LAURENCE FISHBURNE (Cole Williams) is respected by his peers and adored by audiences. The talented thespian has enjoyed a career that spans movies television, and theater. Among his many honors and awards are a Tony, a Drama Desk Award, an Outer Critic's Circle Award, and a Theater World Award for his work on Broadway in August Wilson's "Two Trains Running"; an Emmy Award for his rare television appearance in the premiere episode of Fox TV's "Tribeca"; and an OscarĀ® nomination for his portrayal as Ike Turner in What's Love Got to do With It.
Fishburne will soon be seen in Days of Wrath, opposite Amber Valetta and Wilmer Valderrama, and in Tortured, with Cole Hauser and James Cromwell. Fishburne will also be seen in Black Water Transit, which tells the story of the conflicting agendas of criminals, cops, and lawyers, and in Armored, a heist film that revolves around an armored truck and the stealing of $10 million. He will return to Broadway on April 30, 2008, at the Booth Theatre for a limited engagement of the one-man show "Thurgood," based upon the life of Thurgood Marshall.
He was last seen on the big screen in Bobby, which was honored with a SAG nomination for best ensemble cast, and in Mission: Impossible III. Prior to that, he starred in Akeelah & the Bee, a film that Fishburne produced under his Cinema Gypsy production banner. Akeelah & the Bee went on to win several awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor for Fishburne, and three other awards at the 2006 Black Movie Awards.
Fishburne also starred in the box-office blockbuster trilogy The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded, and The Matrix Revolutions. His other recent movie credits include Mystic River, Assault on Precinct 13, and Biker Boyz.
Fishburne's many impressive credits include Boyz N the Hood, Just Cause, Searching For Bobby Fischer, Deep Cover, Fled, Othello, Event Horizon, Hoodlum, Bad Company, Higher Learning (for which he received an NAACP Image Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture), and the OscarĀ®-nominated film The Color Purple, as well as Class Action, King of New York, Red Heat, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3, The Cotton Club, and Rumblefish.
Passionate about theater, Fishburne portrayed an inspirational teacher in the drama "Without Walls" at the Center Theatre Group's Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles in 2006. He then starred opposite Angela Bassett at The Pasadena Playhouse in August Wilson's "Fences," which broke the playhouse record for sales as it had a sold out run. His performance in "Fences" also earned him the NAACP Theater Award for Best Actor. Previously, Fishburne starred on Broadway as Henry II in a revival of "The Lion in Winter."
In October of 2000, Fishburne made his directorial debut, in addition to starring in and producing Once in the Life, a film released by Lions Gate. The screenplay, which he wrote, is based on the one-act play "Riff Raff," in which Fishburne starred, wrote, and directed in 1994. The play received critical praise and was later brought to New York's Circle Rep Theater. The initial run in Los Angeles was the first production produced under his own banner L.O.A. Productions.
Other important television credits include his starring role in "Miss Evers' Boys." For his performance, Fishburne received an Emmy nomination (for outstanding lead actor in a miniseries or special) and an NAACP Image Award. The HBO movie won five Emmys, including outstanding made-for-television movie and the coveted President's Award, which honors a program that illuminates a social or educational issue. He also starred in the original HBO film "Tuskegee Airmen," for which he received an NAACP Image Award for best actor in a miniseries, and Golden Globe, Emmy and Cable Ace nominations. Fishburne also starred in HBO's "Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned," which was directed by Michael Apted from an original screenplay by Walter Mosley.
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