2006 Black Movie Awards - A Celebration of Black Cinema: Past, Present & Future 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)
Lincoln Square Academy
Julia Richman High School
Assumed the role of Alex Haley in the remake of the mini-series "Roots"
Began appearing regularly on the series "Black-ish"
Took on the role of Jack Crawford on the series "Hannibal"
Played newspaper editor Perry White in "Man of Steel"
Joined an ensemble cast for Steven Soderbergh's "Contagion"
Nominated for the 2011 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie
Reprised role of Thurgood Marshall in the HBO adaptation of "Thurgood"
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
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
Played a casino security agent in "21" a film based on a group of MIT card counters
Replaced departing series star William Petersen on "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (CBS) as a college lecturer and former pathologist
Played Cruise's mentor in "Mission: Impossible III" directed by J.J. Abrams
Cast in Emilio Estevez's directorial debut, "Bobby"
Starred with Ethan Hawke and Maria Bello in "Assault on Precinct 13"
Reprised Morpheus in "The Matrix: Reloaded"
Played a cop opposite Kevin Bacon and Sean Penn in "Mystic River"; directed by Clint Eastwood
Again portrayed Morpheus in "The Matrix: Revolutions"
Made his feature directorial debut with "Once in the Life" the film version of his play "Riff Raff"
Portrayed the mysterious Morpheus in the blockbusting "The Matrix"
Starred as Henry II in a Broadway revival of James Goldman's "The Lion in Winter" at NYC's Roundabout Theatre
Executive produced and starred as Socrates Fortlow in HBO's "Always Outnumbered"
Executive produced (also starred) the acclaimed HBO movie "Miss Evers' Boys"; received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries
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
Became first black actor to portray Shakespeare's "Othello" in major studio feature
Played Hannibal 'Iowa' Lee in the acclaimed HBO movie, "The Tuskegee Airmen"; earned an Emmy nomination
Wrote, directed and starred in the Off-Broadway - one-act play, "Riff Raff"
Reteamed with Singleton for "Higher Learning"
Formed Loa Productions, an independent production company
Earned an Emmy Award as Best Guest Actor for his turn in the pilot episode of "TriBeCa" (Fox)
Played Ike Turner to Angela Bassett's Tina Turner in "What's Love Got to Do with It"; received Best Actor Oscar nomination
Portrayed the Washington Square Park mentor of a young chess prodigy in "Searching for Bobby Fischer"
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
Won acclaim for his lead performance as the father in "Boyz N the Hood"; directed by John Singleton
Provided some of the muscle for Christopher Walken's drug operation in Abel Ferrara's "King of New York"
Acted in Spike Lee's "School Daze"
Fourth film with Coppola, "Gardens of Stone"
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)
Cast as Swain in Steven Spielberg's "The Color Purple"
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)
Reteamed with Coppola for "Rumble Fish"
TV series debut, "The Six O'Clock Follies" (NBC)
Credited as Laurence Fishburne III for "Fast Break"
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
Co-starred Off-Broadway in the Negro Ensemble Company production of "Eden"
Film debut in starring role in "Cornbread, Earl and Me"
Played Tony Pridgeon in "Section D" at the New Federal Theatre
Appeared regularly on "One Life to Live" (ABC) as Joshua West Hall, the adopted son of a police captain
Professional stage debut as a young baseball fan in Charles Fuller's "My Many Names and Faces" at NYC's New Federal Theatre
Was raised by his mother in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn.
First starring role was in a second grade production of Peter Pan.
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
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
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
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