• Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs was born in New York City in 1953 and holds American nationality
• He is an actor, film producer, director and singer with close to 100 acting credits to his name
• He is best known for his portrayal of Joseph Jackson in the 1992 biographical musical series “The Jacksons: An American Dream”
• He was born into a theatre acting family, and attended High School of Art and Design and Wilkes University
• He is 69 years old, 6ft 3ins (1.91m) tall, and his net worth is estimated at over $1 million

Who is Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs?

Lawrence was born in New York City USA, on 4 September 1953 – his zodiac sign’s Virgo, and he holds American nationality. He’s an actor, film producer, director and singer, with close to 100 acting credits to his name. He’s probably still known best for his portrayal of Joseph Jackson in the 1992 biographical musical series “The Jacksons: An American Dream”, in which he starred alongside Angela Bassett and Holly Robinson Peete. It follows the rise of the Jackson family in the music industry, and the series won four awards, including a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Choreography, while it was nominated for five other awards.

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Early life and education

Lawrence was raised alongside his eight siblings in New York City, by their mother Clothilda Jacobs who passed away in 2008, and their father Hilton Jacobs who died in 2000; it’s believed that Lawrence’s father was a doctor, and his mother a theatre actress.

He grew up watching movies and TV series on a daily basis with his siblings, and began appearing in school plays while attending High School of Art and Design; Lawrence was also highly sporting during his teenage years, playing both football and baseball for school teams.

He matriculated in 1971 and then enrolled at Wilkes University, but dropped out after a year, and began studying acting with both the Al Fann Theatrical Ensemble and the Negro Ensemble Company.

Roles in movies

Lawrence made his debut film appearance in the popular 1974 comedy drama “Claudine”, directed by John Berry, and in which he starred alongside Diahann Carroll and James Earl Jones. It tells the story of garbage collector Roop, who’s thinking about dating Claudine, single mother of six; the film won two of the eight awards for which it was nominated, including an Oscar nomination for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Diahann Carroll).

Lawrence appeared in a couple of other popular movies in the ‘70s, such as the 1974 action crime drama “Death Wish”, the 1975 romantic comedy drama “Cooley High”, and the 1978 drama “The Comedy Company”.

His most notable performance in the ‘80s was perhaps his portrayal of Sergeant Dobbs in the crime science fiction drama “Alien Nation”, written and directed by Kenneth Johnson, and which starred Gary Graham, Eric Pierpoint and Michele Scarabelli. It tells the story of a human police officer and his alien partner, as they’re learning to accept each other, and are trying to catch a drug dealer.

Lawrence then went on to play Druilet in the 1992 action drama “Tuesday Never Comes”, Ring Announcer in the 1993 action crime science fiction “Firepower”, and Marlan Clar in the 1997 action thriller drama “Tidal Wave: No Escape”.

What marked the 2000s for him was his playing of Male Nurse in the 2008 crime horror comedy “Otis”, directed by Tony Krantz, and which starred Tarah Paige, Ashley Johnson and Bostin Christopher. The film follows a serial abductor and killer, who’s just kidnapped young teenager Riley Lawson, while her parents and the FBI are now trying to rescue her.

Three of Lawrence’s most recent roles have been in the action thriller drama “Shooting Heroin”, the romantic family comedy “The Perfect Mate” both in 2020, and the 2021 action “Escape from Death Block 13”; he’s currently shooting for the upcoming movie “Nightstalker”.

Roles in TV series

Lawrence gained recognition in 1975, when cast to star as Freddie ‘Boom Boom’ Washington in the popular comedy “Welcome Back, Kotter”. It was created by Alan Sacks and Peter Meyerson, also starred Gabe Kaplan and John Travolta, and follows a compassionate teacher who’s begun teaching at his old high school; the series aired from 1975 to 1979 and won three of the 15 awards for which it was nominated, including four Primetime Emmy nominations.

The ‘80s saw Lawrence appear in an episode of many series, including the comedy “Lewis & Clark”, the drama “Rituals”, and the action crime drama “Simon & Simon”.

The year 1997 saw him play Rushion Brooks in the family comedy “Moesha”, created by Vida Spears and Sara Finney-Johnson, and which starred Brandy Norwood, William Allen Young and Marcus T. Paulk. It follows the life of a black teenage girl, the series aired from 1996 to 2001, and won three of the 32 awards for which it was nominated.

Lawrence appeared in only a couple of series in the 2000s, playing supporting characters in the comedy drama “Gilmore Girls”, the comedy “Girlfriends”, and the short comedy “Players at the Poker Palace”, amongst several others.

Since 2019, he’s been playing Cameran Sanders in the drama “A House Divided”, which stars Demetria McKinney and Paula Jai Parker, and follows the rich Sanders family; the series has been nominated for six awards.

Other credits

Lawrence composed the music for the 1989 movie “Angels of the City”.

He received special thanks for both the 1987 comedy movie “Hollywood Shuffle”, and the 2002 short documentary video “Remembering ‘Roots’”.

Lawrence has two writing, four producing and four directing credits: he wrote and produced the 1989 action movie “L. A. Heat”, and wrote and directed the 1989 action crime movie “Angels of the City”. He also directed the 1991 action movie “Quiet Fire”, the 1997 episode “Rap Sheet” of the action crime comedy series “L. A. Heat”, and two episodes of the 2022 drama “A House Divided”.

He’s appeared in an episode of many talk-shows, such as “Good Morning America”, “Unsung Hollywood” and “The Actor’s Choice”.

Awards and nominations

Lawrence and his colleagues won a 2007 TV Land Anniversary Award, for their performance in “Roots”, marking its 30th anniversary.

He was also nominated for a 1993 Image Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, Mini-Series or Television Movie, for “The Jacksons: An American Dream”, a 1995 CableACE Award for Performance in a Comedy Special for “1995 MTV Movie Awards” (shared with colleagues) and a 2021 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Daytime Fiction Program, for his performance in “A House Divided”.

Love life and wife

Lawrence is quite a secretive person, and prefers to keep the details regarding his wife and children away from media, but it’s still widely known that he’s a father of two, although the name of the girls’ mother hasn’t been disclosed; some of Lawrence’s fans believe that he’s today in a long-term relationship with the woman in question, and that they’ve chosen not to marry, but this is yet to be confirmed by Lawrence.

There are also those who are wondering if the popular actor’s perhaps gay or bisexual, and if this is why he avoids talking about his love life.

Lawrence seems to be single as of September 2022, hasn’t married, and has two daughters.

Hobbies and interesting facts

Hobbies and interesting facts about 2,000 people on Instagram, which is perhaps because he’s only uploaded eight pictures onto the social media network; these feature him spending time with his friends, relaxing at the sea and skiing.

He’s still physically active, although not as much as when he was younger, and when he worked out at the gym nearly every day; Lawrence today has two to three training sessions at the gym every week.

He’s passionate about music, and could’ve been heard singing on American singer-songwriter James Ambrose Johnson Jr’s 1981 album “Street Songs”; some of Lawrence’s favorite bands and singers are Sly and the Family Stone, James Brown and George Clinton.

His favorite actor and actress are Anthony Hopkins and Anne Hathaway, while a couple of his favorite movies include “Hannibal”, “Meet Joe Black” and “The Mask of Zorro”.

Age, height and net worth

Lawrence’s age’s 69. His hair’s black and eyes are brown, his height’s 6ft 3ins (1.91m) and he weighs around 190lbs (86kgs).

Lawrence’s net worth’s been estimated at over $1 million as of September 2022.

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