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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.


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Born:
Jun 1, 1937 In Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
133
First Appeared:
In the series The Academy Awards 1929-05-16
Latest Project:
Movie Laddie 2017-10-20
Known For
Poster of The Story of God with Morgan Freeman
Poster of London Has Fallen
Poster of Curiosity
Poster of Through the Wormhole
Filmography
Movie Laddie Himself 2017-10-20
Movie Going in Style Willie 2017-04-06
Series The Story of God with Morgan Freeman Presenter 2016-04-03
Movie Now You See Me 2 Thaddeus Bradley 2016-06-02
Movie London Has Fallen Vice President Alan Trumbull 2016-03-02
Movie The C Word (voice) 2016-07-28
Movie Ben-Hur Sheik Ilderim 2016-08-17
Movie Last Knights Bartok 2015-04-03
Movie Ted 2 Patrick Meighan 2015-06-25
Movie Momentum Senator 2015-08-01
Movie Transcendence Joseph Tagger 2014-04-16
Movie Wish Wizard Maxwell Omni 2014-04-29
Movie Island of Lemurs: Madagascar Narrator 2014-04-03
Movie The Lego Movie Vitruvius (voice) 2014-02-06
Movie Lucy Professor Samuel Norman 2014-07-14
Movie Dolphin Tale 2 Dr. Cameron McCarthy 2014-09-12
Movie Lennon or McCartney Himself (archive footage) 2014-12-12
Movie 5 Flights Up Alex Carver 2014-09-05
Movie Last Vegas Archie 2013-10-31
Movie Betty White's 90th Birthday: A Tribute to America's Golden Girl Himself 2012-01-16
Movie Le frontiere dell'Astronomia - EP-7 Vite aliene nel cosmo Narratore 2012-03-21
Movie B.B. King: The Life of Riley 2012-10-15
Movie The Magic of Belle Isle Monte Wildhorn 2012-07-06
Movie The Dark Knight Rises Lucius Fox 2012-07-16
Movie Born to Be Wild Narrator 2011-04-08
Movie Breaking the Taboo Narrator 2011-06-03
Movie Dolphin Tale Dr. McCarthy 2011-09-23
Series Curiosity Himself - Narrator 2011-08-07
Movie Conan the Barbarian Narrator (voice) 2011-08-17
Movie For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots (voice) 2010-01-01
Movie The Eastwood Factor Narrator 2010-02-16
Series Through the Wormhole Himself - Host 2010-06-09
Movie RED Joe Matheson 2010-10-13
Movie Prom Night in Mississippi Himself 2009-01-15
Movie The Maiden Heist Charles 2009-05-09
Movie Thick as Thieves Keith Ripley 2009-01-09
Movie The People Speak Himself 2009-12-13
Series 30 for 30 Unknown 2009-10-06
Movie Invictus Nelson Mandela 2009-12-10
Movie Wanted Sloan 2008-06-12
Movie The Dark Knight Lucius Fox 2008-07-16
Movie Evan Almighty God 2007-06-09
Movie Feast of Love Harry Stevenson 2007-09-28
Movie AFI: 100 Years... 100 Movies... 10th Anniversary Edition 2007-06-20
Movie The Bucket List Carter Chambers 2007-12-25
Movie Gone Baby Gone Jack Doyle 2007-10-19
Movie The Contract Frank Carden 2006-04-05
Movie Lucky Number Slevin The Boss 2006-02-24
Movie 10 Items or Less 'Him' 2006-09-11
Movie Unleashed Sam 2005-02-02
Movie March of the Penguins Narrator 2005-01-26
Movie Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon Neil Armstrong 2005-01-01
Series Slavery and the Making of America Narrator 2005-02-09
Movie War of the Worlds Narrator (Voice) 2005-06-23
Movie Batman Begins Lucius Fox 2005-06-10
Movie An Unfinished Life Mitch Bradley 2005-09-09
Movie Edison Moses Ashford 2005-07-29
Movie The Hunting of the President Narrator 2004-06-20
Movie The Big Bounce Walter Crewes 2004-01-30
Movie Genius. A Night for Ray Charles Himself 2004-10-07
Movie Million Dollar Baby Eddie Scrap-Iron Dupris 2004-12-15
Movie Dreamcatcher Col. Abraham Curtis 2003-03-21
