Laurence Fishburne – at 14 lied about his age to fly across the world and star in Apocalypse Now

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Laurence Fishburne – at 14 lied about his age to fly across the world and star in Apocalypse Now1Most moviegoers know Laurence Fishburne (III) as the cool, understated and quietly courageous Captain Morpheus from The Matrix film trilogy, or as Furious Styles, the voice of reason in the 1991 Boyz n the Hood. However, few actors working today can boast a screen history as dense and eclectic as the Georgia-born, Manhattan-raised Larry Fishburne.

Even fewer can claim the sort of childhood that Larry experienced, if you figure childhood generally lasts for at least fourteen or fifteen years. Born in Augusta, Georgia in 1961 to Laurence Fishburne II and Hattie, juvenile corrections officer and schoolteacher respectively, Larry moved with Hattie to New York when she and his dad divorced, so he was raised in Brooklyn.

Laurence Fishburne – at 14 lied about his age to fly across the world and star in Apocalypse Now

Larry’s first notable acting gig was as Peter Pan when he was ten, and at twelve he was cast as Josh Hall, a tough drug-dealing street kid in the soap opera One Life to…

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