The Matrix: About The Cast

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KEANU REEVES (Neo) is best known for his starring role in the box-office mega-hit "Speed."

Reeves most recently starred in "The Devil's Advocate" opposite Al Pacino; Andrew Davis' action film, "Chain Reaction"; the dark comedy "Feeling Minnesota," directed by Steve Baigelman; and the film about Beat writer Neil Cassady, "The Last Time I Committed Suicide." He also co-starred with Denzel Washington, Emma Thompson, Michael Keaton and Kenneth Branagh in "Much Ado About Nothing."

Previously he was seen in "Bram Stoker's Dracula," directed by Francis Ford Coppola; "My Own Private Idaho," directed by Gus Van Sant; Katherine Bigelow's action-adventure, "Point Break"; "Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey," the sequel to the very popular "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure"; and, as Prince Siddhartha, in "Little Buddha," directed by Bernardo Bertolucci.

Raised in Toronto, Reeves performed in various local theater productions and on television before relocating to Los Angeles. His first widely acclaimed role was in Tim Hunter's "River's Edge." He then starred in Marisa Silver's "Permanent Record" and with Amy Madigan and Fred Ward in "The Prince Of Pennsylvania." He was next cast as the innocent Danceny in Stephen Frears' highly praised "Dangerous Liaisons" alongside Glenn Close, John Malkovich and Michelle Pfeiffer; in Ron Howard's comedy, "Parenthood"; and in Lawrence Kasdan's "I Love You To Death."

Audiences saw Reeves as a romantic lead opposite Barbara Hershey in Jon Amiel's "Tune In Tomorrow," also starring Peter Falk. His other credits include the science-fiction thriller "Johnny Mnemonic" and Alfonso Arau's period drama, "A Walk In The Clouds."

LAURENCE FISHBURNE (Morpheus), honored for his work on the stage and screen, earned an Academy Award nomination for his searing portrayal of Ike Turner in the hit biopic "What's Love Got To Do With It?."

Fishburne, who began acting at the age of 10, was only 15 years old when he won the role of a young G.I. in Francis Ford Coppola's Vietnam War epic, "Apocalypse Now." He went on to work with Coppola on "Rumble Fish," "Gardens Of Stone" and "The Cotton Club."

Fishburne has collaborated twice with noted director John Singleton, on "Boyz N The Hood" and "Higher Learning," earning an NAACP Image Award for Best Actor for the former. His other credits include "Othello," "Searching For Bobby Fischer," "Just Cause," "Bad Company," "Class Action," "Deep Cover," "Fled," "Cadence," "King Of New York," "Red Heat" "Band Of The Hand," Spike Lee's "School Daze," Steven Spielberg's "The Color Purple" and most recently, "Hoodlum" and "Event Horizon."

On the small screen, Fishburne received nominations for the Emmy, Golden Globe and CableACE Awards and won an NAACP Image Award for his performance in the HBO Movie "The Tuskegee Airmen," the story of America's first black combat pilots. He also won an Emmy Award for his role in the premiere episode of Robert De Niro's series, "Tribeca." In 1997, Fishburne received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Mini-Series or Special for his starring role in the HBO drama "Miss Evers' Boys," which he executive produced. "Miss Evers' Boys" was awarded five Emmys, including the coveted President's Award, which honors a program that illuminates a social or educational issue.

Fishburne's other television credits include the critically acclaimed telefilms "A Rumor Of War," "For Us The Living" and "Decoration Day."

In 1992, Fishburne received the Tony Award, a Drama Desk Award, an Outer Critics Circle Award and a Theatre World Award for his work in the Broadway production of August Wilson's "Two Trains Running," in which he reprised the role of Sterling Johnson that he originated at the Yale Repertory Theatre.

CARRIE-ANNE MOSS (Trinity) was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and began her career as a model. After high school she moved to Europe, where she immediately landed a regular role in the television series "Dark Justice," which was produced in Barcelona for its first season. When the series relocated to Los Angeles, so did Moss.

In the six years since her acting career began, Moss has appeared in a number of television series prior to landing "The Matrix," including "Models Inc." In 1996 she guest-starred in "Due South," for which she received a nomination for the Gemini Award for the Best Performance by an Actress in a Guest Role in a Dramatic Series.

Moss has been able to easily cross over from television to film. Her feature film credits include starring roles in "Sabotage," "The Secret Life Of Algernon" and the upcoming "New Blood."

HUGO WEAVING (Agent Smith) is one of Australia's most acclaimed actors. He graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art in 1981 and has since worked extensively in film, television and theater.

In 1998 Weaving won an Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actor for his work in "The Interview," directed by Craig Monahan. In 1991 he won an Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actor for his work in "Proof," directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse. He also received and AFI Award nomination in 1994 for "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert," directed by Stephen Elliot.

Weaving's other film credits include the recently completed "Bedrooms And Hallways," the critically acclaimed "True Love And Chaos," Stephen Elliot's "Frauds," "The Custodian," Paul Cox's "Exile," "Reckless Kelly," "Wendy Cracked A Walnut," "The Right Hand Man," "For Love Alone" and "The City's Edge."

His television credits include the acclaimed Australian miniseries "Bodyline," the Australian series "Halifax f.p.," the telefilm "The Bite," the miniseries "Bangkok Hilton" (also starring Nicole Kidman), "The Dirtwater Dynasty," "Naked - Coral Island," "Barlow And Chambers - A Long Way From Home" and "Melba."

His numerous theater credits include the Sydney Theatre Company's "Macbeth," "The Perfectionist," "The Cherry Orchard" and "Arcadia." He has also starred in "Much Ado About Nothing" and "The Taming Of The Shrew" for the Melbourne Theatre Company, and in "Julius Caesar," "Ring Around The Moon" and "Private Lives" for the State Theatre Company of South Australia.

JOE PANTOLIANO (Cypher) recently starred opposite Jennifer Tilly and Gina Gershon in "Bound," directed by Larry and Andy Wachowski. Last year he also starred with Tommy Lee Jones and Wesley Snipes in "U.S. Marshals," reprising the role of Cosmo Renfro that he first played in the Academy Award-nominated hit thriller "The Fugitive." He will soon be seen in "Taxman" co-starring Elizabeth Berkley, which Pantoliano also associate produced.

His other credits include Taylor Hackford's "The Idolmaker," "The Final Terror," "Eddie And The Cruisers," "Risky Business," "The Mean Season," "Goonies," "Running Scared," "La Bamba," Steven Spielberg's "Empire Of The Sun," "Used People," Martin Brest's "Midnight Run," "Baby's Day Out," "The Fugitive," "Bad Boys" and "Congo."

Born in Hoboken, New Jersey, Pantoliano landed his first professional role in 1972 when he played Billy Bibbit in the national touring company of "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest." He worked in regional theater and has appeared in more than 40 Off-Broadway productions, including "Vision Of Kerouac" at the Lion Theatre, "The Death Star" at the Theatre of St. Clements and "The Off-Season" at the New Dramatist's Guild.

In 1976 Pantoliano moved to Hollywood and appeared in the ABC series "McNamara's Band" and in "Free Country," starring Rob Reiner and directed by James Burrows. Burrows then cast Pantoliano in the role of Maggio, originally played by Frank Sinatra, in the NBC miniseries "From Here to Eternity." Pantoliano was later nominated for a CableACE Award for an episode of HBO's "Tales From The Crypt" directed by Richard Donner.

Pantoliano is the winner of a DramaLogue Award and a Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Actor in "Orphans." His second DramaLogue Award for Best Actor was received for "Italian American Reconciliation," written by John Patrick Shanley.

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