Ray Fisher is an American actor, known for his portrayal of the superhero Cyborg in the DC Extended Universe media franchise, appearing first in a cameo in the film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) and then in a lead role in the films Justice League (2017) and its 2021 director’s cut. In television, he played detective Henry Hays in the third season of the crime drama series True Detective.
Fisher’s theatre work includes his portrayal of Muhammed Ali in The New York Theatre Workshop’s Off-Broadway production of Will Power’s Fetch Clay, Make Man as well as stints with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and various regional theatres across the US.
Fisher was born in Baltimore, Maryland, US. He grew up in Lawnside, New Jersey, where he was raised by his mother and grandmother. He attended Haddon Heights High School. He “got involved” in musical theatre through his English and history teachers in high school. His first stage performances were in productions of the musicals Into the Woods and Guys and Dolls. Fisher attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy.
Fisher performed as part of the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, where he starred in a production of the play To Kill a Mockingbird. He also performed in the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s productions of the plays King Lear and Cymbeline. In 2009, Fisher acted in William Shakespeare’s play Macbeth at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey in Madison, New Jersey at Drew University. He portrayed Muhammad Ali in the 2013 Off-Broadway production of the play Fetch Clay, Make Man at the New York Theatre Workshop in New York City, gaining 20 pounds of muscle and going from 193 to 212 pounds. To prepare for the role, he stated that he “had to lift — bench presses, curls, squats, calf raises” and “get used to a new body.”
Fisher had a cameo appearance as the superhero Victor Stone / Cyborg in the 2016 superhero film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The character was the first black superhero in the DC Extended Universe media franchise. He reprised the role in the ensemble Justice League (2017). In 2020, Fisher accused director Joss Whedon of “abusive” and “unprofessional” behavior while filming Justice League. He also called DC Films executive Walter Hamada “the most dangerous kind of enabler” and stated that he “will not participate in any production associated with [Hamada]” in December 2020. While he was slated to appear in the film The Flash, Fisher stated in January 2021 that he had been removed from the film due to Hamada’s involvement. He reprised the role of Cyborg in Zack Snyder’s Justice League, the 2021 director’s cut of Justice League. Fisher participated in the filming of new footage for the film in October 2020. His role in the film received praise.
Fisher starred in the third season of the anthology crime drama series True Detective, which aired in 2019 on HBO. He will portray Gene Mobley, the husband of activist Mamie Till-Mobley, in the ABC limited series Women of the Movement.