Laurence Fishburne: Biography

Laurence Fishburne

At the age of 10, Fishburne appeared in his first play, In My Many Names and Days, at a little theatre space in Manhattan and was cast by legendary screenwriter Francis Ford Coppola in Apocalypse Now, aged 14. A wide-ranging career followed, with highlights including Boyz ‘n the Hood and being the first black actor to play the part of Shakespeare’s Othello on film in 1995.

In 2008, Fishburne replaced William Petersen as the male lead investigator on the popular CBS drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and left the show in 2011, occasionally returning to the theatre. In April 2008, he played Thurgood Marshall in the one-man show Thurgood and won a Drama Desk Award. It was later transferred to the TV screen and earned an Emmy nomination. 

Fishburne is perhaps best known for playing the role of Morpheus, in the hugely successful sci-fi franchise The Matrix. More information available from IMBD.