Laurence Fishburne Biography |
  • Laurence Fishburne Biography

    Born: December 31, 1969 in Augusta, Georgia, USA

    LAURENCE FISHBURNE has achieved an impressive body of work not only as an actor but as a producer and director. In 1992, he won a Tony, a Drama Desk Award, an Outer Critic's Circle Award and a Theater World Award for his portrayal of Sterling Johnson in August Wilson's "Two Trains Running." His appearance in the 1993 premiere episode of Fox TV's "Tribeca" landed him an Emmy Award. And to complete the triple crown, he was nominated for a 1993 Oscar® for his portrayal of Ike Turner in "What's Love Got to Do with It."

    Fishburne just received another Emmy nomination for his portrayal of Thurgood Marshall in the HBO adaptation of his one-man show, "Thurgood." He originated the role in the 2008 Broadway debut of the play, earning a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor and winning Drama Desk and Outer Critics' Circle Awards. In 2010, he reprised the role at Los Angeles' Geffen Playhouse and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

    Fishburne's recent screen credits include the sci-fi thrillers "The Colony," from Jeff Renfroe, "Contagion," from director Steven Soderbergh, and also "Predators" and the heist film "Armored," both for director Nimrod Antal. In 2008, he joined the cast of the CBS hit primetime show "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" and signed a first-look production deal, via his Cinema Gypsy Productions, with CBS Paramount Network Television. Cinema Gypsy film credits include "Akeelah and the Bee," "Five Fingers" and "Once in the Life." Also in 2008, Fishburne was seen in the box office success "21," alongside Kevin Spacey. He has also signed to star in, direct and produce "The Alchemist," currently in development. He can currently be seen in the hit NBC crime drama "Hannibal."

    In 2006, Fishburne reunited with his "What's Love Got to Do with It" co-star Angela Bassett in "Akeelah & the Bee," a performance that earned him a Best Actor Award at the 2006 Black Movie Awards. The film swept the show with three other wins, including Best Picture. Immediately following, he co-starred in "Mission Impossible III," and the acclaimed indie "Bobby," for which he shared a Screen Actors Guild Award® nomination for Best Ensemble Cast.

    On stage in 2006, Fishburne starred in Alfred Uhry's drama "Without Walls," directed by Christopher Ashley, at the Center Theatre Group's Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles and was awarded Best Actor at the 17th Annual NAACP Theater Awards. He then starred opposite Angela Bassett at The Pasadena Playhouse in August Wilson's "Fences," breaking the Playhouse sales record with a sold-out run.

    In 2005, he starred in "Assault on Precinct 13," and, previous to that, was an integral part of the box-office sensations "The Matrix," "The Matrix: Reloaded" and "The Matrix: Revolutions." He also appeared in Clint Eastwood's critically acclaimed "Mystic River" and in "Biker Boyz."

    In 2000, Laurence made his directorial debut, in addition to starring in and producing "Once in the Life." The screenplay, which he wrote, was based on the one-act play "Riff Raff," in which Fishburne starred, wrote, and directed in 1994 and which received critical praise and was later brought to New York's Circle Rep Theater. Its initial Los Angeles run was the first production under his L.O.A. Productions banner.

    In 1999 he appeared at the Roundabout Theater on Broadway as Henry II in "The Lion in Winter." In addition, he starred in and executive produced "Always Outnumbered," directed by Michael Apted for HBO. In 1997, Fishburne received an Emmy nomination and an NAACP Image Award for his starring role in the HBO drama "Miss Evers' Boys," which he executive produced. Based on the true story of the controversial Tuskegee medical study, "Miss Evers' Boys" was awarded five Emmys, including Outstanding Made for Television Movie and the coveted President's Award, which honors a program that illuminates a social or educational issue.

    Fishburne's extensive film credits include Paul Anderson's "Event Horizon"; Bill Duke's "Hoodlum," which he starred in and produced; the action-comedy "Fled"; "Othello," making him the first African American to play the Moor in a major screen release; the original HBO film "Tuskegee Airmen," for which he received an NAACP Image Award as well as Golden Globe, Emmy and CableACE nominations; "Bad Company"; John Singleton's "Boyz in the Hood" and "Higher Learning," which earned him an NAACP Image Award; "Searching for Bobby Fischer"; "Deep Cover"; "Just Cause"; and Steven Spielberg's Oscar®nominated "The Color Purple." 

    Fishburne has been acting since he was 10, starting on "One Life to Live," before making his feature film debut at age 12 in "Cornbread, Earl and Me." At 14, he was cast in a show for the Negro Ensemble Theater and accepted to the High School of Performing Arts and, at 15, appeared in the epic "Apocalypse Now." Following that, he continued to rack up impressive credits, including the features "Class Action," "King of New York," "Red Heat," "Nightmare on Elm Street 3," "Cotton Club" and "Rumble Fish," and the telefilms "Decoration Day," "For Us the Living" and "Rumor of War." 

    Fishburne serves as an Ambassador for UNICEF. In 2007, he was honored by Harvard University with an Artist of the Year Award for his outstanding contributions to American and International Performing Arts, as well as his humanitarian contributions.

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