Morgan Freeman

Morgan Freeman

Morgan Porterfield Freeman, Jr. is an American actor, film director, and narrator. He is noted for his reserved demeanor and authoritative speaking voice. Freeman has received Academy Award nominations for his performances in Street Smart, Driving Miss Daisy, The Shawshank Redemption and Invictus and won in 2005 for Million Dollar Baby. He has also won a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award. Morgan Freeman was born in Memphis, Tennessee, the son of Mayme Edna (née Revere) and Morgan Porterfield Freeman, Sr., a barber who died in 1961 from liver cirrhosis. Freeman was sent as an infant to his paternal grandmother in Charleston, Mississippi. He has three older siblings. Freeman's family moved frequently during his childhood, living in Greenwood, Mississippi; Gary, Indiana; and finally Chicago, Illinois. Freeman made his acting debut at age 9, playing the lead role in a school play. He then attended Broad Street High School, currently Threadgill Elementary School, in Mississippi. At age 12, he won a statewide drama competition, and while still at Broad Street High School, he performed in a radio show based in Nashville, Tennessee. In 1955, he graduated from Broad Street High School, but turned down a partial drama scholarship from Jackson State University, opting instead to work as a mechanic in the United States Air Force. Freeman moved to Los Angeles in the early 1960s and worked as a transcript clerk at Los Angeles Community College. During this period, he also lived in New York City, working as a dancer at the 1964 World's Fair, and in San Francisco, where he was a member of the Opera Ring music group. Freeman acted in a touring company version of The Royal Hunt of the Sun, and also appeared as an extra in the 1965 film The Pawnbroker. He made his off-Broadway debut in 1967, opposite Viveca Lindfors in The Nigger Lovers (about the civil rights era "Freedom Riders"), before debuting on Broadway in 1968's all-black version of Hello, Dolly!, which also starred Pearl Bailey and Cab Calloway. Freeman was married to Jeanette Adair Bradshaw from October 22, 1967, until 1979. He married Myrna Colley-Lee on June 16, 1984. The couple separated in December 2007. Freeman's attorney and business partner, Bill Luckett, announced in August 2008 that Freeman and his wife are in the process of divorce. He has two sons from previous relationships. He adopted his first wife's daughter and the couple also had a fourth child. Freeman lives in Charleston, Mississippi, and New York City. He has a private pilot's license, which he earned at age 65, and co-owns and operates Madidi, a fine dining restaurant, and Ground Zero, a blues club, both located in Clarksdale, Mississippi. He officially opened his second Ground Zero in Memphis, Tennessee on April 24, 2008. Freeman has publicly criticized the celebration of Black History Month and does not participate in any related events, saying, "I don't want a black history month. Black history is American history." He says the only way to end racism is to stop talking about it, and he notes that there is no "white history month". Freeman once said on an interview with 60 Minutes' Mike Wallace: "I am going to stop calling you a white man and I'm going to ask you to stop calling me a black man.

Born: June 1, 1937

Filmography

2016
Ben-Hur as Ilderim
2016
Now You See Me 2 as Thaddeus Bradley
2015
2015
Last Knights as Bartok
2014
Dolphin Tale 2 as Dr. Cameron McCarthy
2014
2014
Wish Wizard as Maxwell Omni
2014
2014
The Lego Movie as Vitruvius
2014
2014
We the People as Narrator
2013
2013
Last Vegas as Archie
2013
Olympus Has Fallen as Speaker Trumbull
2012
The Dark Knight Rises as Lucius Fox
2012
The Magic of Belle Isle as Monte Wildhorn
2011
Dolphin Tale as Dr. McCarthy
2011
Born to Be Wild as Narrator
2010
RED as Joe Matheson
2010
The Eastwood Factor as Narrator
2009
Invictus as Nelson Mandela
2009
The Maiden Heist as Charles
2009
2009
The Code as Keith Ripley
2009
The People Speak as Himself
2008
The Dark Knight as Lucius Fox
2008
Wanted as Sloan
2007
The Bucket List as Carter Chambers
2007
Gone Baby Gone as Jack Doyle
2007
Feast of Love as Harry Stevenson
2007
Evan Almighty as God
2006
The Contract as Frank Carden
2006
10 Items or Less as 'Him'
2006
Lucky Number Slevin as The Boss
2005
Edison as Moses Ashford
2005
An Unfinished Life as Mitch Bradley
2005
Unleashed as Sam
2005
War of the Worlds as Narrator (Voice)
2005
Batman Begins as Lucius Fox
2005
March of the Penguins as Narrator
2004
Million Dollar Baby as Eddie Scrap-Iron Dupris
2004
2004
The Big Bounce as Walter Crewes
2003
Guilty by Association as Lt. Redding
2003
2003
Dreamcatcher as Col. Abraham Curtis
2003
Levity as Miles Evans
2002
High Crimes as Charlie Grimes
2002
The Sum of All Fears as DCI William Cabot
2001
Along Came a Spider as Alex Cross
2000
Under Suspicion as Captain Victor Benezet
2000
Nurse Betty as Charlie
1998
54 as Angelic Boy
1998
Deep Impact as President Tom Beck
1998
Hard Rain as Jim
1997
Amistad as Theodore
1997
Kiss the Girls as Alex Cross
1997
The Long Way Home as Narrator
1996
IMAX - Cosmic Voyage as Narrator
1996
Chain Reaction as Paul Shannon
1996
Moll Flanders as Hibble
1995
Sieben as William Somerset
1995
Se7en as Detective Lt. William Somerset
1995
Outbreak as Billy Ford
1994
The Shawshank Redemption as Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding
1992
The Power of One as Geel Piet
1992
Unforgiven as Ned Logan
1990
The Bonfire of the Vanities as Judge Leonard White
1990
The Civil War as Frederick Douglass
1989
Glory as Sgt. Maj. John Rawlins
1989
Driving Miss Daisy as Hoke Colburn
1989
Johnny Handsome as Lt. A.Z. Drones
1989
Lean On Me as Principal Joe Clark
1988
Clean and Sober as Craig
1987
Street Smart as Fast Black
1986
Resting Place as Luther Johnson
1985
1985
That Was Then... This is Now as Charlie Woods
1985
Marie as Charles Traughber
1984
Harry & Son as Siemanowski
1984
Teachers as Lewis
1981
Eyewitness as Lieutenant Black
1981
Death of a Prophet as Malcolm X
1980
Brubaker as Walter
1980
Attica as Hap Richards
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