Guest Author - Tammy Cordani
The critically acclaimed actor Laurence Fishburne is no stranger to the action movie genre. Throughout his career he has portrayed everything from iconic film figures to voicing animated movie characters. We take a look at some interesting facts as well as some of the action movies the actor has appeared in.
Birthdate: July 30, 1961
Film Debut: 1975’s “Cornbread, Earl and Me” which also starred Moses Gunn and Rosalind Cash
Awards: Laurence Fishburne was nominated for a best actor Oscar for his role as Ike Turner in the 1993 biopic “What’s Love Got to Do With It”. His character, Morpheus, was a favorite at various award shows. He won an MTV award for Best Fight in 2000 for his fight with Keanu Reeves in “The Matrix” as well as a best supporting actor trophy at the Blockbuster Awards for the same role. Fishburne won a Tony award for his stage work in “Two Trains Running” in 1992 and an Emmy for his guest appearance in TV’s “Tribeca”.
Laurence Fishburne has starred in these action movies as…
…the voice of the Fantastic Four’s nemesis, the Silver Surfer, in “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer”.
…the voice of the movie narrator in “TMNT” a.k.a. “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”.
…Theodore Brassel, Ethan Hunt’s (Tom Cruise) superior in “Mission: Impossible III”.
… Bishop, a crime boss accused of killing a cop, in Assault on Precinct 13.
…Morpheus, one of the resistance leaders in the sci-fi/action blockbusters “The Matrix”, “The Matrix Reloaded” and “The Matrix Revolutions”.
…the voice of Thrax, the evil virus, in the part animated, part live movie “Osmosis Jones” which starred Bill Murray and Chris Rock.
…Captain Miller, the captain of the space ship Lewis & Clark, in “Event Horizon”.
…Charles Piper, a prisoner who is shackled to Mark Dodge (Stephen Baldwin) during a prison break, in “Fled”.
…Jason “Furious” Styles, the father of Tre (Cuba Gooding Jr.) in “Boyz in the Hood”.
…Mr. Clean in the renowned action/war epic “Apocalypse Now”.
He has also starred in the critically acclaimed movies “Akeelah and the Bee”, “Bobby”, “Mystic River” and “Othello”.
Other Interesting Facts: Fishburne was a producer of “Akeelah and the Bee”, which reunited him with his “What’s Love Got to Do With It?” co-star Angela Bassett. He has also appeared in commercials for Directv and was Pee Wee Herman’s sidekick “Cowboy Curtis” on the children’s program “Pee Wee’s Playhouse”!