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Morgan Freeman

1937-06-01 Memphis, Tennessee, USA

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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.


Vanquish Damon 2021-04-16
Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard Senior 2021-06-14
Oscar Micheaux - The Superhero of Black Filmmaking 2021-07-06
Coming 2 America Himself 2021-03-05
Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It Self 2021-06-18
The Disney Family Singalong: Volume II Himself 2020-05-10
Meeting the Beatles in India Narrator (voice) 2020-09-09
Fast Times at Ridgemont High: A Virtual Table Read Narrator 2020-09-17
Dave Chappelle: The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize 2020-01-07
The Comeback Trail Reggie Fontaine 2020-11-12
The Poison Rose Doc 2019-05-23
Angel Has Fallen Alan Trumbull 2019-08-21
Brian Banks Jerome Johnson (uncredited) 2019-08-09
Die Clint Eastwood Story Himself 2018-02-07
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms Drosselmeyer 2018-10-26
America's Musical Journey Narrator (voice) 2018-05-17
The Words That Built America Reader - Declaration of Independence 2017-07-04
Just Getting Started Duke 2017-12-01
L'empereur Narrator (english voice) 2017-02-15
Going in Style Willie Davis 2017-04-06
Laddie: The Man Behind the Movies Himself 2017-11-12
The C Word (voice) 2016-07-28
London Has Fallen Alan Trumbull 2016-03-02
Ben-Hur Sheik Ilderim 2016-08-17
Now You See Me 2 Thaddeus Bradley 2016-06-02
Momentum Senator 2015-10-15
Ted 2 Patrick Meighan 2015-06-25
Last Knights Bartok 2015-04-03
JFK & LBJ: A Time for Greatness Narrator 2015-08-04
Wish Wizard Maxwell Omni 2014-04-29
We the People Narrator 2014-01-06
Lucy Professor Samuel Norman 2014-07-25
Transcendence Joseph Tagger 2014-04-16
The Lego Movie Vitruvius (voice) 2014-02-06
5 Flights Up Alex Carver 2014-09-05
Island of Lemurs: Madagascar Narrator 2014-04-03
Dolphin Tale 2 Dr. Cameron McCarthy 2014-09-11
Last Vegas Archibald 'Archie' Clayton 2013-10-31
Eastwood Directs: The Untold Story Himself 2013-04-27
Oblivion Beech 2013-04-10
Now You See Me Thaddeus Bradley 2013-05-29
The Fire Rises: The Creation and Impact of The Dark Knight Trilogy Himself (archive footage) 2013-09-24
Tales from the Warner Bros. Lot Himself 2013-01-15
Promise of a New World: The Making of 'Oblivion' Himself 2013-08-06
JFK: A President Betrayed Narrator 2013-11-23
The Editor and The Dragon: Horace Carter Fights the Klan Narrator 2013-01-01
Olympus Has Fallen Alan Trumbull 2013-03-20
The Dark Knight Rises Lucius Fox 2012-07-16
Ending the Knight Self 2012-12-04
Le frontiere dell'Astronomia - EP-7 Vite aliene nel cosmo Narratore 2012-03-21
B.B. King: The Life of Riley Narrator (voice) 2012-10-15
The Magic of Belle Isle Monte Wildhorn 2012-07-06
Betty White's 90th Birthday: A Tribute to America's Golden Girl Himself 2012-01-16
Conan the Barbarian Narrator (voice) 2011-08-17
Quebrando o Tabu Narrator 2011-06-03
Born to Be Wild Narrator 2011-04-08
Dolphin Tale Dr. McCarthy 2011-09-23
Clint Eastwood's West Himself 2011-07-06
The 16th Man Narrator 2010-05-04
The President's Photographer: Fifty Years Inside the Oval Office Narrator 2010-11-24
The Eastwood Factor Narrator 2010-02-16
RED Joe Matheson 2010-10-13
For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots (voice) 2010-01-01
Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy (archival footage) 2010-05-04
The People Speak Self 2009-12-13
Thick as Thieves Keith Ripley 2009-01-09
The Maiden Heist Charles 2009-05-09
Invictus Nelson Mandela 2009-12-10
Prom Night in Mississippi Himself 2009-01-15
Where the Water Meets the Sky 2008-06-06
Wanted Sloan 2008-06-19
The Dark Knight Lucius Fox 2008-07-14
A Raisin in the Sun Narrator (uncredited) 2008-02-25
AFI: 100 Years... 100 Movies... 10th Anniversary Edition Himself 2007-06-20
Evan Almighty God 2007-06-09
The Bucket List Carter Chambers 2007-12-25
Feast of Love Harry Stevenson 2007-09-28
