Antwone Fisher
Birth Date:
August 3, 1959
Birth Place:
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Famous for:
Antwone Fisher' (2002)
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“Life often has a way of making people feel small and unimportant. But if you find a way to express yourself through writing, to put your ideas and stories on paper, you'll feel more consequential. No one should pass through time without writing their thoughts and experiences down for others to learn from. Even if only one person, a family member, reads something you wrote long after you're gone, you live on. So writing gives you power. Writing gives you immortality.” Antwone Fisher

Antwone Fisher is an American director, screenwriter, author and film producer. His autobiographical book, “Finding Fish” (2001), becomes a New York Times Best Seller. The 2002 film adaptation of the book was written by Fisher and directed by Denzel Washington. For his work on the film, Fisher picked up a Black Reel Award, a Humanitas Prize, an American Screenwriters Association Award, ShoWest Award, a Writers Guild of America nomination and a Phoenix Film Critics Society nomination. In 2005, Fisher was named one of Fade In Magazine’s “100 People in Hollywood You Need to Know.”

Childhood and Family:

Antwone Quenton Fisher was born on August 3, 1959, in a women's prison in Cleveland, Ohio, where his mother was an inmate. His mother named him after Fats Domino, whose real first name is Antoine. Weeks after his birth, baby Antwone was put in a foster home and continued to live there throughout most of his childhood. It was while living with a family named the Picketts that he was abused phisically, verbally and sexually. After 12 years, he was moved away from the Pickett home after having a fight with his foster mother. He was sent to George Junior Republic School and joined the United States Army following his graduation from the male institution.

On December 1, 1996, Antwone was married to LaNette Canister. The couple have two children together, Indigo and Azure.

Who Will Cry For The Little Boy


Antwone Fisher spent 11 years in the US Navy. He joined the Army to avoid homeless. During his time in the Army, he met Commander Williams,a psychiatrist who helped him work through his emotional traumas. After his discharge, Fisher started his three year tenure as a federal correctional officer with the Federal Bureau of Prisons before becoming a security guard for Sony Pictures Studios.
While working at Sony, Fisher wanted to find his true family members and contacted Annette Elkins, who turned out to be his aunt. Months later, he met all of his family, including his mother Eva Mae. Foster discovered that she had four other children who were all taken away as wards of the state.

Fisher wrote about his life in a memoir called “Finding Fish (William Morrow),” which became a New York Times Bestseller. He soon received many offers from Hollywood to develop his project, which he initially declined. Fisher eventually sold his story to 20th Century Fox.   

“Antwone Fisher” was released in the United States in 2002 with Fisher himself receiving credit as the sreenwriter and co-producer. The film was directed by Denzel Washington, who made his directorial debut with this film, and starred Derek Luke in the title role and former model Joy Bryant as his girlfriend. “Antwone Fisher” brought Fisher such awards as a Black Reel for Theatrical - Best Screenplay (Original or Adapted), the Humanitas Prize for Feature Film Category  and an American Screenwriters Association for Discover Screenwriting Award. He also was nominated for a Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay and a Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Screenplay – Original. In 2003, Fisher was handed the ShoWest Award for Screenwriter of the Year.

Fisher contributed story to the 2006 film “ATL” and wrote the screenplay for the 2009 short film “My Summer Friend,” which he also directed. He had a role as Barry Wilson in the 2010 short “Queen Victoria's Wedding.”

Recently, in 2012, Fisher wrote and directed a documentary film called “This Life of Mine The Leon T. Garr Story.” He also served as editor and cinematographer.    

Fisher also wrote the highly successful book of poems “Who Will Cry For The Little Boy (William Morrow).” His latest book, “A Boy Should Know How to Tie a Tie: And Other Lessons for Succeeding in Life,” was published by Simon & Schuster. He is currently working on the follow up to “Finding Fish,” cautiously titled “Finding More Fish.” Fisher has also worked as college professor and lecturer.


American Screenwriters Association: Discover Screenwriting Award “Antwone Fisher,” 2004
Black Reel: Theatrical - Best Screenplay (Original or Adapted), “ Antwone Fisher,” 2003
Humanitas Prize: Feature Film Category, “Antwone Fisher,” 2003
Phoenix Film Critics Society (PFCS): Best Screenplay – Original, “Antwone Fisher,” 2003
ShoWest Award: Screenwriter of the Year, 2003
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