Laurence Fishburne

Birth Place: Augusta, GA, USA

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He is a three time Emmy Award and Tony Award winning actor known for his roles on stage and screen. He has been hailed for his forceful, militant, and authoritative characters in his films. He is known for playing Morpheus in The Matrix series (1999–2003), Jason "Furious" Styles in the John Singleton drama film Boyz n the Hood (1991), Tyrone "Mr. Clean" Miller in Francis Ford Coppola's war film Apocalypse Now (1979), and "The Bowery King" in the John Wick film series (2017–present).

For his portrayal of Ike Turner in What's Love Got to Do With It (1993), Fishburne was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor. He won a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his performance in Two Trains Running (1992), and an Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his performance in TriBeCa (1993). Fishburne became the first African American to portray Othello on film when he appeared in Oliver Parker's 1995 film adaptation of the Shakespeare play. He has also received five Screen Actors Guild Award nominations. He received an Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead nomination for his performance in Deep Cover (1992).

Other film credits of Fishburne include Steven Spielberg's The Color Purple (1985), Spike Lee's School Daze (1988), Abel Ferrara's King of New York (1990), Clint Eastwood's Mystic River (2003), Steven Soderbergh's Contagion (2011), and Richard Linklater's Last Flag Flying (2017). He has also gained a wider audience with the blockbuster films Man of Steel (2013), Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), and Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018). On television, he starred as Dr. Raymond Langston on the CBS crime drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2008–2011), as Special Agent Jack Crawford in the NBC thriller series Hannibal (2013–2015), and as Earl "Pops" Johnson in the ABC sitcom Black-ish (2014–present). He is currently starring in the Broadway revival of David Mamet's play American Buffalo alongside Sam Rockwell and Darren Criss.

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Laurence Fishburne STAGE CREDITS

