Hattie Bell is the stage name of the popular Emmy winner Laurence Fishburne. He used his stage as a tribute to his mother, Hattie Bell Fishburne. Laurence John Fishburne III is perhaps best known for his roles as Morpheus in “The Matrix” trilogy, Tyrone “Mr. Clean” Miller in “Apocalypse Now,” and as President Josiah Bartlet’s National Security Advisor Benjamin Juma in the ABC political drama series “The West Wing.”
Personal Life of Hattie Bell Fishburne
Laurence Fishburne II and Hattie Bell Crawford welcomed their only son Laurence John Fishburne III on July 30, 1961. Born in Augusta, Georgia, Fishburne began his acting career at the age of ten, appearing in the play The Wiz. Mother and son duo left Georgia and moved to Brooklyn after Fishburne’s parent’s divorce.
Fishburne has been married twice and has three children. He was with his first wife, Hajna O. Moss, a casting director, from 1985 till 1992. The duo shares two kids amongst themselves, their son Langston and daughter Montana. Langston Fishburne is an established actor who started his career right after finishing high school.
Fishburne married his second wife, Gina Torres, an actress in 2002. The couple welcomed their daughter Delilah in June 2007. Fishburne and Torres split in 2018.
On-screen Career of Hattie Bell Fishburne
After starting his acting career in 1972, Fishburne went on to appear in several films and television shows throughout the 1970s and 1980s, including the popular sitcoms “Good Times” and “A Different World.”
It was not until the early 1990s that Fishburne’s career began to take off, with his roles in the films “Boyz n the Hood”, “Deep Cover”, and “Juice.” His breakout role came in 1993 with “The Matrix,” which led to a string of successful films, including “The Matrix Reloaded” and “The Matrix Revolutions.”
In recent years, Fishburne has appeared in a few films, including “Predators”, “Red Tails”, and “Man of Steel.” He has also returned to television, with a starring role in the NBC drama “Hannibal.”
Fishburne is an accomplished stage actor, having appeared in numerous Broadway productions. He made his Broadway debut in 1977 with the play “Look Back in Anger” and went on to appear in such productions as “The Mighty Gents”, “Two Trains Running,” and “Fences.”
A talented director, Fishburne has helmed a few films and television episodes, including several episodes of the hit HBO series “Oz.” He made his feature film directorial debut with the 2001 film “Once in the Life.”
Awards won by Fishburne
Fishburne has won several awards throughout his career, including an Emmy Award for his work on the “Pee-wee’s Playhouse” Christmas special, a Tony Award for his role in the Broadway play “Two Trains Running,” and a Grammy Award for his spoken word album “Laurence Fishburne Presents Papa,” an adaptation of the classic Hemingway novel “The Old Man and the Sea.”
Fishburne has also been nominated for several Academy Awards, including Best Actor for his role in the 1993 film “What’s Love Got to Do with It,” and Best Supporting Actor for his work in the films “Apocalypse Now” and “The Matrix Reloaded.”
Fishburne constantly travels between New York City and Hollywood due to his work. He is a very talented actor and is awarded the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2005.