• Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs is an American actor and singer
• He is best known for his roles in "L.A. Heat", "The Jacksons: An American Dream", and "A House Divided"
• He has also released a number of music albums
• He has kept his personal life private
• His estimated net worth is $1 million

Known for movies

Short Info

Date Of BirthSeptember 4, 1953
FactIn the show, The PJs (1999), the public housing project where they lived was the "Hilton-Jacobs Projects".

Who is Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs?

Lawrence is an American actor and singer, who is perhaps best known for starring in the role of Jon Chance in the action film franchise consisting of movies “L.A. Heat”, “Angels of the City”, “L.A. Vice” and “Chance”. Additionally, he is widely recognized for appearing in TV series such as “Alien Nation”, “The Jacksons: An American Dream”, and more recently “A House Divided”.

Early Life

Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs was born under the astrological sign of Virgo on the 4th September 1953, in New York City, the fifth of nine children of Clothilda and Hilton Jacobs. He is of American nationality and African-American ethnicity.

Lawrence matriculated from High School of Art and Design in 1971, before enrolling at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, but from which he eventually dropped out.

He worked on a vast number of odd jobs, including being a messenger boy, delivery boy and even a florist before becoming a freelance artist and package designer. He later studied acting at the Negro Ensemble Company (commonly referred to as NEC) as well as at the Al Fann Theatrical Ensemble.

Acting Career

Lawrence’s acting debut occurred in 1974 when he was cast for the role of Charles in the Oscar-nominated film “Claudine”, after which he appeared in the critically acclaimed crime drama movies “Death Wish” and “The Gambler”.

The real breakthrough in his career occurred in 1975, when he was cast for the role of Cochise in the sport comedy teen film “Cooley High”, after which he landed the recurring role of Freddie ‘Boom Boom’ Washington in the TV comedy series “Welcome Back, Kotter” – he is the only one of the original cast members to appear in all 95 episodes of the show before it was called off in 1979. All these were followed by leading roles in the 1978 movies “Youngblood” and “The Comedy Company”.

Through the early 1980s, Hilton-Jacobs made a streak of supporting appearances in TV series, before landing the role of Garrett Floyd in the 1985 action drama film “The Annihilators”.

In the following years he appeared in television series such as two-time Primetime Emmy Award-nominated “Simon & Simon” and three-time Golden Globe-winning “Fame”, before he was cast for the main role of Jon Chance in the 1989 action movie “L.A. Heat”. Later that year he landed the recurring role of Sgt. Dobbs in the Primetime Emmy-winning television Sci-Fi series “Alien Nation”, which he portrayed ’til 1990.

In 1992 Lawrence starred as Joseph Jackson in the Primetime Emmy-winning TV biographical mini-series about the American pop group The Jackson 5, entitled “The Jacksons: An American Dream”.

Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs

Between 1992 and 2000, Lawrence added over a dozen small screen supporting roles to his portfolio, including TV series such as “Renegade”, “Martin” as well as “Roseanne” and “Moesha”. He also appeared as Richie in the comedy series “The Wayans Bros.“. During the early 2000s he appeared in a couple of episodes of the TV series “Gilmore Girls”, while in 2004 he appeared in the main role of the drama movie “30 Miles”.

In 2008 Lawrence was cast in the recurring role of Donny in the television short comedy series “Players at the Poker Place”, after which he starred in the 2009 drama movie “Young American Gangstas”.

In 2011 he starred in one of the leading roles in the drama film “Nocturnal Agony”, while from 2011 to 2013 he appeared in the TV series “Let’s Stay Together”. Throughout the mid-2010s, he appeared in movies such as “Playin’ for Love” and “Mercy for Angeles”, before starring in the Rob Zombie’s 2016 ‘slasher’ horror thriller movie “31”.

Some of the latest on-screen engagements of Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs include the recurring role of Cameran Sanders in the TV drama series “A House Divided”, as well as an appearance in the 2020 critically acclaimed action drama thriller “Shooting Heroin”.

Music Career

Apart from being a successful actor, he has made a notable trace in the music industry as well. In 1978 he signed a record deal with ABC Records, and soon after released his debut album entitled “Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs S/T” which produced three singles “Fly Away”, “Love and Understanding” and “What Kind of Man”. Although it wasn’t a huge commercial success, the album became a valuable collectible in the following years. In March 1979 Lawrence released the album “All The Way… Love”, and in 1981 he was featured on the Rick James’ studio album “Street Songs”. In 1984 he released the EP “I Never Been Here Before”.

