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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 "Black-ish" (2015).

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 career.

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 producing partner, 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 International Performing Arts," in addition to his humanitarian efforts.

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