LAURENCE FISHBURNE (Gus) has achieved an impressive body of
work as an actor, producer and director. He starred in his first television show
at age ten in the drama One Life to Live, and made his feature film debut at age
twelve in Cornbread, Earl and Me. At fifteen, Fishburne appeared in Apocalypse
Now, the first of many cult classics destined to define his long career.
Fishburne's versatile acting has won him awards in theatre, film and television.
In 1992, Fishburne won a Tony Award for his portrayal of Sterling Johnson in
August Wilson's Two Trains Running. He won his first Emmy Award in 1993 for "The
Box" episode of "Tribeca," and his second for his one-man show, "Thurgood," in
1997. In 1993, Fishburne also received a Best Actor Oscar nomination for the
Tina Turner biopic, What's Love Got to Do with It. He was an Emmy Award nominee
and an NAACP Image Award winner for his starring role in the 1997 telefilm "Miss
Evers' Boys," which he also executive-produced. Laurence has been nominated
eighteen times for NAACP Image awards, with five wins - most recently in 2015
for his role in ABC's "Blackish."
Fishburne may be best known for his role as Morpheus in the Wachowksi brothers'
blockbuster The Matrix trilogy, but his many film credits include: Academy
Award nominee John Singleton's Boyz N the Hood, Richard T. Heffron's telefilm
"A Rumor of War," Steven Spielberg's The Color Purple, Steve Zaillian's
Searching for Bobby Fischer, Singleton's Higher Learning, Clint Eastwood's
Mystic River and cult classics, Deep Cover and King of New York.
In 2000, Fishburne founded Cinema Gypsy Productions with his longtime manager
and producing partner Helen Sugland. They have produced numerous nominated and
award-winning projects, including "Thurgood" (HBO), Five Fingers (Lionsgate),
Akeelah and the Bee (Lionsgate), Once in the Life (Lionsgate), "Always
Outnumbered" (HBO), Hoodlum (United Artists), and "Miss Evers Boys" (HBO).
Currently, they produce the ABC-TV hit series "Blackish," in which Fishburne
stars alongside Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross. In 2016, "Blackish"
received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Comedy Series.
In early 2016, Fishburne starred in Warner Bros.' blockbuster Batman v Superman:
Dawn of Justice, and A&E's miniseries remake of "Roots," alongside Forest
Whitaker and Anna Paquin. The "Roots" remake premiered with universal acclaim,
and Fishburne received a 2016 Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Narrator as Alex
Fishburne's next releases include "Bronzeville," a scripted audio series
co-produced with TateMen Entertainment set to premiere October 2016; and "Madiba,"
a 2017 miniseries for BET Networks where Fishburne will portray Nelson Mandela
in a drama about the politician's life. Fishburne is also in production for
Richard Linklater's Last Flag Flying in which he stars with Steve Carell and
Fishburne has served as an Ambassador for UNICEF since 1996. 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
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