Laurence Fishburne

Actor, Producer, Playwright
A versatile performer equally adept at playing both hero and villain, actor Laurence Fishburne emerged on the scene after famously lying about his age to Francis Ford Coppola in order to land a prominent part in the ... Read more »
Born: 07/29/1961 in Augusta, Georgia, USA

Filmography

Actor (121)

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice 2016 (Movie)

Perry White (Actor)

Black-ish 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hannibal 2012 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2005, 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

Standoff 2015 (Movie)

Sade (Actor)

Days of Wrath 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Ride Along 2014 (Movie)

Omar (Actor)

Rudderless 2014 (Movie)

Del (Actor)

The Signal 2014 (Movie)

Damon (Actor)

Tortured 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Khumba 2013 (Movie)

Seko (Voice)

Man of Steel 2013 (Movie)

Perry White (Actor)

The Colony 2013 (Movie)

Briggs (Actor)

Mitch Albom's Have a Little Faith 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2008 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Contagion 2011 (Movie)

Dr. Ellis Cheever (Actor)

Movie House 2002 - 2003, 2009 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Thurgood 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

One Life to Live 1967 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Predators 2010 (Movie)

Noland (Actor)

The 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Presenter

Armored 2009 (Movie)

Baines (Actor)

Black Water Transit 2009 (Movie)

Jack Vermilion (Actor)

CSI: Miami 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

CSI: New York 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 60th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The 66th Annual Golden Globes Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The Black List: Volume Two 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

21 2008 (Movie)

Cole Williams (Actor)

The 62nd Annual Tony Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Bobby Z 2007 (Movie)

Tad Gruzsa (Actor)

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer 2007 (Movie)

Voice of the Silver Surfer (Actor)

TMNT 2007 (Movie)

(Narrator)

2005 Black Movie Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Akeelah and the Bee 2006 (Movie)

Dr Joshua Larabee (Actor)

Bobby 2006 (Movie)

Edward Robinson (Actor)

Mission: Impossible III 2006 (Movie)

Theodore Brassel (Actor)

Assault on Precinct 13 2005 (Movie)

Marion Bishop (Actor)

Five Fingers 2005 (Movie)

Ahmat (Actor)

The 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Biker Boyz 2003 (Movie)

Manuel "Smoke" Galloway (Actor)

Making the Game: Enter the Matrix 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Mystic River 2003 (Movie)

Whitey Powers (Actor)

The 57th Annual Tony Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The Blues 2003 (Tv Show)

Narrator

The Matrix Reloaded 2003 (Movie)

Morpheus (Actor)

The Matrix Revolutions 2003 (Movie)

Morpheus (Actor)

The Soul of a Man 2003 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Osmosis Jones 2001 (Movie)

of Thrax (Voice)

The VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

6th Annual Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

An All-Star Tribute to Joni Mitchell 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Michael Jordan to the Max 2000 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Once in the Life 2000 (Movie)

20/20 Mike (Actor)

The 31st Annual NAACP Image Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Treasures of the Royal Captain 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Narrator

Intimate Portrait: Agnes Nixon 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Matrix 1999 (Movie)

Morpheus (Actor)

The 49th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Event Horizon 1997 (Movie)

Miller (Actor)

Hoodlum 1997 (Movie)

Ellsworth "Bumpy" Johnson (Actor)

Sidney Poitier: The Defiant One 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1996 Emmy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Welcome to Hollywood 1997 (Movie)

(cameo appearance) (Actor)

Before Your Eyes: One Last Chance 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Narrator

Fled 1996 (Movie)

Piper (Actor)

Muhammad Ali: The Greatest 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Narrator

The 1996 Essence Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 53rd Annual Golden Globe Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 68th Annual Academy Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Up For the Golden Globes 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

1994 Billboard Music Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Bad Company 1995 (Movie)

Nelson Crowe (Actor)

Higher Learning 1995 (Movie)

Professor Maurice Phipps (Actor)

Just Cause 1995 (Movie)

Tanny Brown (Actor)

Othello 1995 (Movie)

Othello (Actor)

The 25th Anniversary Essence Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 49th Annual Tony Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 20th Annual People's Choice Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Searching for Bobby Fischer 1993 (Movie)