Broadway Revival, 2022

Original Broadway Production, 2008
Thurgood Marshall

Roundabout Revival, 1999
Henry II


Laurence Fishburne Movies

[1982]Death Wish II Cutter Laurence Fishburne III

[1983]Rumble Fish Midget

[1984]The Cotton Club Bumpy Rhodes

[1985]The Color Purple Swain

[1986]Band of the Hand Cream

[1986]Quicksilver Voodoo

[1987]A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors Max

[1987]Gardens of Stone Sgt. Flanagan

[1987]Cherry 2000 Glu Glu Lawyer

[1988]Red Heat Lt. Stobbs

[1988]School Daze Dap Dunlap

[1990]Cadence Stokes

[1990]King of New York Jimmy Jump

[1991]Boyz n the Hood Furious Styles

[1991]Class Action Nick Holbrook

[1992]Deep Cover Russell Stevens Jr., John Hull

[1993]Searching for Bobby Fischer Vinnie

[1993]What's Love Got to Do with It Ike Turner

[1995]Higher Learning Professor Maurice Phipps

[1995]Bad Company Nelson Crowe

[1995]Othello Othello

[1995]Just Cause Sheriff Tanny Brown

[1996]Fled Piper

[1997]Hoodlum Bumpy Johnson

[1997]Event Horizon Miller

[1998]Welcome to Hollywood Laurence Fishburne

[1999]The Matrix Morpheus

[2000]Once in the Life 20, 20 Mike

[2001]Osmosis Jones Thrax

[2003]Mystic River Whitey Powers

[2003]The Matrix Reloaded Morpheus

[2003]The Matrix Revolutions Morpheus

[2003]Biker Boyz Smoke

[2005]Assault on Precinct 13 Marion Bishop

[2006]Five Fingers Ahmat

[2006]Akeelah and the Bee Dr. Larabee

[2006]Bobby Edward

[2006]Mission: Impossible III Theodore Brsel

[2007]Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer The Silver Surfer

[2007]Bobby Z Tad Grusza

[2007]TMNT Narrator

[2008]Days of Wrath Mr. Stafford

[2008]21 Cole Williams

[2009]Armored Baines

[2009]Black Water Transit Jack

[2010]Predators Ronald Noland

[2011]Contagion Dr. Ellis Cheever

[2013]Man of Steel Perry White

[2013]The Colony Briggs

[2013]Khumba Seko

[2014]Ride Along Omar

[2014]Rudderless Del

[2014]The Signal Damon

[2016]Standoff Sade

[2016]Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Perry White

[2016]Passengers Gus Mancuso

[2017]Last Flag Flying Reverend Richard Mueller

[2017]John Wick: Chapter 2 Bowery King

[2018]Imprisoned Daniel Calvin

[2018]The Mule Special Agent in Charge

[2018]Ant-Man and the Wasp Dr. Bill Foster

[2019]Running with the Devil The Man

[2019]Where'd You Go, Bernadette Paul Jellinek

[2019]John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum Bowery King

[2021]Under the Stadium Lights Harold Christian

[2021]The Ice Road Jim Goldenrod

[2022]The School for Good and Evil School Mter

[2022]All the Old Knives Vick Wallinger

[2023]John Wick: Chapter 4 Bowery King

Laurence Fishburne TV Shows

Black-ish Pops, James, James Earl Jones

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Dr. Raymond 'Ray' Langston

Grown-ish Pops

Hannibal Jack Crawford

One Life to Live Josh West Hall

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Laurence Fishburne News

Exclusive: David Rockwell Gives a Tour of Perelman Performing Arts Center

Discover the secrets behind the stunning architecture and design of PAC NYC as renowned designer David Rockwell takes BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge on a tour.

Photos: Stars Walk the Red Carpet for Opening Night of PURLIE VICTORIOUS

BroadwayWorld was on hand for the big opening night of Purlie Victorious: A Non-Confederate Romp Through the Cotton Patch and you can check out photos from the star-studded red carpet arrivals here!

Eric Berryman, Johanna Day & More Join SCENE PARTNERS World Premiere at Vineyard Theatre

Discover the latest additions to the cast of 'Scene Partners' at the Vineyard Theatre. Learn more about the exciting world premiere production and stay up-to-date with the latest news.

Five-Night Pay-What-You-Wish Global Concert Series Welcomes Audiences to the New Perelman Performing Arts Center

Perelman Performing Arts Center (PAC NYC), the cultural cornerstone and final public element of the World Trade Center site, will open with its first public performance on Tuesday, September 19, 2023.

Darren Criss Announces New Holiday Tour Dates Across the U.S. & Canada

Darren Criss is celebrating 'Crissmas' this year with a brand-new lineup of holiday tour dates! Criss will be playing The Town Hall in New York City on December 5 and will also be stopping in Chicago, Boston, Atlanta, Detroit, Toronto, Indianapolis, Nashville, and more. Check out the complete list of tour dates now!

Darren Criss Brings A VERY DARREN CRISSMAS to the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall in November

Darren Criss: A Very Darren Crissmas comes to Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at FSW on Monday, November 27, 2023 at 7:30PM. Learn more about the show and how to purchase tickets here!

Celebration Arts to Present THURGOOD This Fall

Join in at Celebration Arts in Sacramento for an unforgettable production of THURGOOD, a powerful play that explores the life and legacy of Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court Justice.


Dixie Longate is a fast-talking, gum chewing, ginger-haired Alabama gal who is bringing your grandma’s Tupperware party into the 21st century. Audiences will howl with laughter at DIXIE’S TUPPERWARE PARTY on Friday, Sept. 15, starting at 7:30 p.m. in Capitol Theater, as Dixie demonstrates the many alternative uses for the iconic plastic kitchen staple.

Righteous Brothers' Bucky Heard Will Star in New Musical BREATHE THE SKY

Tickets are now on sale for Breathe the Sky, the new musical presentation written and directed by Three-time Tony Award winner and Boulder City, NV resident Kathleen K. Johnson. Featuring a cast of Las Vegas favorites led by The Righteous Brothers' Bucky Heard, the show will play Myron's At The Smith Center on September 11th and 12th for two special performances only.

Vineyard Theatre Sets World Premiere & New York Premiere for 2023-24 Season

Discover the eagerly anticipated lineup of world premiere and New York premiere shows coming to Vineyard Theatre for their 2023-24 season. Get all the details on performance dates and highlights in this comprehensive article.

