Laurence Fishburne Biography

Birthday: 1961-07-30
Place of Birth: Augusta, Georgia USA
Height: 6' 0½" (1.84 m)
Wiki Biography: Critically hailed for his forceful, militant, authoritarian roles, Laurence Fishburne, who is sometimes mistaken for another tall, gap-toothed, mercurial, immensely talented African-American actor, Samuel L. Jackson, came out of the black theater in New York. Born in Augusta, Georgia, on July 30, 1961, Laurence's mother, who taught high school math, transplanted her family to Brooklyn after his parents divorced. At the age of 10, he appeared in his first play, "In My Many Names and Days," at a cramped little theater space in Manhattan. He continued on but managed to avoid the trappings of a child star per se, considering himself more a working child actor at the time. Billing himself as Larry Fishburne during this early phase, he never studied or was trained in the technique of acting. In 1973, at the age of 12, Laurence won a recurring role on the daytime soap "One Life to Live" (1968) that lasted three seasons and subsequently made his film debut in the ghetto-themed Cornbread, Earl and Me (1975). At 14 Francis Ford Coppola cast him in Apocalypse Now (1979), which filmed for two years in the Phillippines. Laurence didn't work for another year and a half after that long episode. A graduate of Lincoln Square Academy, Coppola was impressed enough with Laurence to hire him again down the line with featured roles in Rumble Fish (1983), The Cotton Club (1984), and Gardens of Stone (1987). Throughout the 1980s, he continued to build up his film and TV credit list with featured roles despite little fanfare. A recurring role as Cowboy Curtis on the kiddie show "Pee-wee's Playhouse" (1986) helped him through whatever lean patches there were at the time. With the new decade (1990s) came out-and-out stardom for Laurence. A choice lead in John Singleton's urban tale Boyz n the Hood (1991) catapulted him immediately into the front of the film ranks. Set in LA's turbulent South Central area, his potent role as a morally minded divorced father who strives to rise above the ignorance and violence of his surroundings, Laurence showed true command and the ability to hold up any film. On stage, he would become invariably linked to playwright August Wilson and his 20th Century epic African-American experience after starring for two years as the eruptive ex-con in "Two Training Running." For this powerful, mesmerizing performance, Laurence won nearly every prestigious theater award in the books (Tony, Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk and Theatre World). It was around the time of this career hallmark that he began billing himself as "Laurence" instead of "Larry." More awards and accolades came his way. In addition to an Emmy for the pilot episode of the series "Tribeca," he was nominated for his fine work in the quality mini-movies The Tuskegee Airmen (1995) (TV) and Miss Evers' Boys (1997) (TV). On the larger screen, both Laurence and Angela Bassett were given Oscar nominations for their raw, seething portrayals of rock stars Ike and Tina Turner in the film What's Love Got to Do with It (1993). To his credit, he managed to take an extremely repellent character and make it a sobering and captivating experience. A pulp box-office favorite as well, he originated the role of Morpheus, Keanu Reeves' mentor, in the exceedingly popular futuristic sci-fi The Matrix (1999), best known for its ground-breaking special effects. He wisely returned for its back-to-back sequels. Into the millennium, Laurence extended his talents by making his screenwriting and directorial debut in Once in the Life (2000), in which he also starred. The film is based on his own critically acclaimed play "Riff Raff," which he staged five years earlier. In 1999, he scored a major theater triumph with a multi-racial version of "The Lion in Winter" as Henry II opposite Stockard Channing's Eleanor of Acquitaine. On