Laurence Fishburne

Laurence Fishburne

Birth name: Laurence John Fishburne III
Born: July 30, 1961
Age: 56
Birthplace: Augusta, Georgia, U.S.
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Biography

Laurence John Fishburne III (born July 30, 1961) is an American actor, playwright, producer, screenwriter, and film director. He is known for playing Morpheus in The Matrix trilogy, Jason "Furious" Styles in the 1991 drama film Boyz n the Hood and Tyrone "Mr. Clean" Miller in the 1979 war film Apocalypse Now.

For his portrayal of Ike Turner in What's Love Got to Do With It, Fishburne was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor. He won a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his performance in Two Trains Running (1992), and an Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his performance in TriBeCa (1993). Fishburne became the first African American to portray Othello in a motion picture by a major studio when he appeared in Oliver Parker's 1995 film adaptation of the Shakespeare play.

Fishburne starred in several cult classics, including Deep Cover and King of New York. From 2008 to 2011, he starred as Dr. Raymond Langston on the CBS crime drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and from 2013 to 2015 starred as Special Agent Jack Crawford in the NBC thriller series Hannibal. In 2013, he portrayed Perry White in the Zack Snyder-directed Superman reboot Man of Steel and in 2016 reprised his role in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Fishburne has been cast as Bill Foster/Goliath in the film Ant-Man and the Wasp set for release in 2018 as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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Early life

Fishburne was born in Augusta, Georgia, the son of Hattie Bell (née Crawford), a junior high school mathematics and science teacher, and Laurence John Fishburne, Jr., a juvenile corrections officer. After his parents divorced during his childhood, he moved with his mother to Brooklyn, New York, where he was raised. Fishburne's father saw him once a month. Fishburne is a graduate of Lincoln Square Academy in New York, which closed in the 1980s.

Career

1973-1989

For most of his early career, he was credited as Larry Fishburne. In 1973, Fishburne had his first acting role portraying Joshua Hall on the ABC soap opera One Life to Live. His most memorable childhood role was in Cornbread, Earl and Me, in which he played a young boy who witnessed the police shooting of a popular high school basketball star. He later earned a supporting role in Apocalypse Now, in which he played Tyrone Miller, a cocky 17-year-old Gunner's Mate 3rd Class from the Bronx, nicknamed Mr. Clean. When production began in March 1976, he was just 14 years old, having lied about his age to get the part. Filming took so long that he actually was 17 years old upon its completion.

Fishburne spent much of the 1980s in and out of television and periodically on stage. In the early 1980s, he worked as a bouncer at punk rock clubs. He appeared in the early 1980s movies Band of the Hand, Death Wish 2 and The Cotton Club, and had a minor role in the critically acclaimed Steven Spielberg film The Color Purple. Fishburne had a recurring role as Cowboy Curtis on Paul Reubens' CBS children's television show Pee-wee's Playhouse. He also appeared in the M*A*S*H episode, "The Tooth Shall Set You Free". In Spenser: For Hire, he was a guest star for the second-season episode "Personal Demons". He also appeared alongside Kevin Bacon in Quicksilver. His stage work during the 1980s included Short Eyes (1984), and Loose Ends (1987), both produced at Second Stage Theatre in New York City. Also in 1987 he played a part in the third A Nightmare On Elm Street film as a hospital orderly. Fishburne featured in Red Heat (1988) beside Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Belushi. Fishburne also starred as "Dap" in Spike Lee's School Daze (1988). Fishburne's character was a depiction of an African American, culturally inclined college student at a historically black college.

1990-2007

In 1990, Fishburne played Jimmy Jump in the controversial King of New York, and in 1991, starred in Boyz n the Hood. The following year, in 1992, he won a Tony Award for his stage performance in the August Wilson play Two Trains Running and an Emmy Award for his performance in the opening episode, "The Box," of the short-lived anthology series television drama TriBeCa. He also starred in Deep Cover alongside Jeff Goldblum. In 1993, he received his first Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Ike Turner in What's Love Got to Do With It. Fishburne won an Image Award for "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture" for his performance as West Indian Professor Maurice Phipps in the 1995 American drama ensemble film, Higher Learning. He played the title role in Othello, the second African-American actor, after Paul Robeson, to perform the role. In 1997, Fishburne starred in the science fiction horror Event Horizon alongside Sam Neill. Fishburne is perhaps best known for his role as Morpheus, the hacker-mentor of Neo, played by Keanu Reeves, in the 1999 blockbuster science fiction film The Matrix.

