Laurence Fishburne III is an American Emmy and Tony Award-winning actor of screen and stage, playwright, director, and producer.
Fishburne started acting at age twelve and got his big break in 1973 portraying Joshua Hall on the ABC soap opera, ‘One Life to Live’. Fishburne’s most memorable childhood role was in ‘Cornbread, Earl and Me’, and he later earned a supporting role in Francis Ford Coppola’s ‘Apocalypse Now’. Fishburne spent much of the 1980s in and out of television and periodically on stage. Fishburne had a recurring role as Cowboy Curtis on the children?s television show, ‘Pee-Wee’s Playhouse’. His stage work during the 1980s included ‘Short Eyes’ in 1984 and ‘Loose Ends’ in 1987.
In 1991, Fishburne starred in the movie ‘Boyz N The Hood’. The following year, in 1992, he won a Tony Award for his stage performance in ‘Two Trains Running’ and an Emmy Award for an episode of the short-lived TV series ‘Tribeca’. In 1993, he received his first Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Ike Turner in ‘What’s Love Got to Do with It?’ Fishburne is well known for his role as Morpheus in the 1999 blockbuster science fiction film, ‘The Matrix’. Fishburne reprised his role as Morpheus in the Matrix sequels, ‘The Matrix Reloaded’, and ‘The Matrix Revolutions’ in 2003. He appeared in ‘Mission: Impossible III’ and in 2006 he was in the play ‘Fences’. On February 24, 2007, Fishburne was honored with the Harvard Foundation’s Artist of the Year award at the annual show Cultural Rythms. Fishburne is also a UNICEF ambassador.