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Biography #2 (for Assault on Precinct 13)

An actor, writer, producer, and director, Laurence Fishburne has been acclaimed for his work on stage, screen, and television.

He earned the Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Theater World Awards for his performance in the Broadway production of August Wilson's Two Trains Running. Subsequently, Mr. Fishburne was honored with an Emmy Award for his performance in The Box episode of the NYC-shot anthology series Tribeca.

Mr. Fishburne received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor for his portrayal of Ike Turner in What's Love Got To Do With It, directed by Brian Gibson.

Among his other notable screen credits are Clint Eastwood's multi-award-winning Mystic River, for which he shared in the ensemble's Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture; Larry and Andy Wachowski's blockbuster trilogy of The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded, and The Matrix Revolutions; Bill Duke's Hoodlum, which Mr. Fishburne also executive-produced, and Deep Cover; Oliver Parker's Othello, for which he was the first African-American actor to play the title character in a major film version; Arne Glimcher's Just Cause; John Singleton's Higher Learning, for which he won an NAACP Image Award for Best Actor, and Boyz N the Hood; Steven Zaillian's Searching for Bobby Fischer; Martin Sheen's Cadence; Abel Ferrara's King of New York; Francis Ford Coppola's The Cotton Club and Rumble Fish, as well as the classic Apocalypse Now; and Joe Manduke's Cornbread, Earl and Me, which marked his film debut.

He made his feature directorial debut on Once in the Life, the independent film version of his play Riff-Raff. He also wrote, produced, and starred in the movie adaptation, having previously starred in and directed the original theatrical production. The initial run of the latter, in Los Angeles, was his first production under his own banner, LOA Productions, and was followed by a production at New York's Circle Rep Theater.

Mr. Fishburne's theater work predates his film career, as he began acting onstage at age 10. At 14, he was cast in a production at New York's prestigious Negro Ensemble Theater and accepted to the city's famed High School of Performing Arts. More recently, he starred on Broadway as King Henry II in the Roundabout Theatre Company's revival of The Lion in Winter.

He has starred in several features for HBO: Michael Apted's Always Outnumbered, which Mr. Fishburne also executive-produced, from the first screenplay by celebrated author Walter Mosley; Robert Markowitz' The Tuskegee Airmen, for which Mr. Fishburne won an NAACP Image Award and was nominated for Emmy and Golden Globe Awards; and Joseph Sargent's Miss Evers' Boys. The latter telefilm earned multiple honors. Among them were five Emmy Awards, including the top prize of Outstanding Made-for-Television Movie (which he shared in his capacity as the film's executive producer), as well as the coveted President's Award (which honors a program

that illuminates a social or educational issue). For his performance in Miss Evers' Boys, Mr. Fishburne won an NAACP Image Award and was nominated for an Emmy Award.

Mr. Fishburne's television work also includes such network telefilms as Robert Markowitz' Decoration Day, Michael Schultz' For Us the Living: The Medgar Evers Story, and Richard T. Heffron's A Rumor of War.

Through his Cinema Gypsy Prods., he is currently producing Laurence Malkin's dramatic thriller Five Fingers (unrelated to the classic film of the same name). Mr. Fishburne stars opposite Ryan Phillippe in the feature film.

Bio courtesy Rogue Pictures for "Assault on Precinct 13" (16-Jan-2005)


Biography #3 (for Biker Boyz)

Laurence Fishburne earned an Academy Award nomination for his portrayal of Ike Turner in What's Love Got to Do With It. He more recently starred as the enigmatic Morpheus in the mega-hit science fiction thriller The Matrix, and will next reprise his role in the much-anticipated sequel The Matrix Reloaded.

Fishburne made his feature film debut at the age of 12 in Cornbread, Earl and Me. Three years later, he landed a co-starring role in Francis Ford Coppola's Vietnam War epic Apocalypse Now. He later reunited with Coppola on the films Rumble Fish, Gardens of Stone and The Cotton Club. Fishburne has also collaborated twice with director John Singleton on the films Boyz N the Hood and Higher Learning, receiving an Image Award for Best Actor for the latter. In 1995, Fishburne starred in the title role of Kenneth Branagh's Othello, becoming the first African-American to play Shakespeare's Moorish general on the big screen.

In October 2000, Fishburne made his directorial debut on Once in the Life, which he also starred in and produced. His long list of film credits also includes Hoodlum, Searching for Bobby Fischer, Just Cause, Bad Company, Class Action, King of New York, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3, Band of the Hand, School Daze and The Color Purple.

On the small screen, Fishburne recently starred in and executive produced the television movie Miss Evers' Boys, for which he won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Television Movie, in addition to earning an Emmy nomination and winning an Image Award for Best Actor. He had earlier won an Image Award and garnered Emmy and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for his work in the HBO drama The Tuskegee Airmen. He also won an Emmy Award for his guest appearance on the series Tribeca.

Fishburne has also been honored for his work on the stage. In 1992, he swept the Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Theatre World Awards for his performance in the Broadway production of August Wilson's Two Trains Running.

Bio courtesy DreamWorks for "Biker Boyz" (02-Feb-2003)


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