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Acknowledgement of LAURENCE FISHBURNE's (Thrax) versatile work has been impressive. In 1992 he received a Tony Award, a Drama Desk Award, an Outer Critics' Circle Award and a Theater World Award for his performance as Sterling Johnson in August Wilson's "Two Trains Running." The following year his appearance in an episode of Fox's "Tribeca" earned him an Emmy. And to complete the triple crown, he was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar in 1993 for his portrayal of Ike Turner in the film "What's Love Got to do With It?"

In October 2000, Laurence made his directorial debut as well as producing, writing and starring in the crime drama "Once in the Life," based on his one-act play "Riff Raff," which played to critical praise in Los Angeles and New York. Dividing his time between film and stage, Laurence recently starred in the international blockbuster "The Matrix" and the Broadway production of "The Lion in Winter." In addition, he starred in and executive produced the Michael Apted drama "Always Outnumbered."

In 1997, Laurence received an Emmy nomination and an NAACP Image Award for his starring role in the HBO drama "Miss Evers' Boys," which he also executive produced and which won a total of five Emmy Awards including the coveted President's Award, honoring a program that illuminates a social or educational issue.

Among his numerous feature film credits are "Event Horizon"; the prohibition drama "Hoodlum" (which he also produced); the action-comedy "Fled"; "Othello," for which he was the first African-American to portray the Moorish king in a major release; "Bad Company," "Higher Learning," which brought him another Image Award; "Just Cause," "Searching for Bobby Fisher," "Deep Cover," "Boyz N the Hood," "Class Action," "King of New York," "Red Heat," "Nightmare on Elm Street 3," "Cotton Club" and "Rumblefish." Laurence made his feature film debut at age 15 in the epic "Apocalypse Now," playing opposite some of the greatest actors of our time.

His additional television credits include the Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation "Decoration Day," PBS' "For the Living" and "Rumor of War" for CBS.

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