Photos: See Laurence Fishburne, Katrina Lenk, Miriam Silverman & More in New York Stage and Film Summer Season

Check out photos of Laurence Fishburne, Katrina Lenk, Miriam Silverman, and other talented actors from the New York Stage and Film Summer Season. Get a glimpse of the shows and the actors bringing them to life.

The Negro Ensemble Company to Premiere MECCA IS BURNING at Harlem Schoool Of The Arts In August

From August 10 to 26, the Negro Ensemble Company, Inc. (NEC), in conjunction with their residency at Penn Live Arts, will perform the world premiere of 'Mecca Is Burning' at Harlem School of the Arts.

New York Stage and Film Reveals Participants For the 2023 Filmmakers' Workshop

New York Stage and Film has announced the early-career film and TV writers who have been selected to participate in the 2023 Filmmakers’ Workshop. The participants are Nancy Duff; Harrison Hamm; Drew Harper; Atticus Hoffman; Summera Howell; Anndi Jinelle Liggett; Allyson Morgan; Craig T. Williams; and G. Wilson. 

Darren Criss Returns to Australia for Five-City Tour

Emmy, Golden Globe, Critics Choice and Screen Actors Guild award-winner Darren Criss will make a triumphant return to Australia this year for a series of spectacular concerts.

Review: TINA - THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL Pulsates at Segerstrom Center

Now at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa through July 23, 2023, the musical is mostly engaging and passionately performed. But a chaotic, sped-through first act only provides brief vignettes of a challenging life. The better second act focuses on Ms. Turner's comeback, concluding with a mini rock concert that made the visit worthwhile.

A VERY DARREN CRISSMAS Comes to Denver in December

Kicking off the Christmas season, Emmy and Golden Globe winner Darren Criss will perform songs from his recent holiday album, A Very Darren Crissmas in a national tour coming to the Fisher Theatre December 10. 

Industry Pro Newsletter: Public Lays Off 19% of Staff, IATSE Gets a New Touring Contract

IATSE was able to notch a win for their members this week as a new touring contract was ratified. However, the news wasn’t all bright in the theatre world as the Public Theater became the latest major institution to announce layoffs of their staff - laying off 19%, and announcing a deeper restriction on programming for next season.

In Development Works Return to Poughkeepsie With a Dance-Driven Project

This past weekend, two big New York development programs got underway. This is the first summer season that New York Stage and Film has been completely separate from Vassar’s Powerhouse Theater, opening the opportunity for them each to do their own things.

Wake Up With BWW 7/14: Rob McClure and Maggie Lakis in MRS. DOUBTFIRE Tour, and More!

Top stories: Rob McClure will reprise his role in Mrs. Doubtfire on tour alongside real-life wife Maggie Lakis, Krysta Rodriguez returns to Into the Woods for the final stop of the National Tour, and more!

Katrina Lenk, Joe Iconis, Laurence Fishburne, and More Set For New York Stage and Film 2023 Summer Season

New York Stage and Film has revealed complete casting for the 2023 Summer Season, starting on Friday, July 14 and running to Sunday, August 6 at Marist College in Poughkeepsie. The cast includes Katrina Lenk, Joe Iconis, Laurence Fishburne, and many more. Learn more about the full lineup here!


Laurence Fishburne's next show will be American Buffalo which opens on 4/14/2022 on Broadway.

Laurence Fishburne has appeared on Broadway in 4 shows.

Laurence Fishburne has not appeared in the West End

Laurence Fishburne has been nominated for several awards throughout his career. Some of his notable nominations include Outstanding Lead Actor, Non-Resident Production at the Helen Hayes Awards for his performance in "Thurgood." He was also nominated for Outstanding Solo Performance at the Drama Desk Awards and the Outer Critics Circle Awards for the same production. Fishburne received a nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play at the Tony Awards for his work in "Thurgood." Additionally, he was nominated for Best Debut Performance at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for his role in "Two Trains Running."

Laurence Fishburne has won several awards for his performances in the Broadway show "Thurgood". He received the Outstanding Lead Actor, Non-Resident Production award at the Helen Hayes Awards, the Outstanding Solo Performance award at the Drama Desk Awards, and the Outstanding Solo Performance award at the Outer Critics Circle Awards. Additionally, he won the Best Debut Performance award at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for his role in "Two Trains Running".

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