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Profession

Category:
EntertainmentMakers
Occupation(s):
Screenwriter

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Lima Beans
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Bermuda
Favorite Quote:
To Thine Own Self Be True.

Birthplace

Born:
8/3/1959
Birth Location:
Delaware, Ohio

Profession

Category:
EntertainmentMakers
Occupation(s):
Screenwriter

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Lima Beans
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Bermuda
Favorite Quote:
To Thine Own Self Be True.

Birthplace

Born:
8/3/1959
Birth Location:
Delaware
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Biography

Screenwriter and author Antwone Quenton Fisher was born on August 3, 1959 in a women’s prison outside of Cleveland, Ohio to seventeen-year-old Eva Mae Fisher and twenty-three-year-old Edward Elkins. His mother named him for pianist Antoine “Fats” Domino, and his father was killed before he was born. As a result, Fisher grew up in several foster homes, without having known his parents. Twelve years of his childhood were spent with a foster family named the Picketts, a middle-aged couple whose children were already grown. During his time with the Picketts, Fisher was beaten physically, sexually abused by a neighbor and family friend, and emotionally neglected. For many years, his foster father did not even acknowledge whether he knew Fisher's name. After one fight with Mrs. Pickett, Fisher was kicked out of the home and forced to return to social services.

For high school, Fisher attended George Junior Republic School, a specialized school for young men from disadvantaged circumstances located in western Pennsylvania. While attending school, he met social worker Bill Ward, who was a significant and positive influence in Fisher’s life. When Fisher graduated, he moved into a Cleveland YMCA. Seeking protection for the numerous predators in the neighborhood, Fisher entered into the criminal world of Cleveland by collecting money from prostitutes for a local pimp named Butch. For the latter half of 1977, Fisher was homeless and slept wherever he could find some shelter, usually on the campus of Cleveland State University.

Fisher joined the United States Navy in 1978, where he spent eleven years in the service. He began to receive counseling from a Naval psychiatrist, Lieutenant Commander Williams. Williams helped motivate Fisher to discover his own origins. After his discharge from the Navy, Fisher became a federal corrections officer for the Federal Bureau of Prisons for three years. He then began working as a security guard for Sony Pictures, and resolved to discover the whereabouts of his biological family. After some research, Fisher contacted his aunt, Annette Elkins and was able to meet his biological family, including his mother, Eva Mae. In 1996, Fisher married his wife, LaNette Fisher, with whom he has two children.

In 2001, Fisher published his autobiography, Finding Fish. After this, Fisher fielded several competing offers for the film rights. After declining several offers, he ultimately sold the rights to his story to 20th Century Fox. Shortly thereafter, the film Antwone Fisher was released with actor Derek Luke portraying the title character. The film was directed by Denzel Washington, who portrayed Commander Williams. Fisher’s other writing credits include work on the films Money Talks, Rush Hour and ATL. In 2005, Fisher released a book of his own poetry entitled Who Will Cry for the Little Boy?

