Laurence Fishburne
Award-winning American film, theatre, and television actor, film director, film producer, and playwright.
Laurence Fishburne
Laurence John Fishburne III is an American film and stage actor, playwright, director, and producer. He is perhaps best known for his roles as Morpheus in the Matrix science fiction film trilogy, as Cowboy Curtis on the 1980s television show Pee-wee's Playhouse, and as singer-musician Ike Turner in the Tina Turner biopic What's Love Got to Do With It.
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In 'John Wick: Chapter 2,' Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne are back together after all these years
LATimes - 11 days
The first time Laurence Fishburne watched the gonzo, mayhem-filled 2014 cult action film “John Wick,” he immediately knew he wanted be involved in any potential sequel. “I was like a kid,” the actor recalled recently. “I was laughing. I was giddy.”  Fortunately for him, he knows a guy: A long while...
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BET Continues To Redefine Brand With Nelson Mandela Miniseries
NPR - 19 days
The new BET miniseries, Madiba, starring Laurence Fishburne as Nelson Mandela, premieres Wednesday night. BET says the show is at the heart of their Black History Month programming. The show is also part of the latest attempt to redefine the BET brand with high quality scripted shows.
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'Madiba' brings Nelson Mandela's inspiring life to BET
CNN - 20 days
"Madiba" provides a handsome centerpiece to BET's Black History Month lineup, solidly chronicling Nelson Mandela's struggles against Apartheid over three nights, with Laurence Fishburne playing the South African leader.
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Random Flicks Worth Checking Out This Week
Huffington Post - 2 months
What we've got here is a list of good and bad blockbusters, MOWs, B-movies, and everything in between. And they're decidedly, unabashedly random. Why not plop down on the couch and roll the dice? The Matrix Reloaded Where to find it: Netflix DVD The cast: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss The synopsis: "Neo and the rebel leaders estimate they have 72 hours until 250,000 probes discover Zion and destroy it and its inhabitants." That's right: It's Neo and the gang vs. probes! And those probes better watch their probe backs, 'cause you-know-what's about to get real. Also, this movie's got a sweaty rave scene that's pretty much the length of an actual rave. Plus, there's like a jillion Agent Smiths at one point. Whaaaa?! Bonus: This is the Matrix flick with the flying twin rasta ghost fellows. Dreads usually look pretty dumb on white guys, but against all odds these bodacious brothers manage to pull it off quite swimmingly, thank you very much. The sunglasse ...
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Malachi Kirby on remaking Roots: ‘I could feel the pain, hear the screams'
Guardian (UK) - 9 months
It was the most-watched show in TV history, a shocking story of slavery – and now it’s back. The British actor relives the ordeal of playing Kunta Kinte How was your family impacted by the slave trade? Nobody could say Malachi Kirby hasn’t earned his breakthrough. Over five and a half months, he was shackled, assaulted, abused, imprisoned, beaten, whipped, mutilated and subjected to all manner of psychological torture and torment. On top of that, he went through the physical equivalent of a triathlon: running, swimming, horse-riding, rowing and fighting. “It pushed me to my limits and beyond,” says the 26-year-old Londoner. “There wasn’t one day that didn’t challenge me – physically, mentally, spiritually, emotionally. Sometimes it was the heat, sometimes the cold, the mosquitoes, the horse. Sometimes it was just having to run in shoes that were too big.” Kirby plays Kunta Kinte, the hero of Alex Haley’s Roots – first a Pulitzer-winning, bestselling novel, then a blockbuster TV e ...
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The Truth About 'Chi-Raq': A Conversation With Spike Lee
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Spike Lee has built an astonishing career as a multigenerational filmmaker, crafting some of the most iconic cult classics of the past four decades. From era-defining films like Do The Right Thing and School Daze, to Malcolm X and Bamboozled, the Brooklyn-bred director has consistently told compelling stories that personify the pulse of contemporary culture. Respected for his fearlessness and unapologetic opinion, Spike has transcended his profession as a director, asserting himself as a creative activist committed to teaching, provoking thought and igniting dialogue needed to elevate social consciousness. By commonly exploring the deep complexities of race, power, identity and sexuality through a very unique perspective - Spike Lee poses no opposition to playing the antagonist if, in turn, it challenges the status quo. As such, his most recent film has managed to accomplish all of the above. The theatrical release of Chi-Raq has sparked heated debate and intense criticism si ...
