LAURENCE FISHBURNE (Smoke) earned an Academy Award nomination for his portrayal of Ike Turner in “What’s Love Got to Do With It.” He more recently starred as the enigmatic Morpheus in the mega-hit science fiction thriller “The Matrix,” and has reprised his role in the much-anticipated sequel “The Matrix Reloaded.”
Fishburne made his feature film debut at the age of 12 in “Cornbread, Earl and Me.” Three years later, he landed a co-starring role in Francis Ford Coppola’s Vietnam War epic “Apocalypse Now.” He later reunited with Coppola on the films “Rumble Fish,” “Gardens of Stone” and “The Cotton Club.”
Fishburne has also collaborated twice with director John Singleton on the films “Boyz N the Hood” and “Higher Learning,” receiving an Image Award for Best Actor for the latter. In 1995, Fishburne starred in the title role of Kenneth Branagh’s “Othello,” becoming the first African-American to play Shakespeare’s Moorish general on the big screen.
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