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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 With It.

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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