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Laurence Fishburne

Lowest Rated:   13% Fled (1996)
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Birthplace:   Augusta, Georgia, USA
Dramatic actor Laurence Fishburne gained widespread acclaim and an Oscar nomination for his gripping performance as the Svengali-like Ike Turner in the Tina Turner biopic What's Love Got to Do With It (1993) and went on to rack up an impressive string of credits playing leads and supporting roles on stage, screen, and television.Born in Augusta, GA, the sole child of a corrections officer and an educator, Fishburne was raised in Brooklyn following his parents' divorce. An unusually sensitive child with a natural gift for acting, he was taken to various New York stage auditions before landing his first professional role at the age of ten. Two years later, he made his feature film debut with a major role in Cornbread, Earl and Me (1975). A turning point in the young actor's career came when he lied about his age and won the role of a young Navy gunner in Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now. On location in the Philippines, the teenage actor effectively bade farewell to childhood as he endured the many legendary problems that befell Coppola's production over the next two years. In between shooting days, Fishburne hung out with the adult actors, often exposing himself to their offscreen drinking and drugging antics.Back in Hollywood by the late '70s, he continued playing small supporting roles in features and on television. Like many black actors, he was frequently relegated to playing thugs and young hoodlums. He would continue to appear in Coppola productions like Rumble Fish (1983) and The Cotton Club (1984) throughout the 1980s. Wanting a change from playing heavies, he accepted a recurring role as friendly Cowboy Curtis opposite Paul Reubens on the loopy CBS children's series Pee-Wee's Playhouse. By the early '90s, Fishburne had begun to escape the stereotypical roles of his early career. In 1990, he played a psychotic hit man opposite Christopher Walken in Abel Ferrara's King of New York and a chess-playing hustler in Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993). Following his great success in the Tina Turner biopic, he became one of Hollywood's most prolific actors, appearing in films such as John Singleton's Higher Learning (1995). Fishburne, who had known Singleton when the latter was a security guard on the Pee-Wee's Playhouse set, had previously appeared in the director's debut film Boyz 'N the Hood (1991). After Higher Learning came Othello (1995) and Always Outnumbered, which he also produced. Fishburne had previously produced Hoodlum (1997), in which he also starred. In 1999, he stepped into blockbuster territory with his starring role in the stylish sci-fi action film The Matrix. Increasingly geared towards action films, Fishburne could be seen in the fast and furious motorcycle flick Biker Boyz as fans prepared for the release of the upcoming Matrix sequels. Indeed, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions (2003) earned Fishburne further praise from both fans and critics. The same year, Fishburne co-starred with Tim Robbins and Sean Penn in the role of a homicide detective for the Academy Award-winning thriller Mystic River. The actor went on to star as a cop-killing mobster for the crime drama Assault on Precinct 13 (2005), and as a somber professor of English in the critically acclaimed urban drama Akeelah and the Bee (2006). He would co-star in the ensemble political docudrama chronicling the life and death of Robert F. Kennedy (also in 2006), and join the cast of Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer in 2007. Fishburne found success again in director Steven Soderbergh's Contagion (2011), and co-stars in the Superman reboot Man of Steel (2013) as the editor-and-chief of "The Daily Planet". In addition to his work in cinema, Fishburne has established a distinguished stage career, winning a Tony Award in 1992, for his role in August Wilson's Two Trains Running.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
76% Last Flag Flying
  • Mueller
$0.3M 2017
90% John Wick: Chapter 2
  • Bowery King
$92M 2017
30% Passengers
  • Gus Mancuso
$100.1M 2016
27% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
  • Perry White
$293.8M 2016
53% Standoff
  • Executive Producer
  • Sade
  • Producer
2016
No Score Yet August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand
  • Actor
2015
62% Rudderless
  • Del
$56.5k 2014
60% The Signal
  • Damon
$0.5M 2014
19% Ride Along
  • Omar
$110.4M 2014
44% Khumba
  • Seko
$91k 2013
16% The Colony
  • Briggs
2013
55% Man of Steel
  • Perry White
$291.1M 2013
31% A Man's Story
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Slavery By Another Name