Vinnie (Actor)

What's Love Got to Do With It 1993 (Movie)

Ike Turner (Actor)

Deep Cover 1992 (Movie)

Russell Stevens Jr/John Q Hull (Actor)

Boyz N The Hood 1991 (Movie)

Furious Styles (Actor)

Cadence 1991 (Movie)

Stokes (Actor)

Class Action 1991 (Movie)

Nick Holbrook (Actor)

Pee-wee's Playhouse 1986 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

King of New York 1990 (Movie)

Jimmy Jump (Actor)

Pee-wee's Playhouse Christmas Special 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

A Special Evening of Pee-wee's Playhouse 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside the Actors Studio 1988 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Red Heat 1988 (Movie)

Lieutenant Stobbs (Actor)

School Daze 1988 (Movie)

Dap Dunlap (Actor)

Gardens of Stone 1987 (Movie)

Flanagan (Actor)

Band of the Hand 1986 (Movie)

Cream (Actor)

Quicksilver 1986 (Movie)

Voodoo (Actor)

The Color Purple 1985 (Movie)

Swain (Actor)

The Cotton Club 1984 (Movie)

Bumpy Rhodes (Actor)

Rumble Fish 1983 (Movie)

Midget (Actor)

Death Wish II 1982 (Movie)

Cutter (Actor)

The Six O'Clock Follies 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Apocalypse Now 1979 (Movie)

(Actor)

Willie & Phil 1979 (Movie)

Wilson (Actor)

Cornbread, Earl & Me 1974 (Movie)

Wilford (Actor)

A Rumor of War (TV Show)

Actor

Always Outnumbered (TV Show)

Actor

Decoration Day (TV Show)

Actor

I Take These Men (TV Show)

Actor

Miss Evers' Boys (TV Show)

Actor

The Civil War (TV Show)

Voice

The Tuskegee Airmen (TV Show)

Actor

The Wild West (TV Show)

Voice

What's Going On? (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (5)

Black Water Transit 2009 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Akeelah and the Bee 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

Five Fingers 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

Once in the Life 2000 (Movie)

(Producer)

Hoodlum 1997 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Writer (3)

Once in the Life 2000 (Movie)

("Riff Raff") (Play as Source Material)

Once in the Life 2000 (Movie)

(Play: RIFF RAFF) (Source Material)

Once in the Life 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (1)

Once in the Life 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

A versatile performer equally adept at playing both hero and villain, actor Laurence Fishburne emerged on the scene after famously lying about his age to Francis Ford Coppola in order to land a prominent part in the director's seminal "Apocalypse Now" (1979). Though he struggled in small parts over the ensuing decade, Fishburne came into his own as a father trying to keep his son out of the gang life in "Boyz n the Hood" (1991). After richly textured supporting roles in "What's Love Got to Do with It" (1993) and "Searching for Bobby Fisher" (1993), he became the first African-American actor to perform the title role of "Othello" (1995) for a major Hollywood studio. Toward the end of the decade, Fishburne achieved iconic status with his Zen-like performance as the leather-clad Morpheus in the cultural phenomenon, "The Matrix" (1999), a role he reprised in the back-to-back sequels. With appearances in movies like "Mission: Impossible III" (2006), "Bobby" (2006) and "Assault on Precinct 13" (2005), as well as taking over the central role on "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (CBS, 2000- ), Fishburne solidified his legacy as a truly diverse and welcome performer.

Relationships

Victoria Dillard

Companion
Met on set of "Deep Cover" (1992) no longer together

Laurence Fishburne

Father
Worked in the Bronx divorced from Fishburne's mother saw son about once a month when he was young

Hattie Fishburne

Mother
Taught junior high school math and science traveled with son to Philippines during shooting of "Apocalpyse Now" (1979) to tutor him divorced from Fishburne's father

Ashley Fishburne

Daughter
Born in June 2007 mother, Gina Torres

Montana Fishburne

Daughter
Born in 1991 mother, Hajna Moss godfather is actor Martin Sheen

Langston Fishburne

Son
Born in 1987 mother, Hanja Moss

Hajna O Moss Actor

Wife
Introduced by Spike Lee; Moss was NYU student from the Bahamas when they met Married 1985 Divorced c. 1993

