Laurence Fishburne III is one of the few Hollywood stars who can boast of a productive career in different facets of the industry. From acting to playwrighting, producing, screenwriting, and film directing, the American actor has successfully tried them all.
Also, his career has conquered the film, television and theatre genres in the movie industry, starting from the early 1970s when he became an active actor. The iconic actor holds the record as the first black American to play Shakespeare’s protagonist Othello. He was cast in the role in the 1995 adaptation by Oliver Parker. Today, Fishburne is mostly remembered for portraying Jason “Furious” Styles in the drama film Boyz n the Hood (1991), Morpheus in The Matrix trilogy as well as Tyrone “Mr. Clean” Miller in the hit war film Apocalypse Now (1979).
Though he started out early in the entertainment industry, he didn’t get the success he enjoys today handed on a platter but worked really hard to get to the top of his game. After his debut in the early 1970s, Fishburne put his all in it but his efforts didn’t really pay off until the 1990s when his breakthrough finally came.
The veteran actor was born on July 30, 1961, and was named Laurence John Fishburne III by his parents – Laurence John Fishburne, Jr., (father) who worked as a juvenile corrections officer and Hattie Bell (mother), a junior high school mathematics and science teacher. The two later got divorced, leaving Fishburne in the care of his mother. He grew up in Brooklyn, New York alongside his mother and his father only visited once in a month.
The only credible information available about his educational background is that he graduated from the now-defunct Lincoln Square Academy in New York.
The well-decorated movie star Laurence Fishburne made his acting debut in 1973 as Joshua Hall in the ABC soap opera One Life to Live. He later landed a supporting role in Apocalypse Now in 1976 but the film was released in 1979. Fishburne lied about his age (he was 14 at the time) to get the role of the 17-year-old Tyrone Miller.
In the 1980s, he appeared in films like Band of the Hand, Death Wish 2 and The Cotton Club, The Color Purple, and Red Heat. He also played roles on television shows such as Pee-wee’s Playhouse, M*A*S*H episode, The Tooth Shall Set You Free, Spenser: For Hire, and Quicksilver. Stage performances are also part of his achievements in the 80s.
In the 1990s, Fishburne continued his exploits in the movie industry, starring in the acclaimed 1991, Boyz n the Hood. His first accolade, a Tony Award, came the next year for his stage performance in Two Trains Running. This paved the way for many others and later in 1993, his portrayal of Ike Turner in What’s Love Got to Do With It scored him his first Oscar nomination.
The 2000s came with bigger roles and more prestigious awards for the thespian. Some of his remarkable works during this period include Predators (2010), Contagion (2011), Man of Steel (2013), Hannibal (2013), Black-ish (2015), Passengers (2016), John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017), and the sequels to his 1999 blockbuster The Matrix, to mention a few.
Laurence Fishburne’s Wife, Daughters
While his career has recorded massive success, the same cannot be said about the thespian’s love life. He has been married twice but is seemingly single at the moment as none of his two marriages got a happily ever after. His first marriage was to actress Hajna O. Moss who he wedded in 1985. Their union produced two children – Langston (son) born in 1987 and Montana Fishburne (daughter) born later in 1991. Unfortunately, the marriage hit the rocks and they were divorced by 1990.
In 2001, Fishburne and actress Gina Torres got engaged and by September 22, 2002, they got married in a ceremony at The Cloisters Museum in New York City. They welcomed their first child together and Fishburne’s second daughter, Delilah, in 2007. Trouble came calling once again as news of the couple’s separation broke out in September 2017.
Height and Body
With a height pegged at 1.84 m, Laurence Fishburne has an intimidating figure as in addition to standing tall at a little over 6 feet, the actor has a huge body build that doesn’t go without notice. His weight is estimated to be around 87kg which is perfect for his height. Other body measurements include Chest – 42, Arms / Biceps – 14.5 in, Waist – 36 in.