American actor Steven Anthony Lawrence is best known to television audiences for portraying Bernard on the hit Disney Channel Original Series “Even Stevens” from 2001 to 2003. He won a Young Artist Award for his performance. He has also guest starred in many TV series, including “ER,” “Frasier” (earned a Young Artist nomination) and “That's So Raven.” On the silver screen, Lawrence shared a Young Artist Award for his performance as Dylan Shenk on “Cheaper by the Dozen” (2003) and received a nomination at the 2006 Young Artist Awards for his supporting role on “Kicking & Screaming” (2005). His other film credits include “My Favorite Martian” (1999), “The Muse” (1999), “Rebound” (2005) and “My Suicide” (2009).
Lawrence enjoys bowling, football, golf, snowboarding and ice skating. He also enjoys writing stories, standup comedy, hanging out with friends and playing video games.
Childhood and Family:
Steven Anthony Lawrence was born on July 19, 1990, in Fresno, California. He is an only child. He graduated from high school with a GPA of 3.9.
Cheaper by the Dozen
At age six, Steven Anthony Lawrence made his television acting debut in an episode of the Fox sitcom “Married with Children” called “God Help Ye Merry Bundymen” (1996). He resurfaced two years later with a guest role on the “Michael Hayes” episode “Mob Mentality” (1998). Between 1996 and 1998, Lawrence also appeared in television commercials for Southwest Bell, Nike, California Federal Bank, Airbus, KFC, Kraft, Cannon and Coca Cola. He has since continued working on commercials and has been seen in ads for such companies as McDonald's, Toyota, Oscar Meyer, Tyson Foods and Sears, to mention a few.
Lawrence began pursuing a film career in 1999 and landed a small role in “Dreamers,” a film written and directed by Ann Lu that starred Jeremy Jordan, Mark Ballou and Courtney Gains. The film won the Audience and Jury Awards at the 1999 Malibu Film Festival. He followed it up with a bit part in Lynn Hamrick's comedy “Operation Splitsville” (1999) and a supporting role on “My Favorite Martian” (1999), a film starring Christopher Lloyd, Jeff Daniels, Daryl Hannah, Elizabeth Hurley, Wallace Shawn and Ray Walston. The same year, he also appeared as Rob Reiner's son on the film “The Muse,” which was directed and co-written by Albert Brooks and starred Brooks and Sharon Stone, and worked with Frank Conniff, Mark Fite and Joe Keyes on the short film “Lord of the Road. 1999 also found Lawrence guest starring in the TV series “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” and “The Amanda Show.”
Entering the new millennium, Lawrence guest starred in an episode of “Absolutely True” (2000) and played the role of Chuckie on the direct to video released comedy “Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday the Thirteenth” (2001), starring Aimee Graham, Chris Palermo and Kim Greist. He then appeared in “Bubble Boy” (2001), a film directed by Blair Hayes that starred Jake Gyllenhaal, Swoosie Kurtz and Marley Shelton.
In 2001, Lawrence was cast in the role of Bernard “Beans” Aranguren on the popular Disney Channel teen sitcom “Even Stevens” (2000-2003), starring Shia LaBeouf, Christy Carlson Romano, Nick Spano, Tom Virtue and Donna Pescow. He was nominated for a 2002 Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series - Supporting Young Actor and won the award the following year. He went on to reprise the role for the 2003 TV film “The Even Stevens Movie,” which served as the series' finale. The latter show earned the actor a 2004 Young Artist nomination for Best Performance in a TV Movie, Miniseries or Special - Supporting Young Actor.
Following his performance in “Even Stevens,” Lawrence guest starred in episodes of television series like “ER” (2001), “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” (2001), “Frasier” (2 episodes, 2001 and 2002), from which he received a 2003 Young Artist nomination for Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series - Guest Starring Young, and “That's So Raven” (2003). Back to the big screen, he appeared with Jennifer Beals, Elizabeth Bracco and Steve Buscemi on the comedy “13 Moons” (2002), which was helmed by Alexandre Rockwell, with Mike Myers, Spencer Breslin and Dakota Fanning on Bo Welch's “The Cat in the Hat” (2003), and on the hit comedy “Cheaper by the Dozen” (2003), starring Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt. He shared a 2004 Young Artist for Best Young Ensemble in a Feature Film for his performance in the latter. In 2005, Lawrence portrayed Mark Avery in the comedy film “Kicking & Screaming,” which was directed by Jesse Dylan and starred Will Ferrell and Robert Duvall. For his good acting, he was nominated for a 2006 Young Artist Award in the category of Best Performance in a Feature Film - Supporting Young Actor. The same year, he also played the supporting role in “Rebound,” a comedy starring Martin Lawrence and Megan Mullally that was directed by Steve Carr.
From September 2006 to March 2007, Lawrence served as a celebrity judge on the CBS game show “Dance Revolution.” In addition, he had a small role in Sean McNamara's film “Bratz” (2007), starring Skyler Shaye, Janel Parrish and Logan Browning, and was cast in the David Lee Miller dramatic comedy “My Suicide,” which premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival on February 7, 2009. In 2010, he guest starred in an episode of “Weeds.”
Recently, in 2011, Lawrence appeared in the pilot of “It's a Cardboard Life” as Benny. He is set to play Jingles in the upcoming film “Holly, Jingles and Clyde 3D” (2012).
Young Artist: Best Young Ensemble in a Feature Film, “Cheaper by the Dozen,” 2004
Young Artist: Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) - Supporting Young Actor, “Even Stevens,” 2003