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Before Jonas And Hemsworths There Were Lawrence Brothers – Are They Coming Back?

We have seen a great many times brothers together taking on Hollywood. Today we know about Hemsworths and Jonas brothers but do you know before them there were Lawrence brothers who ruled hearts for a long time. The Lawrence trio Joey, Matt and Andy remained a household name through out 90s. Joey starred in Blossom, Matt tasted success with Boy Meets World while Andy the youngest one co-starred with other brothers in Brotherly Love. Since they became very popular 90s star kids during their childhood they managed to avoid star kid issues successfully back then that today’s kid actors face.

Nowadays we don’t see them much on screen but don’t worry they are coming back soon.

Is Their Last Name Really “Lawrence?”

Actor Matthew Lawrence, actress Kari Michaelson and actor Joey Lawrence attend the Children’s Awards for Kids on December 2, 1984 at the Sheraton Premiere Hotel in Universal City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)

Lawrence brothers were born to the couple Donna and Joseph Mignogna. Lawrence was not their family name at all but the family chose it as it was an ode’s to their father’s middle name. Thus they become the Lawrences from the Mignognas.

It is not a rule that one cannot pick the new name or a stage name. The other clan of brothers who dropped their family name are the Estevez, Charlie and Martin Sheen while the third one Emilio Stuck with the original family name.

Lawrence Brothers Grew Up In Philadelphia

They still consider the good old city the City of Brotherhood as their eternal abode. They have lived the American dream with finest acting careers but they spend weekends there.

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Joey is Eagles fan since childhood and is very passionate about his chosen team. He expressed his joy while saying that in an interview “I’m either with my brothers, because the three of us are huge fans, watching the game or I’m by myself at night, in my media room with my cordless headphones on watching my 80-inch flat-screen TV and it’s awesome to see my Birds play.”

Joey Lawrence’s First Acting Role Ever

From a very tender age of five Joey had passion for acting. Just after landing his first Cracker Jack commercial, he appeared on the The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson and gave hearty performance on the song “Give My Regards to Broadway.”

Joey Lawrence and Matthew Lawrence during “Oliver & Company” Los Angeles Premiere at Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)

Later in Diff’rent Strokes and Silver Spoons he appeared as a guest. His role on the popular NBC series Gimme a Break followed afterwards where he played the character “Joey Donovan.”

Joey’s big break was in another popular nineties series.

Matt Lawrence Followed The Trend

He landed his first acting role in eighties. Matt debuted as a child star Danny Carrington in Dynasty in his very first acting job. He continued playing a child star in a number several other TV series and mainstream movies in the nineties.


However, his prominent role came in 1993 Robin Williams starrer comedy Mrs. Doubtfire and later Sam Collins/Servo in the superhero TV series Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad.

The Beginning of Andy Lawrence’s Acting Career

Andy was 12 and 8 years younger to Joey and Matt respectively. But he had inspiring elder brothers at home to follow and stared in a number of commercials at the age of 3.

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He started receiving offers and played small roles in White Man’s Burden and Bean in 1995. In 1998 he played Tuck Gronic a friend of Charlie in the popular Jack Frost.

Joey’s Big Break Came Alongside Rosie O’Donnell

Since we have already told you about Joey’s break with Gimme A Break! and Mathew the younger Lawrence joined the elder on the same show. It was a mere coincidence that they played brothers in the series as well. Mathew was shown as youngest to Joey just like real life.


It is not quite surprising that art impersonates real life sometimes after all tons of movies are always based on real lives. While they both were performing on the same show, it unlocked the unexpected door and the trend started where siblings start working together. However, it was the youngest of the three Lawrence who stepped far in the spotlight and all thanks to T.J. Detweiler.

Joey Had His Another Hit Series on The Cards

Johnny Carson’s The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson proved fortunate for Joey just after the show he was included in the cast of Blossom series as Joey Russo. The long run of the series from 1991-95 made Joey a heartthrob.

BLOSSOM, Joey Lawrence, Mayim Bialik, (Season 1), 1991-95, © Touchstone Television / courtesy Everett Collection

He became an endearing part of the 90s celebs with his popular less-than-making-sense jokes. To this day people shout to him his various catchphrases. The popular one being “Whoa!”

