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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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Jun 1, 1937 In Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Hate to See You Go
Latest Project:
Movie Dark Suns 2023-04-29
Known For
Poster of Last Knights
Poster of B.B. King: The Life of Riley
Poster of Moll Flanders
Poster of The Power of One
Series Smithsonian Channel's Sound Revolution Unknown 2024
Movie Hate to See You Go Sonny Bell 2024
Series Mississippi Rising Unknown 2024
Series The Promised Land Narrator (voice) 2024
Series Rabbit Ears Productions Unknown 2024
Movie Dark Suns Officer Helac 2023-04-29
Movie A Good Person Daniel 2023-03-23
Movie The Ritual Killer Dr. Mackles 2023-03-10
Movie Paradise Highway Gerick 2022-07-29
Movie The Minute You Wake Up Dead Sheriff Thurmond Fowler 2022-11-04
Movie Sidney Self 2022-09-10
Movie Betty White: A Celebration Self 2022-01-17
Movie Oscar Micheaux - The Superhero of Black Filmmaking Self 2021-07-10
Movie Clint Eastwood: A Cinematic Legacy Self 2021-09-09
Movie Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard Senior 2021-06-14
Series Solos Stuart 2021-05-21
Movie Vanquish Damon 2021-04-16
Movie Coming 2 America Self 2021-03-04
Movie The Comeback Trail Reggie Fontaine 2020-11-12
Movie Dave Chappelle: The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize Self 2020-01-07
Movie The Disney Family Singalong - Volume II Self 2020-05-10
Movie Meeting the Beatles in India Narrator (voice) 2020-09-09
Movie Angel Has Fallen Alan Trumbull 2019-08-21
Movie Brian Banks Jerome Johnson (uncredited) 2019-08-09
Movie The Poison Rose Doc 2019-05-23
Movie The Nutcracker and the Four Realms Drosselmeyer 2018-10-26
Movie America's Musical Journey Narrator (voice) 2018-05-17
Movie Alpha Narrator (voice) 2018-08-17
Movie The Words That Built America Reader - Declaration of Independence 2017-07-04
Movie Going in Style Willie Davis 2017-04-06
Movie March of the Penguins 2: The Next Step Narrator (english voice) 2017-02-15
Movie Just Getting Started Duke 2017-12-01
Movie Laddie: The Man Behind the Movies Self 2017-11-12
Movie The C Word Narrator (voice) 2016-07-28
Movie Ben-Hur Sheik Ilderim 2016-08-17
Movie Now You See Me 2 Thaddeus Bradley 2016-06-02
Series The Story of God with Morgan Freeman Host 2016-04-03
Movie London Has Fallen Alan Trumbull 2016-03-02
Movie Last Knights Bartok 2015-04-03
Movie Momentum Senator 2015-10-15
Movie Ted 2 Patrick Meighan 2015-06-25
Movie We the People Narrator (voice) 2014-01-06
Movie The Lego Movie Vitruvius (voice) 2014-02-06
Movie Wish Wizard Maxwell Omni 2014-04-29
Movie Dolphin Tale 2 Dr. Cameron McCarthy 2014-09-11
Movie Lennon or McCartney Self (archive footage) 2014-12-12
Movie Island of Lemurs: Madagascar Narrator (voice) 2014-04-03
Movie 5 Flights Up Alex Carver 2014-09-05
Movie Transcendence Joseph Tagger 2014-04-16
Movie Lucy Professor Samuel Norman 2014-07-25
Movie The Editor and The Dragon: Horace Carter Fights the Klan Narrator (voice) 2013-01-01
Movie Tales from the Warner Bros. Lot Self 2013-01-15
Movie Oblivion Beech 2013-04-10
Movie Last Vegas Archibald 'Archie' Clayton 2013-10-31
Movie Olympus Has Fallen Alan Trumbull 2013-03-20
Movie The Fire Rises: The Creation and Impact of The Dark Knight Trilogy Self (archive footage) 2013-09-24
Movie Now You See Me Thaddeus Bradley 2013-05-29
Movie Eastwood Directs: The Untold Story Self 2013-04-27
Movie JFK: A President Betrayed Narrator (voice) 2013-11-23
