Doug "Mr." Lawrence (born Douglas Lawrence Osowski on January 1, 1969) is an animation director, writer, and voice actor. He provided the voices of some of the characters such as Filburt and Peter from Rocko's Modern Life, in addition to serving as director and writer from seasons 1 to 3.
Prior to Rocko, Lawrence was a stand-up comedian in his native New Jersey. According to Martin Olson, Lawrence had no previous experience in animation before working on Rocko's Modern Life, with Doug showing Joe Murray his drawings, paintings and mentioning his background as a stand-up comic as a form of resume. Despite his inexperience, Murray liked Lawrence's style and he was hired as a director for the series.
When auditions were held to cast the characters, Lawrence took a shot as Filburt and was cast in the role, with Murray remarking "I didn't expect Doug Lawrence's east coast nasel [sic] to be so perfect for Filburt." Following the third season, he no longer directed or wrote episodes, but continued providing Filburt's voice.
Lawrence has had a successful career since Rocko ended production. He has voiced Plankton, Potty the Parrot (since season 10), the Realistic Fish Head, and others on SpongeBob SquarePants, in addition to writing for the show and becoming its story editor as of the tenth season. Doug portrayed Edward T. Platypus, Nurse Leslie, Dave, and Ping-Pong on Joe Murray's later series Camp Lazlo. He served as story editor and writer of Mighty Magiswords for its early episodes and provides the voices of Ralphio and Helmut.
Episodes he directed and wrote
- Leap Frogs (with Robert McNally-Scull)
- Dirty Dog (with Dan Povenmire)
- Skid Marks (Robert McNally-Scull)
- Canned (Robert McNally-Scull)
- Sand in Your Navel (storyboarded) (with Roger Chiasson)
- Rinse & Spit (with Robert McNally-Scull)
- Who's For Dinner? (with Dan Povenmire)
- I Have No Son (with Stephen Hillenburg and Mark O'Hare)
- She's the Toad
- Down the Hatch
- Rocko's Modern Christmas (also story with Martin Olson, Joe Murray, Tim Hill and Robert McNally-Scull)
- Kiss Me I'm Foreign
- Bye Bye, Birdie
- Sugar Frosted Frights
- Camera Shy
- Nothing To Sneeze At
- Speaking Terms
- The Big Question / The Big Answer
- Contrary to popular belief, Mr. Lawrence is neither married nor related to fellow SpongeBob SquarePants voice actor Carolyn Lawrence.
- A portrait of him can be seen in the Fatheads special in Static Cling.
|— Crew —|
|Writers & Storyboard||Veronica Alicino • Timothy Björklund • Vince Calandra • Roger Chiasson • Derek Drymon • Mark Ervin • Antoine Guilbaud • Ron Hauge • Tim Hill • Stephen Hillenburg • Andy Houts • Ray Johnson • Nick Jennings • Doug Lawrence • George Maestri • Jeff 'Swampy' Marsh • John McIntyre • Jeff Myers • Kevin O'Brien • Mark O'Hare • Martin Olson • Nichole Poinski • Rob Porter • Dan Povenmire • Robert McNally-Scull • Joe Suggs • Conrad Vernon|
|Animation Directors||George Chialtas • Roger Chiasson • Susie Dietter • Robert Hughes • Ken Kessel • Steve Markowski • John McIntyre • Roy Meurin • Pete Michels • Howy Parkins • Alan Smart|