Photo of Laurence Fishburne Laurence Fishburne

A sometimes intense actor, Fishburne was born July 30, 1961, in Atlanta, Ga. He began acting in childhood, making his movie debut in Cornbread, Earl and Me (1975). At 16, he was cast as Clean in Francis Coppola's Apocalypse Now, leading to further roles in Coppola films and in Steven Spielberg's The Color Purple.

Fishburne made a strong impression in two influential early-1990s films (Boyz N the Hood and What's Love Got to Do With It?), both times playing husband to Angela Bassett. As Tina Turner's husband Ike in the latter, he was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar; he has also won a Tony and an Emmy.

Children of the '80s know him as Cowboy Curtis from "Pee Wee's Playhouse"; to a later generation of young movie fans, he is Morpheus in The Matrix trilogy. Other notable Fishburne films include School Daze, Higher Learning, Searching for Bobby Fischer, Event Horizon and Mystic River.

Laurence Fishburne in Passengers

Passengers

2016 PG-13

During the 120-year journey of the "Starship Avalon" to a distant planetary colony, a computer glitch rouses mechanic Jim Preston from hibernation decades ahead of schedule. Desperate for company, Preston wakes up female journalist Aurora Dunn.

  • Laurence Fishburne in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
  • Laurence Fishburne in Standoff Standoff
  • Laurence Fishburne in The Matrix The Matrix
  • Laurence Fishburne in Man of Steel Man of Steel
  • Laurence Fishburne in Mission: Impossible III Mission: Impossible III
  • Laurence Fishburne in Mystic River Mystic River
  • Laurence Fishburne in Apocalypse Now / Apocalypse Now Redux Apocalypse Now / Apocalypse Now Redux
  • Laurence Fishburne in The Matrix Revolutions The Matrix Revolutions
  • Laurence Fishburne in Event Horizon Event Horizon
  • Laurence Fishburne in Khumba Khumba
  • Laurence Fishburne in Predators Predators
  • Laurence Fishburne in The Tuskegee Airmen The Tuskegee Airmen
  • Laurence Fishburne in The Matrix Reloaded The Matrix Reloaded
  • Laurence Fishburne in Rudderless Rudderless
  • Laurence Fishburne in Contagion Contagion
  • Laurence Fishburne in The Color Purple The Color Purple
  • Laurence Fishburne in Boyz N the Hood Boyz N the Hood
  • Laurence Fishburne in Apocalypse Now Redux Apocalypse Now Redux
  • Laurence Fishburne in Just Cause Just Cause
  • Laurence Fishburne in 21 21
  • Laurence Fishburne in Red Heat Red Heat
  • Laurence Fishburne in King of New York King of New York
  • Laurence Fishburne in Othello Othello
  • Laurence Fishburne in The Signal The Signal
  • Laurence Fishburne in Deep Cover Deep Cover
  • Laurence Fishburne in Miss Evers' Boys Miss Evers' Boys
  • Laurence Fishburne in Osmosis Jones Osmosis Jones
  • Laurence Fishburne in Akeelah and the Bee Akeelah and the Bee
  • Laurence Fishburne in A Nightmare on Elm Street 3 A Nightmare on Elm Street 3
  • Laurence Fishburne in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
  • Laurence Fishburne in Thurgood Thurgood
  • Laurence Fishburne in The Colony The Colony
  • Laurence Fishburne in Hannibal Hannibal
  • Laurence Fishburne in School Daze School Daze
  • Laurence Fishburne in Cadence Cadence
  • Laurence Fishburne in What's Love Got to Do with It What's Love Got to Do with It
  • Laurence Fishburne in Biker Boyz Biker Boyz
  • Laurence Fishburne in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Laurence Fishburne in Bobby Z Bobby Z
  • Laurence Fishburne in Hoodlum Hoodlum
  • Laurence Fishburne in Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned
  • Laurence Fishburne in Once in the Life Once in the Life
  • Laurence Fishburne in Assault on Precinct 13 Assault on Precinct 13
  • Laurence Fishburne in Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone
  • Laurence Fishburne in Cornbread, Earl and Me Cornbread, Earl and Me
  • Laurence Fishburne in Pee-wee's Playhouse: Vol. 1 Pee-wee's Playhouse: Vol. 1
  • Laurence Fishburne in Pee-wee's Playhouse: Vol. 2 Pee-wee's Playhouse: Vol. 2
  • Laurence Fishburne in Higher Learning Higher Learning
  • Laurence Fishburne in Welcome to Hollywood Welcome to Hollywood
  • Laurence Fishburne in Dorothy Dandridge: An American Beauty Dorothy Dandridge: An American Beauty
  • Laurence Fishburne in Tiger: The Authorized DVD Collection Tiger: The Authorized DVD Collection
  • Laurence Fishburne in Five Fingers Five Fingers
  • Laurence Fishburne in Tortured Tortured
  • Laurence Fishburne in Armored Armored
  • Laurence Fishburne in Roots Roots