Fishburne provided the voice of Thrax in Osmosis Jones in 2001. He reprised his role as Morpheus in the Matrix sequels The Matrix Reloaded, and The Matrix Revolutions in 2003. He briefly featured as a stretcher-bearer in one version of the video for The Spooks' song "Things I've Seen" (2000) and appeared with Tom Cruise as Theodore Brassell, IMF superior of Cruise's character in Mission: Impossible III. Fishburne has worked with actress Angela Bassett on four projects. He said that "An electrifying thing happens when the two of us work together. I haven't experienced it with anyone else. A freedom happens when we work together." In 2006, they appeared onstage in a Pasadena Playhouse production of August Wilson's Fences. He played terrorist leader, Ahmat who was revealed to be CIA in the 2006 film Five Fingers.

He provided the voice of the narrator in the 2007 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film, TMNT. The same year, he provided the voice of the Silver Surfer in 2007 film Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. On February 24, 2007, Fishburne was honored with the Harvard Foundation's Artist of the Year award at the annual show Cultural Rhythms. He received this honor for his achievements as an actor and entertainer and for his humanitarian pursuits. Fishburne is a UNICEF ambassador. The mayor of Cambridge, Massachusetts, Kenneth Reeves, awarded him the key to the city and declared February 24 "Laurence Fishburne" day in the city.

2008-present

In April 2008, Fishburne returned to the stage in the Broadway production of Thurgood, a new play by George Stevens, Jr. Thurgood opened at the Booth Theatre on April 30, 2008. He won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding One-Person Show for his performance. On February 24, 2011, HBO screened a filmed version of the play performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. On February 16, 2011, the White House hosted a screening of the film as part of its celebrations of Black History Month.

On August 18, 2008, it was reported that Laurence Fishburne would join the cast of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation after William Petersen, who played Gil Grissom, left the series. John Malkovich was also considered for the role prior to the announcement. Fishburne joined the show on the ninth episode of the 9th season as a college professor and former pathologist whose area of expertise involves some criminals' predisposition to commit acts of violence. The character was introduced as a consultant on a case ("19 Down"), who winds up joining the CSI team ("One to Go"). In May 2009, Fishburne performed on-stage in the National Memorial Day Concert on the Mall in Washington, D.C.

Fishburne starred in Predators in 2010 and Contagion in 2011. On June 7, 2011, Fishburne announced that he was leaving CSI to return to movies and theatre, opting not to renew his contract and would not appear in Season 12. Fishburne played Perry White in the Zack Snyder-directed Superman reboot Man of Steel (2013). In 2013, Fishburne joined the cast of Hannibal, as Dr. Jack Crawford, head of Behavioral Sciences at the FBI. In 2014, Fishburne reprised his role as Morpheus in a series of Kia K900 commercials. In 2015, Fishburne joined the ABC sitcom Black-ish in the recurring role of Pops; Fishburne is also a producer on the show.

In 2016, Fishburne reprised his role as White in the sequel Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and appeared in the science fiction/romance movie Passengers.

In 2017, he appears in the neo-noir action thriller film John Wick: Chapter 2 as The Bowery King, in his first collaboration with Keanu Reeves since The Matrix trilogy. Fishburne will appear later in the year in the upcoming American comedy-drama Last Flag Flying as the character Rev. Richard Mueller. On July 22, 2017, it was announced that Fishburne was cast as Bill Foster in Marvel's Ant-Man and the Wasp, directed by Peyton Reed. The film is expected to hit theaters July 6, 2018.

Personal life

Fishburne married actress Hajna O. Moss in 1985, in New York. They have two children, son Langston born 1987 and daughter Montana Fishburne born 1991. Hajna and Laurence divorced in the 1990s.