All Three Brothers Had Their Own TV Show


NBC premiered Brotherly Love in the September of 1995 and for its second season it had to be moved to WB for airing its finale in 1997. All three Lawrence brothers were featured became limelight of the screen together first time ever. In which ‘The Romans’ who were brought up together after their father’s death, Joey moves with the step-mother while the remaining two half-brothers Mathew and Andy run the shop that their father owned.

Soon The Youngest of Lawrence Brothers Had A Popular Cartoon Series Voice.


Andy got his big break by acting with his two older brothers. While people are familiar with Brotherly Love, many people don’t realize that Andy voiced an iconic cartoon character of the nineties. He voiced over the character of troublemaker “T.J. Detweiler” in the cartoon series “Recess” from the second seasons. Ross Malinger was the person who provided voice for the same character for its first season run.

After their success all the three shared screen one more time together

Matthew Was Cast in Boy Meets World

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He plays Jack Hunter who is a half-brother to Shawn and is shown very different from him. His first appearance came in the fifth season’s episode “Brothers.” Later he unites with Shawn and father Chet, he moves in with Shawn and Eric Mathews. He acts like an elder brother to Shawn. He was seen advising his paternal half-brother to stop alcohol consumption as their mother had left their father one more time. Drinking problem is clearly seen running deep in their father’s family eventually Chet is very abusive drunkard and has to face the consequences.

You Will Be Surprised That One of Them Dated A Kardashian

Joey dated Kim Kardashian back in 1999. He had dated other popular celebs as well and it has not been clear how long Joey’s relationship lasted with Kim Kardashian. Joey also dated Katherine Heigl who was later cast in the cult classic show Grey’s Anatomy and they are lifelong friends to this day.

HOLLYWOOD, CA – APRIL 18: Actor Katherine Heigl attends the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Unforgettable” at TCL Chinese Theatre on April 18, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)

Later he went on to date Jennifer Love Hewitt “I Know What You Did Last Summer” actress. It is a fact that very few relationships last lifetime in Hollywood but Joey was considered a heartthrob back in 90s.

The Lawrence Brothers Appeared In Various Disney Movies

Brotherly Love wasn’t the only time the brothers shared the screen together. Andrew and Joey starred in other two TV movies and Horse Sense was one of them.

Joey, Matthew Lawrence during Disney’s California Adventure Grand Opening at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, United States. (Photo by J. P. Aussenard/WireImage)

The film garnered around 3.2 million views at a time on its premiere and became the most watched program then. It’s sequel Jumping Ship had Mathew Lawrence included. It was their last venture together.

Sadly they are not seen much on the screen these days but since we know a lot about the Jonas, The Hemsworths how come no one knows about the Lawrences.

Nowadays With Sitcoms There Are Other More Popular Genres

The TV has transitioned into a mega dimension myriad ways and today’s TV is very different and evolved from that 90s. Though the brothers excelled well on major network sitcoms and cable networks, today’s media streaming generation prefers binge-watching rather than waiting for the whole week for an episode. The likes of Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime have catered the audience according to their liking.

Joey Lawrence during The Lili Claire Foundation’s 6th Annual Benefit Hosted by Matthew Perry – Red Carpet Arrivals at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

Only HBO’s factor dominated the masses for long and we must thank Sex And The City and The Sopranos for that in particular.

They Grew Just Like Other Child Actors Did

Although they tasted fame with several roles in Blossom, Boy Meets World and Recess and grew up into handsome men and remained heartthrobs but today’s it is hard for them to get prominent roles in Hollywood.

HOLLYWOOD, CA – MAY 18: (L-R) Actors Matthew Lawrence, Joey Lawrence and Andrew Lawrence attend premiere of Disney’s ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’ at Dolby Theatre on May 18, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Barry King/Getty Images)

They remained trio to date and grown up adorably as the masses adored them. Now, it was the time for them seek their paths separately.

The Youngest Lawrence Turned to Music

The youngest Lawrence had has due appearances on TV but soon he changed the direction of his interest to the music industry.


Andy branded his own band The Andy Lawrence Band to show the world his other side of creativeness. The songster and writer released his debut EP, Kings March in 2017. It is expected that he will get a big break pretty soon.

