He learned to be grateful. Now
he's learning to embrace it all.



Laurence Fishburne

Born: Laurence Fishburne III, July 30, 1961 in Augusta, Georgia
Spouse/Dating: Ex-wife; Hanja Moss (casting director)
Children: Langston, Montana
Family: Parents divorced. Father; Laurence Fishburne Sr. (corrections officer), Mother; Hattie Fishburne (school teacher), Brother: Lamuel Fishburne (actor)
Education: New York High School for the Performing Arts; Studied acting at the Lincoln Square Academy in New York
Sign: Sun in Leo, Moon in Pisces
Residence: New York, Los Angeles, but he adds Hotels and Airplanes to the list.


Awards:
>2000 Nominated for Academy of Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Films, Saturn Award for "The Matrix" (1999)
>2000 Nominated for Blockbuster Entertainment Award for "The Matrix" (1999)
>2000 Nominated fot the Image Award for "The Matrix" (1999)
>2000 Won the MTV Movie Award for Best Fight for "The Matrix" (1999)
>2000 Nominated for the MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Duo for "The Matrix" (1999)
>1999 Nominated for Golden Satellite Award for "Always Outnumbered" (1998)
>1999 Nominated for the Image Award for "Always Outnumbered" (1998)
>1998 Won the Image Award for "Miss Evers' Boys" (1997)
>1998 Won the PGA Golden Laurel Awards Television Producer of the Year Award for Miss Evers' Boys (1997)
>1998 Nominated for the Image Award for "Hoodlum" (1997)
>1998 Nominated for Acapulco Black Film Festival Black Film Award for "Hoodlum" (1997)
>1997 Won Emmy Award for "Miss Evers Boys" (1997)
>1996 Won the Image Award for "The Tuskegee Airmen" (1995)
>1996 Won the Image Award for "Higher Learning" (1995)
>1996 Nominated for the Image Award for "Othello" (1995)
>1996 Nominated for Golden Globe Award for "The Tuskegee Airmen" (1995)
>1996 Nominated for the SAG Award for "The Tuskegee Airmen" (1995)
>1996 Nominated for Emmy Award for "The Tuskegee Airmen" (1995)
>1994 Nominated for Best Actor Oscar for "What's Love Got To Do With It," (1993)
>1993 Won Emmy Award for "Tribeca" (1993)
>1993 Nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for "Deep Cover" (1992)
>1992 Won the Broadway Tony Award for Two Trains Running (1992)

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Film Credits Include:
>2000 The Treasures of The Royal Captain…Narrator
>2000 Michael Jordan to the Max… Narrator
>1999 The Matrix…Morpheus
>1999 Once in the Life…
>1998 Always Outnumbered (TV)… Socrates Fortlow…(Executive Producer)
>1998 Welcome to Hollywood…Himself
>1997 Hoodlum…Bumpy Johnson…(Executive Producer)
>1997 Event Horizon…Captain Miller
>1997 Miss Evers' Boys (TV)…Caleb Humphries
>1996 Fled…Piper
>1995 Othello…Othello
>1995 Just Cause…Tanny Brown
>1995 Bad Company…Nelson Crowe
>1995 Waterworld…
>1995 Higher Learning…Professor Maurice Phipps
>1995 Tuskegee Airmen (TV)…Hannibal Lee Jr. ("Iowa")
>1993 What's Love Got to Do with It…Ike Turner
>1993 The Wild West (TV Series)…Nat Love
>1993 Searching for Bobby Fischer…Vinnie
>1992 Deep Cover…Russell Stevens, Jr./John Hull
>1991 Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse…
>1991 Cadence…Roosevelt Stokes
>1991 Boyz N the Hood…Furious Styles
>1991 Class Action…Nick Holbrook
>1990 Decoration Day (TV)…Michael Waring
>1990 King of New York…Jimmy Jump
>1988 Red Heat…Lt. Stobbs
>1988 School Daze…Dap
>1987 Cherry 2000…Glu Glu Lawyer
>1987 Gardens of Stone…Flanagan
>1987 A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors…Max
>1987 The Father Clements Story…
>1986 Band of the Hand…Cream
>1986 Pee-wee's Playhouse (TV Series)…Cowboy Curtis
>1986 Quicksilver…Voodoo
>1985 The Color Purple…Swain
>1984 The Cotton Club…Bumpy Rhodes
>1983 For Us, The Living (TV)…
>1983 Rumble Fish…Midget
>1982 Death Wish II…Cutter
>1980 A Rumor of War…
>1980 The Six O'Clock Follies (TV Series)…Robby Robinson
>1980 Willie and Phil…
>1979 Apocalypse Now…Mr. Clean
>1979 Fast Break…Street Boy
>1975 Cornbread, Earl and Me…Wilford Robinson
>1973 One Life to Live (TV Series)…Joshua Hall

