LAST FLAG FLYING
LAURENCE FISHBURNE (Reverend Richard Mueller) has achieved an impressive body of
work as an
actor, producer and director. He may be best known for his role as Morpheus in
the Wachowski siblings'
blockbuster Matrix trilogy, but his many film credits include Academy Award
nominee John Singleton's
Boyz n the Hood and Higher Learning, Steven Spielberg's The Color Purple, Steven
Zaillian's Searching for
Bobby Fischer, Clint Eastwood's Mystic River and the cult classics Deep Cover
and King of New York.
Fishburne's versatile acting has won him many awards in theater, film and
television. In 1992 he 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 came for
his one-man show,
"Thurgood," in 2011. In 1993 Fishburne earned 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. In fact, Fishburne
has been nominated 18 times for NAACP Image Awards, with five wins - most
recently for his role in ABC's
Fishburne starred in his first television show at age 10, the daytime drama "One
Life to Live." He made his
feature film debut at 12 in Cornbread, Earl and Me. At 15 Fishburne appeared in
Francis Ford Coppola's
Apocalypse Now, the first of many cult classics destined to define his long
Most recently, Fishburne starred in the blockbuster Batman v. Superman: Dawn of
Justice, alongside Ben
Affleck, and Passsengers, with Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt. For his work
in A&E's miniseries remake
of "Roots," co-starring Forest Whitaker and Anna Paquin, Fishburne received a
2016 Emmy nomination
for Outstanding Narrator. He also completed "Bronzeville," a 10-episode audio
drama written by A History
of Violence scribe Josh Olson, and "Madiba," a BET miniseries in which Fishburne
starred as Nelson Mandela.
In 2000 Fishburne founded Cinema Gypsy Productions with his longtime manager and
Helen Sugland. They have produced a number of acclaimed projects, including the
features Five Fingers,
Akeelah and the Bee, Once in the Life and Hoodlum, as well as television
projects "Thurgood," "Always
Outnumbered" and "Miss Evers' Boys" (all for HBO). Currently, they produce ABC's
hit series "Black-ish,"
co-starring Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross. The show received a 2016
Emmy nomination for
Outstanding Comedy Series. Cinema Gypsy is also producing an adaptation of The
Alchemist at TriStar.
Fishburne has served as an Ambassador for UNICEF since 1996. In 2007 he was
honored by Harvard
University as Artist of the Year, for "Outstanding Contributions to American and
Arts," in addition to his humanitarian efforts.
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