Movie Le frontiere dell'Astronomia - EP-7 Vite aliene nel cosmo Narratore 2012-03-21
Movie Ending the Knight Self 2012-12-04
Movie B.B. King: The Life of Riley Narrator (voice) 2012-10-15
Movie The Dark Knight Rises Lucius Fox 2012-07-16
Movie The Magic of Belle Isle Monte Wildhorn 2012-07-06
Movie Betty White's 90th Birthday: A Tribute to America's Golden Girl Self 2012-01-16
Movie Conan the Barbarian Narrator (voice) 2011-08-17
Movie Dolphin Tale Dr. McCarthy 2011-09-23
Movie Born to Be Wild Narrator (voice) 2011-04-08
Movie Clint Eastwood's West Self 2011-07-06
Movie Breaking the Taboo Narrator (voice) 2011-06-03
Movie For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots Self (voice) 2010-01-01
Movie The President's Photographer: Fifty Years Inside the Oval Office Narrator (voice) 2010-11-24
Movie RED Joe Matheson 2010-10-13
Series Through the Wormhole Host 2010-06-09
Movie Wild Ride 2010-06-01
Movie The Eastwood Factor Narrator (voice) 2010-02-16
Movie Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy Self (archive footage) 2010-05-04
Movie Thick as Thieves Keith Ripley 2009-01-09
Movie Prom Night in Mississippi Narrator (voice) 2009-01-15
Series 30 for 30 Unknown 2009-10-06
Movie Invictus Nelson Mandela 2009-12-10
Movie The Maiden Heist Charles Peterson 2009-05-09
Movie The People Speak Self 2009-12-13
Series Live from Studio Five Unknown 2009-09-14
Movie The Dark Knight Lucius Fox 2008-07-14
Movie The Love Guru (Voice) 2008-06-20
Movie Wanted Sloan 2008-06-19
Movie A Raisin in the Sun Narrator (voice) (uncredited) 2008-02-25
Movie AFI: 100 Years... 100 Movies... 10th Anniversary Edition Self 2007-06-20
Movie The Bucket List Carter Chambers 2007-12-15
Movie All About Us Self 2007-10-01
Movie Feast of Love Harry Stevenson 2007-09-28
Movie Evan Almighty God 2007-06-09
Movie Gone Baby Gone Jack Doyle 2007-06-06
Movie 10 Items or Less 'Him' 2006-09-11
Movie The Electric Company's Greatest Hits & Bits Self 2006-11-25
Movie Boffo! Tinseltown's Bombs and Blockbusters Self 2006-06-13
Movie The Best of The Tony Awards: The Plays Jaques (segment "As You Like It") 2006-05-02
Movie Lucky Number Slevin The Boss 2006-02-24
Movie The Contract Frank Carden 2006-04-05
Movie Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon Neil Armstrong (voice) 2005-01-01
Movie Blues Divas Self 2005-01-22
Movie Batman Begins Lucius Fox 2005-06-10
Movie An Unfinished Life Mitch Bradley 2005-09-09
Movie War of the Worlds Narrator (Voice) 2005-06-28
Series Slavery and the Making of America Narrator (voice) 2005-02-09
Movie Edison Ashford 2005-07-29
Movie Unleashed Sam 2005-02-02
Movie A Concert for Hurricane Relief Self 2005-09-02
Movie March of the Penguins Narrator (English voice) 2005-01-26
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 Self 2004-10-07
Movie The Hunting of the President Narrator (voice) 2004-04-27
Movie Declaration of Independence Self 2003-06-10
Series The Ellen DeGeneres Show Unknown 2003-09-08
Movie Guilty by Association Lt. Redding 2003-07-22
Movie Bruce Almighty God 2003-05-23
Movie Dreamcatcher Col. Abraham Curtis 2003-03-21
Movie Levity Miles Evans 2003-03-16
Movie Partners of the Heart Narrator (voice) 2002-06-01
Series The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius Unknown 2002-07-20
Movie Eastwood & Co.: Making 'Unforgiven' Self 2002-09-24
Movie All on Accounta Pullin' a Trigger Self 2002-09-24
Movie High Crimes Charlie Grimes 2002-04-05
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 Self 2000-01-01
