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LAURENCE FISHBURNE (Paul Jellinek) 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, Laurence
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, Laurence 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 twenty-three times for NAACP Image awards, with five wins, most
recently in 2017 for
his role in ABC's black-ish.
Laurence may be best known for his role as Morpheus in The Wachowksi
Brothers' The Matrix trilogy,
but his many film credits include John Singleton's Boyz 'n the Hood and Higher
Learning; Richard T.
Heffron's telefilm A Rumor of War; Steven Spielberg's The Color Purple; Steven
Zaillian's Searching for
Bobby Fischer; Clint Eastwood's Mystic River; Deep Cover; and King of New York.
In 2000, Fishburne founded Cinema Gypsy Productions with his longtime manager
partner Helen Sugland. They have produced numerous nominated and award-winning
Thurgood (HBO); Five Fingers (Lionsgate); Akeelah and the Bee (Lionsgate); Once
in the Life (Lionsgate);
Always Out Numbered (HBO); Hoodlum (United Artists); and Miss Evers Boys (HBO).
They are currently
producing the ABC hit series black-ish where Fishburne stars alongside Anthony
Anderson and Tracee
Ellis Ross. In 2016, 2017, and 2018 Black-ish received Emmy nominations for
Series. The show was also nominated in 2017 and 2018 for a Golden Globe Award
for Best Television
Series - Musical or Comedy.
In 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
with universal acclaim and Fishburne received a 2016 Emmy Nomination for
Outstanding Narrator as
Alex Haley. In 2016m Fishburne also appeared in Passengers alongside Jennifer
Lawrence and Chris
Laurence's recent releases include Bronzeville, a ten-episode audio drama
written by A History Of
Violence scribe Josh Olson and produced by Larenz Tate's company TateMan
Entertainment and Audio
HQ, and Madiba, a 2017 miniseries for BET Networks where Laurence portrayed
Nelson Mandela in a
drama about the politician's life. In 2017, Fishburne appeared in Richard
Linklater's Last Flag Flying in
alongside Steve Carell and Bryan Cranston. He was last seen in Marvel's Ant Man
and TheWasp, which
was released in July 2018. Next up, Laurence will reprise his role as the Bowey
King in John Wick 3.
Cinema Gypsy Productions are also producing an adaptation of The Alchemist at
TriStar with Kevin
Frakes of Palm StarMedia.
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
Performing Arts as well as his humanitarian contributions.
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