is an American
actor and former a teen idol, who has starred in various television
series and also acted in some feature films. He was in commercials as a child and made an appearance on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson that in essence launched his series acting career. He went on to star in the series Gimme a Break!, Blossom, Brotherly Love, Run of the House and Half & Half. It has been announced that Joey is to be featured on the 2006 series of the American
version of Dancing
with the Stars.
He is perhaps best known for his catchphrase (or catchword), "Woah!" used frequently during Blossom. It is a matter of some scholarly debate whether Joey's version of "Woah!" or that of Keanu Reeves
is more emblematic of 1990s pop culture.
Joey, born Joseph Lawrence
Mignogna Jr. in 1976, is of Italian
descent. Professionally, he also goes by the name Joe or Joseph, in a Rick Shroederian-attempt at career resuscitation and legitimacy. He attended the University of Southern California
. He has two brothers, Matthew
and Andrew, also actors. Joey's parents
changed the family name to Lawrence
, thus Matthew
and Andrew were born with the last name Lawrence
. Joey has dated Jennifer Love Hewitt
. He has married
twice, divorcing his first wife in 2004, and marrying again in 2005 at Disney World
, where he met his current wife as teenagers.
Physically, Joey is best known for his hair styles, first the mop top he wore as a child and later the long, wavy hair style he had during the Blossom years. His head was shorn of long hair
during the filming of the series Brotherly Love. Joey was also known for the tight, ragged jeans and tight, form-fitting shirts he wore on the series Blossom. A fitness buff and self-proclaimed "metrosexual
," Joey has, since Blossom ended, developed a muscular, tanned body with developed biceps and pectorals. However, the most prominent feature of Joey's body, according to many observers, are his extremely large, very round, prominent buttocks which were especially featured in very tight jeans during the series Brotherly Love. It has been said that the huge size and feminine, extreme
roundness of his bubble butt
caused his lower body to appear to be "poured in" to his jeans.