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Laurence Fishburne

One of Hollywood's most talented and versatile performers and the recipient of a truckload of NAACP Image awards, Laurence John Fishburne III was born in Augusta, Georgia on July 30, 1961, to Hattie Bell (Crawford), a teacher, and Laurence John Fishburne, Jr., a juvenile corrections officer. His mother transplanted her family to Brooklyn after his ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 24 wins & 60 nominations. See more awards »

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The Matrix
The Matrix Morpheus
The Matrix Reloaded
Mystic River
Mystic River Whitey Powers
Contagion Dr. Ellis Cheever


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 2018 Ant-Man and the Wasp (post-production)
Dr. Bill Foster / Goliath
  Imprisoned (completed)
Daniel Calvin
 2014-2017 Black-ish (TV Series)
Pops / James / James Earl Jones / ...
- Sugar Daddy (2017) ... Pops
- Charity Case (2017) ... Pops
- Please Don't Feed the Animals (2017) ... Pops
- First and Last (2017) ... Pops
- Public Fool (2017) ... Pops
 2017 Last Flag Flying
Reverend Richard Mueller
 2017 Madiba (TV Mini-Series)
Nelson Mandela
- A New World (2017) ... Nelson Mandela
- Brains Not Blood (2017) ... Nelson Mandela
- Spear of the Nation (2017) ... Nelson Mandela
- Total Strategy (2017) ... Nelson Mandela
- Defiance (2017) ... Nelson Mandela
 2017 John Wick: Chapter 2
Bowery King
 2016/I Passengers
Gus Mancuso
 2016 The Snowy Day (TV Movie)
Narrator (voice)
 2016 Roots (TV Mini-Series)
Alex Haley
- Part 4 (2016) ... Alex Haley
- Part 2 (2016) ... Alex Haley (voice)
- Part 1 (2016) ... Alex Haley (voice)
 2016/I Standoff
 2015 The Muppets. (TV Series)
Laurence Fishburne
- Hostile Makeover (2015) ... Laurence Fishburne
 2013-2015 Hannibal (TV Series)
Jack Crawford
- The Wrath of the Lamb (2015) ... Jack Crawford
- The Number of the Beast Is 666 (2015) ... Jack Crawford
- ...And the Beast from the Sea (2015) ... Jack Crawford
- ...And the Woman Clothed in Sun (2015) ... Jack Crawford (credit only)
- ...And the Woman Clothed with the Sun (2015) ... Jack Crawford
 2014 Rudderless
 2014 The Signal
 2014 Ride Along
 2013 Khumba
Seko (voice)
 2013 Man of Steel
Perry White
 2013/I The Colony
 2011 Have a Little Faith (TV Movie)
Henry Covington
 2011 Contagion
Dr. Ellis Cheever
 2008-2011 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (TV Series)
Raymond Langston
- In a Dark, Dark House (2011) ... Raymond Langston
- Cello and Goodbye (2011) ... Raymond Langston
- Father of the Bride (2011) ... Raymond Langston
- Unleashed (2011) ... Raymond Langston
- Hitting for the Cycle (2011) ... Raymond Langston
 2011 Thurgood (TV Movie)
Thurgood Marshall
 2010 CSI: Fatal Conspiracy (Video Game)
Dr. Raymond Langston (voice)
 2010 Predators Motion Comics: Moment of Extraction (Video short)
Noland (voice, uncredited)
 2010 Predators
 2009 Black Water Transit
 2009 Armored
 2009 CSI: NY (TV Series)
Raymond Langston
- Hammer Down (2009) ... Raymond Langston
 2009 CSI: Miami (TV Series)
Raymond Langston
- Bone Voyage (2009) ... Raymond Langston
 2009 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - Deadly Intent (Video Game)
Dr. Raymond Langston (voice)
 2008 Days of Wrath
Mr. Stafford
 2008/I Tortured (Video)
Archie Green
 2008 21
Cole Williams
 2007 Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
The Silver Surfer (voice)
 2007 Bobby Z
Tad Grusza
 2007 TMNT
Narrator (voice)
 2006 Bobby
 2006 Five Fingers
 2006 Mission: Impossible III
Theodore Brassel
 2006 Akeelah and the Bee
Dr. Larabee
 2005 True Crime: New York City (Video Game)
Isaiah Reed (voice)
 2005 The Matrix: Path of Neo (Video Game)
 2005 Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
Bear in Genaros Beer Commercial (voice, uncredited)
 2005 The Matrix Online (Video Game)
Morpheus (voice)
 2005 Assault on Precinct 13
Marion Bishop
 2003 The Matrix Revolutions
 2003 Mystic River
Whitey Powers
 2003 Enter the Matrix (Video Game)
Morpheus (voice)
 2003 The Matrix Reloaded
 2003 Biker Boyz
 2001 Osmosis Jones
Thrax (voice)
 2000 Once in the Life
20 / 20 Mike
 1999 The Matrix
 1998 Welcome to Hollywood
Laurence Fishburne
 1998 Always Outnumbered (TV Movie)
Socrates Fortlow
 1997 Hoodlum
Bumpy Johnson
 1997 Event Horizon
Captain Miller
 1997 Miss Evers' Boys (TV Movie)
Caleb Humphries
 1996 Fled
 1995 Othello
 1995 The Tuskegee Airmen (TV Movie)
Hannibal Lee
 1995 Just Cause
Sheriff Tanny Brown
 1995 Bad Company
Nelson Crowe
 1995 Higher Learning
Professor Maurice Phipps
 1993 What's Love Got to Do with It
Ike Turner
 1993 Tribeca (TV Series)
- The Box (1993) ... Martin (as Larry Fishburne)
 1992 Deep Cover
Russell Stevens Jr. / John Hull (as Larry Fishburne)
 1991 American Experience (TV Series documentary)
