense Michael Woods TV film
1999 Recess Franklin Dudikoff (voice) Episode: "The Dude"
2001 Jumping Ship Michael Woods TV film
2002 Romantic Comedy 101 Mark Gibson TV film
2002 ' Dex Finley (voice) Episode: "Eye of the Storm"
2002-2003 American Dreams Michael Brooks 11 episodes
2003-2004 Run of the House Kurt Franklin 19 episodes
2004 Love Rules! Michael Warner TV film
2005 Bow Matt TV film
2005 Confessions of a Sociopathic Social Climber Ferguson TV film
2005-2006 Half & Half Brett Mahoney 9 episodes
2006 Android Apocalypse DeeCee TV film
2007 CSI: NY Clay Dobson 3 episodes
2007 ' Dirk Brock (voice) Episode: "Emperor's New Musical"
2008 ' Dirk Brock (voice) Episode: "Kuzcokazooza/Kuzco's Little Secret"
2009 My Fake Fiancé Vince TV film
2010"present Melissa & Joey Joe Longo Main role (45 episodes)
2011 ' Zeus TV film
2012 Hitched for the Holidays Rob TV film
Year Title Role Notes
2007 Chicago Billy Flynn Replacement


Studio albums

  • Joey Lawrence (1993) #74 US Album Charts
  • Soulmates (1997)

  • "Nothin' My Love Can't Fix" (1993) #19 US Hot 100, #13 UK Single Charts
US Promo CD

  1. Nothin' My Love Can't Fix (LP Version) 3:59
  2. Nothin' My Love Can't Fix (D. Abraham Slam Mix) 4:00
  3. Nothin' My Love Can't Fix (D. Abraham Alternate Slam Mix) 4:24
  4. Nothin' My Love Can't Fix (Slam Fade Mix) 3:40
  5. Nothin' My Love Can't Fix (D. Abraham Alternate Extended Mix) 5:13
Europe Maxi-CD

  1. Nothin' My Love Can't Fix 4:06
  2. Nothin' My Love Can't Fix [D Abraham Slam Mix] 4:02
  3. Nothin' My Love Can't Fix [D Abraham Alternate Extended Mix] 5:13
  • "Stay Forever" (1993) #52 US Hot 100
US Maxi-CD

  1. Stay Forever (Album Version " Fade) 4:04
  2. Stay Forever (Groove Mix) 4:05
  3. Stay Forever (Street Corner Beat Box " Edit) 3:45
  4. Stay Forever (Spanglish) 3:57
UK Maxi-CD

  1. Stay Forever 4:22
  2. I Can't Help Myself (Alternative Mix)4:05
  3. I Can't Help Myself (12" Edit)4:01
  4. Joey Interview (Part II) 5:08
  • "I Can't Help Myself" (1993) #27 UK Single Charts
UK Maxi-CD

  1. I Can't Help Myself 4:25
  2. Joey Lawrence Interview 4:15
  3. Nothin' My Love Can't Fix (Instrumental Remix) 3:59
  4. Nothin' My Love Can't Fix (D. Abraham Alternate Slam Mix) 4:00
  • "Ven Ven Conmigo" (1997)
US Single

  1. Ven Ven Conmigo
  2. Never Gonna Change My Mind
  • "Never Gonna Change My Mind" (1997)

  1. Never Gonna Change My Mind (Soul Version) 3:45
UK Maxi-CD

  1. Never Gonna Change My Mind (Mr. Mig & Adam World Mix) 4:05
  2. Never Gonna Change My Mind (Jason Nevins Radio Remix) 3:59
  3. Never Gonna Change My Mind (Jason Nevins Import Club Mix) 8:57
  • "Rolled" (2011)
  • "Give It To Ya (Acoustic)" (2011)

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