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also known as Laurence John Fishburne III,Larry Fishburne

actor , playwright , producer , film director

Laurence John Fishburne III (born July 30, 1961) 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. He became the first African American to portray Othello in a motion picture by a major studio when he appeared in Oliver Parker's 1995 film adaptation of the Shakespeare play.

Background

Laurence Fishburne was born on 30 July 1961 in Augusta, Georgia, United States.

Career

Fishburne began very early. At age nine, he did several seasons on the TV soap opera One Life to Live. He was in the movie Cornbread, Earl and Me (75, Joe Manduke), and then, at fourteen, he went on location to the Philippines to play the young soldier in Apocalypse Now (79, Francis Coppola)—one of the best performances in that film.

He was in Willie & Phil (80, Paul Mazursky); Death Wish II (82, Michael Winner); Rumble Fish (83, Coppola); For Us the Living (83, Michael Schultz); The Cotton Club (84, Coppola); The Color Puiyde (85, Steven Spielberg); Band of the Hand (86, Paul Michael Glaser); Quicksilver (86, Tom Donnelly); Gardens of Stone (87, Coppola); A Nightmare on Elm Street 3 (87, Chuck Russell); Red Heat (88, Walter Hill); School Daze (88, Spike Lee); King of New York (90, Abel Ferrara); Class Action (91, Michael Apted); the father in Boyz N the Hood (91, John Singleton); Deep Cover (92, Bill Duke); Searching for Bobby Fischer (93, Steven Zaillian); and The Tool Shed (94, Damian Harris).

It was not easy to lay hands on real stardom: Higher Learning (95, Singleton); Bad Company (95, Damian Harris); Just Cause (95, Arne Glimcher); The Tuskegee Airmen (95, Robert Marko¬witz); as Othello (95, Oliver Parker); Fled (96, Kevin Hooks); Miss Evers’ Boys (97, Joseph Sargent); Event Horizon (97, Paul Anderson III); Hoodlum (97, Duke); Always Outnumbered (98, Apted); in the hit The Matrix (99, Andy and Larrv Wachowski); writing and directing Once in the Life (00); Osmosis Jones (01, Bobby and Peter Farrelly).

Achievements

  • An Ambassador for United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund, the United Nations Childrens' Emergency Fund, an agency of the United Nations which helps children all over the world with educational, health and humanitarian aid.

Views

Quotations: IF IT DOESN'T FEEL RIGHT, it's not for me.

Membership

  • United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund

Personality

The erstwhile "Larry" recently elected to become “Laurence”—no matter, there is hardly an actor of his age around who exhibits more flash, energy, and intelligence. Fishburne has had to play a lot of regulation black hoodlums and threats, but he is an actor who might get cast despite his color, and might carry a big film. His Ike Turner in What's Love Got to Do With It (93, Brian Gibson) was a tour de force founded on Fishbume’s own reworking of a role that had been flattened in concept by Tina Turner’s angry stomping. As it was, the finished film left Angela Bassett’s Tina seeming just too good to be true, while Ike was the self-destructive force of his own charisma, and riveting. His Oscar nomination was a pleasant surprise.

Interests

  • Writers

    Paulo Coelho

  • Artists

    SIDNEY POITIER, JAMES EARL JONES, PETER O'TOOLE