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LeVar Burton Says The Time Is Right For A 'Roots' Remake
Huffington Post - about 1 year
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -- LeVar Burton, who starred in the influential 1970s miniseries "Roots," said the remake is arriving at a crucial time. "As far as we have come in the area of race relations and the topics of social justice, fairness and equality, we still have a long way to go," he told a TV critics' gathering Wednesday. ABC's 1977 miniseries "Roots" was based on the Alex Haley novel that was inspired by stories about his family's African roots and enslavement in the American South. The first "Roots" was a television sensation, gripping the country with its story of an African-American family's generational journey. Burton played Kunta Kinte in the original series and is an executive producer on the remake, which stars English actor Malachi Kirby as Kunta. Other cast members include Laurence Fishburne, Anna Paquin and Forest Whitaker. The new "Roots" will air on the History, A&E Network and Lifetime channels. The debut date has not been announced. Also on ...
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“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” shows off an epic Teaser Trailer
Hollywood News - almost 2 years
Hot on the heels of the new Star Wars movie flexing its muscles last week (as well as a hot new Trailer for Jurassic World earlier today), the sequel to Man of Steel also has sought to do the same. Yes, we got our first Teaser Trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice recently and at least to this humble writer, it was more than worth the wait. Besides showing off Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne, we also got to see him in costume (and hear him) as the Caped Crusader himself. His upcoming clash next year with Henry Cavill’s son of Krypton looks like a true event movie. This is no surprise to any of you, but this film is going to set up a Justice League team up for the Warner Brothers/DC slate of heroes. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice picks up where Man of Steel left off, with the citizens of Metropolis debating the merits of Superman being a god among men. This captures the attention of Batman over in Gotham City, and they cross paths, with much fighting to ensue before they get on ...
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Spoiler alert! Affleck spills on 'Batman'
CNN - almost 2 years
The upcoming Batman movie has a star-studded cast, featuring the likes of Ben Affleck, Amy Adams and Laurence Fishburne — but no star shines as bright as Sen. Patrick Leahy.
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Sighting: Laurence Fishburne and Eamonn Walker take in Goodman's 'Two Trains Running'
Chicago Times - almost 2 years
There have been a few famous faces spotted in the crowd during Chicago plays this month. Here are those sightings and a bunch more:
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Jackson outburst shows problems with 'other' faces
Seattle Pi - about 3 years
[...] for black people, being mistaken for someone else can have a special sting, which may explain why the movie star Samuel L. Jackson eviscerated a white TV reporter for mistaking him for Laurence Fishburne. Scientific studies have identified the "other race effect," in which people tend to confuse or incorrectly name individuals of other races, said Thomas Busey, an Indiana University psychology professor who studies face recognition. Which raises questions about why Jackson reacted so strongly, and whether it was an innocent mistake when TV reporter Sam Rubin confused Jackson with Fishburne. The two actors share little physical resemblance except for being large African-Americans with a gap between their front teeth. Just among current black celebrities, the E! channel confused the actresses Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer; George Stephanopolous thought basketball legend Bill Russell was actor Morgan Freeman; and a picture of Seal, the slim singer with a scarred face, was disp ...
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Sam Rubin Apologizes To Samuel L. Jackson After Laurence Fishburne Mistake
Huffington Post - about 3 years
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles newscaster apologized to Samuel L. Jackson for confusing him with fellow actor Laurence Fishburne during a live TV interview. KTLA entertainment reporter Sam Rubin was interviewing Jackson on Monday about the film "RoboCop" when he asked the actor if he'd gotten a lot of reaction to his recent Super Bowl commercial. When Jackson asked, "What Super Bowl commercial?" Rubin realized his mistake and began to apologize. But it was too late. "You're as crazy as the people on Twitter," an animated Jackson, who was doing the interview by satellite from Atlanta, told Rubin. "I'm not Laurence Fishburne. We don't all look alike. We may be all black and famous but we don't all look alike." As Rubin, who is white, tried to apologize, a smiling Jackson went on at length, listing various black actors and their commercials. Video of the exchange quickly went viral. "I'm the 'What's in Your Wallet,' black guy," he said of his own commercial for a credit-card comp ...
