The Many Versatile Performances Of Laurence Fishburne
Laurence Fishburne has been involved in television and film since the late 1960’s, and he is known today as one of the most versatile actors in show business. With an Oscar nomination and the names of some huge films like The Matrix, Mystic River, and Apocalypse Now on his resume, it’s no wonder why Laurence Fishburne continues to be an inspiration to today’s actors like Shemar Moore and beyond. As a recipient of many NAACP awards, Laurence Fishburne has also done his part to pave the way for today’s African-American performers, showing those of any race that the talent of an actor is what truly makes the role.
Laurence Fishburne came from working parents, and his mother was a professional teacher while his father worked as a juvenile corrections officer in Augusta, Georgia. After Fishburne turned 10 years old, his parents divorced, and he moved with his mother to Brooklyn, New York where he began his love of acting. As a child, Laurence Fishburne acted in his first play titled “In My Many Names and Days”, but he didn’t allow being a child actor to go to his head.
By the age of 12, just two years after his first theatrical performance, Laurence Fishburne landed a television role on One Life to Live. After the course of 3 seasons acting on the soap, he was then discovered for his first film role in 1975 with Cornbread, Earl and Me. This role allowed him to be discovered by none other than Francis Ford Coppola, and at just 14 he starred in one of his most well-known early roles of Apocalypse Now.
Since the age of 14 with his role in Apocalypse Now, Laurence Fishburne has gone on to act in a plethora of excellent and critically acclaimed films, while also juggling roles in television. He has proven that he can portray dramatic, thrilling, and comedic characters, and his talents have been shown in each and every one. This versatility is what brings Laurence Fishburne the appreciation he has from other actors such as Shemar Moore, as he proves himself a man who can do it all.