Laurence Fishburne

Biography

Date of Birth: 30 July 1961, Augusta, Georgia, USA Birth Name: Laurence John Fishburne III Nicknames: Fish Larry Height: 6' 0½" (1.84 m) One of Hollywood's most talented and versatile performers and the recipient of a truckload of NAACP Image awards, Laurence John Fishburne III was born in Augusta, Georgia on July 30, 1961, to Hattie Bell (Crawford), a teacher, and Laurence John Fishburne, Jr., a juvenile corrections officer. His mother 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) and Miss Evers' Boys (1997). 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); a spelling bee coach in Akeelah and the Bee (2006); and prominent roles in the mainstream films Predators (2010) and Contagion (2011). He returned occasionally to the theatre. In April 2008, he played Thurgood Marshall in the one-man show "Thurgood" and won a Drama Desk Award. It was later transferred to the screen. In the fall of 2008, Fishburne replaced William Petersen as the male lead investigator on the popular CBS drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000), but left the show in 2011 to refocus on films and was in turn replaced by Ted Danson. Since then Fishburne has appeared in the Superman film Man of Steel (2013) as Daily Planet chief Perry White. Fishburne has two children, Langston and Montana, from his first marriage to actress Hajna O. Moss. In September 2002, Fishburne married Cuban-American actress Gina Torres.

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Birth Name

Laurence John Fishburne III

Birth Place

Augusta, Georgia, USA

Birth Date

7/30/1961
Known For
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The Matrix

Morpheus

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John Wick: Chapter 2

Bowery King

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Event Horizon

Captain Miller

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Passengers

Gus Mancuso

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Mission: Impossible 3

Theodore Brassel

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John Wick: Chapter 4

Bowery King

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Assault on Precinct 13

Marion Bishop

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Just Cause

Sheriff Tanny Brown

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Armoured

Baines

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TMNT

Narrator (voice)

Starring In
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John Wick: Chapter 4

Bowery King

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The School for Good and Evil

Le Principal

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Is That Black Enough for You?!?

Self

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All the Old Knives

Vick Wallinger

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Death to 2021

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The Ice Road

Goldenrod

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Under the Stadium Lights

Harold Christian

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Giving Voice

Self (archive footage)

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Death to 2020

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Running with the Devil

The Man

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John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum

Self

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John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

Bowery King

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The Mule

DEA Special Agent

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Imprisoned

Daniel Calvin

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Ant-Man and the Wasp

Dr. Bill Foster

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Last Flag Flying

Reverend Richard Mueller

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John Wick: Chapter 2

Bowery King

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Passengers

Gus Mancuso

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The Snowy Day

Narrator (voice)

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate Edition

Perry White

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Perry White

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Standoff

Sade

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Rudderless

Del

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The Signal

Damon

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Ride Along

Omar

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And the Oscar Goes To...

Himself (archive footage)

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The Colony

Briggs

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Man of Steel

Perry White

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Khumba

Seko (voice)

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Contagion

Dr. Ellis Cheever

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Damit ihr mich nicht vergesst - Die wahre Geschichte eines letzten Wunsches

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Predators

Noland

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Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy

Self (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Armoured

Baines

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Tortured

Archie Green

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21

Cole Williams

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Las vegas 21

Cole Williams

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Bobby Z

Tad Gruzsa

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Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer

The Silver Surfer (voice)

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TMNT

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TMNT: Voice Talent First Look

Self

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Bobby

Edward Robinson

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Five Fingers

Ahmat

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Mission: Impossible 3

Theodore Brassel

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Akeelah and the Bee

Dr. Larabee

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Assault on Precinct 13

Marion Bishop

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Ashes and Snow

Narrator

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Tiger: The Authorised DVD Collection

Narration

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The Matrix Reloaded Revisited

Himself / Morpheus

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Die Burly Man Chroniken

Himself

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The N Word

(archive footage)

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Matrix Revolutions - Rückblicke, Einblicke, Ausblicke

Himself / Morpheus

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Mystic River

Whitey Powers

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The Matrix Revolutions

Morpheus

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The Matrix Reloaded

Morpheus

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Biker Boyz

Smoke

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The Soul of a Man

Self - Narrator

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The Matrix Revisited

Self / Morpheus

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Osmosis Jones

Thrax (voice)

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Michael Jordan to the Max (Large Format)

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Once in the Life

20 / 20 Mike

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Christianity-The First Two Thousand Years

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The Matrix

Morpheus

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AFI's 100 Years - 100 Movies (CBS Television Special)

Himself

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Always Outnumbered

Socrates Fortlow

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Event Horizon

Captain Miller

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Miss Evers' Boys

Caleb Humphries

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Hoodlum

Bumpy Johnson

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Fled

Charles Piper

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The Tuskegee Airmen

Hannibal Lee

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Bad Company

Nelson Crowe

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Just Cause

Sheriff Tanny Brown

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Higher Learning

Professor Maurice Phipps

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Othello

Othello

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Searching For Bobby Fischer

Vinnie

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What's Love Got To Do With It?

Ike Turner

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Deep Cover

Russell Stevens Jr. / John Hull (as Larry Fishburne)

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Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse

Himself

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Boyz n the Hood

Furious Styles (as Larry Fishburne)

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Class Action

Nick Holbrook (as Larry Fishburne)

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Cadence

Stokes (as Larry Fishburne)

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King of New York

Jimmy Jump (as Larry Fishburne)

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Red Heat

Lt. Charlie Stobbs (as Larry Fishburne)

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School Daze

Dap

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Pee Wee's Playhouse Christmas Special

Cowboy Curtis

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Cherry 2000

Glu Glu Lawyer (as Larry Fishburne)

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Gardens of Stone

Sgt. Flanagan (as Larry Fishburne)

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A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

Max (as Larry Fishburne)

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Band of the Hand

Cream (as Larry Fishburne)

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Quicksilver

Voodoo (as Larry Fishburne)

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The Color Purple

Swain (as Larry Fishburne)

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The Cotton Club

Bumpy Rhodes (as Larry Fishburne)

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Rumble Fish

Midget (as Larry Fishburne)

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Death Wish 2

Cutter (as Laurence Fishburne III)

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Willie & Phil

Wilson (as Lawrence Fishburne III)

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Apocalypse Now

Tyrone 'Clean' Miller (as Larry Fishburne)

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Fast Break

Street Kid (as Laurence Fishburne III)

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Cornbread, Earl & Me

Wilford Robinson (as Laurence Fishburne III)

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Double détente

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