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Antwone Fisher
Born August 3, 1959 (1959-08-03) (age 50)
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Occupation Film producer and screenwriter
Spouse(s) LaNette Fisher

Antwone Quenton Fisher (born August 3, 1959 in Cleveland, Ohio) is an American author, screenwriter, and film producer. His 2001 autobiographical book Finding Fish was the basis for the 2002 motion picture Antwone Fisher, directed by Denzel Washington.

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Early life

Antwone Fisher was placed in foster homes weeks after he was born and through most of his childhood. After living with a foster family for two years, Fisher was taken away from them.

He was then placed into another foster home with a family named the Picketts. He spent 14 years of his childhood with the Picketts and was abused physically, verbally and sexually. He was then removed from the Pickett home after having a fight with his foster mother. Antwone was sent to a male institution called George Junior Republic School where he also graduated from.

Adult life

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Navy

Fisher joined the U.S. Navy to escape homelessness. Fisher spent 11 years in the Navy. Here, he met Commander Williams, a psychiatrist who helped him work through his emotional traumas.

Life after the Navy

After the discharge from the Navy, Fisher joined the Federal Bureau of Prisons as a federal correctional officer, and after three years with the bureau, he began work as a security guard for Sony Pictures. It was here where Fisher decided to find his true family members. He contacted Annette Elkins, who turned out to be his aunt. Within months of this contact, Fisher met all of his family, including his mother Eva Mae. He learned that she had given birth to four other children who were all taken away as wards of the state. Fisher said after their meeting: "In the place inside me where the hurt of abandonment had been, now only compassion lived."

Interest in story

Fisher soon penned his autobiography Finding Fish. Stories about Antwone Fisher's life soon began taking off all over Sony's lot and many people from Hollywood lined up to develop the project. He initially declined all offers and after writing over 40 drafts sold the rights to his story to 20th Century Fox. The film Antwone Fisher was set for production with Denzel Washington behind the camera as director and Derek Luke playing the title role. Antwone Fisher was credited in the movie as both writer and co-producer.

Current life

Fisher is currently married to his wife of ten years, LaNette. They have two children together Indigo and Azure. Fisher is still working as an author, poet, movie producer and writer. The latest film he worked on as a screenwriter was ATL, starring T.I. and Big Boi.

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