  • Narrator
2012
100% Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone
  • Narrator
2011
84% Contagion
  • Dr. Ellis Cheever
$75.7M 2011
No Score Yet Have A Little Faith
  • Rev. Henry Covington
2011
No Score Yet Thurgood
  • Actor
2011
64% Predators
  • Noland
$52.1M 2010
No Score Yet Black Water Transit
  • Jack Vermillion
2010
No Score Yet The Last Full Measure
  • Actor
2010
39% Armored
  • Baines
$16M 2009
36% 21
  • Cole Williams
$81.2M 2008
No Score Yet Tortured
  • Archie Green
2008
No Score Yet Days of Wrath
  • Actor
2008
37% Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
  • Voice of the Silver Surfer
$131.8M 2007
34% TMNT
  • Narrator
$54.2M 2007
46% Bobby
  • Edward Robinson
$11.1M 2006
70% Mission: Impossible III
  • Theodore Brassel
$133.4M 2006
No Score Yet Five Fingers
  • Ahmat
2006
84% Akeelah and the Bee
  • Dr. Larabee
  • Producer
$18.9M 2006
60% Assault on Precinct 13
  • Marion Bishop
$20M 2005
No Score Yet The Burly Man Chronicles
  • Actor
2004
36% The Matrix Revolutions
  • Morpheus
$139.1M 2003
87% Mystic River
  • Whitey Powers
$88.8M 2003
No Score Yet Dorothy Dandridge: An American Beauty
  • Actor
2003
73% The Matrix Reloaded
  • Morpheus
$281.6M 2003
23% Biker Boyz
  • Smoke
$21.8M 2003
No Score Yet The Soul of a Man
  • Narrator
2003
93% Apocalypse Now Redux
  • Clean
$2M 2001
55% Osmosis Jones
  • Thrax
$12.4M 2001
28% Once in the Life
  • Screenwriter
  • 20/20 Mike
  • Director
  • Producer
2001
No Score Yet Welcome to Hollywood
  • Actor
2000
67% Michael Jordan to the Max
  • Narrator
2000
87% The Matrix
  • Morpheus
1999
No Score Yet Always Outnumbered
  • Executive Producer
  • Socrates Fortlow
1998
No Score Yet Welcome to Hollywood
  • Himself
1998
43% Hoodlum
  • Executive Producer
  • Ellsworth Bumpy Johnson
1997
24% Event Horizon
  • Miller
1997
No Score Yet Miss Evers' Boys
  • Caleb Humphries
  • Executive Producer
1997
No Score Yet Century of Black Cinema
  • Actor
1997
13% Fled
  • Piper
1996
68% Othello
  • Othello
1995
86% The Tuskegee Airmen
  • Hannibal Lee
1995
25% Just Cause
  • Tanny Brown
1995
27% Bad Company
  • Nelson Crowe
1995
50% Higher Learning
  • Prof. Phipps
1994
100% Searching for Bobby Fischer
  • Vinnie
1993
96% What's Love Got To Do With It?
  • Ike Turner
1993
85% Deep Cover
  • Russell Stevens Jr. / John Hull
1992
96% Boyz n the Hood
  • Furious Styles
1991
100% Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse
  • Actor
1991
75% Class Action
  • Holbrook
1991
No Score Yet Decoration Day
  • Michael Waring
1990
71% King of New York
  • Jimmy Jump
1990
42% Cadence
  • Stokes
1989
62% Red Heat
  • Lt. Stobbs
1988
62% School Daze
  • Dap Dunlap
1988
43% Cherry 2000
  • Glu Glu Lawyer
1988
No Score Yet The Father Clements Story
  • Actor
1987
47% Gardens of Stone
  • Cpl. Flanagan
1987
74% A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors
  • Max
1987
14% Band of the Hand
  • Cream
1986
15% Quicksilver
  • Voodoo
1986
88% The Color Purple
  • Swain
1985
75% The Cotton Club
  • Bumpy Rhodes
1984
70% Rumble Fish
  • Midget
1983
No Score Yet For Us, the Living: The Story of Medgar Evers
  • Jimbo Collins
1983
No Score Yet The Death and Life of Bobby Z
  • Tad Bruzsa
1982
29% Death Wish II
  • Cutter
1982
No Score Yet A Rumor of War
  • Actor
1980
No Score Yet Willie & Phil
  • Wilson
1980
No Score Yet Fast Break
  • Street Kid
1979
98% Apocalypse Now
  • Clean
1979
No Score Yet Cornbread, Earl and Me
  • Wilford
1975

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet grown-ish
2018
  • Executive Producer
  • 2018
100% Madiba
2017
  • Nelson Mandela NELSON MANDELA
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Trevor Noah
2015
  • Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
  • Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet Year Million
2017
  • Executive Producer
  • Narrator
  • 2017
95% black-ish
2014
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • Pops
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
  • 2016
98% Roots
2016
  • Alex Haley
  • 2016
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
  • 2016
64% The Muppets
2015-2016
  • Himself
  • 2015
89% Hannibal
2013-2015
  • Director
  • Dr. Jack Crawford Jack Crawford
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • 2015
  • 2010
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
2000-2015
  • Ray Langston Raymond Langston
  • 2015
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
  • 2014
  • 2011
No Score Yet CSI: Miami
2002-2012
  • Ray Langston
  • 2009
No Score Yet CSI: NY
2004-2013
  • Ray Langston
  • 2009
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
  • 2009
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2003
  • 2001
No Score Yet CSI
2003-2012
  • Raymond Langston

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