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Bio For: Laurence Fishburne
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LAURENCE J. FISHBURNE III has achieved an impressive body of work not only as an actor but also as a producer and director.

In 1992, he won the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Theatre World, and Tony Awards for his portrayal of Sterling Johnson in August Wilson's Two Trains Running, directed by Lloyd Richards. The following year, his performance as Martin in "The Box" episode of the television series Tribeca, directed by Michael Dinner, earned him an Emmy Award. The following year, he was an Academy Award nominee as Best Actor for his portrayal of Ike Turner in Brian Gibson's What's Love Got to do With It, opposite Academy Award nominee Angela Bassett.

Mr. Fishburne was later an Emmy Award nominee for his portrayal of Thurgood Marshall, broadcast as an adaptation of his one-man show, Thurgood. He originated the role in the Broadway debut of the play, written by George Stevens, Jr. and directed Leonard Foglia, again earning a Tony Award nomination and winning Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards. He also reprised the portrayal at Los Angeles' Geffen Playhouse and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. He was an Emmy Award nominee and an NAACP Image Award winner for his starring role in the telefilm Miss Evers' Boys, which he executive-produced. Based on the true story of the Tuskegee Study, Miss Evers' Boys was awarded five 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. Alfre Woodard portrayed Miss Evers in the telefilm, directed by Joseph Sargent.

Mr. Fishburne has been acting since the age of 10, starring on the daily television drama One Life to Live before making his feature film debut at age 12 in Cornbread, Earl and Me, directed by Joseph Manduke. At 14, he was cast in a show being staged by the Negro Ensemble Company and also accepted to the High School of Performing Arts. At age 15, he was cast in Francis Ford Coppola's classic Apocalypse Now. His many other motion pictures include Academy Award nominee John Singleton's Boyz n the Hood; Richard T. Heffron's telefilm A Rumor of War; Michael Schultz's telefilm For Us the Living: The Medgar Evers Story; Rumble Fish, The Cotton Club, and Gardens of Stone, all directed by Francis Ford Coppola; Steven Spielberg's The Color Purple; Spike Lee's School Daze; Abel Ferrara's King of New York; Robert Markowitz's telefilms Decoration Day and The Tuskegee Airmen, for which he received an NAACP Image Award as well as Golden Globe, Emmy and CableACE Award nominations; Michael Apted's Class Action and telefilm Always Outnumbered, the latter adapted by Walter Moseley from his own book and executive-produced by Mr. Fishburne; Bill Duke's Deep Cover and Hoodlum, the latter of which he executive-produced; Steven Zaillian's Searching for Bobby Fischer; Mr. Singleton's Higher Learning, for which Mr. Fishburne won an NAACP Image Award; Oliver Parker's Othello, opposite Kenneth Branagh and Irene Jacob; the Wachowksis' three blockbuster The Matrix movies; Clint Eastwood's Mystic River; Emilio Estevez's Bobby, for which he shared a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination with his fellow actors from the ensemble; Nimrod Antal's Armored and Predators; Jon Avnet's "Hallmark Hall of Fame" telefilm Have a Little Faith; Tim Story's sleeper hit Ride Along; and Zack Snyder's Man of Steel and upcoming Batman vs. Superman.

His company Cinema Gypsy Productions, has made the movies Akeelah and the Bee, written and directed by Doug Atchison and starring Keke Palmer, and named Outstanding Motion Picture at the Black Movie Awards; Five Fingers, co-written and directed by Laurence Malkin and starring Ryan Phillippe; and Once in the Life. The latter was adapted and directed by Mr. Fishburne from his acclaimed stage play Riff Raff, which he had written and directed as the first production under his LOA Productions banner, in Los Angeles and at New York's Circle Repertory Company. Through Cinema Gypsy, he is slated to executive-produce and star in The Right Mistake, a dramatic television series for HBO. For the show, Mr. Fishburne will be reprising his portrayal of author Walter Moseley's Socrates Fortlow character, whom he had previously portrayed in the telefilm Always Outnumbered. Mr. Moseley will also be an executive producer on The Right Mistake.

In 1999, he starred as King Henry II, opposite Stockard Channing, in the Roundabout Theater Company's Broadway revival of James Goldman's The Lion in Winter, staged by Michael Mayer.

In 2006, he starred in Alfred Uhry's drama Without Walls, directed by Christopher Ashley, at the Center Theatre Group's Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, and was awarded Best Actor at the NAACP Theater Awards. That same year, Mr. Fishburne reteamed with his frequent acting partner Angela Bassett at The Pasadena Playhouse in August Wilson's Fences, directed by Samuel Epps; the production broke the Playhouse' sales record with a sold-out run.

He can currently be seen alongside Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen in the eagerly anticipated second season of the NBC thriller series Hannibal. Previously, he starred for three seasons on the hit series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

Mr. Fishburne serves as an Ambassador for UNICEF. In 2007, he was honored by Harvard University as Artist of the Year for his Outstanding Contributions to American and International Performing Arts as well as his humanitarian contributions.

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THE SIGNAL (PG-13) On Video: 9/23/2014 At Theaters: 6/27/2014
RIDE ALONG (PG-13) On Video: 4/15/2014 At Theaters: 1/17/2014
MAN OF STEEL (PG-13) On Video: 11/12/2013 At Theaters: 6/14/2013
CONTAGION (PG-13) On Video: 1/3/2012 At Theaters: 9/9/2011
PREDATORS (R) On Video: 10/19/2010 At Theaters: 7/9/2010
ARMORED (PG-13) On Video: 3/16/2010 At Theaters: 12/4/2009
21 (PG-13) On Video: 7/22/2008 At Theaters: 3/28/2008
FANTASTIC FOUR: RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER (PG) On Video: 10/2/2007 At Theaters: 6/15/2007
TMNT (PG) On Video: 8/7/2007 At Theaters: 3/23/2007
BOBBY (R) On Video: 4/10/2007 At Theaters: 11/23/2006
AKEELAH AND THE BEE (PG) On Video: 8/29/2006 At Theaters: 4/28/2006
ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 (R) On Video: 5/10/2005 At Theaters: 1/19/2005
MYSTIC RIVER (R) On Video: 6/8/2004 At Theaters: 10/10/2003
THE MATRIX: REVOLUTIONS (R) On Video: 4/6/2004 At Theaters: 11/5/2003
THE MATRIX RELOADED (R) On Video: 10/14/2003 At Theaters: 5/15/2003
BIKER BOYZ (PG-13) On Video: 6/10/2003 At Theaters: 1/31/2003
OSMOSIS JONES (PG) On Video: 11/13/2001 At Theaters: 8/10/2001
THE MATRIX (R) On Video: 9/21/1999 At Theaters: 3/31/1999
HOODLUM (R) On Video: 1/6/1998 At Theaters: 8/27/1997
EVENT HORIZON (R) At Theaters: 8/15/1997
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