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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:
50
First Appeared:
In the series Another World 1964-05-04
Latest Project:
Movie Going in Style 2017-04-06
Known For
Poster of The Dark Knight Rises
Poster of The Dark Knight
Poster of War of the Worlds
Poster of Batman Begins
Filmography
Movie Going in Style Willie 2017-04-06
Movie Ben-Hur Sheik Ilderim 2016-08-17
Movie Last Knights Bartok 2015-04-03
Movie Ted 2 Patrick Meighan 2015-06-25
Movie The Lego Movie Vitruvius (voice) 2014-02-06
Movie Transcendence Joseph Tagger 2014-04-16
Movie Dolphin Tale 2 Dr. Cameron McCarthy 2014-09-12
Movie Lennon or McCartney Himself (archive footage) 2014-12-12
Movie Lucy Professor Samuel Norman 2014-07-14
Movie Olympus Has Fallen Speaker Trumbull 2013-03-20
Movie Oblivion Malcolm Beech 2013-04-10
Movie Now You See Me Thaddeus Bradley 2013-05-29
Movie Last Vegas Archie 2013-10-31
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 Conan the Barbarian Narrator (voice) 2011-08-17
Movie The Maiden Heist Charles 2009-05-09
Movie Invictus Nelson Mandela 2009-12-10
Movie Wanted Sloan 2008-06-12
Movie The Dark Knight Lucius Fox 2008-07-16
Movie Feast of Love Harry Stevenson 2007-09-28
Movie Evan Almighty God 2007-06-09
Movie Gone Baby Gone Jack Doyle 2007-10-19
Movie The Bucket List Carter Chambers 2007-12-25
Movie Lucky Number Slevin The Boss 2006-02-24
Movie Unleashed Sam 2005-02-02
Movie Batman Begins Lucius Fox 2005-06-10
Movie War of the Worlds Narrator (Voice) 2005-06-23
Movie An Unfinished Life Mitch Bradley 2005-09-09
Movie Million Dollar Baby Eddie Scrap-Iron Dupris 2004-12-15
Movie Dreamcatcher Col. Abraham Curtis 2003-03-21
Movie Bruce Almighty God 2003-05-23
Movie Along Came a Spider Alex Cross 2001-04-06
Movie Deep Impact President Tom Beck 1998-05-08
Movie Kiss the Girls Alex Cross 1997-10-03
Movie Amistad Theodore 1997-12-03
Movie National Geographic: Inside the White House Narrator 1996-01-01
Movie Chain Reaction Paul Shannon 1996-08-02
Movie Outbreak Billy Ford 1995-03-10
Movie Se7en Detective Lt. William Somerset 1995-09-22
Movie The Shawshank Redemption Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding 1994-09-23
Movie Unforgiven Ned Logan 1992-08-07
Movie Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves Azeem 1991-06-14
Movie The Earth Day Special 1990-04-22
Movie Resting Place Luther Johnson 1986-01-01
Movie The Atlanta Child Murders Ben Shelter 1985-02-10
Movie Teachers Lewis 1984-10-05
Movie Brubaker Walter 1980-06-20
Series Another World 1964-05-04