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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:
118
First Appeared:
In the movie Panama
Latest Project:
Movie The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard 2020-08-26
Known For
Filmography
Movie Panama
Movie The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard
Movie Brian Banks Jerome Johnson (uncredited)
Movie The Poison Rose Doc
Movie Angel Has Fallen President Trumbull
Movie The Nutcracker and the Four Realms Drosselmeyer
Movie Laddie Himself
Movie Just Getting Started Duke
Movie Going in Style Willie Davis
Movie The Words That Built America Himself
Movie Ben-Hur Sheik Ilderim
Movie Now You See Me 2 Thaddeus Bradley
Movie London Has Fallen Vice President Alan Trumbull
Movie Momentum Senator
Movie Ted 2 Patrick Meighan
Movie Last Knights Bartok
Movie The Lego Movie Vitruvius (voice)
Movie Transcendence Joseph Tagger
Movie Lucy Professor Samuel Norman
Movie Wish Wizard Maxwell Omni
Movie Dolphin Tale 2 Dr. Cameron McCarthy
Movie Lennon or McCartney Himself (archive footage)
Movie 5 Flights Up Alex Carver
Movie Last Vegas Archie
Movie Now You See Me Thaddeus Bradley
Movie Eastwood Directs: The Untold Story Himself
Movie Oblivion Malcolm Beech
Movie Olympus Has Fallen Speaker Trumbull
Movie Tales from the Warner Bros. Lot Himself
Movie Betty White's 90th Birthday: A Tribute to America's Golden Girl Himself
Movie The Magic of Belle Isle Monte Wildhorn
Movie B.B. King: The Life of Riley Narrator
Movie The Dark Knight Rises Lucius Fox
Movie Conan the Barbarian Narrator (voice)
Series Curiosity Himself - Narrator
Movie Clint Eastwood's West Himself
Movie Breaking the Taboo Narrator
Movie Dolphin Tale Dr. McCarthy
Movie RED Joe Matheson
Movie The People Speak Himself
Movie Invictus Nelson Mandela
Movie The Maiden Heist Charles
Movie Thick as Thieves Keith Ripley
Movie A Raisin in the Sun Narrator (uncredited)
Movie Wanted Sloan
Movie The Dark Knight Lucius Fox
Movie The Love Guru (Voice)
Movie The Bucket List Carter Chambers
Movie Feast of Love Harry Stevenson
Movie Gone Baby Gone Jack Doyle
Movie AFI: 100 Years... 100 Movies... 10th Anniversary Edition Himself
Movie Evan Almighty God
Movie 10 Items or Less 'Him'
Movie The Best of The Tony Awards: The Plays Jaques (segment "As You Like It")
Movie The Contract Frank Carden
Movie Lucky Number Slevin The Boss
Movie Batman Begins Lucius Fox
Movie Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon Neil Armstrong
Movie War of the Worlds Narrator (Voice)
Movie Edison Moses Ashford
Movie Unleashed Sam
Movie An Unfinished Life Mitch Bradley
Movie Million Dollar Baby Eddie Scrap-Iron Dupris
Movie Genius. A Night for Ray Charles Himself
Movie The Big Bounce Walter Crewes
Movie Bruce Almighty God
Movie Dreamcatcher Col. Abraham Curtis
Movie Levity Miles Evans
Movie The Sum of All Fears DCI William Cabot
Movie High Crimes Charlie Grimes
Movie Shawshank: The Redeeming Feature Himself
Movie Along Came a Spider Alex Cross
Movie Clint Eastwood: Out of the Shadows Narrator (voice)
Movie Under Suspicion Captain Victor Benezet
Movie Nurse Betty Charlie
Movie Stephen King: Shining in the Dark Himself
Movie Deep Impact President Tom Beck
Movie Hard Rain Jim
Movie Amistad Theodore Joadson
Movie Kiss the Girls Alex Cross
Movie The Long Way Home Narrator
Movie Chain Reaction Paul Shannon
Movie Moll Flanders Hibble
Movie National Geographic: Inside the White House Narrator
Movie Se7en Detective Lt. William Somerset
Movie Outbreak Billy Ford
Movie The Shawshank Redemption Ellis Boyd "Red" Redding
Movie A Century of Cinema
Movie The Power of One Geel Piet
Movie Unforgiven Ned Logan
Movie The Massachusetts 54th Colored Infantry Narrator
Movie Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves Azeem
Series The Civil War Frederick Douglass
Movie The Bonfire of the Vanities Judge Leonard White
Movie Driving Miss Daisy Hoke Colburn
Movie Johnny Handsome Lt. A.Z. Drones
Movie Lean On Me Principal Joe Clark
Movie Glory Sgt. Maj. John Rawlins
Movie Clean and Sober Craig
Movie Fight for Life Dr. Sherard
Movie Street Smart Fast Black
Movie Resting Place Luther Johnson
Series The Atlanta Child Murders Ben Shelter
Movie Marie Charles Traughber
Movie That Was Then... This Is Now Charlie Woods
Movie The Execution of Raymond Graham Warden Pratt
Movie Harry & Son Siemanowski
Movie Teachers Lewis
Movie The Marva Collins Story Clarence Collins
Movie Eyewitness Lieutenant Black
Movie Death of a Prophet Malcolm X
Series Texas Detective Michaels
Movie Brubaker Walter
Movie Attica Hap Richards
Movie Out to Lunch Himself / Croupier
Movie Blade Chris
Series The Electric Company Easy Reader
Movie The Pawnbroker Man on Street