Personal Life

Despite his popularity, Lawrence has somehow managed to keep his personal life quite private and far from the media, as there isn’t any relevant yet available information about his marital status or romantic connections.

The 66-year-old actor is standing taller than the average American, with a height of 6ft 3ins (1.91m).

Net Worth

When it comes to Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs’ net worth, as of mid-2020, it has been estimated by authoritative sources that the total of his wealth figures around the sum of $1 million. It has been primarily acquired through his professional acting career, that is currently spanning over 45 years, being active since 1974.

General Info

Full NameLawrence Hilton-Jacobs
Date Of BirthSeptember 4, 1953
Height1.87 m, 1.87 m
ProfessionScreenwriter, Film director, Actor, Singer, Screenwriter, Film director, Actor, Singer
EducationWilkes University, Wilkes University
NationalityAmerican, American


ParentsClothilda Jacobs, Hilton Jacobs, Clothilda Jacobs, Hilton Jacobs


AwardsTV Land Anniversary Award, TV Land Anniversary Award
Movies31, Cooley High, The Jacksons: An American Dream, Claudine, Airplane vs Volcano, L.A. Vice, L.A. Heat, 30 Miles, Youngblood, Angels of the City, Southlander, Tidal Wave: No Escape, Sublime, East L.A. Warriors, The Gambler, Tuesday Never Comes, Killer Drag Queens on Dope, Quiet Fire, Otis, Chance, Th...
TV ShowsAlien Nation, Rituals, Welcome Back, Kotter, Roots, Alien Nation, Rituals, Welcome Back, Kotter, Roots

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1In the show, The PJs (1999), the public housing project where they lived was the "Hilton-Jacobs Projects".




A Chance in the World2016post-productionWillie Robinson
Dead Man Rising2016completedWarden Dallas
312016Panda Thomas
The Christmas Gift2015TV MovieWesley Hardin Johnson Sr.
Tamales and Gumbo2015Mr. Walker
Mercy for Angels2015Chief
Welcome to Where You've Always Been2015ShortHomeless Man
Family Time2014TV SeriesCarl
Airplane vs. Volcano2014VideoJim Kirkland
Playin' for Love2013Coach Preston Reid
Let's Stay Together2011-2013TV SeriesCharles Sr.
Nocturnal Agony2011Theodore
Chuck2010TV SeriesPresident of Zamibia
Young American Gangstas2009Elmer Reese
Players at the Poker Palace2008TV Series shortDonny
Otis2008Male Nurse
Sublime2007VideoMandingo (as Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs)
Don't Give Me the Finger2005ShortRoss (as Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs)
That's So Raven2004TV SeriesMr. Carter
Girlfriends2004TV SeriesLeonard James
30 Miles2004/IAnthony (as Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs)
Gilmore Girls2002-2003TV SeriesPrincipal Merton
Killer Drag Queens on Dope2003Mr. Fly
The Streetsweeper2002
Hip, Edgy, Sexy, Cool2002
Static Shock2002TV SeriesDiver
Southlander: Diary of a Desperate Musician2001Motherchild (as Lawrence Hilton Jacobs)
The Jamie Foxx Show2000TV SeriesMilton
Mr. Right Now!1999Video as Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs
L.A. Doctors1998TV SeriesRobert Edwards
The Wayans Bros.1998TV SeriesRichie
Moesha1997TV SeriesRushion Brooks
Tidal Wave: No Escape1997TV MovieMarlan Clark (as Lawrence Hilton Jacobs)
Tracey Takes On...1997TV SeriesJames
Mr. Rhodes1997TV SeriesFreddy 'Boom Boom' Washington
Weird Science1997TV SeriesMr. Black
Homeboys in Outer Space1996TV SeriesStaff
Roseanne1996TV SeriesLouis
The Parent 'Hood1996TV SeriesGreg Harvey
Diagnosis Murder1995TV SeriesSgt. Baker
Martin1995TV SeriesKevin Jones
Pointman1995TV SeriesJoe Neal
Charlie Grace1995TV SeriesDetective Gossett
Renegade1994TV SeriesRocky Dussault
Indecent Behavior1993Lou Parsons
Firepower1993Ring Announcer (voice, as Lawrence Hilton Jacobs III)
Tuesday Never Comes1992Druilet (as Lawrence H. Jacobs)
The Jacksons: An American Dream1992TV SeriesJoseph Jackson
Quiet Fire1991VideoJesse Palmer
Kill Crazy1990VideoRubin
Chance1990Jon Chance
Alien Nation1989-1990TV SeriesSergeant Dobbs Sgt. Dobbs
East L.A. Warriors1989Chesare (as Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs)
L.A. Vice1989Det. Jon Chance
Angels of the City1989VideoDetective Jon Chance (as Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs)
L.A. Heat1989Jon Chance
Paramedics1988Blade Runner
Hill Street Blues1984-1987TV SeriesCrumley / Theodus Nickerson
Fame1986TV SeriesLamar
The Redd Foxx Show1986TV SeriesWarren
Simon & Simon1986TV SeriesGordon Tate
New Love, American Style1986TV Series
The Annihilators1985Garrett Floyd
Rituals1984TV SeriesLucky Washington (1985)
Lewis & Clark1981TV Series
Darkroom1981TV SeriesYoung Man / Pimp
For the Love of It1980TV MovieAl
Barnaby Jones1980TV SeriesWes Carter
Paris1979TV SeriesThomas Sims
Welcome Back, Kotter1975-1979TV SeriesFreddie 'Boom Boom' Washington
The Comedy Company1978TV MovieRussell Dodd
Roots1977TV Mini-SeriesNoah
Baretta1976TV SeriesDave Rich
Mr. T and Tina1976TV SeriesFreddie 'Boom-Boom' Washington
Cooley High1975Cochise
The Gambler1974Street Basketball Boy (uncredited)
Death Wish1974Mugger in Park #2 (uncredited)
Claudine1974Charles (as Lawrence Hilton-Jacques)