Gina Torres Actor

Wife
Met 1995 on a blind date Engaged December 2000 First announced engagement May 2001 Married Sept. 22, 2002 in NYC

Maurice Watson

Godfather
Taught at Brooklyn College Fishburne based his portrayal of Mr Phipps, the college professor in John Singleton's "Higher Learning" (1995) on Watson

EDUCATION

Lincoln Square Academy

New York , New York
Enrolled after he returned from shooting "Apocalypse Now" (1979) in the Philippines

Accepted into the High School for the Performing Arts in NYC; did not attend because he was cast in Francis Ford Coppola's "Apocalypse Now" (1979)

Julia Richman High School

New York , New York
Fishburne participated in the "Talent Unlimited" program

Milestones

2011

Joined an ensemble cast for Steven Soderbergh's "Contagion"

2011

Reprised role of Thurgood Marshall in the HBO adaptation of "Thurgood"

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie

2010

Appeared in "Predators," a sequel to cult favorites "Predator" (1987) and "Predator 2" (1990) about an elite group of warriors hunted by a merciless alien race

2008

Cast as Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall in the Broadway production of "Thurgood" at the Booth Theatre; earned a Tony award nomination for Best Actor in a Play

2008

Played a casino security agent in "21" a film based on a group of MIT card counters

2008

Replaced departing series star William Petersen on "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (CBS) as a college lecturer and former pathologist

2006

Played Cruise's mentor in "Mission: Impossible III" directed by J.J. Abrams

2006

Cast in Emilio Estevez's directorial debut, "Bobby"

2005

Starred with Ethan Hawke and Maria Bello in "Assault on Precinct 13"

2003

Played a cop opposite Kevin Bacon and Sean Penn in "Mystic River"; directed by Clint Eastwood

2003

Again portrayed Morpheus in "The Matrix: Revolutions"

2003

Reprised Morpheus in "The Matrix: Reloaded"

2000

Made his feature directorial debut with "Once in the Life" the film version of his play "Riff Raff"

1999

Portrayed the mysterious Morpheus in the blockbusting "The Matrix"

1999

Starred as Henry II in a Broadway revival of James Goldman's "The Lion in Winter" at NYC's Roundabout Theatre

1998

Executive produced and starred as Socrates Fortlow in HBO's "Always Outnumbered"

1997

Executive produced (also starred) the acclaimed HBO movie "Miss Evers' Boys"; received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries

1997

Reteamed with Bill Duke as star of "Hoodlum" playing Ellsworth 'Bumpy' Johnson, a 1930s Harlem racketeer who locked horns with Dutch Schultz (Tim Roth) and Lucky Luciano (Andy Garcia); also executive produced

1995

Became first black actor to portray Shakespeare's "Othello" in major studio feature

1995

Wrote, directed and starred in the Off-Broadway - one-act play, "Riff Raff"

1995

Played Hannibal 'Iowa' Lee in the acclaimed HBO movie, "The Tuskegee Airmen"; earned an Emmy nomination

1995

Reteamed with Singleton for "Higher Learning"

1994

Formed Loa Productions, an independent production company

1993

Earned an Emmy Award as Best Guest Actor for his turn in the pilot episode of "TriBeCa" (Fox)

1993

Portrayed the Washington Square Park mentor of a young chess prodigy in "Searching for Bobby Fischer"

1993

Played Ike Turner to Angela Bassett's Tina Turner in "What's Love Got to Do with It"; received Best Actor Oscar nomination

1992

Co-starred as an ex-con romancing a waitress in August Wilson's stage drama "Two Trains Running"; play first produced at Yale Rep before moving to Broadway; received Tony Award

1991

Won acclaim for his lead performance as the father in "Boyz N the Hood"; directed by John Singleton

1990

Provided some of the muscle for Christopher Walken's drug operation in Abel Ferrara's "King of New York"

1988

Acted in Spike Lee's "School Daze"

1987

Fourth film with Coppola, "Gardens of Stone"

1986

Had continuing role as Cowboy Curtis on "Pee-wee's Playhouse" (CBS); met a young production assistant named John Singleton, who would later direct him in his breakthrough role "Boyz N the Hood" (1991)