Movie Levity Miles Evans 2003-03-16
Movie Guilty by Association Lt. Redding 2003-07-22
Movie Bruce Almighty God 2003-05-23
Series The Ellen DeGeneres Show Unknown 2003-09-08
Movie High Crimes Charlie Grimes 2002-04-03
Series The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius Unknown 2002-07-20
Movie The Sum of All Fears DCI William Cabot 2002-05-31
Movie Along Came a Spider Alex Cross 2001-04-06
Movie Scandalize My Name: Stories from the Blacklist Himself 2000-01-01
Movie Nurse Betty Charlie 2000-09-08
Movie Clint Eastwood: Out of the Shadows Narrator (voice) 2000-09-27
Movie Under Suspicion Captain Victor Benezet 2000-09-24
Series Family Guy Unknown 1999-01-31
Movie Stephen King: Shining in the Dark Himself 1999-09-09
Movie Hard Rain Jim 1998-01-16
Movie Deep Impact President Tom Beck 1998-05-08
Series King of the Hill Unknown 1997-01-12
Movie Amistad Theodore 1997-12-03
Series The View Unknown 1997-08-11
Movie The Long Way Home Narrator 1997-09-19
Movie Kiss the Girls Alex Cross 1997-10-03
Movie National Geographic: Inside the White House Narrator 1996-01-01
Movie Moll Flanders Hibble 1996-06-14
Movie Chain Reaction Paul Shannon 1996-08-02
Movie Cosmic Voyage Narrator (voice) 1996-08-09
Movie Outbreak Billy Ford 1995-03-10
Movie Se7en Detective Lt. William Somerset 1995-09-22
Series Inside the Actors Studio Unknown 1994-06-01
Movie The Shawshank Redemption Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding 1994-09-23
Series Late Night with Conan O'Brien Unknown 1993-09-13
Series The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
Movie Unforgiven Ned Logan 1992-08-07
Movie The Power of One Geel Piet 1992-09-17
Movie Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves Azeem 1991-06-14
Movie The Earth Day Special 1990-04-22
Series The Civil War Frederick Douglass 1990-09-23
Movie The Civil War Frederick Douglass 1990-09-23
Movie The Bonfire of the Vanities Judge Leonard White 1990-12-21
Movie Lean On Me Principal Joe Clark 1989-03-03
Movie Johnny Handsome Lt. A.Z. Drones 1989-09-12
Movie Glory Sgt. Maj. John Rawlins 1989-12-15
Movie Driving Miss Daisy Hoke Colburn 1989-12-13
Movie Blood Money Dorsey Pratt 1988-05-04
Movie Clean and Sober Craig 1988-08-10
Movie Street Smart Fast Black 1987-03-20
Movie Fight for Life Dr. Sherard 1987-03-23
Movie Resting Place Luther Johnson 1986-01-01
Movie The Atlanta Child Murders Ben Shelter 1985-02-10
Movie Marie Charles Traughber 1985-09-27
Movie That was Then... This is Now Charlie Woods 1985-11-08
Series The Twilight Zone Unknown 1985-09-27
Movie The Execution of Raymond Graham Warden Pratt 1985-11-17
Movie Harry & Son Siemanowski 1984-03-02
Movie Teachers Lewis 1984-10-05
Series Live with Regis and Kathie Lee Unknown 1983-04-04
Movie Death of a Prophet Malcolm X 1981-01-01
Movie The Marva Collins Story Clarence Collins 1981-12-01
Movie Eyewitness Lieutenant Black 1981-02-13
Movie Attica Hap Richards 1980-03-01
Movie Brubaker Walter 1980-06-20
Series Texas Detective Michaels 1980-08-04
Movie Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry Uncle Hammer 1978-11-12
Series The Kennedy Center Honors Unknown 1978-12-28
Series Ryan's Hope Cicero Murphy 1975-07-07
Movie Out to Lunch Himself / Croupier 1974-12-10
Movie Blade Chris 1973-12-01
Series The Electric Company Easy Reader 1971-10-25
Series Another World 1964-05-04
Series Today Unknown 1952-01-14
Series Hallmark Hall of Fame Unknown 1951-12-24
Series The Academy Awards Morgan Freeman 1929-05-16