Fishburne met actress Gina Torres and they were engaged in February 2001 and married on September 22, 2002, at The Cloisters museum in New York City. On January 8, 2007, Fishburne's spokesman Alan Nierob announced the couple were expecting their first child together. A daughter, Delilah, was born to the couple in June 2007. On September 20, 2017, it was confirmed that Torres and Fishburne were separated and had been keeping the separation a secret for the last year. Fishburne filed for divorce on November 2, 2017.

Fishburne lives in Hollywood, and also maintains a residence in New York City, in the Castle Village Co-Op in the Hudson Heights section of Washington Heights. He is a big fan of Brazilian author Paulo Coelho and plans to produce a movie based on his novel The Alchemist. He is left-handed.

Filmography

Main article: Laurence Fishburne filmography

Stage

Year Title Role
1976 Eden Solomon Barton
1985 Short Eyes
1988 Urban Blight
Loose Ends Doug
1992 Two Trains Running Sterling Johnson
Searching For Bobby Fischer Vinnie
1995 Riff Raff Mike
1999 The Lion in Winter Henry II
2006 Fences Troy
Without Walls Morocco
2008 Thurgood Thurgood Marshall

Awards and nominations

Film

Academy Awards
Year Award Category Title Result
1994 Academy Award Best Actor in a Leading Role What's Love Got to Do with It Nominated
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films
Year Award Category Title Result
2000 Saturn Award Best Supporting Actor The Matrix Nominated
2015 Saturn Award Best Supporting Actor on Television Hannibal Won
Acapulco Black Film Festival
Year Award Category Title Result
1997 Black Film Award Best Actor Hoodlum Nominated
BET Awards
Year Award Category Title Result
2004 BET Award Best Actor The Matrix Reloaded
The Matrix Revolutions
Mystic River
Nominated
Black Movie Awards
Year Award Category Title Result
2006 Black Movie Award Outstanding Motion Picture (Producer) Akeelah and the Bee Nominated
2006 Black Movie Award Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role Akeelah and the Bee Won
Black Reel Awards
Year Award Category Title Result
2000 Black Reel Award Best Actor The Matrix Nominated
2007 Black Reel Award Best Supporting Actor Akeelah and the Bee Nominated
2007 Black Reel Award Best Motion Picture (Producer) Akeelah and the Bee Nominated
MTV Movie Awards
Year Award Category Title Result
2000 MTV Movie Award Best Fight (shared with Keanu Reeves) The Matrix Won
2000 MTV Movie Award Best On-Screen Duo (shared with Keanu Reeves) The Matrix Nominated
NAACP Image Award
Year Award Category Title Result
1994 NAACP Image Award Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture What's Love Got to Do with It Nominated
1995 NAACP Image Award Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture Higher Learning Won
1996 NAACP Image Award Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture Othello Nominated
1998 NAACP Image Award Hoodlum Nominated
2000 NAACP Image Award The Matrix Nominated
2004 NAACP Image Award The Matrix Revolutions Nominated
2006 NAACP Image Award Assault on Precinct 13 Nominated
2007 NAACP Image Award Akeelah and the Bee Nominated
2012 NAACP Image Award Contagion Nominated

Television

Emmy Awards
Year Category Title Result
2017 Outstanding Narrator Year Million Nominated
2016 Outstanding Narrator Roots Nominated
2011 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie Thurgood Nominated
1997 Outstanding Made for Television Movie Miss Evers' Boys Won
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special Miss Evers' Boys Nominated
1996 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special The Tuskegee Airmen Nominated
1993 Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series TriBeCa Won
NAACP Image Award
Year Category Title Result
2011 Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Nominated
2010 Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Nominated
2009 Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Nominated
1999 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Television Movie or Mini-Series Always Outnumbered Nominated
1998 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Television Movie or Mini-Series Miss Evers' Boys Won
1996 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Television Movie or Mini-Series The Tuskegee Airmen Won

Theatre

NAACP Theatre Awards
Year Category Play Result
2007 Best Male Lead - Equity Without Walls Won
2005 Lifetime Achievement Award N/A Won
Tony Awards
Year Category Play Result
1992 Best Actor in a Featured Role Two Trains Running Won
Theatre World Awards
Year Category Play Result
1992 N/A Two Trains Running Won

[ Source: Wikipedia ]