Laurence Fishburne

American actor

Laurence Fishburne III (born July 30, 1961) is an American actor of movies and theater, playwright, director, and producer. He was nominated for the Oscar, and won the Emmy and Tony Awards. He is famous for his roles in successful movies like Apocalypse Now and The Matrix. Fishburne was the first African-American actor to play Perry White in Man of Steel.

Laurence Fishburne
Fishburne in 2009
Laurence Fishburne III

(1961-07-30) July 30, 1961 (age 62)
Other namesLawrence Fishburne
Larry Fishburne
Years active1973–present
Known forActing roles:
Tyrone "Clean" Miller in Apocalypse Now
Jason "Furious" Styles in Boyz N the Hood
Ike Turner in What's Love Got to Do with It
Morpheus in The Matrix trilogy
Sgt. Whitey Powers in Mystic River
Perry White in Man of Steel
Spouse(s)Hajna Moss (m. 1985-1990s)
Gina Torres (m. 2002-2018)
AwardsEmmy Award Outstanding Guest Actor - Drama Series
1993 TriBeCa
Outstanding Made For Television Movie
1997 Miss Evers' Boys
Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play
1992 Two Trains Running

Fishburne was born in Augusta, Georgia and moved to Brooklyn, New York City during his childhood.


Year Title Role Director Notes
1975 Cornbread, Earl and Me Wilford Robinson Joseph Manduke
1979 Fast Break Street Kid Jack Smight
1979 Apocalypse Now Tyrone "Mr. Clean" Miller Francis Ford Coppola Credited as "Larry Fishburne"
1980 Willie & Phil Wilson Paul Mazursky
1982 Death Wish II Cutter Michael Winner
1983 Rumble Fish Midget Francis Ford Coppola
1984 The Cotton Club Bumpy Rhodes Francis Ford Coppola
1985 The Color Purple Swain Steven Spielberg
1986 Quicksilver Voodoo Thomas Michael Donnelly
1986 Band of the Hand Cream Paul Michael Glaser
1987 A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors Max Chuck Russell
1987 Gardens of Stone Sgt. Flanagan Francis Ford Coppola
1987 Cherry 2000 Glu Glu Lawyer Steve De Jarnatt
1988 School Daze Vaughn "Dap" Dunlap Spike Lee
1988 Red Heat Lt. Charlie Stobbs Walter Hill
1990 King of New York Jimmy Jump Abel Ferrara
1990 Cadence Stokes Martin Sheen
1991 Class Action Nick Holbrook Michael Apted
1991 Boyz n the Hood Jason "Furious" Styles John Singleton
1992 Deep Cover Russell Stevens Jr. / John Hull Bill Duke
1993 What's Love Got to Do with It Ike Turner, Sr. Brian Gibson
1993 Searching for Bobby Fischer Vinnie Steven Zaillian
1995 Higher Learning Professor Maurice Phipps John Singleton
1995 Bad Company Nelson Crowe Damian Harris
1995 Just Cause Sheriff Tanny Brown Arne Glimcher
1995 Othello Othello Oliver Parker
1996 Fled Piper Kevin Hooks
1997 Event Horizon Captain Miller Paul W. S. Anderson
1997 Hoodlum Bumpy Johnson Bill Duke Also executive producer
1999 The Matrix Morpheus The Wachowskis
2000 Once in the Life 20/20 Mike Himself Also writer and producer
2001 Osmosis Jones Thrax Tom Sito
Piet Kroon
2003 Biker Boyz Smoke Reggie Rock Bythewood
2003 The Matrix Reloaded Morpheus The Wachowskis
2003 Mystic River Sergeant Whitey Powers Clint Eastwood
2003 The Matrix Revolutions Morpheus The Wachowskis
2005 Assault on Precinct 13 Marion Bishop Jean-François Richet
2005 Ashes and Snow Narrator Gregory Colbert Voice
2005 Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Bear in Genaros Beer Commercial Shane Black Voice cameo
2006 Akeelah and the Bee Dr. Larabee Doug Atchison Also producer
2006 Mission: Impossible III Theodore Brassel J.J. Abrams
2006 Five Fingers Ahmat Laurence Malkin Also producer
2006 Bobby Edward Emilio Estevez
2007 TMNT Narrator Kevin Munroe Voice
2007 The Death and Life of Bobby Z Tad Gruzsa John Herzfeld
2007 Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer Norrin Radd / Silver Surfer Tim Story Voice
2008 21 Cole Williams Robert Luketic
2008 Tortured Archie Green Nolan Lebovitz
2008 Days of Wrath Mr. Stafford Celia Fox
2009 Armored Baines Nimród Antal
2010 Predators Noland Nimród Antal
2011 Contagion Dr. Ellis Cheever Steven Soderbergh
2013 The Colony Briggs Jeff Renfroe
2013 Man of Steel Perry White Zack Snyder
2013 Khumba Seko the Zebra Anthony Silverston Voice
2014 Ride Along Omar Tim Story
2014 The Signal Damon William Eubank
2014 Rudderless Del William H. Macy
2016 Standoff Sade Adam Alleca Also executive producer
2016 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Perry White Zack Snyder
2016 Passengers Gus Mancuso Morten Tyldum
2017 John Wick: Chapter 2 The Bowery King Chad Stahelski
2017 Last Flag Flying Reverend Richard Mueller Richard Linklater
2018 Ant-Man and the Wasp Bill Foster Peyton Reed
2018 The Mule Carl, DEA Special Agent in Charge Clint Eastwood
2018 Imprisoned Daniel Calvin Paul Kampf
2019 John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum The Bowery King Chad Stahelski
2019 Where'd You Go, Bernadette Paul Jellinek Richard Linklater
2019 Running with the Devil The Man Jason Cabell

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