Antwone Quenton Fisher was born in prison to a teenaged mother. He became a ward of the state of Ohio and was placed in foster care immediately. He spent two years in a loving foster home, but when it was apparent that the foster mother had become too attached to Antwone, deeming a reunion with his birth mother too difficult for the child, he was placed in a foster home where he would suffer twelve years of abuse at the hands of the foster family. He survived the cruelties of foster care and the brutalities of homelessness and set on a course of healing after joining the United States Navy where he served his country for eleven years.
Currently, Antwone works in Hollywood as a screenwriter, author and film producer. New York Times Best Seller Finding Fish a Memoir, is the inspiring story of his incredible life’s journey. The film, Antwone Fisher, based on Fisher’s life and written by Fisher himself reflects on Fisher’s life as a sailor in the United States Navy and as a child growing up as a ward of the State of Ohio, living in Cleveland. Through his collection of poetry titled, Who Will Cry For The Little Boy? a National Best Seller and now one of the best selling books of poetry of all time, Fisher reveals the inner truths that took him from a tumultuous childhood to the man he is today.
Due to the breadth of his life and career, Antwone’s has received other accolades including: the National Angel in Adoption Award and a Doctor of Humane Letters from Cleveland State University. Antwone was conferred the honorary degree for his professional achievements as an author, producer, poet and screenwriter, his loyalty to his community, his personal triumphs and his indomitable spirit of never giving up…
Antwone is now entering the theatre world with his new stage project, Finding Fish: a Play. Based on his New York Times bestseller, this one act stage adaption written by Antwone, not only probes further into the bleak depths of Antwone’s early life, but discloses stories not addressed in the film. The structure is a verbal and emotional parry between Antwone and Commander Williams, the Navy psychologist Antwone had to see to determine if he was fit for the Navy, after yet another fight with a fellow sailor. What unfolds is a story that ranges from dramatic to humorous to heartbreaking, but in the end, is triumphant…
Antwone directed and produced the play in a sold-out special benefit presentation at the acclaimed Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica, with captivating performances by Isaiah Washington (as “Antwone”) and Keith David (as “Commander Williams”). Antwone was honored to have a multi-generational and multi-cultural audience, that also gave the play a standing ovation.
In addition to securing the next production of Finding Fish: a Play, Antwone’s current screenwriting project is Training Day 2 (Warner Bros.). Antwone recently made his film directing debut with his short film, “My Summer Friend”, presently on the film festival circuit (mysummerfriendmovie.com). Antwone also teaches in the UCLA Extension Writers Program, the country’s largest continuing education writing program.
Antwone’s current book is A Boy Should Know How To Tie A Tie And Other Lessons For Succeeding In Life, already in it’s third printing, Simon & Schuster’s Touchstone Fireside.
Today, Antwone has a loving family of his own with wife, LaNette and their two beautiful daughters, Indigo and Azure.
About how far he has come, Antwone stated, “I think back upon a childhood full of longing for belonging, and see my life now as what I have created out of my dreams. An image comes to mind of Mrs. Brown at the orphanage in Cleveland, me sitting at her side, telling her, “You’ll read about me someday.” I was definitely dreaming then… With no evidence of that ever being possible, I clung to that preposterous vision and with the force of those dreams willed it and made it happen. Not because I needed to be famous, but because I needed a world that made me feel uninvited to be wrong. So I imagined myself free, I imagined myself loved, I imagined myself… as somebody."