Martin Delany
- The Massachusetts 54th Colored Infantry (1991) ... Martin Delany (voice)
 1991 Boyz n the Hood
Furious Styles (as Larry Fishburne)
 1991 Class Action
Nick Holbrook (as Larry Fishburne)
 1990 Decoration Day (TV Movie)
Michael Waring, DOD Man
 1986-1990 Pee-wee's Playhouse (TV Series)
Cowboy Curtis
- Playhouse for Sale (1990) ... Cowboy Curtis (as Larry Fishburne)
- Camping Out (1990) ... Cowboy Curtis (as Larry Fishburne)
- Accidental Playhouse (1990) ... Cowboy Curtis (as Larry Fishburne)
- Playhouse Day (1990) ... Cowboy Curtis (uncredited)
- Tango Time (1990) ... Cowboy Curtis (as Larry Fishburne)
 1990 The Civil War (TV Mini-Series documentary)
Various / Samuel Jess / Sgt. Louis Douglas
- War Is All Hell (1865) (1990) ... Samuel Jess (voice, as Larry Fishburne)
- The Better Angels of Our Nature (1865) (1990) ... Various (voice, as Larry Fishburne)
- Valley of the Shadow of Death (1864) (1990) ... Various (voice, as Larry Fishburne)
- Most Hallowed Ground (1864) (1990) ... Various (voice, as Larry Fishburne)
- The Universe of Battle (1863) (1990) ... Sgt. Louis Douglas (voice)
 1990 Cadence
Stokes (as Larry Fishburne)
 1990 King of New York
Jimmy Jump (as Larry Fishburne)
 1989 The Equalizer (TV Series)
Casey Taylor
- Race Traitors (1989) ... Casey Taylor
 1988 Christmas at Pee Wee's Playhouse (TV Movie)
Cowboy Curtis (as Larry Fishburne)
 1988 Red Heat
Lt. Stobbs (as Larry Fishburne)
 1988 School Daze
Dap (as Larry Fishburne)
 1987 Cherry 2000
Glu Glu Lawyer (as Larry Fishburne)
 1987 Gardens of Stone
Sgt. Flanagan (as Larry Fishburne)
 1987 A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors
Max (as Larry Fishburne)
 1987 Spenser: For Hire (TV Series)
David Mukende
- Personal Demons (1987) ... David Mukende (as Larry Fishburne)
 1986 Miami Vice (TV Series)
Prison Guard Keller
- Walk-Alone (1986) ... Prison Guard Keller (as Larry Fishburne)
 1986 Band of the Hand
Cream (as Larry Fishburne)
 1986 Hill Street Blues (TV Series)
Maurice Haynes
- Look Homeward, Ninja (1986) ... Maurice Haynes (as Larry Fishburne)
 1986 Quicksilver
Voodoo (as Larry Fishburne)
 1985 The Color Purple
Swain (as Larry Fishburne)
 1984 The Cotton Club
Bumpy Rhodes (as Larry Fishburne)
 1983 Rumble Fish
Midget (as Larry Fishburne)
 1983 American Playhouse (TV Series)
Jimbo Collins
- For Us the Living: The Medgar Evers Story (1983) ... Jimbo Collins (as Larry Fishburme)
 1983 I Take These Men (TV Movie)
Hank Johnson (as Larry Fishburne)
 1983 Grandmaster Melle Mel: White Lines (Don't Do It) (Video short)
The Pusher
 1982 Strike Force (TV Series)
- Humiliation (1982) ... F.T. (as Larry Fishburne)
 1982 Death Wish II
Cutter (as Laurence Fishburne III)
 1982 M*A*S*H (TV Series)
Corporal Dorsey
- The Tooth Shall Set You Free (1982) ... Corporal Dorsey (as Larry Fishburne)
 1981 Trapper John, M.D. (TV Series)
- Finders Keepers (1981) ... Hobie (as Larry Fishburne)
 1980 Willie & Phil
Wilson (as Lawrence Fishburne III)
 1980 The Six O'Clock Follies (TV Series)
Robby Robinson
 1980 A Rumor of War (TV Mini-Series)
- Episode #1.2 (1980) ... Lightbulb (as Larry Fishbourne)
- Episode #1.1 (1980) ... Lightbulb (as Larry Fishbourne)
 1979 Apocalypse Now
Tyrone 'Clean' Miller (as Larry Fishburne)
 1979 Fast Break
Street Kid (as Laurence Fishburne III)
 1975 Cornbread, Earl and Me
Wilford Robinson (as Laurence Fishburne III)
 1968 One Life to Live (TV Series)
Dr. Joshua "Josh" Hall #1 (1973-1976)
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Show Show Writer (1 credit)
Show Show Soundtrack (2 credits)
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Starred in Grandmaster Melle Mel's unofficial music video for "White Lines (Don't Do It)", which was directed by Spike Lee when he was still a New York University film student. See more »

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7 Interviews | 14 Articles | 2 Pictorials | 4 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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Alternate Names:

Larry Fishbourne | Larry Fishburme | Laurence Fishburne III | Lawrence Fishburne III | Larry Fishburne | Lawrence Fishburne


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Personal Quote:

[on why he didn't read the complete play of "Othello" before acting in the film version in which more than half of the dialogue was cut] Why should I read all those words that I'm not going to get to say? See more »


His son, Langston Fishburne, graduated from Thorton-Donovan private school in New Rochelle, New York and attended Boston University in the fall. See more »


Deep authoritative voice in many of his roles, most often delivering psychological Shakespearian speech See more »


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