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Fishburne, Laurence (1961–)

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FISHBURNE, LAURENCE (1961–). Actor, writer, director. Fish-burne was apparently born to act in Augusta, Georgia. He made his stage debut with the Negro Ensemble Theater at age 10. He was also cast as part of the first African American family on a daytime television drama One Life to Live . He first appeared on the big screen at age 12 in Cornbread, Earl & Me , 1975. He followed with a co-starring role as a teenage soldier in Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now , 1979. Other film roles include Rumble Fish , 1983; The Cotton Club , 1984; King of New York , 1990; and Deep Cover , 1992. His breakout film was as a concerned single father in Boyz N the Hood , 1991, and he received an Academy Award nomination for his portrayal of pop icon Ike Turner in the film What’s Love Got to Do with It? , 1993. He also became the first African American to play Othello on screen in a 1995 film version of the Shakespeare classic. He returned to the stage and received rave reviews in August Wilson’s Two Trains Running . Recent film projects include Fled , 1996; Hoodlum , 1997; Event Horizon , 1998; and The Matrix Trilogy , 1999 and 2003. He has also directed several independent film projects.

Filmography: Cornbread, Earl & Me , 1975; Apocalypse Now , 1979; Willie & Phil , 1980; A Rumor of War , 1980; Quicksilver , 1986; A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors , 1987; Gardens of Stone , 1987; School Daze , 1988; Red Heat , 1988; For Us the Living , 1988; Cadence , 1989; King of New York , 1990; Class Action , 1991; Boyz N the Hood , 1991; Deep Cover , 1992; What’s Love Got to Do with It? , 1993; Searching for Bobby Fischer , 1993; Just Cause , 1994; Higher Learning , 1994; Bad Company , 1994; The Tuskegee Airmen , 1995; Othello , 1995; Hoodlum , 1996; Fled , 1996; Miss Evers’ Boys , 1997; Event Horizon , 1997; Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned , 1998; The Matrix , 1999; The Matrix Reloaded , 2003; The Matrix Revolutions , 2003; Biker Boyz , 2003.

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