L.A. Heat1997TV Series 1 episode
Quiet Fire1991Video
Angels of the City1989Video as Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs


Angels of the City1989Video as Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs
L.A. Heat1989additional dialogue - as Lawrence Hilton Jacobs


Directors on Directing2009Documentary associate producer
L.A. Heat1989associate producer - as Lawrence Hilton Jacobs


L.A. Heat1989lyrics: "L.A. Heat" - as Lawrence Hilton Jacobs / music: "L.A. Heat" - as Lawrence Hilton Jacobs


Angels of the City1989Video


Remembering 'Roots'2002Video documentary short special thanks - as Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs
Hollywood Shuffle1987thanks


In Hell Everybody Loves Popcorn: The Making of 312016DocumentaryHimself
Unsung Hollywood2014TV Series documentaryHimself
The Sax Man2014DocumentaryHimself - Actor / Director
The 9th Annual TV Land Awards2011TV SpecialHimself
Good Morning America2011TV SeriesHimself
Way Black When2010TV MovieHimself
Redemption of the Welfare Queen2009DocumentaryHimself (voice)
Directors on Directing2009DocumentaryLawrence Hilton Jacobs
The Singing Bee2007TV SeriesHimself
TV Land Confidential2007TV Series documentaryHimself - Interviewee
The 5th Annual TV Land Awards2007TV SpecialHimself - Winner ('30th Anniversary')
The 100 Greatest TV Quotes & Catchphrases2006TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
ABC's 50th Anniversary Celebration2003TV Special documentaryHimself
Remembering 'Roots'2002Video documentary shortHimself - 'Noah' (as Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs)
E! True Hollywood Story2000TV Series documentaryHimself
Truth Behind the Sitcom Scandals 52000TV Movie documentaryHimself
Celebrity Profile1998TV Series documentaryHimself
Sliders1996TV SeriesHimself / The People's Proponent
Ellen1996TV SeriesHimself
1995 MTV Movie Awards1995TV SpecialHimself
26th NAACP Image Awards1994TV SpecialHimself
Ebony/Jet Showcase1986TV SeriesHimself
The Star Games1985TV SeriesHimself
Grease Day USA1978TV Movie documentaryPremiere Guest
New American Bandstand 19651978TV SeriesHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1976-1978TV SeriesHimself - Actor
Soul Train1978TV Series documentaryHimself
The Jim Nabors Show1978TV SeriesHimself
The 19th Annual TV Week Logie Awards1977TV SpecialHimself
Battle of the Network Stars II1977TV SpecialHimself - ABC Team
Dinah!1977TV SeriesHimself
The 3rd Annual People's Choice Awards1977TV SpecialHimself - Accepting Special Award to Roots
The Captain and Tennille1976TV SeriesHimself
Donny and Marie1976TV SeriesHimself
The Rich Little Show1976TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Sledstvie veli...2008TV Series documentaryMugger in Park #2


Won Awards

2007Anniversary AwardTV Land AwardsRoots (1977)

Nominated Awards

1995CableACECableACE AwardsPerformance in a Comedy Special1995 MTV Movie Awards (1995)
1993Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, Mini-Series or Television MovieThe Jacksons: An American Dream (1992)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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