Laurence Fishburne Fishburne was born in Augusta, Georgia to African American parents Laurence Fishburne II, who worked in the Bronx, and Hattie, a junior high school math teacher. His parents divorced during his childhood and Fishburne's father saw him once a month.
Career Fishburne started acting at the age of 12, getting his big break portraying Joshua Hall on the ABC soap opera, One Life to Live in 1973. Fishburne later earned a supporting role in Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now, as well as a recurring role as "Cowboy Curtis" alongside Pee Wee Herman (Paul Reubens) in the CBS children's television show, Pee-Wee's Playhouse. However, it was his 1991 role in Boyz N The Hood that gained him lasting recognition as an outstanding actor. The next year, Fishburne won a Tony Award for his stage performance in August Wilson's Two Trains Running, which was followed by an Oscar nomination one year later for his portrayal of Ike Turner in What's Love Got to Do With It?. Also in 1992 he received an Emmy Award for an episode of the short-lived TV series Tribeca. Nowadays Fishburne is best known for his role as Morpheus, the hacker-mentor of Neo (Keanu Reeves) in the blockbuster science fiction movie series The Matrix.
He has recently appeared alongside Tom Cruise as his IMF superior in Mission: Impossible III.
Personal life Fishburne married actress Hajna O. Moss in 1985 and had two children with her, a son named Langston (born 1987) and a daughter named Montana (born 1991); however, the couple got divorced during the 1990s, and on September 20, 2002, Fishburne married another actress, Gina Torres. Fishburne is a notable graduate of Lincoln Square Academy in New York which closed in the 1980s.
Fishburne lives in New Rochelle, New York.