Laurence Fishburne Biography (1961-)

Full name, Laurence Fishburne III; born July 30, 1961, in Augusta, GA; son ofLaurence John, Jr. (a juvenile corrections officer), and Hattie Bell (a junior high school mathematics teacher; maiden name, Crawford) Fishburne; marriedHajna Moss (some sources cite the name Majna Mass; a casting director), July1, 1985 (divorced); married Gina Torres (an actress), September, 2002; children: (first marriage) Langston Issa, Montana Isis (daughter). Addresses: Agent: Sam Gores, Paradigm Talent Agency, 10100 Santa Monica Blvd., 25th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90067-4003.; Publicist: Alan Nierob, Rogers & CowanPublic Relations, 1888 Century Park E., Suite 500, Los Angeles, CA 90067.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Actor, producer, director, writer
Birth Details
July 30, 1961
Augusta, Georgia, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Appearances
  • (Film debut) Wilford Robinson, Cornbread, Earl, and Me (also knownas Hit the Open Man), American International Pictures, 1975
  • (As Larry Fishburne) Tyrone Miller (Mr. Clean), Apocalypse Now, United Artists, 1979, released as Apocalypse Now Redux, 2001
  • (As Lawrence Fishburne III) Street kid, Fast Break, Columbia, 1979
  • Wilson, Willie and Phil, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1980
  • (As Laurence Fishburne III) Cutter, Death Wish II, Columbia/EMI/Warner Bros., 1981
  • (As Larry Fishburne) Midget, Rumble Fish, Universal, 1983
  • (As Larry Fishburne) Bumpy Rhodes, The Cotton Club, Orion, 1984
  • (As Larry Fishburne) Swain, The Color Purple (also known as Moon Song), Warner Bros., 1985
  • Cream, Band of the Hand, TriStar, 1986
  • (As Larry Fishburne) Voodoo, Quicksilver, Columbia, 1986
  • (As Larry Fishburne) Corporal Flanagan, Gardens of Stone, TriStar,1987
  • (As Larry Fishburne) Max, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, New Line Cinema, 1987
  • (As Larry Fishburne) Glu Glu lawyer, Cherry 2000, Orion Home Video, 1987
  • Dap Dunlap, School Daze, Columbia, 1988
  • (As Larry Fishburne) Lieutenant Charlie Stubbs, Red Heat, TriStar,1988
  • (As Larry Fishburne) Jimmy Jump, King of New York, New Line Cinema, 1990
  • (As Larry Fishburne) Nick Holbrook, Class Action, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1991
  • (As Larry Fishburne) Roosevelt Stokes, Cadence (also known as Count a Lonely Cadence and Stockade), New Line Cinema, 1991
  • Furious Styles, Boyz N the Hood (also known as Boys in the Hood), Columbia, 1991
  • (As Larry Fishburne) Russell Stevens, Jr., and John Q. Hull, Deep Cover, New Line Cinema, 1992
  • Ike Turner, Sr., What's Love Got to Do with It, Buena Vista, 1993
  • Vinnie, Searching for Bobby Fischer (also known as Innocent Moves), Paramount, 1993
  • Tanny Brown, Just Cause, Warner Bros., 1995
  • Professor Maurice Phipps, Higher Learning, Columbia, 1995
  • Nelson Crowe, Bad Company, Buena Vista, 1995
  • Title role, Othello, Columbia, 1995
  • Charles Piper, Fled, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1996
  • Captain Miller, Event Horizon, Paramount, 1997
  • Ellsworth "Bumpy" Johnson, Hoodlum (also known as Gangsterand Hoods), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1997
  • Morpheus, The Matrix, Warner Bros., 1999
  • Himself, Welcome to Hollywood, 2000
  • "20/20" Mike and Riff Raff, Once in the Life, 2000
  • Narrator, Michael Jordan to the Max, Giant Screen Sports, 2000
  • Voice of Thrax, Osmosis Jones, Warner Bros., 2001
  • Himself and Morpheus, The Matrix Revisited, Warner Home Video, 2001
  • Manuel "Smoke" Galloway, Biker Boyz, DreamWorks, 2003
  • Morpheus, The Matrix Reloaded, Warner Bros., 2003
  • Mystic River, Warner Bros., 2003
  • Morpheus, The Matrix Revolutions (also known as The Matrix: Revelations), Warner Bros., 2003
  • Film Work
  • Executive producer, Hoodlum (also known as Gangster and Hoods), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1997
  • Producer and director, Once in the Life, 2000
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Joshua "Josh" West Hall, One Life to Live (also known as Between Heaven and Hell and One Life to Live: The Summer of Seduction),ABC, 1973-1976
  • Corporal Don "Robby" Robinson, The Six O'Clock Follies, NBC, 1980
  • Cowboy Curtis, The Pee-wee Herman Show, 1981
  • Cowboy Curtis, Pee-wee's Playhouse, CBS, 1987-1991
  • Miniseries
  • Lightbulb, A Rumor of War, CBS, 1980
  • (As Larry Fishburne) Voice, The Civil War (also known as The American Civil War), PBS, 1990
  • (As Lawrence Fishburne) Voice of Nat Love, The Wild West, syndicated, 1993
  • Movies
  • If You Give a Dance, You Got to Pay the Band, 1975
  • Hank Johnson, I Take These Men, CBS, 1983
  • The Father Clements Story, NBC, 1987
  • Michael Waring, Decoration Day, NBC, 1990
  • Hannibal "Iowa" Lee, Jr., The Tuskegee Airmen, HBO, 1995
  • Caleb Humphries, Miss Evers' Boys, HBO, 1997
  • Socrates Fortlow, Always Outnumbered (also known as Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned and Socrates), HBO, 1998
