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Laurence Fishburne

Laurence Fishburne
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Laurence Fishburne Biography

Laurence Fishburne (born July 30, 1961 in Augusta, Georgia, USA) is a notable African-American movie actor. Laurence Fishburne started acting at the age of 12, getting his big break portraying Joshua Hall on the ABC soap opera, One Life to Live in 1973. Fishburne later earned a supporting role in Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now, as well as a recurring role as "Cowboy Curtis" alongside Pee Wee Herman (Paul Reubens) in the CBS children's television show, Pee-Wee's Playhouse. However, it was his 1991 role in Boyz N The Hood that gained him lasting recognition as an outstanding actor. The next year, Fishburne won a Tony Award for his stage performance in August Wilson's Two Trains Running, which was followed by an Oscar nomination one year later for his portrayal of Ike Turner in What's Love Got to Do With It?. Also in 1992 he received an Emmy Award for an episode of the short-lived TV series Tribeca. Nowadays Fishburne is best known for his role as Morpheus, the hacker-mentor of Neo (Keanu Reeves) in the blockbuster science fiction movie series The Matrix. Fishburne married actress Hajna O. Moss in 1985 and had two children with her, a son named Langston (born 1987) and a daughter named Montana (born 1991); however, the couple got divorced during the 1990s, and on September 20, 2002, Fishburne married another actress, Gina Torres. Fishburne is a notable graduate of Hollywood High School. He will next appear alongside Tom Cruise as a colleague in Mission: Impossible III. Read Full Bio >>

Laurence Fishburne Awards

2012 Black Reel Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor Contagion (2011). Nominated
2012 MovieGuide Awards Most Inspirational Television Acting Have a Little Faith (2011) (TV). Nominated
2012 Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special Thurgood (2011) (TV). Won
2012 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries Thurgood (2011) (TV). Nominated
2011 Satellite Awards Best Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television Thurgood (2011) (TV). Nominated

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Laurence Fishburne Trivia

  • Children, with Moss; Son: Langston (b. 1987), daughter: Montana (b. 1991)
  • He changed his name from Larry to Laurence in his films in 1991.
  • Engaged to Gina Torres [2001]
  • Studied acting at the Lincoln Square Academy in New York.
  • In Event Horizon (1997) the space suits worn by the actors weighed 65 pounds each. He nicknamed his Doris.
  • When he was cast in the title role of Othello (1995), it marked the first time an African American was cast as Othello in a theatrical film. All proceeding film adaptations featured white actors in black make-up, while many black men have played Othello in Fishburne's wake.
  • Won Broadway's 1992 Tony Award as Best Actor (Featured Role - Play) for August Wilson's "Two Trains Running."
  • He is often mistaken for Samuel L. Jackson and vice versa. According to Jackson, they've stood right next to each other and people still call them by the wrong names.
  • Went to New York's High School of the Performing Arts
  • Auditioned for the role of Ben in Night of the Living Dead (1990).

Laurence Fishburne Photos

  • Laurence Fishburne and wife Gina Torres

    63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - Arrivals

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    Cirque Du Soleil's "Viva Elvis" World Premiere - Blue Carpet Arrivals

  • Laurence Fishburne and Gina Torres

    7th Annual Backstage at the Geffen Gala - Arrivals

  • Laurence Fishburne and Gina Torres

    66th Annual Golden Globes - Arrivals

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    66th Annual Golden Globes - Press Room

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    60th Primetime EMMY Awards - Arrivals

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