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Anchor Interviews Samuel L. Jackson, Confuses Him With Laurence Fishburne, Regrets It Immediately
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Maybe one day they'll film a movie where snakes on a plane have to choose between a red pill and a blue pill to save humanity. Until then, KTLA entertainment reporter Sam Rubin deserves the ribbing he took from Samuel L. Jackson, after confusing Jackson with Laurence Fishburne -- an entirely different black actor -- during a recent interview intended to promote "Robocop," an upcoming movie in which Jackson plays a role. The interview went seriously downhill Monday morning after Rubin asked Jackson about his Super Bowl commercial. The problem? Jackson didn't star in a Super Bowl ad, though Fishburne did. Here's a transcript of the painful exchange: Rubin: Did you get a lot of reaction to that Super Bowl commercial? Jackson: What Super Bowl commercial? [awkward silence] R: Oh, you know what? My mistake. J: You know what? You're as crazy as the people on Twitter. I'M NOT LAURENCE FISHBURNE. R: That was my fault. I know that. My mistake. J: WE DON'T ALL LOOK ALIKE. We may all ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Laurence Fishburne
    FIFTIES
  • 2016
    Age 54
    In 2016, Fishburne reprised his role as White in the sequel Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.
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  • 2015
    Age 53
    In 2015, Fishburne joined the ABC sitcom Black-ish in the recurring role of Pops; Fishburne is also a producer on the show.
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  • 2014
    Age 52
    In 2014, Fishburne reprised his role as Morpheus in a series of Kia K900 commercials.
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  • 2013
    Age 51
    In 2013, Fishburne joined the cast of Hannibal, as Dr. Jack Crawford, head of Behavioral Sciences at the FBI.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2011
    Age 49
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Fishburne played Perry White in the Zack Snyder-directed Superman reboot Man of Steel (2013).
  • 2010
    Age 48
    Fishburne starred in Predators in 2010 and Contagion in 2011.
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  • 2009
    Age 47
    In May 2009, Fishburne performed on-stage in the National Memorial Day Concert on the Mall in Washington, D.C.
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  • 2008
    Age 46
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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 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.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • 2007
    Age 45
    On February 24, 2007, Fishburne was honored with the Harvard Foundation's Artist of the Year award at the annual show Cultural Rhythms.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
    The same year, he provided the voice of the Silver Surfer in 2007 film Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.
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    He provided the voice of the narrator in the 2007 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film, TMNT.
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  • 2006
    Age 44
    He played terrorist leader, Ahmat who was revealed to be CIA in the 2006 film Five Fingers.
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  • 2003
    Age 41
    He reprised his role as Morpheus in the Matrix sequels The Matrix Reloaded, and The Matrix Revolutions in 2003.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2001
    Age 39
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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. 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 Paulo Coelho and plans to produce a movie based on his novel The Alchemist.
    Fishburne provided the voice of Thrax in Osmosis Jones in 2001.
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  • 1999
    Age 37
    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.
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  • 1997
    Age 35
    In 1997, Fishburne starred in the science fiction horror Event Horizon alongside Sam Neill.
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  • 1995
    Age 33
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He played the title role in Othello, the second African-American actor, after Paul Robeson, to perform the role.
  • 1993
    Age 31
    In 1993, he received his first Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Ike Turner in What's Love Got to Do With It.
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  • 1992
    Age 30
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He also starred in Deep Cover alongside Jeff Goldblum.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1990
    Age 28
    In 1990, he played Jimmy Jump in the controversial King of New York, and in 1991, Fishburne starred in Boyz n the Hood.
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  • 1987
    Age 25
    Also in 1987 he played a part in the third Nightmare On Elm Street film as a hospital orderly.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • 1985
    Age 23
    Fishburne married actress Hajna O. Moss in 1985, in New York.
    More Details Hide Details They have two children together: a son, Langston, born in 1987, and a daughter, Montana Fishburne, born in 1991. Hajna and Laurence divorced in the 1990s.
  • 1984
    Age 22
    He also had a role in the 1984 movie The Cotton Club.
    More Details Hide Details 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 appeared as a thug in Death Wish 2 (1982). 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.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1976
    Age 14
    When production began in March 1976, he was just 14 years old, having lied about his age to get the part.
    More Details Hide Details 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 also had a role in the early 1980s movie Band of the Hand, and he had a minor role in the critically acclaimed Steven Spielberg film The Color Purple.
  • 1973
    Age 11
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He auditioned for the role of Michael Evans in the television series Good Times, but the role went to Ralph Carter. 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.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1961
    Born
    Born on July 30, 1961.
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