  • Episodic
  • (As Larry Fishburne) Corporal Dorsey, "The Tooth Shall Set You Free," M*A*S*H, CBS, 1982
  • Maurice Haynes, "Look Homeward, Ninja," Hill Street Blues, NBC, 1986
  • Kellar, "Walk-Alone," Miami Vice, NBC, 1986
  • (As Larry Fishburne) David Mukende, "Personal Demons," Spenser: For Hire, ABC, 1987
  • Casey Taylor, "Race Traitors," The Equalizer, CBS, 1989
  • The Arsenio Hall Show, 1991
  • Voice of Martin Delany, "The Massachusetts 54th Colored Infantry," TheAmerican Experience, 1991
  • Martin McHenry, "The Box," Tribeca, Fox, 1993
  • Late Show with David Letterman, multiple appearances, beginning 1994
  • The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, 2001
  • Also appeared in an episode of Inside the Actors Studio.
  • Specials
  • (As Larry Fishburne) Jimbo Collins, "For Us, the Living" (also known as "For Us, the Living: The Medgar Evers Story"), American Playhouse, PBS,1983
  • Cowboy Curtis, A Special Evening of Pee-wee's Playhouse, CBS, 1987
  • Cowboy Curtis, Pee-wee's Playhouse Christmas Special (also known as Christmas Special), CBS, 1988
  • Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse, Showtime, 1991
  • Host, Who Killed Martin Luther King?, Fox, 1993
  • Up for the Golden Globes, NBC, 1996
  • The Kennedy Center 25th Anniversary Celebration, PBS, 1996
  • Narrator, Before Your Eyes: One Last Chance (also known as Before Your Eyes), CBS, 1996
  • Narrator, Muhammad Ali: The Greatest, Arts and Entertainment, 1996
  • Sidney Poitier: The Defiant One, Arts and Entertainment, 1997
  • Intimate Portrait: Agnes Nixon, Lifetime, 1999
  • Narrator, Treasures of the Royal Captain, The Discovery Channel, 2000
  • An All-Star Tribute to Joni Mitchell, TNT, 2000
  • Morpheus (in archive footage), Sex and the Matrix, 2000
  • Awards Presentations
  • The 20th Annual People's Choice Awards, CBS, 1994
  • 1994 Billboard Music Awards, Fox, 1994
  • Presenter, The 49th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1995
  • Presenter, The 25th Anniversary Essence Awards, Fox, 1995
  • The 1996 Essence Awards, Fox, 1996
  • Presenter, The 68th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 1996
  • Presenter, The 53rd Annual Golden Globe Awards, NBC, 1996
  • Presenter, The 1996 Emmy Awards, ABC, 1996
  • Presenter, The 49th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, CBS, 1997
  • Presenter, The 1999 Tony Awards, CBS and PBS, 1999
  • The 6th Annual Blockbuster Entertainment Awards, Fox, 2000
  • The 31st Annual NAACP Image Awards, Fox, 2000
  • (As Lawrence Fishburne) 2000 MTV Movie Awards, MTV, 2000
  • Presenter, VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards, VH1, 2000
  • Other
  • Choices, 1992
  • Television Work
  • Movies
  • Executive producer (with Robert Benedetti), Miss Evers' Boys, HBO,1997
  • Executive producer, Always Outnumbered (also known as Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned and Socrates), HBO, 1998
  • Stage Appearances
  • Young baseball fan, My Many Names and Faces, New Federal Theatre,New York City, c. 1971
  • Tony Pridgeon, Section D, New Federal Theatre, 1975
  • Solomon, Eden, Negro Ensemble Company, St. Mark's Playhouse, New York City, 1976
  • Short Eyes, 1984
  • Doug, Loose Ends, Second Stage Theatre, McGinn-Cazale Theatre, NewYork City, 1988
  • Urban Blight, Manhattan Theatre Club Stage I, New York City, 1988
  • Sterling, Two Trains Running, Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven, CT, 1989-1990 then Old Globe Theatre, San Diego, CA, 1990-1991 later Walter Kerr Theatre, New York City, 1992
  • "20/20" Mike Leon, Riff Raff (one-act), Circle Repertory Theatre,Los Angeles, 1995
  • Henry II, The Lion in Winter, Roundabout Theatre, New York City, 1999
  • Stage Work
  • Director, Riff Raff (one-act), Circle Repertory Theatre, Los Angeles, 1995
  • RECORDINGS
  • Videos
  • Appeared in the music video "Things I've Seen" by Spook, 2000.
  • WRITINGS
  • Screenplays
  • Once in the Life, 2000
  • Stage Plays
  • Riff Raff (one-act), Circle Repertory Theatre, Los Angeles, 1995

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Books
    • Contemporary Black Biography, Volume 22, Gale, 1999
    • International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers, Volume 3: Actors and Actresses, St. James Press, 1996
    Periodicals
    • Empire, Issue 52, 1996, pp. 56-57; Issue 81, 1996, p. 52
    • Entertainment Weekly, October 23, 1998, p. 86
    • Insight on the News, January 15, 1996, p. 36
    • Jet, January 15, 1996, p. 32; August 5, 1996, pp. 32-36; February24, 1997, pp. 58-62; September 1, 1997, pp. 32-37; March 23, 1998, pp. 32-36
    • Newsday, August 25, 1997
    • New York Times, October 22, 2000
    • Parade, April 16, 2000, pp. 6-8
    • People Weekly, October 23, 1995
    • Playboy, April, 1994, pp. 144-48
    • Vanity Fair, December, 1995, pp. 172, 174, 177, 179-80
    • Vogue, November, 1995

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