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=Laurence Fishburne=

About Laurence Fishburne -

LAURENCE FISHBURNE (Morpheus), honored for his work on the stage and screen, earned an Academy Award nomination for his searing portrayal of Ike Turner in the hit biopic ´What´s Love Got To Do With It?´

Fishburne, who began acting at the age of 10, was only 15 years old when he won the role of a young G.I. in Francis Ford Coppola´s Vietnam War epic ´Apocalypse Now.´ He went on to work with Coppola on ´Rumble Fish,´ ´Gardens Of Stone´ and ´The Cotton Club.´

Fishburne has collaborated twice with noted director John Singleton, on ´Boyz N The Hood´ and ´Higher Learning,´ earning an NAACP Image Award for Best Actor for the former.

His other credits include ´Othello,´ ´Searching For Bobby Fischer,´ ´Just Cause,´ ´Bad Company,´ ´Class Action,´ ´Deep Cover,´ ´Fled,´ ´Cadence,´ ´King Of New York,´ ´Red Heat,´ ´Band Of The Hand,´ Spike Lee´s ´School Daze,´ Steven Spielberg´s ´The Color Purple´ and, most recently, ´Hoodlum´ and ´Event Horizon.´

On the small screen, Fishburne received nominations for the Emmy, Golden Globe and CableACE Awards and won an NAACP Image Award for his performance in the HBO Movie ´The Tuskegee Airmen,´ the story of America´s first black combat pilots. He also won an Emmy Award for his role in the premiere episode of Robert De Niro´s series ´Tribeca.´

In 1997, Fishburne received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Special for his starring role in the HBO drama ´Miss Evers´ Boys,´ which he executive produced. ´Miss Evers´ Boys´ was awarded five Emmys, including the coveted President´s Award, which honors a program that illuminates a social or educational issue.

Fishburne´s other television credits include the critically acclaimed telefilms ´A Rumor of War,´ ´For Us the Living´ and ´Decoration Day´.

In 1992, Fishburne received the Tony Award, a Drama Desk Award, an Outer Critics Circle Award and a Theater World Award for his work in the Broadway production of August Wilson´s ´Two Trains Running,´ in which he reprised the role of Sterling Johnson that he originated at the Yale Repertory Theatre.

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