On May 10 2009, Lawrence Fishburne recieved an an honorary doctorate from Howard University's in Washington, D.C. in recognition of his acting achievements.
Awards and Nominations: 2009 - Image Award: "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series" for CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (nominated) 2007 - Image Award: "Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture" for Akeelah and the Bee (nominated) 2007 - Black Reel Award: "Best Film" for Akeelah and the Bee (nominated) 2007 - Black Reel Award: "Best Supporting Actor" for Akeelah and the Bee (nominated) 2006 - Hollywood Film Award: "Ensemble of the Year" for Bobby (won) 2005 - Image Award: "Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture" for Assault on Precinct 13 (nominated) 2003 - BSFC Award: "Best Ensemble Cast" for Mystic River, shared with Kevin Bacon, Marcia Gay Harden, Laura Linney, Sean Penn and Tim Robbins (won) 1999 - Blockbuster Entertainment Award: "Favorite Supporting Actor - Action/Science-Fiction" for The Matrix (nominated) 1999 - Black Reel award: "Best Actor" for The Matrix (nominated) 1998 - Golden Satellite Award: "Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television" for Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned (nominated)1997- Emmy Award: Outstanding Made Television Movie for Miss Evers Boys (won)1997 - Black Film Award: "Best Actor" for Hoodlum (nominated) 1997 - Cable ACE Award: "Best Movie" for Miss Evers Boys, shared with Robert Benedetti (executive producer), Derek Kavanagh (producer), Kip Konwiser (producer), Kern Konwiser (co-producer), Peter Stelzer (won) 1995 - Emmy Award: "Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV" for The Tuskegee Airmen (won) 1995 - Screen Actors Guild Award: "Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries" for The Tuskegee Airmen (nominated) 1993 - Oscar: "Best Actor in a Leading Role" for What's Love Got to Do With It (nominated) 1993 - Emmy Award: "Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series" for Tribeca (won) 1991 - MTV Movie Award: "Best Fight" for The Matrix, shared with Keanu Reeves (nominated)
The Catawba Science Center's Millholland Planetarium in Hickory, North Carolina opened a new laser show in January 2009 called "Infinity Express". The show is narrated by Laurence Fishburne.
His debut appearance in CSI: Crime Scene Investigations on December 11 2008 garnered the highest rating to date for that show.
The Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) had announced on October 20th 2008 that Laurence Fishburne will be honored with the prestigious Career Achievement Award.
Rumors were floating about that Mr. Fishburne had pulled strings to recruit Paul Reubens (a.k.a. Pee-Wee Herman) to join the cast of CSI in an effort to help boost his friend's career. Laurence Fishburne has flatly denied this.
His voice of his character of "Cowboy Curtis" on Pee-Wee's Playhouse was based on Jim Nabors' voice in Gomer Pyle USMC.
As a perk for having done the narration on "America's Game", a show about the greatest Super Bowl games ever played, Laurence was given Super Bowl tickets for the next five years. He isn't a football fan.
He has worked with Francis Ford Coppola on four different films: Apocalypse Now (1979), Rumble Fish (1983), The Cotton Club (1984), and Gardens of Stone (1987).
His nickname among friends is "Fish". He does not like being called "Larry" since that is what he was called when he was a child.
Laurence nicknamed the 65 pound spacesuit that he wore in Event Horizon, "Doris".
His professional career began when he was ten years old. He performed on stage in a play in New York City called My Many Names and Faces. He was credited as "Young Larry".
Laurence appears in a music video for The Spooks song "Things I've Seen" in 2000.
He has worked with Angela Bassett on four different films. He says that they have an electricity and freedom that he hasn't found with any other actor.
He auditioned for the role of Ben in Night of the Living Dead (1990).
He won a Tony Award as "Best Actor (Featured Role - Play)" for August Wilson's Two Trains Running in 1992.
Laurence made his feature directorial debut on Once in the Life, the independent film version of his play Riff-Raff. He also wrote, produced, and starred in the movie adaptation, having previously starred in and directed the original theatrical production. The initial run of the latter, in Los Angeles, was his first production under his own banner, LOA Productions, and was followed by a production at New York's Circle Rep Theater.
Laurence Fishburne: (during an interview in which he was asked his opinion of Justice Thurgood Marshal, whom he had been playing in a one-man show on stage) Growing up, I suppose he was someone who my parents, my elders, could have pointed to and said, you know, "Here's an example of the kind of man that you could be."
Laurence Fishburne: (when asked why he continues to return to the stage between films) It's church for actors. It's where I learned how to do what I do. There is no feeling like the feeling one gets from performing live.
Laurence Fishburne: It's funny... a lot of people think I take myself seriously because I come off so serious sometimes. But it's not that I take myself seriously, I take what I do seriously. I came up around people who took acting seriously, who cared about acting, cared about the theater and, in the '70s, made movies that said something that mattered. I came up with those people, and I was a kid. Their ethos and credo became mine.
Laurence Fishburne: (on being a child actor) In most cases I'd say to live life first. There are exceptions to that rule. I was an exception, as is Keke Palmer. Jodie Foster and Ron Howard were certainly exceptions to that rule, but most aren't.
Laurence Fishburne: (on preparing for a role) It depends on the part, but mostly it's intuition, script, and really what's going on in the moment. It's the present moment that's important for me. If you're playing a real person, then you want to do a certain amount of research, but that's only going to be so useful to you. Each role requires a different kind of approach to get ready.
Laurence Fishburne: I've been around long enough now and have learned to be flexible enough to know that every movie isn't going to be Apocalypse Now and every director doesn't have to be Stanley Kubrick.
Laurence Fishburne: Blacks have been in the position of having to rebel since day one. It's only natural. Black people are the lowest on the totem pole. When kids reach adolescence that's often how they feel. They feel like they are adults, but they're not treated that way. Blacks are this country's perpetual adolescents.
Laurence Fishburne: I'm not afraid to open myself up. I've had to all my life. Part of my job is to dig and to dig deeper. And I really enjoy it, because change is constant and is not something you should fight. Accelerated change can be good for you. The more you change, the more you grow. The more you grow, the better for you and those around you.
Laurence Fishburne: (on the plan to adapt Paulo Coelho's book "The Alchemist" on film) It spoke to my wanting to fulfill the dreams that I had as a human being. It is a touchstone for a lot of people. I think the message is appealing. If you have a desire, if your heart has a desire that is pure and positive, then the universe will conspire to help you.
Laurence Fishburne: Special effects are characters. Special effects are essential elements. Just because you can't see them doesn't mean they aren't there.
Laurence Fishburne: (on identifying with his "Matrix: Reloaded" character Morpheus) I relate to him because he's a man of faith. He has tremendous faith, and I have tremendous faith and that's the place where we really connect. That's the place where I can consciously say, "Oh yeah, we're similar."
Laurence Fishburne: I think of myself as being a relatively intelligent man who is open to a lot of different things and I think that questioning our purpose in life and the meaning of existence is something that we all go through at some point. I certainly believe that being in contact with one's spirit and nurturing one's spirit is as important as nurturing one's body and mind.
Laurence Fishburne: (on why he didn't read the complete play of "Othello" before acting in the film version in which more than half of the dialogue was cut) Why should I read all those words that I'm not going to get to say?
Laurence Fishburne: I've played a lot of bad guys, 'cause that was the only work I could get. People saw my face and went 'oooh'.
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