Matthew Sparked A Relationship Soon Afterwards

Matt remained engaged to Heidi Mueller from 2004 to 2006. When Joey was contesting on the show Dancing With The Stars, Cheryl Burke was among dance performers on the show and that’s how the middle Lawrence met her.


Cheryl and Matt fell in love eventually but dated just a year and went separate ways and took a decade long hiatus. They reunited in 2017 soon on 3rd May 2018 they got engaged and planning to get married.

Mrs. Doubtfire Sequel Was Actually Happening

V.l.: Stuart Dunmeyer (Pierce Brosnan), Christopher (Matthew Lawrence), Miranda (Sally Field), Natalie (Mara Wilson) und Lydia (Lisa Jakub) und Mrs. Doubtfire (Robin Williams).
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Mrs. Doubtfire brought Robin Williams to the ranks of A List actors with the success of the movie. The sequel was being expected by the actor after all that was the movie which cemented his career. According to a TMZ article the sequel was on the cards in 2014. Sadly Robin Williams died just four months later and some fans believed it would not happen without him.

Joey Lawrence’s Music Career Did Not Take Off

STUDIO CITY, CA – AUGUST 21: Joey Lawrence poses for some portraits at the listening party for his album “Imagine” in Studio City Sound on August 21, 2017 in Studio City, California. (Photo by Harmony Gerber/Getty Images)

Although Joey Lawrence has expressed passion for music in so many interviews. Not only that, he released his first album “Joey Lawrence” at the age of sixteen and also had initial success with a hit single “Nothing’ My Love Can’t Fix.” It was used in “Cop and a Half” for the end score theme but he has not tasted success since then. His non-charting singles include “Our Time”, “Imagine” Christmas Time” and 2011 single “Rolled.” All these could never make it to the charts.

Joey Became A Busy Father

In 2002 Joey married Michelle Vella and they divorced after three years in 2005. Same year he married Chandie Yawn-Nelson in the summer. They have two sweet kids Charleston and Liberty Grace.

Actor Joey Lawrence, daughter Liberty Grace Lawrence, and wife Chandie Yawn-Nelson attend the March of Dimes Foundation & Samantha Harris Host 5th Annual Celebration of Babies Luncheon held at the Four Season Hotel Beverly Hills on November 13, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/WireImage)

In 2012, he told People that many believe his daughters take after him. He said in an interview in 2012 “They’re very passionate; they talk a lot. They talk real loud, which is sort of my M.O. I guess.”

When Joey Lawrence Filed For Bankruptcy

According to the documents submitted by the couple in 2017 they had just $8,000 in their account. In 2015, Joey earned $534,000 and earned much less in 2016.


On the other hand, his wife is registered as unemployed and their monthly expenditure is vulnerable which is about $25,000.

The Financial Debacle Even Worsened

Joey Lawrence (right) and wife Chandie Yawn-Nelson (Photo by Chris Polk/FilmMagic for VH1 – Off Air Creative)

They had liabilities worth $355,517.27 to be paid including a loan of $32,000, taxes payable of $88,000, credit card bills worth $132,000 and a remaining rent worth $54,000. Their assets were worth $43 million and the Joey couple sold some of their items. However, in 2018 their Chapter 7 bankruptcy was settled, according to the records they were able to repay their debts by collectible sum. It was astonishing for everyone how soon Joey Lawrence family regained their financial stability.

Matthew Has Busied Himself In Indie Films


Matt had his last important movie role back in 2002 in which he played the role of Billy in Rob Schnieder’s The Hot Chick. Since he has been engaged to his lady love Cheryl, Mathew has been quite busy in Indie Films.

As The Gazette Review published an article about him Matt played lead roles in indie films Desperate Waters and Kurt that depicted rise and fall of the model; and in 2017 he appeared in a TV movie The Guest She Found Online.

Andy Had One More Popular TV Show

Although the youngest of Lawrence brothers had changed his direction to music but a child actor always remains a loyal actor at heart. He had a guest appearance in CSI: NYCastle, and Bones. So it is not necessary to have a highly maintained public profile, he has been getting paid well somehow.


He reprised the role of Eric Russo on Hawaii Five-O in 2013 and it was not animated one. He also played the lead role in 2018s movie Better Than Love.

