Ray Fisher (actor)

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Ray Fisher
Ray Fisher by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg
Fisher at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con
Born (1987-09-08) September 8, 1987 (age 34)
OccupationActor
Years active2008–present

Ray Fisher (born September 8, 1987) is an American actor. He's married to Tenikia M. Bradford, born September 1, 1983. Ray Fisher is known for his portrayal of the superhero Victor Stone / Cyborg in the DC Extended Universe media franchise, appearing first in a cameo in the film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) and then in a lead role in the films Justice League (2017) and its 2021 director's cut. In television, he played detective Henry Hays in the third season of the crime drama series True Detective. He recently played in "Women of Movement" which aired on ABC on January 6, 2022. This was a documentary based on Emmett Till.

Early life and education[edit]

Fisher was born in Baltimore, Maryland,[1] and grew up in Lawnside, New Jersey, where he was raised by his mother and grandmother.[2] He attended Haddon Heights High School.[3] He became involved in musical theatre through his English and history teachers in high school.[4] His first stage performances were in productions of the musicals Into the Woods and Guys and Dolls.[1] Fisher attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy.[5]

Career[edit]

Fisher performed as part of the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, where he starred in a production of the play To Kill a Mockingbird.[6] He also performed in the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's productions of the plays King Lear and Cymbeline.[6] In 2009, Fisher acted in William Shakespeare's play Macbeth at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey in Madison, New Jersey at Drew University.[7] He portrayed Muhammad Ali in the 2013 off-Broadway production of the play Fetch Clay, Make Man at the New York Theatre Workshop in New York City, gaining 20 pounds of muscle and going from 193 to 212 pounds.[8] To prepare for the role, he stated that he "had to lift — bench presses, curls, squats, calf raises" and "get used to a new body".[9]

Fisher had a cameo appearance as the superhero Victor Stone / Cyborg in the 2016 superhero film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.[10] The character was the first black superhero in the DC Extended Universe media franchise.[2] He reprised the role as part of an ensemble cast in Justice League (2017),[2] which generated lukewarm reviews and had an unsuccessful theatrical run.[11] In 2020, Fisher accused director Joss Whedon of "abusive" and "unprofessional" behavior while filming Justice League.[12] He also called DC Films executive Walter Hamada "the most dangerous kind of enabler" and stated that he "will not participate in any production associated with [Hamada]" in December 2020.[13] While he was slated to appear in the film The Flash, Fisher was fired after vowing to never work with Hamada, the film's producer.[14] He reprised the role of Cyborg in Zack Snyder's Justice League, the 2021 director's cut of Justice League.[15] Fisher participated in the filming of new footage for the cut in October 2020.[16] The cut generated a good critical reception,[17] with Tom Jorgensen of IGN highlighting Fisher's nuanced and colorful portrayal and Alex Abad-Santos of Vox praising the "mix of rage and vulnerability" in his performance.[18][19]

Fisher starred in the third season of the anthology crime drama series True Detective, which aired in 2019 on HBO.[20] He will portray Gene Mobley, the husband of activist Mamie Till-Mobley, in the ABC limited series Women of the Movement.[21]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2016 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Victor Stone / Cyborg Cameo [10]
2017 Justice League [2]
2021 Zack Snyder's Justice League [15]
Television
Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2015 The Astronaut Wives Club Captain Edward Dwight Episode: "In the Blind" [22]
2019 True Detective Henry Hays Main role (season 3), 8 episodes [20]
2022 Women of the Movement Gene Mobley Main role [21]
Theatre
Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2009 Macbeth Macbeth Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey [7]
2013 Fetch Clay, Make Man Muhammad Ali New York Theatre Workshop [8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Trethan, Phaedra (November 20, 2017). "'Justice League' has super connection to New Jersey". The Seattle Times. Associated Press. Retrieved December 28, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d Masters, Kim (April 6, 2021). "Ray Fisher Opens Up About 'Justice League,' Joss Whedon and Warners: "I Don't Believe Some of These People Are Fit for Leadership"". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 7, 2021.
  3. ^ "My Interview With Justice League's New Hero 'Cyborg'". Media Bee. June 10, 2015. Archived from the original on June 10, 2015. Retrieved June 10, 2015.
  4. ^ Maida, Jerome (November 20, 2017). "Camden's Ray Fisher talks about 'Justice League' – and Cyborg's cinematic future". PhillyVoice. Retrieved April 8, 2021.
  5. ^ Daniels, Karu F. (November 18, 2017). "'It's beyond time': Ray Fisher talks 'Justice League', superhero diversity". NBC News. Retrieved April 8, 2021.
  6. ^ a b Daniels, Karu F. (September 9, 2020). "Jason Momoa supports co-star in 'Justice League' investigation". New York Daily News. Retrieved April 8, 2021.
  7. ^ a b "Acting Company: Ray Fisher – Oregon Shakespeare Festival". Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Retrieved January 20, 2021.
  8. ^ a b "DC's 'Cyborg,' Ray Fisher, didn't know he was getting his own movie". Entertainment Weekly. October 21, 2014. Retrieved September 27, 2017.
  9. ^ Soloski, Alexis (September 25, 2013). "Growing Into Larger-Than-Life Ali". The New York Times. Retrieved April 8, 2021.
  10. ^ a b Kroll, Justin (April 24, 2014). "Ray Fisher to Play Cyborg In Batman-Superman Movie". Variety. Retrieved June 30, 2014.
  11. ^ Grebey, James (March 12, 2021). "How to Prepare for Zack Snyder's Justice League". Vulture. Archived from the original on June 14, 2021. Retrieved September 19, 2021.
  12. ^ Vary, Adam B. (July 1, 2020). "'Justice League' Actor Ray Fisher: Joss Whedon Was 'Abusive' On Set". Variety. Retrieved April 7, 2021.
  13. ^ Kiefer, Halle (December 30, 2020). "Ray Fisher Calls DC Films President 'Most Dangerous Kind of Enabler,' Vows to Never Work Under Him". Vulture. Retrieved April 7, 2021.
  14. ^ Hibberd, James (January 14, 2021). "Ray Fisher reacts to being dismissed from The Flash with a lengthy statement slamming studio". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 7, 2021.
  15. ^ a b Brenzican, Anthony (March 12, 2021). "'Justice League': The Untold Story of Cyborg and Deathstroke". Vanity Fair. Retrieved April 7, 2021.
  16. ^ Kit, Borys (October 21, 2020). "Jared Leto to Play Joker in Zack Snyder's 'Justice League' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on October 21, 2020. Retrieved September 19, 2021.
  17. ^ Brown, Tracy (March 19, 2021). "How the 'Justice League' Snyder cut happened: A timeline". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on March 19, 2021. Retrieved September 19, 2021.
  18. ^ Jorgensen, Tom (March 15, 2021). "Zack Snyder's Justice League Review". IGN. Archived from the original on March 15, 2021. Retrieved September 19, 2021.
  19. ^ Abad-Santos, Alex (March 15, 2021). "The Snyder Cut review: Zack Snyder's Justice League rights a lot of wrongs". Vox. Archived from the original on April 29, 2021. Retrieved September 19, 2021.
  20. ^ a b Tach, Dave (January 16, 2019). "True Detective season 3 recap: a deep dive into episodes 1 & 2". Polygon. Retrieved April 7, 2021.
  21. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (December 17, 2020). "Ray Fisher Joins ABC Limited Series 'Women Of The Movement'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 7, 2021.
  22. ^ Dana Rose Falcone (July 19, 2015). "The Astronaut Wives Club recap: In the Blind". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 18, 2022.

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