Three small-time hustlers want a bigger cut of the American dream. David Mamet’s classic about loyalty and greed returns to Broadway more explosive and pointed than ever, exposing a timely American truth: crime and business are two sides of the same coin.
Laurence Fishburne On Stage - Theater Credits, Bio and Tickets
Laurence John Fishburne III was born July 30, 1961 in Augusta, Georgia. He is a Tony & Emmy Award-winning actor and a Golden Globe and Academy Award nominee, perhaps best known for his film roles as Morpheus in “The Matrix” trilogy and “The Bowery King” in the “John Wick” movie franchize, alongside his television roles in the likes of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” on CBS and “Hannibal” on NBC.
Fishburne moved to Brooklyn, New York at an early age and would later graduate from Lincoln Square Academy.
He would make his Off-Broadway debut in Eden for the Negro Ensemble Company in March 1976 and would return to the Off-Broadway stage on three separate occasions in the 1980s: in the Second Stage Theater productions of Short Eyes (1985) and Loose Ends (1988), and the Manhattan Theatre Club production of Urban Blight (later in 1988).
Fishburne made his Broadway debut in August Wilson’s Two Trains Running, which ran from April through August 1992 at the Walter Kerr Theatre, and his acclaimed turn earned him his Theatre World Award, a Drama Desk Award and even a Tony Award (in the category of ‘Best Featured Actor in a Play’). For his next stage venture, he would star in his self-penned three-hander Riff Raff for the Circle Repertory Company in the fall of 1995, which he also directed. He returned to the Great White Way to star as Henry II opposite Stockard Channing in a revival of The Lion in Winter, which ran from February through May 1999, and in 2008, he earned a Tony Award nomination and won his second Drama Desk Award (this time for ‘Outstanding Solo Performance’) for the one-man show Thurgood, which played the Booth Theatre from April through August of that year.
His regional theatre credits include a 2006 Pasadena Playhouse production of August Wilson’s Fences, opposite Angela Bassett, and a 2006 Los Angeles production of Alfred Uhry’s Without Walls.
In film, Fishburne’s early credits include “Cornbread, Earl and Me” (1975), “Apocalypse Now” (1979), “The Cotton Club” (1984), “The Color Purple” (1985), “Band of the Hand” (1986), “A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors” (1987), “Red Heat” (1988), and “School Daze” (1988). He would gain prominence in Hollywood following his turn in the 1990 cult classic “King of New York” and would shoot to global stardom thanks to his role as Jason “Furious” Styles in 1991’s “Boyz n the Hood.” Following another cult classic, 1992’s “Deep Cover,” Fishburne earned his first Oscar nomination in 1994 after his commanding performance as Ike Turner (opposite Angela Bassett’s Tina) in the much loved 1993 biopic “What’s Love Got to Do With It.” He followed this up with notable appearances in “Higher Learning” (1995), as the titular role in the 1995 film adaptation of Shakespeare's “Othello,” and in “Event Horizon” (1997), among others.
In 1999, Fishburne’s career shot to even greater heights after landing the role of Morpheus in the epic blockbuster “The Matrix,” reprising the role in “The Matrix Reloaded” and “The Matrix Revolutions” in 2003. Other Hollywood credits since “The Matrix” trilogy include “Mission Impossible III” (2006), “Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer” (2007), “Predators” (2010), “Contagion” (2011), DC Comics’ “Man of Steel” (2013) and “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” (2016), “John Wick: Chapter 2” (2017), Marvel’s “Ant-Man and The Wasp” (2018), and “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum” (2019).
On television, Fishburne’s most notable roles include a 1993 Emmy Award-winning performance in “TriBeCa” on the Fox Network, a 1996 Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated turn in “The Tuskegee Airmen” on HBO, a 1997 Emmy-nominated performance in “Miss Evers’ Boys” (also for HBO), as well as a 2011 Emmy nomination for reprising his Broadway role in Thurgood on the small screen. His most iconic TV roles include Dr. Raymond Langston in “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” (2008-11 on CBS), Special Agent Jack Crawford in “Hannibal” (2013-15 on NBC), and Pops in “Black-ish” (since 2015 on ABC).
Fishburne returns to Broadway to star opposite Sam Rockwell and Darren Criss in a star-studded revival of David Mamet’s American Buffalo at the Circle in the Square Theatre from March 24 through July 12, 2020.