Gone Baby Gone Jack Doyle 2007-06-06
All About Us Self 2007-10-01
The Best of The Tony Awards: The Plays Jaques (segment "As You Like It") 2006-05-02
10 Items or Less 'Him' 2006-09-11
The Contract Frank Carden 2006-04-05
The Electric Company's Greatest Hits & Bits Self 2006-11-25
Boffo! Tinseltown's Bombs and Blockbusters Himself 2006-06-13
Lucky Number Slevin The Boss 2006-02-24
An Unfinished Life Mitch Bradley 2005-09-09
Danny the Dog Sam 2005-02-02
Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon Neil Armstrong 2005-01-01
War of the Worlds Narrator (Voice) 2005-06-28
Edison Ashford 2005-07-29
Blues Divas Self 2005-01-22
Batman Begins Lucius Fox 2005-06-10
La Marche de l'empereur Narrator 2005-01-26
Genius. A Night for Ray Charles Self 2004-10-07
The Hunting of the President Narrator (voice) 2004-04-27
Survivors of the Shoah: Visual History Foundation 2004-03-09
Million Dollar Baby Eddie 'Scrap-Iron' Dupris 2004-12-15
The Big Bounce Walter Crewes 2004-01-30
Levity Miles Evans 2003-03-16
Bruce Almighty God 2003-05-23
Dreamcatcher Col. Abraham Curtis 2003-03-21
Declaration of Independence Himself 2003-06-10
Guilty by Association Lt. Redding 2003-07-22
Eastwood & Co.: Making 'Unforgiven' Self 2002-09-24
All on Accounta Pullin' a Trigger Self 2002-09-24
Partners of the Heart Narrator 2002-06-01
High Crimes Charlie Grimes 2002-04-05
The Sum of All Fears DCI William Cabot 2002-05-31
Shawshank: The Redeeming Feature Himself 2001-09-08
Along Came a Spider Alex Cross 2001-04-06
Clint Eastwood: Out of the Shadows Narrator (voice) 2000-09-27
Under Suspicion Captain Victor Benezet 2000-09-24
Scandalize My Name: Stories from the Blacklist Himself 2000-01-01
Nurse Betty Charlie 2000-08-30
Stephen King: Shining in the Dark Himself 1999-09-09
Deep Impact President Tom Beck 1998-05-08
Hard Rain Jim 1998-01-16
Kiss the Girls Alex Cross 1997-09-29
The Long Way Home Narrator (voice) 1997-09-19
Amistad Theodore Joadson 1997-12-10
Chain Reaction Paul Shannon 1996-08-02
Cosmic Voyage Narrator (voice) 1996-08-09
Moll Flanders Hibble 1996-06-14
Inside the White House Narrator 1996-01-01
Outbreak Billy Ford 1995-03-10
Se7en Detective Lt. William Somerset 1995-09-22
A Century of Cinema 1994-01-01
The Shawshank Redemption Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding 1994-09-23
Unforgiven Ned Logan 1992-08-07
The Power of One Geel Piet 1992-03-27
The Massachusetts 54th Colored Infantry Narrator 1991-01-01
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves Azeem 1991-06-14
The True Story of Glory Continues Narrator 1991-06-19
The Bonfire of the Vanities Judge Leonard White 1990-12-21
The Earth Day Special Walter Samson 1990-04-22
Driving Miss Daisy Hoke Colburn 1989-12-13
Glory Sgt. Maj. John Rawlins 1989-12-15
Lean On Me Principal Joe Clark 1989-03-03
Johnny Handsome Lt. A.Z. Drones 1989-09-12
Clinton and Nadine Dorsey Pratt 1988-05-04
Clean and Sober Craig 1988-08-10
Street Smart Fast Black 1987-03-20
Fight for Life Dr. Sherard 1987-03-23
Resting Place Luther Johnson 1986-04-27
Marie Charles Traughber 1985-09-27
The Execution of Raymond Graham Warden Pratt 1985-11-17
That Was Then... This Is Now Charlie Woods 1985-11-08
Teachers Lewis 1984-10-05
Harry & Son Siemanowski 1984-03-02
The Marva Collins Story Clarence Collins 1981-12-01
Death of a Prophet Malcolm X 1981-01-01
Eyewitness Lieutenant Black 1981-02-13
Brubaker Walter 1980-06-20
Attica Hap Richards 1980-03-01
Coriolanus Coriolanus 1979-01-01
Hollow Image Sweet Talk 1979-06-24
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry Uncle Hammer 1978-11-12
Out to Lunch Self / Croupier 1974-12-10
Blade Chris 1973-12-01
Who Says I Can't Ride a Rainbow! 1971-11-18
Where Were You When the Lights Went Out? Grand Central Commuter 1968-01-01
A Man Called Adam Party Guest (Uncredited) 1966-03-16
The Pawnbroker Man on Street (Uncredited) 1965-04-20
Hate to See You Go Sonny Bell
Lucca Mortis
Into Nature's Wild Narrator
Muti Professor Mackles
Sniff Joe Mulwray
A Good Person