film, Fishburne has appeared in a variety of interesting roles in not-always-successful films. Never less than compelling, a few of his more notable parts include an urban speed chess player in Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993); a military prisoner in Cadence (1990); a college professor in Singleton's Higher Learning (1995); a CIA operative in Bad Company (1995); the title role in Othello (1995) (he was the first black actor to play the part on film); a spaceship rescue team leader in the sci-fi horror Event Horizon (1997); a Depression-era gangster in Hoodlum (1997); a dogged police sergeant in Clint Eastwood's Mystic River (2003); and a spelling bee coach in Akeelah and the Bee (2006). Lately, he has contributed his own special brand of star power to the already-established TV hit series "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (2000). Earning multiple NAACP Image awards for his contribution to the entertainment business, he has two children, Langston and Montana, from his first marriage to actress Hajna O. Moss, who appeared with him in the films Gardens of Stone (1987) and A Rage in Harlem (1991). In September, 2002, Fishburne married Cuban-American actress Gina Torres.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Deep Cover 1992 Action
Matrix Morpheus 1993 - 1993 Action
Just Cause Sheriff Tanny Brown 2002 - 2003 Crime
Elvis Mitchell: Under the Influence 2008
Money 2011 Perry White 2011
Cowboy Traders Cole Williams 2011
Hannibal Jack Crawford 2013 - 2015
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Sex and the Matrix Morpheus 0000
Cornbread, Earl and Me Wilford Robinson 1974
Apocalypse Now Tyrone 'Clean' Miller 1979 Romance
Rumble Fish Midget 1983 Comedy, 0
The Cotton Club Bumpy Rhodes 1984
Quicksilver Voodoo 1986 Drama, Crime, Romance
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors Max 1987 Game Show
Gardens of Stone Sgt. Flanagan 1987 0, 0, Romance
Cherry 2000 Glu Glu Lawyer 1987 Sport, 0
School Daze Dap 1988 0, 0
Red Heat Lt. Charlie Stobbs 1988 Action, Comedy, Crime
Cadence 1990
King of New York Jimmy Jump 1990 Crime, Drama, Thriller
Decoration Day Michael Waring, DOD Man 1990 Drama
Class Action Nick Holbrook 1991
Deep Cover 1992 Action, Crime, Thriller
What's Love Got to Do with It? Ike Turner 1993
Searching for Bobby Fischer Vinnie 1993 Comedy, Drama
Higher Learning Professor Maurice Phipps 1995 Drama, Romance, Sport
Bad Company Nelson Crowe 1995 Crime, Drama, Thriller
Just Cause Sheriff Tanny Brown 1995 Crime, Drama, Mystery
The Tuskegee Airmen Hannibal Lee 1995 Drama, History
Fled 1996 Game Show, 0
Event Horizon Captain Miller 1997 Game Show, Reality Tv, Sport
Miss Evers' Boys 1997
Hoodlum Bumpy Johnson 1997 Crime, Drama
Always Outnumbered Socrates Fortlow 1998 Drama
The Matrix Morpheus 1999 0
Once in the Life 20 2000
Osmosis Jones Thrax 2001 0, 0, 0
The Matrix Revisited Morpheus 2001 Documentary
The Matrix Revolutions Morpheus 2003 0, Game Show, Sport
Biker Boyz Smoke 2003 Action, Drama, Crime
Soul of a Man 2003 Documentary, History
Mystic River Whitey Powers 2003 Crime, Drama, Mystery
Assault on Precinct 13 Marion Bishop 2005 Action, Drama, Crime
Akeelah and the Bee Dr. Larabee 2006
Mission: Impossible III Theodore Brassel 2006 0
Five Fingers Ahmat 2006 0, 0
Mission Impossible III Theodore Brassel 2006 Action, Adventure, Thriller
TMNT 2007 0, 0, 0
The Death and Life of Bobby Z Tad Gruzsa 2007 0, 0, Game Show
21 Cole Williams 2008 0
Tortured Archie Green 2008 0, Game Show
Black Water Transit Jack 2009 Crime, Drama
Armored Baines 2009 Action, Crime, Thriller
Predators Noland 2010 Action, Adventure, Sci Fi
Contagion Dr. Ellis Cheever 2011
Man of Steel Perry White 2013 Sport, 0
The Colony Briggs 2013 Action, Thriller
Khumba Seko 2013 Animation, Adventure, Family
Days of Wrath Mr. Stafford 2014 Drama
Rudderless Del 2014 Drama
Batman vs. Superman Perry White 2015 Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Standoff Sade 2016 Thriller