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. 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.
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