Matthew William Lawrence was born in Abington, Pennsylvania, to Donna (Shaw), a personnel manager, and Joseph Lawrence, an insurance broker. He is the middle brother of three, with Andrew Lawrence the youngest and Joey Lawrence the oldest. At age three, his mother started to bring him into NY city with her and his brother Joseph. They would go often for singing and dancing lessons as well as commercial auditions. Matty, known to family/friends, naturally wanted to get into the entertainment industry like his older brother and developed a passion for the arts. At age 4 he booked 2 national commercials and was on his way. Finally after many years of commuting, he and his family moved out to Los Angeles. This is where he attended high school and then USC. He excelled in biology and the sciences. All the while working as an actor.