Laurence Fishburne

Laurence Fishburne spent his childhood in Brooklyn and landed his first theater role at the age of ten in the play "In My Many Many Names And Days." As a teenager, he appeared in several TV movies before joining Francis Ford Coppola's production of "Apocalypse Now" (1979) at eighteen. He reunited with Coppola for the dramas "Rumble Fish" (1983), "The Cotton Club" (1984), and " Gardens of Stone" (1987), though never as the lead. Another notable film in his career was Steven Spielberg's "The Color Purple" in 1985. The early 1990s marked a breakthrough for the actor, starting with his portrayal of mentor Furious Styles in "Boyz n the Hood" in 1991 and the singer-guitarist Ike Turner, the abusive husband of Tina Turner, in the biopic led by Angela Bassett in 1993. This performance earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Actor the following year. Influenced by his theatrical background, Fishburne took on the titular role in Oliver Parker's "Othello" in 1995. Known for charismatic, authoritative, and sometimes volatile characters, Fishburne also stood out as a ruthless sheriff in the thriller "Just Cause" (1995), legendary African-American gangster Bumpy Johnson in Bill Duke's "Hoodlum" (1997), and a crime lord with a bounty on his head in the remake of John Carpenter's classic, "Assault on Precinct 13" (2005). However, one of his most iconic roles for mainstream audiences remains that of the wise Morpheus in "The Matrix" trilogy (1999-2003). With a physique suited for action, he continued in this vein by supporting Tom Cruise in "Mission: Impossible III" (2006). In 2007, Fishburne lent his voice to "TMNT," "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," and "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer" before returning to portray tough and menacing characters in films like "21" where he played a ruthless security agent, and "Armored," where he portrayed a murderous armored truck driver. Always preferring action films, the actor reunited with director Nimrod Antal for "Predators" in 2010, a sequel to "Predator" (1987) and "Predator 2" (1990), portraying a commando member intent on challenging the infamous creatures.BoyzNTheHood Like many actors of his caliber, Laurence Fishburne also enjoyed success on television. He portrayed Dr. Raymond "Ray" Langston in 61 episodes of "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," veteran FBI agent Jack Crawford in "Hannibal," and Nelson Mandela in the mini-series "Madiba." On the big screen, Fishburne played a doctor in "Contagion," sought survival in a post-apocalyptic world in "The Colony," took on the role of Perry White, editor of Clark Kent and Superman's ally in "Man of Steel" and "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," and reunited with Keanu Reeves in the explosive "John Wick: Chapter 2." In early 2018, Fishburne starred in "Last Flag Flying" as a Vietnam War veteran who, alongside two comrades reunited thirty years later, embarks on a road trip to attend the funeral of one of their sons who died in Iraq.