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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:
82
First Appeared:
In the movie The True Story of Glory Continues
Latest Project:
Movie Μπεν-Χουρ 2016-08-17
Known For
Filmography
Movie The True Story of Glory Continues Narrator 2018
Movie The True Story of Glory Continues Narrator 2017
Movie London Has Fallen 2017
Movie The President's Photographer: Fifty Years Inside the Oval Office Narrator 2017
Movie Μπεν-Χουρ Sheik Ilderim 2016-08-17
Movie Η Συμμορία Των Μάγων 2 Thaddeus Bradley 2016-06-02
Movie Το Λονδίνο Έπεσε Vice President Alan Trumbull 2016-03-02
Movie Ted 2 Patrick Meighan 2015-06-25
Movie Momentum Senator 2015-08-01
Movie Last Knights Bartok 2015-04-03
Movie Η Ταινία Lego Vitruvius (voice) 2014-02-06
Movie Κυριαρχία Joseph Tagger 2014-04-16
Movie Lucy Professor Samuel Norman 2014-07-14
Movie 5 Flights Up Alex Carver 2014-09-05
Movie Dolphin Tale 2 Dr. Cameron McCarthy 2014-09-12
Movie Island of Lemurs: Madagascar Narrator 2014-04-03
Movie Ο Όλυμπος Έπεσε Speaker Trumbull 2013-03-20
Movie Last Vegas Archie 2013-10-31
Movie JFK: A President Betrayed Narrator 2013-11-23
Movie Η Συμμορία Των Μάγων Thaddeus Bradley 2013-05-29
Movie Oblivion Malcolm Beech 2013-04-10
Movie The Magic of Belle Isle Monte Wildhorn 2012-07-06
Movie Ο Σκοτεινός Ιππότης: Η Επιστροφή Lucius Fox 2012-07-16
Movie Quebrando o Tabu Narrator 2011-06-03
Movie Κόναν ο Βάρβαρος Narrator (voice) 2011-08-17
Movie Dolphin Tale Dr. McCarthy 2011-09-23
Series Curiosity Himself - Narrator 2011-08-07
Movie RED Joe Matheson 2010-10-13
Movie The 82nd Annual Academy Awards Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Leading Role 2010-03-07
Series Through the Wormhole Himself - Host 2010-06-09
Movie Εντιμότατοι Διαρρήκτες Keith Ripley 2009-01-09
Series 30 for 30 Narrator 2009-10-06
Movie The Maiden Heist Charles 2009-05-09
Movie Prom Night in Mississippi Himself 2009-01-15
Movie Ο Σκοτεινός Ιππότης Lucius Fox 2008-07-16
Movie Wanted Sloan 2008-06-12
Movie Feast of Love Harry Stevenson 2007-09-28
Movie Χωρίς Ιχνη Jack Doyle 2007-10-19
Movie Επιθυμίες... στο Παρά Πέντε! Carter Chambers 2007-12-25
Movie Ο Παντοδύναμος Evan God 2007-06-09
Movie Το Συμβόλαιο Frank Carden 2006-04-05
Movie Το Στοίχημα του Σλέβιν The Boss 2006-02-24
Movie Boffo! Tinseltown's Bombs and Blockbusters Himself 2006-06-13
Movie Million Dollar Baby Eddie Scrap-Iron Dupris 2005-01-28
Movie Unleashed Sam 2005-02-02
Movie Μισοτελειωμένη Ζωή Mitch Bradley 2005-09-09
Movie Ο Πόλεμος των Κόσμων Narrator (Voice) 2005-06-23
Movie Έντισον Moses Ashford 2005-07-29
Movie Μπατμαν: η αρχη Lucius Fox 2005-06-14
Movie An Unfinished Life Mitch Bradley 2005-09-16
Movie Born to Fight Himself 2005-07-12
Movie The Big Bounce Walter Crewes 2004-01-30
Movie Million Dollar Baby Eddie Scrap-Iron Dupris 2004-12-15
Movie Genius. A Night for Ray Charles Himself 2004-10-07
Movie Ο Παντοδύναμος Bruce God 2003-05-23
Movie Once Upon a Time in Utah, Sundance Himself 2003-02-25
Movie Απόλυτος Κίνδυνος DCI William Cabot 2002-05-31
Movie High Crimes Charlie Grimes 2002-04-03
Movie Η Μέθοδος της Αράχνης Alex Cross 2001-04-06
Movie Βασικός Ύποπτος για Φόνο Captain Victor Benezet 2000-09-24
Movie Nurse Betty Charlie 2000-09-08
Movie Clint Eastwood: Out of the Shadows Narrator (voice) 2000-09-27
Movie Ολέθρια Σύγκρουση President Tom Beck 1998-05-07
Movie Katadioxi mesa stin kataigida Jim 1998-01-16
Movie Amistad Theodore 1997-12-03
Movie Φιλιά Που Σκοτώνουν Alex Cross 1997-10-03
Movie Se7en Detective Lt. William Somerset 1995-09-22
Movie Τελευταία Έξοδος: Ρίτα Χέιγουορθ Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding 1994-09-23
Movie Οι Ασυγχώρητοι Ned Logan 1992-08-07
Movie Ρομπέν Των Δασών Azeem 1991-06-14
Movie The Civil War Frederick Douglass 1990-09-23
Movie The Bonfire of the Vanities Judge Leonard White 1990-12-21
Movie Γκλόρι, ο Δρόμος για τη Δόξα Sgt. Maj. John Rawlins 1989-12-15
Movie Ο ωραίος Τζόνι Lt. A.Z. Drones 1989-09-12
Movie Resting Place Luther Johnson 1986-01-01
Movie The Atlanta Child Murders Ben Shelter 1985-02-10
Movie The Execution of Raymond Graham Warden Pratt 1985-11-17
Movie Death of a Prophet Malcolm X 1981-01-01
Series Texas Detective Michaels 1980-08-04
Movie Brubaker Walter 1980-06-20
Movie Μπρουμπέικερ, το Πιο Σκληρό Αγκάθι στη Ζούγκλα με τα Σίδερα Walter 1980-06-20
Series The Electric Company Easy Reader 1971-10-25