Movie Clint Eastwood: Out of the Shadows Narrator (voice) 2000-09-27
Movie Under Suspicion Captain Victor Benezet 2000-09-24
Movie Nurse Betty Charlie 2000-08-30
Movie Stephen King: Shining in the Dark Self 1999-09-09
Movie The Life Before This Paper Boy 1999-09-15
Movie Water Damage Tom Preedy 1999-07-30
Movie 54 Angelic Boy 1998-08-28
Movie Hard Rain Jim 1998-01-16
Movie Deep Impact President Tom Beck 1998-05-08
Movie The Long Way Home Narrator (voice) 1997-09-19
Movie Kiss the Girls Alex Cross 1997-09-29
Movie Eastwood on Eastwood Himself (archive footage) 1997-11-01
Series The View Unknown 1997-08-11
Series King of the Hill Unknown 1997-01-12
Movie Amistad Theodore Joadson 1997-12-10
Movie Inside the White House Narrator (voice) 1996-01-01
Movie Cosmic Voyage Narrator (voice) 1996-08-09
Movie Chain Reaction Paul Shannon 1996-08-02
Movie Moll Flanders Hibble 1996-06-14
Movie Se7en Detective Lt. William Somerset 1995-09-22
Movie Outbreak Billy Ford 1995-03-10
Series Inside the Actors Studio Unknown 1994-06-01
Movie A Century of Cinema Self 1994-01-01
Movie The Shawshank Redemption Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding 1994-09-23
Series Late Night with Conan O'Brien Unknown 1993-09-13
Movie Unforgiven Ned Logan 1992-08-07
Series The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
Movie The Power of One Geel Piet 1992-03-27
Series Pebble Mill Unknown 1991-10-14
Movie Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves Azeem 1991-06-14
Movie The True Story of Glory Continues Narrator (voice) 1991-06-19
Series The Civil War Frederick Douglass 1990-09-23
Movie The Bonfire of the Vanities Judge Leonard White 1990-12-21
Movie Night of 100 Stars III Self 1990-05-21
Movie The Earth Day Special Walter Samson 1990-04-22
Movie Lean On Me Principal Joe Clark 1989-03-03
Movie Glory Sgt. Maj. John Rawlins 1989-12-15
Movie Driving Miss Daisy Hoke Colburn 1989-12-13
Movie Johnny Handsome Lt. A.Z. Drones 1989-09-12
Movie Clinton and Nadine Dorsey Pratt 1988-05-04
Series LIVE with Kelly and Ryan Unknown 1988-09-05
Movie Clean and Sober Craig 1988-08-10
Movie Fight for Life Dr. Sherard 1987-03-23
Movie Street Smart Fast Black 1987-03-20
Movie Resting Place Luther Johnson 1986-04-27
Movie That Was Then... This Is Now Charlie Woods 1985-11-08
Series The Twilight Zone Unknown 1985-09-27
Movie Marie Charles Traughber 1985-09-27
Movie The Execution of Raymond Graham Warden Pratt 1985-11-17
Series The Atlanta Child Murders Ben Shelter 1985-02-10
Movie Teachers Lewis 1984-10-05
Movie Harry & Son Siemanowski 1984-03-02
Movie The Marva Collins Story Clarence Collins 1981-12-01
Movie Death of a Prophet Malcolm X 1981-01-01
Movie Eyewitness Lieutenant Black 1981-02-13
Series Texas Detective Michaels 1980-08-04
Movie Attica Hap Richards 1980-03-02
Movie Brubaker Walter 1980-06-20
Movie Coriolanus Coriolanus 1979-03-31
Movie Hollow Image Sweet Talk 1979-06-24
Movie Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry Uncle Hammer 1978-06-02
Series The Kennedy Center Honors Unknown 1978-12-28
Series Ryan's Hope Cicero Murphy 1975-07-07
Movie Blade Chris 1973-12-01
Series The Electric Company Easy Reader 1971-10-25
Movie Where Were You When the Lights Went Out? Grand Central Commuter 1968-01-01
Movie A Man Called Adam Party Guest (Uncredited) 1966-03-16
Movie The Pawnbroker Man on Street (Uncredited) 1965-04-20
Series Another World 1964-05-04
Series The Oscars Unknown 1953-03-18
Series Today Unknown 1952-01-14
Series Hallmark Hall of Fame Unknown 1951-12-24