   There was a time when the press called Laurence Fishburne "Larry" but that was before he finally took offense at the name and retaliated. He once told Army Archerd, "Army, it's Laurence. If you call me Larry one more time, I'll break your legs."
   He jokes about that meeting and other members of the press calling him "Larry" by saying, "I wouldn't really punch them or anything. I was joking. I prefer to be called Laurence."
   The one nickname he doesn't rebell at though is "Fish".
   "Fish is fine," he says. "That's always been my nickname."
   "Laurence" or "Fish" Fishburne was born Laurence Fishburne III on July, 30 1961 in Augusta, Georgia, but after his parents divorced his mother moved them to New York City where Laurence's god-father soon recognized his young god son's talent for acting out the dramatic

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side of everything
   His mother also recognized her son's natural abilities and decided he should be putting his skills to work on stage instead of just around the neighborhood. She began shuttling young Laurence from audition to audition at the New Federal Theatre, the Negro Ensemble Theater in Manhattan and other venues until, finally, he began to land small parts in theater and television productions. Her consumate "stage-mothering" didn't seem to bother young Laurence. He seemed to enjoy the performing.
   He made his New York stage debut at age10; at 11 he was a regular on the TV soap "One Life To Live," and it all came together in a big way for him when he landed his 1975 debut movie role in "Cornbread, Earl and Me." He was memorable in the role of a boy dealing with the trauma of the fatal shooting of his basketball-playing hero.
   The next step in Fishburne's young career is a well known Hollywood legend. Given the opportunity for an audition, Laurence lied his way into the role of a guileless Navy gunner in Francis Ford Coppola's "Apocalypse Now." He was 14 at the time, but won the audition by fudging four years onto his age. But a scheduled three-month shoot in the Phillipines stretched into almost two years, and the adolescent Fishburne spent much of that time drinking beer and smoking marijuana with Dennis Hopper and the other adult actors.
   "After 'Apocalypse Now,'" Fishburne recalls, "It was a culture shock. I was working with the guy who made the "Godfather." I thought I was one of the greatest actors on the planet. But that's how it is when you're fifteen and sixteen."
   New habits after "Apocalypse Now" included dropping acid and painting his hair yellow and his face red. His new attitude did little to help Fishburne's career. In fact, he didn't work for almost two years. But after "sufficiently" adjusting his attitude, he began to work again.
   "I got a little more humble and a little more grateful and a little more work came," Fishburne recalls.
   Fishburne managed to keep busy in the '70s playing small supporting roles as a thug or a young hoodlum, like many black actors of the day. In the '80s he landed roles in Coppola's 1983 "Rumble Fish", the 1984 hit "The Cotton Club", and 1987's "Gardens of Stone." In 1986, still trying to break out of Hollywood's stereotypical black roles, he even tried his hand at comedy by accepting the recurring role of "Cowboy Curtis" on Paul Reubens offbeat "Pee-Wee's Playhouse."
   It was during the "80s (1986) that he married casting agent Hajna Moss. They were blessed with son Langston in 1987 and daughter Montana in 1991.
   It was slow going during the late '80s and early '90s, but eventually Fishburne began to land more amendable roles. Like other good black actors of the time, Fishburne argued, cajoled or otherwise talked his way into movie roles that were originally planned for white actors; like his protrayal of a psycho hit man opposite Robert DeNiro in the film "King of New York," or as a legal assistant in "Class Action" and his endearing portrayal of a chess-playing street hustler in "Searching for Bobby Fischer" (1993).
   In 1995, Fishburne riveted audiences with his Oscar nominated portrayal of the drug-addicted and spouse-abusing Ike Turner in "What's Love Got To Do With It." It was such a stunning performance of the '60s pop music icon that viewers could actually be seen squirming in their seats when his hard-bitten character was on screen.