17 Definitive Truths Revealed About Laurence Fishburne

1. Laurence John Fishburne III is an American actor, playwright, director and producer.

2. He is perhaps best known for his roles as Morpheus in The Matrix trilogy, Jason “Furious” Styles in the 1991 drama film Boyz n the Hood and Tyrone “Mr. Clean” Miller in the 1979 war film Apocalypse Now.

3. He won a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his performance in Two Trains Running .

4. Fishburne starred in several cult classics, including Deep Cover and King of New York.

5. From 2008 to 2011, he starred as Dr. Raymond Langston on the CBS crime drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and from 2013 to 2015 starred as Special Agent Jack Crawford on the NBC thriller series Hannibal.

6. In 2013, he portrayed Perry White in the Zack Snyder-directed Superman reboot Man of Steel and in 2016 will reprise his role in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

7. Fishburne was born in Augusta, Georgia, the son of Hattie Bell , a junior high school mathematics and science teacher, and Laurence John Fishburne, Jr., a juvenile corrections officer. After his parents divorced during his childhood, his mother moved with him to Brooklyn, New York, where he was raised.

8. For most of his early career, he was credited as Larry Fishburne.

9. In 1973, Fishburne had his first job portraying Joshua Hall on the ABC soap opera One Life to Live. in which he played a young boy who witnessed the police shooting of a popular high school basketball star.

10. When production began in March 1976, he was just 14 years old, having lied about his age to get the part.

11. Filming took so long that he was actually 17 years old upon its completion.

12. Fishburne spent much of the 1980s in and out of television and periodically on stage.

13. In the early 1980s, he worked as a bouncer at punk rock clubs. He also had a role in the 1984 movie The Cotton Club.

14. In Spenser: For Hire, he was a guest star for the 2nd season episode “Personal Demons”.

15. He also appeared alongside Kevin Bacon in Quicksilver. His stage work during the 1980s included Short Eyes , both produced at Second Stage Theatre in New York City.

16. Also in 1987 he played a part in the third Nightmare On Elm Street film as a hospital orderly. Fishburne played as Lt. Charlie Stobbs in Red Heat .

17. He played the title role in Othello, the second African-American actor, after Paul Robeson, In 1997, Fishburne starred in the science fiction horror Event Horizon alongside Sam Neill.

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