LAURENCE FISHBURNE (Omar) has achieved
an impressive body of work
not only as an actor, but as
a producer and director. In
1992, Fishburne won Tony,
Drama Desk, Outer Critics
Circle and Theatre World
awards for his portrayal
of Sterling Johnson in
August Wilson's Two Trains
Running. His appearance in
the 1993 premiere episode of FOX's Tribeca landed
him a Primetime Emmy Award. To complete the "triple
crown," he was nominated for an Oscar in 1993 for
his portrayal of Ike Turner in What's Love Got to Do
Fishburne received a Primetime Emmy Award
nomination in 2011 for his portrayal of Thurgood
Marshall in the HBO adaptation of the one-man play,
Thurgood. He originally starred the role in the 2008
Broadway debut of the play, earning a Tony Award
nomination for Best Actor and winning Drama Desk
and Outer Critics Circle awards. In 2010, he reprised
the role at Los Angeles' Geffen Playhouse and the
Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
Most recently, Fishburne appeared as Perry White in
Zackh Snyder's Man of Steel for Warner Bros. Pictures,
and starred in Jeff Renfroe's sci-fi thriller The Colony,
alongside Bill Paxton, which was released in April. In
addition to these 2013 releases, Fishburne continues to
appear on NBC's drama Hannibal as Jack Crawford,
head of the FBI's Behavioral Sciences Unit.
In November 2011, Fishburne appeared as pastor
Henry Covington in the Hallmark Channel's Have a
Little Faith, a movie adapted from best-selling author
Mitch Albom's novel of the same name. In September
2011, Fishburne starred in Steven Soderbergh's thriller
Contagion, alongside Gwyneth Paltrow, Matt Damon,
Marion Cotillard, Jude Law and Kate Winslet.
Fishburne's additional film credits include Nimrod
Antal's Predators and the heist film Armored. In 2008, he
joined the cast of CBS' hit primetime show CSI: Crime
Scene Investigation and signed a first-look production
deal, via his Cinema Gypsy Productions, with CBS
Paramount Network Television. Cinema Gypsy's film
credits include Akeelah and the Bee, Five Fingers and
Once in the Life. Also in 2008, Fishburne was seen in
the box-office success 21, alongside Kevin Spacey.
In 2006, Fishburne reunited with his What's Love
Got to Do With It co-star Angela Bassett in Akeelah
and the Bee, a performance that earned him an award
for Best Supporting Actor at the 2006 Black Movie
Awards. The film swept the show with three other wins,
including Outstanding Motion Picture. Immediately
following this, he co-starred in Mission: Impossible
III and the acclaimed indie film Bobby, for which he
shared a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.
On stage in 2006, Fishburne starred in the Center
Theatre Group's production of Alfred Uhry's drama
Without Walls, directed by Christopher Ashley, at Mark
Taper Forum in Los Angeles, and was awarded Best
Actor at the 17th Annual NAACP Theatre Awards. He
then starred opposite Bassett in August Wilson's Fences
at the Pasadena Playhouse, breaking the Playhouse's
sales record at the time with a sold-out run.
In 2005, he starred in Assault on Precinct 13 and,
prior to that, was an integral part of the box-office
sensations The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded and
The Matrix Revolutions. He also appeared in Clint
Eastwood's critically acclaimed Mystic River and
Reggie Rock Bythewood's Biker Boyz.
In 2000, Fishburne made his directorial debut with
Once in the Life, which he also starred in, wrote and
produced. The screenplay was based on the one-act
play Riff Raff, in which he starred, wrote and directed
in 1994. Riff Raff received critical praise and was later
brought to New York's Circle Repertory Theater. Its
initial Los Angeles run was the first production under
his LOA Productions banner.
In 1999, Fishburne appeared at the Roundabout
Theatre Company's Broadway production of The Lion
in Winter as Henry II. In addition, he starred in and
executive produced Always Outnumbered, directed by
Michael Apted for HBO. In 1997, Fishburne received
a Primetime Emmy Award nomination and an NAACP
Image Award for his starring role in the HBO drama
Miss Evers' Boys, which he executive produced. Based
on the true story of the Tuskegee Study, Miss Evers'
Boys won five Primetime Emmy Awards, including
Outstanding Made for Television Movie and the
coveted President's Award, which honors a program
that illuminates a social or educational issue.
Fishburne's extensive film credits include Paul
W.S. Anderson's Event Horizon; Bill Duke's Hoodlum,
which he executive produced; the action-comedy Fled;
Othello, making him the first African-American to
play the Moor in a major screen release; the original
HBO film Tuskegee Airmen, for which he received
an NAACP Image Award as well as nominations for
Golden Globe, Primetime Emmy and CableACE
awards; Bad Company; John Singleton's Boyz n the
Hood and Higher Learning, which earned him another
NAACP Image Award; Searching for Bobby Fischer;
Deep Cover; Just Cause; and Steven Spielberg's
Oscar-nominated The Color Purple.
Fishburne has been acting since he was 10 years
old, when he starred on television's One Life to Live
before making his feature film debut at age 12 in
Cornbread, Earl and Me. At 14, he was cast in a show
for the Negro Ensemble Company and accepted to the
High School of Performing Arts in New York. At age
15, Fishburne appeared in the epic Apocalypse Now.
Following that, he continued to rack up impressive
credits, including the features Class Action, King of
New York, Red Heat, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3:
Dream Warriors, The Cotton Club and Rumble Fish,
and the telefilms Decoration Day, For Us the Living:
The Story of Medgar Evers and A Rumor of War.
Fishburne serves as an Ambassador for UNICEF.
In 2007, he was honored by Harvard University
with the Artist of the Year Award for his outstanding
contributions to American and international performing
arts, as well as his humanitarian contributions.
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