Laurence Fishburne

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Laurence Fishburne
Full NameLaurence John Fishburne III


Laurence (John) Fishburne III, a renowned Hollywood figure, is a true royal of the silver screen. His forceful and authoritative performances have earned him numerous awards, including NAACP Image honors. Born in Augusta, Georgia on July 30, 1961 to Hattie Bell (Crawford), a teacher, and Laurence John Fishburne, Jr., a juvenile corrections officer, Fishburne's family moved to Brooklyn shortly afterwards. At 10 years old, he made his debut in “In My Many Names and Days”, a play in a cramped Manhattan theater. His first major role was in the cult classic "Cornbread, Earl and Me" at the age of 12, and since then he has been a versatile and talented actor, never needing to study or train in the technique of acting.

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  • Primetime Emmy2020
    #FreerayshawnOutstanding Actor in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series
  • Primetime Emmy1997
    Miss Evers' BoysOutstanding Made for Television Movie
  • Primetime Emmy1993
    TribecaOutstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series


  • The Cave of Adullam
  • The Civil War
  • Bronzeville
  • The Matrix
  • Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy
  • America 2.0
  • Hannibal
  • Apocalypse Now
  • Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse
  • Pee-wee's Playhouse
  • CR: Enter the Matrix
  • TV in Black: The First Fifty Years
  • The Blues
  • The Prophecy
  • Mystic River
  • Roots
  • Boyz n the Hood
  • Thurgood
  • The Wild West
  • Christmas at Pee-wee's Playhouse
  • CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
  • The Color Purple
  • The Matrix: Path of Neo
  • Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
  • John Wick: Chapter 2
  • The Matrix Revisited
  • Akeelah and the Bee
  • Searching for Bobby Fischer
  • The Snowy Day
  • Rudderless
  • The Muppets.
  • John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum
  • What's Love Got to Do with It
  • Black-ish
  • Is That Black Enough for You?!?
  • MacGruber
  • Always Outnumbered
  • The Matrix Reloaded
  • Rumble Fish
  • The Tuskegee Airmen
  • Man of Steel
  • The 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards
  • Miss Evers' Boys
  • In Creative Company
  • The Mule
  • Tribeca

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The Fishburne family is one of the most influential and talented families in Hollywood. Laurence (John) Fishburne III, born in Augusta, Georgia, is a critically acclaimed and multi-award winning actor, celebrated for his powerful and authoritative performances. His mother Hattie Bell (Crawford) moved the family to Brooklyn and his father Laurence John Fishburne, Jr. was a juvenile corrections officer. Langston Fishburne, Laurence's son, is an up-and-coming actor, with notable performances in Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018), Discontinued (2022) and Deadlock (2021). Gina Fishburne, daughter of Laurence, is a gifted mezzo soprano, trained in opera and jazz, and was born in New York City, the youngest of three children in a close-knit Cuban American family. With such a distinguished family, it is no surprise that the Fishburne's have made such a mark in the entertainment industry.

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