This Day in Black History: July 30, 1961

Actor Laurence Fishburne was born.

Posted: 07/30/2013 12:15 AM EDT

Regardless of race and age, not many actors have amassed a repertoire as lasting and diverse as Laurence Fishburne. The actor was born on July 30, 1961, in Augusta, Georgia, but transplanted to Brooklyn as a young boy following his parents’ divorce.

Heralded for his portrayal of intense, militant and authoritative characters, Fishburne launched himself into the industry at a young age. By the age of 14, the young performer had landed a recurring role on the daytime soap opera One Life to Live, as well as roles in films like the 1975 Cornbread, Earl and Me, renowned director Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse NowRumble Fish, The Cotton Club and Gardens of Stone. Fishburne's breakout performance as Furious Styles in John Singleton's 1991 Boyz n the Hood set a subsequent series of highly acclaimed performances in motion.

Over the next two years, the actor received a Tony Award (Two Trains Running) an Emmy Award (for television seriesTriBeCa) and an Academy Award nomination for his role as Ike Turner opposite Angela Bassett in the 1993 film What's Love Got to Do With It. Other films for which Fishburne is best known include The Matrix and its sequels, Akeelah and the Bee, Mission: Impossible III, Bobby, Predators, Othello, Mystic River, Hoodlum and Contagion.

Most recently, he starred in the Zack Snyder-directed Man of Steel in 2013. Fishburne currently plays Dr. Jack Crawford in Hannibal, an NBC series based on Thomas Harris' Red Dragon novel and Hannibal Lecter character.

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