Joey And A Famous Actress Teamed Up For A TV Show

Melissa Joan Hart and Joey teamed up for playing the life of a politician and broking up after ponzi scheming as the story unfolds. You will be thrilled to know that the two teens from the 90s also starred in and one of them had also played a character in Blossom, while Melissa being the other one had played Sabrina The Teenage Witch.

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They were among the executive producers of the same series “Melissa and Joey” and succeeded in directing individual episodes of the series. The upcoming details reveal that despite the Lawrence brothers have their own lifestyle but they always back one an other.

Matthew And Cheryl’s Engagement Even Surprised Themselves Beside Others


When they both dated in 2006 and reunited after 10 years in 2017 they did not want to rush and get married. They have planned to get married no sooner than late 2019 despite getting engaged in 2018. They are considering the chances of having babies though. Cheryl told Closer Weekly, “We really want to do it right. We want to do the steps of being engaged, moving in together, getting married, and having kids.” They are surprised by the events that led them to be together one more time and this time they are going strong.

Sadly His Latest Key Role Was Cancelled

Matthew has been popularly known for his role as Jack Hunter in Boy Meets World. It’s a fact that he had a guest appearance in the spinoff Girl Meets World. The role did not only provide Mathew with fame back in 90s but he met his lady love through it as well.


His fans were eagerly waiting for a long series of sitcom but the show was cancelled just after the run of season three.

The Three Truly Believe in Deep-rooted Family Bonding.

The three Lawrence brothers are known to have deep understanding of one an other and have deep-rooted blood bonding since childhood. They had revealed much in their interview with AXS in 2017. They have also a band of their own “Still Three”.

LAS VEGAS, NV – APRIL 28: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Actor Joey Lawrence (R) celebrates his birthday with his brothers Matthew Lawrence (L) and Andrew Lawrence at the Sugar Factory at the Paris Las Vegas on April 28, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/WireImage)

Mathew revealed the details about how amazingly the reunion of brothers has rekindled, “We’re actually working on quite a bit. We’ve written three songs already. I think when fans hear our music they can expect a good mix of Joe, Andy and myself.”

However the most exciting update about the Lawrence trio could not be anymore exciting than their TV reunion after a long time.

The Music And The Lawrence Brothers

Joey revealed toAXS, “The music thing is crazy. We were in the studio, we were just fooling around and we came up with this ‘Lose Myself’ song. And the response has been amazing. So we had to officially release it.”

LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 23: Matthew Lawrence, Joey Lawrence and Andrew Lawrence arrive at the Premiere Of 100th Disney Channel Original Movie “Adventures In Babysitting” And Celebration Of All DCOMS at Directors Guild Of America on June 23, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)

They have also a music video soon to be released, he added “Now people are saying that we need to do something else, so, Andy and I are actually getting back in the studio. We just cracked a song we’re really excited about.”

The Lawrence Brothers Are Reuniting After 15 Years And It’s Official

INGLEWOOD, CA – MARCH 05: (L-R) Musicians Joey Lawrence, Andrew Lawrence, and Matthew Lawrence of The Lawrence Brothers attend the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards which broadcast live on Turner’s TBS, TNT, and truTV at The Forum on March 5, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

They were the busiest child stars in the 90s. Apart from their own individual roles, Andy and Mathew had also their appearances in Joey’s sitcom Melissa and Joey recently but individually. The trio is keen to reunite this time with a new project. The oldest Lawrence told to Entertainment Weekly that they are working on a new project. They were kids in 90s not anymore and their fans have grown up with them as well.

Joey Revealed The Chunk of Sitcom Plot

“We’re actually working on a TV show together for the first time in 15 years. We wanted to find a way not to redo Brotherly Love, but to bring us back together as grown men. Joey Lawrence talked about a chunk of details about trio’s joint show.

LAS VEGAS, NV – APRIL 28: Actor Joey Lawrence arrives to celebrate his birthday at the Chateau Nightclub & Gardens at the Paris Las Vegas on April 28, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/WireImage)

It is quite edgy, which is different,” he added and further said, “The dynamic and relationships that we have are not the late ’90s, sitcom-like relationships.”


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