1985

Cast as Swain in Steven Spielberg's "The Color Purple"

1984

Third film with Coppola, "The Cotton Club"; for his role as the fictional Bumpy Rhodes, he researched the real Harlem gangster Bumpy Johnson, whom he would later portray in "Hoodlum" (1997)

1983

Reteamed with Coppola for "Rumble Fish"

1980

TV series debut, "The Six O'Clock Follies" (NBC)

1979

Credited as Laurence Fishburne III for "Fast Break"

1977

Went to the Philippines for 18 months to shoot "Apocalypse Now" (1979) under Francis Ford Coppola's direction; credited in the film as Larry Fishburne

1976

Co-starred Off-Broadway in the Negro Ensemble Company production of "Eden"

1975

Film debut in starring role in "Cornbread, Earl and Me"

1975

Played Tony Pridgeon in "Section D" at the New Federal Theatre

1973

Appeared regularly on "One Life to Live" (ABC) as Joshua West Hall, the adopted son of a police captain

1970

Professional stage debut as a young baseball fan in Charles Fuller's "My Many Names and Faces" at NYC's New Federal Theatre

Raised by mother in Park Slope section of Brooklyn, New York

First part was in second grade playing Peter Pan

Bonus Trivia

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"Doing theater makes you feel like a real actor. I have tried to do one play a year since 1982. You do films for a while and because they take so long to get made, it's a year or two after the fact that the film comes out. By then you have forgotten about the work. It's nice to get the feedback from a theater audience." - Fishburne quoted in The Los Angeles Times, April 14, 1991

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About his mother who encouraged his acting career since childhood: "She wants me to be a big star, a really big star. She wanted me to make records, to sing. I said no. I didn't want to be a big star. I wanted to be a really good actor. My mother is quite a woman. She would push me. She's very proud of me, but she's mad she doesn't get all the credit. I can't give her all the credit, but I give her a lot. I didn't have much of a childhood, but that's O.K. I have a livelihood." - Fishburne quoted in The New York Times, Nov. 18, 1991

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On what he learned filming "Apocalypse Now": "Francis [Coppola] let me know that I could be an artist. Martin [Sheen, still a good friend and godfather to one of his children] let me know I was a good actor. Dennis [Hopper] let me know that it was necessary to go beyond certain boundaries. [Robert] Duvall let me know that it was a business. [Marlon] Brando... the thing I learned from him was not to take it too seriously." - Fishburne to the Daily News, Feb. 12, 1995

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Regarding racial profiling and the LAPD: "When I was younger in L.A., I used to get pulled over by the police for nothing - for being black, for dressing wild. Once it happened five times the same day because I was with a white girl. It's real, let me tell you." - Fishburne quoted in People, Oct. 23, 1995

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"I haven't spoken to my mother in two years. I don't even want to mention her. You know what happens when I mention her? I did an interview where I described her as a teacher and she called me up and said I shouldn't have said she was a teacher - I should have called her an educator! You know why we don't get along? Because I'm famous and she's not!"I'm grateful that my mom had the foresight and vision to recognize that I was talented and to push me - no matter what her vision was. There's no way I can give this woman credit for what she's done for me. There's no way any kid can repay his parents. Parents make the supreme sacrifice." - Fishburne to Leslie Bennets in Vanity Fair, December 1995

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On his experience playing "Othello": "At one point [Kenneth] Branagh and I had to do a riding-into-the-sunset shot, with me jumping on the back of his horse. Neither one of us - these two butch guys with swords - was very proficient. I was afraid to jump on the horse, and I had this sword, so the horse was afraid to come over where I was, and then I jumped on and I almost pulled Branagh off. It was pretty silly, pretty Keystone Kops."I've played a lot of characters, and I've enjoyed them all. But Othello is the first character that I've missed. I just love him and miss him terribly. So much so that what I'd like to do in years to come is the play - the full play." - Fishburne to Bruce Weber in Vogue, November 1995

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In Aug. 2010, Fishburne's daughter Montana, aka "Chippy D," made headlines after starring in a pornographic film for for Vivid Entertainment.

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