American Dreams- Biography:
Joey Lawrence / Michael Brooks

Character Name: Michael Brooks (2002- 03)

Birth Date: April 20, 1976

Birth Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Height: 5' 10"


Race: Caucasian

Siblings: Brother of Matthew Lawrence and Andrew Lawrence.

Marital Status: (2000) Dated actress Katherine Heigl

Trivia: Left-handed.

(May 1994) Named one of "People" magazines 50 Most Beautiful People in the World.

Shortly before he began working on Gimme A Break, Bob Denver (Gilligan's Island) and Joey Lawrence shot a pilot for a unsold television show called "Scamps." Lawrence played the ring-leader of a group of pesky children.

Flimography: Click here! to read about his other roles

Schooling: In 1994 graduated from Abington Friends School. Attended the University of Southern California.

About the character:

About the actor:

Joseph Lawrence is charged with the task of uncovering the newest dancing teen sensations for the iconic “American Bandstand,” in his newest role as the young associate producer in NBC’s new drama “American Dreams.”

“Michael paves his own way with hard work and intelligence,” he says about his character. “I admire his passion in the pursuit of his goals. He is a great example of the American dream.”

A native of Philadelphia (the setting for “American Dreams”), Lawrence began appearing in commercials nation-wide at the age of 3, catching the eye of former “Tonight Show” host Johnny Carson who promptly booked the young actor for a guest spot. His appearance on the late-night talk show proved to be the launching point for Lawrence’s career as the 5-year-old was cast in his first regular series role on the hit series “Gimme a Break,” opposite Nell Carter.

Lawrence earned even greater stardom on NBC’s comedy series “Blossom,” giving life to the impressionable and fun-loving Joey Russo. He returned to NBC again to star alongside brothers Mathew and Andrew in “Brotherly Love,” stepping behind the camera to direct several episodes for the series.

Lawrence’s feature-film credits include Carl Reiner’s “Summer Rental” (starring alongside the late comedian John Candy), “Chains of Gold,” “Radioland Murderers,” “Urban Legends” and “Desperate but not Serious,” as well as voicing the title character in the Disney film “Oliver & Company.” His next appearance on the big screen will be in the upcoming release “R3,” from director Betty Thomas.

Along with his acting credits, Lawrence is an accomplished recording artist, having released his multi-platinum album “Joey Lawrence” in 1993, for which he embarked on a world tour.

Lawrence’s other interests include music and automobiles. He currently resides in Los Angeles and his birthday is April 20.