Laurence J. Fishburne III has achieved an impressive body of work as an actor, producer and director. Fishburne’s versatile acting has won him awards in theatre, film and television. In 1992, Fishburne won a Tony Award for his portrayal of Sterling Johnson in August Wilson’s Two Trains Running. He won his first Emmy Award in 1993 for “The Box” episode of Tribeca, and his second for his one-man show, Thurgood, in 1997. In 1993, Laurence also received a Best Actor Oscar nomination for the Tina Turner biopic, What’s Love Got to Do with It. His most recent Emmy win was for his role in Quibi’s #FreeRayshawn.
Laurence may be best known for his role as Morpheus in the Wachowksi brothers’ blockbuster The Matrix trilogy, but his many film credits include: Academy Award nominee John Singleton’s Boyz ‘n the Hood, Richard T. Heffron’s telefilm A Rumor of War, Steven Spielberg’s The Color Purple, Steven Zaillian’s Searching for Bobby Fischer, Mr. Singleton’s Higher Learning, Clint Eastwood’s Mystic River and cult classics, Deep Cover and King of New York.
In 2000, Fishburne founded Cinema Gypsy Productions with his longtime manager and producing partner, Helen Sugland. They have produced numerous nominated and award-winning projects including: Thurgood (HBO), Five Fingers (Lionsgate), Akeelah and the Bee (Lionsgate), Once in the Life (Lionsgate), Always Out Numbered (HBO), Hoodlum (United Artists), and Miss Evers Boys (HBO). Currently, they produce the ABC-TV hit series black-ish, where Mr. Fishburne stars alongside Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross, as well as its Freeform spinoff, Grown-ish and new ABC spinoff, Mixed-ish. It was recently announced that Laurence will star with Jenifer Lewis in the newest spinoff Old-ish. Their next endeavor is Marvel’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, an animated series based on the popular comic book series, which is currently in production and has a 20 episode order for season 1 from Disney Channel.
Fishburne was last seen in Running with the Devil, Annapurna’s highly anticipated adaptation of Where’d You Go, Bernadette, and Quibi’s movie in chapter #FreeRayshawn.
Next up for him is Crimson Blues, a crime drama about murder, lies and secrets, and The Ice Road alongside Liam Neeson.
Once Broadway is back up and running, you can catch Fishburne alongside Sam Rockwell and Darren Criss in American Buffalo. He recently performed The Autobiography of Malcolm X, that was released on September 10 on Audible and is a NY Times Bestseller.