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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 21 wins & 42 nominations. See more awards »

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 2016 Madiba (TV Mini-Series) (pre-production)
Nelson Mandela
 2016 Passengers (filming)
Colonel Alexander
 2016 Roots (TV Mini-Series) (filming)
Alex Haley
- Episode #1.1 (2016) ... Alex Haley
 2015 Standoff (completed)
 2014-2015 Black-ish (TV Series)
Pops / Bippy Barnes
- Daddy's Day (2015) ... Pops
- Dr. Hell No (2015) ... Pops
- The Word (2015) ... Pops
- Pops' Pops' Pops (2015) ... Pops / Bippy Barnes
 2014 Rudderless
 2014 The Signal
 2014 Ride Along
 2013 Khumba
Seko (voice)
 2013/I The Colony
 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 CR: Enter the Matrix (Video Game)
 2009 Armored
 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 TMNT
Narrator (voice)
 2006 Bobby
 2005 True Crime: New York City (Video Game)
Isaiah Reed (voice)
 2005 The Matrix: Path of Neo (Video Game)
 2005 The Matrix Online (Video Game)
Morpheus (voice)
 2003 Enter the Matrix (Video Game)
Morpheus (voice)
 2003 Biker Boyz
 2001 Osmosis Jones
Thrax (voice)
 1997 Miss Evers' Boys (TV Movie)
Caleb Humphries
 1996 Fled
 1996 Before Your Eyes (TV Movie)
 1995 Othello
 1995 The Tuskegee Airmen (TV Movie)
Hannibal Lee
 1995 Bad Company
Nelson Crowe
 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)
 1986-1990 Pee-wee's Playhouse (TV Series)
Cowboy Curtis
- Accidental Playhouse (1990) ... Cowboy Curtis (as Larry Fishburne)
- Pajama Party (1987) ... Cowboy Curtis (as Larry Fishburne)
- Spring (1987) ... Cowboy Curtis (as Larry Fishburne)
- Tons of Fun (1987) ... 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 Red Heat
Lt. Stobbs (as Larry Fishburne)
 1988 School Daze
 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)
 1982 Strike Force (TV Series)
- Humiliation (1982) ... F.T. (as Larry Fishburne)
 1982 M*A*S*H (TV Series)
Corporal Dorsey
- The Tooth Shall Set You Free (1982) ... Corporal Dorsey (as Larry Fishburne)
 1982 Death Wish II
Cutter (as Laurence Fishburne III)
 1981 Trapper John, M.D. (TV Series)
- Finders Keepers (1981) ... Hobie (as Larry Fishburne)
 1980 A Rumor of War (TV Movie)
Lightbulb (as Larry Fishbourne)
 1980 Willie & Phil
Wilson (as Lawrence Fishburne III)
 1980 The Six O'Clock Follies (TV Series)
Robby Robinson
 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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Other Works:

Appeared in print advertisement for Tanqueray gin with the tagline "Distinctive Since 1971." See more »

Publicity Listings:

7 Interviews | 12 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


6' 0½" (1.84 m)

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I've played a lot of bad guys, 'cause that was the only work I could get. People saw my face and went 'oooh'. See more »


Appeared with Martin Sheen in Apocalypse Now (1979), Cadence (1990), and Bobby (2006). He also worked with Charlie Sheen in Cadence (1990) and Emilio Estevez in Bobby (2006). See more »


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


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