Laurence Fishburne
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He may be one of our favorite faces on ABC’s Black-ish, but long before Laurence Fishburne graced our TV screens every Wednesday, he played in some pretty epic movie roles. From Morpheus in The Matrix to Ike Turner in What’s Love Got to Do With It, Fishburne’s versatility is leaving a legacy that will last for years to come.

In honor of the actor turning 55 years young, we pay homage to a cinema king.

What’s Love Got to Do With It

The Matrix

Boyz n the Hood


Akeelah and the Bee

School Daze


Higher Learning

Kimberly Wilson is the social media editor at The Root. Follow her on Twitter.