Antwone Fisher was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on April 19, 2007 and September 19, 2008.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Antwone Fisher's interview, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Antwone Fisher lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Antwone Fisher describes his biological parents' family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Antwone Fisher describes his paternal grandfather and great-grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Antwone Fisher lists his biological father's siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Antwone Fisher remembers his first foster mother, Nellie Strange
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Antwone Fisher recalls being removed from his first foster mother's home
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Antwone Fisher describes his foster family, the Packs
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Antwone Fsiher describes his foster parents' background
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Antwone Fisher describes his earliest memories of living with the Packs
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Antwone Fisher describes his upbringing with the Pack family
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Antwone Fisher remembers his foster father's church
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Antwone Fisher recalls being abused by his foster mother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Antwone Fisher describes his foster care caseworkers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Antwone Fisher describes his elementary school experiences
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Antwone Fisher describes his neighborhood in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Antwone Fisher remembers Christmas celebrations with his foster family
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Antwone Fisher describes his foster father
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Antwone Fisher remembers the death of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Antwone Fisher describes his foster brother
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Antwone Fisher recalls the death of his foster sister, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Antwone Fisher describes his relationship with his foster siblings
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Antwone Fisher recalls the death of his foster sister, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Antwone Fisher recalls his foster brother's release from prison
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Antwone Fisher talks about coping with abuse
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Antwone Fisher recalls how his foster sister was treated by their foster parents
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Antwone Fisher describes the local preacher who lived in his foster home
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Antwone Fisher describes the community in the Glenville neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Antwone Fisher describes the impact of his foster sister's trauma
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Antwone Fisher talks about his academic experiences
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Antwone Fisher describes his temporary foster brother, Kevin
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Antwone Fisher recalls caring for Vietnam War veterans at his foster home
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Antwone Fisher recalls being kicked out of his foster home, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Antwone Fisher recalls being kicked out of his foster home, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Antwone Fisher describes his first experience of racial discrimination
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Antwone Fisher recalls being sent to the George Junior Republic reform school in Grove City, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Antwone Fisher describes the George Junior Republic reform school
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Antwone Fisher remembers his counselor at George Junior Republic
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Antwone Fisher describes his experiences at George Junior Republic
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Slating of Antwone Fisher's interview, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Antwone Fisher describes his mindset while at George Junior Republic
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Antwone Fisher remembers graduating from George Junior Republic
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Antwone Fisher recalls his first job search
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Antwone Fisher talks about his experiences while living at a YMCA
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Antwone Fisher recalls leaving the YMCA
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Antwone Fisher remembers working on the street in Cleveland, Ohio, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Antwone Fisher remembers working on the street in Cleveland, Ohio, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Antwone Fisher recalls returning to his childhood neighborhood
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Antwone Fisher remembers the murder of his childhood friend
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Antwone Fisher describes his experiences of being homeless
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Antwone Fisher recalls becoming reacquainted with his foster sister
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Antwone Fisher recalls joining the U.S. Navy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Antwone Fisher recalls completing basic training for the U.S. Navy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Antwone Fisher recalls adapting to life in the U.S. Navy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Antwone Fisher recalls getting into fights in the U.S. Navy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Antwone Fisher describes his U.S. Navy psychiatrist
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Antwone Fisher recalls maturing during his U.S. Navy service
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Antwone Fisher remembers the influential people in his life
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Antwone Fisher describes his work responsibilities in the U.S. Navy
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Antwone Fisher describes his jobs after leaving the U.S. Navy
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Antwone Fisher recalls meeting his birth father's family
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Antwone Fisher recalls meeting his birth mother
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Antwone Fisher talks about his relationship with his birth mother
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Antwone Fisher recalls writing the screenplay for 'Antwone Fisher'
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Antwone Fisher recalls working at Sony Pictures Entertainment
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Antwone Fisher recalls becoming a screenwriter
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Antwone Fisher recalls meeting his wife, LaNette Canister Fisher
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - Antwone Fisher talks about his autobiography, 'Finding Fish'
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - Antwone Fisher talks about the production of 'Antwone Fisher'
  • Tape: 9 Story: 6 - Antwone Fisher describes the opening scene of 'Antwone Fisher,' pt. 1
  • Tape: 9 Story: 7 - Antwone Fisher describes the opening scene of 'Antwone Fisher,' pt. 2
  • Tape: 9 Story: 8 - Antwone Fisher reflects upon his success
  • Tape: 9 Story: 9 - Antwone Fisher describes his maternal uncle, Jess Fisher
  • Tape: 9 Story: 10 - Antwone Fisher talks about his current projects
  • Tape: 10 Story: 1 - Antwone Fisher describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 10 Story: 2 - Antwone Fisher reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 10 Story: 3 - Antwone Fisher talks about being a vegetarian
  • Tape: 10 Story: 4 - Antwone Fisher describes how he would like to be remembered