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Morgan Freeman

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    • June 1st, 1937
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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Filmography

Acting (100 Credits)

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2020The Comeback Trail as Reggie Fontaine
2020Dave Chappelle: The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor
2019Angel Has Fallen as President Trumbull
2019The Poison Rose as Doc
2018The Nutcracker and the Four Realms as Drosselmeyer
2018Brian Banks as Jerome Johnson (uncredited)
2017Just Getting Started as Duke
2017Going in Style as Willie Davis
2017March of the Penguins 2: The Next Step as Narrator (voice)
2016London Has Fallen as Vice President Alan Trumbull
2016Ben-Hur as Sheik Ilderim
2016Now You See Me 2 as Thaddeus Bradley
2015Last Knights as Bartok
2015Momentum as Senator
2015Ted 2 as Patrick Meighan
2014Dolphin Tale 2 as Dr. Cameron McCarthy
2014Island of Lemurs: Madagascar as Narrator
20145 Flights Up as Alex Carver
2014Lucy as Professor Samuel Norman
2014Transcendence as Joseph Tagger
2014The Lego Movie as Vitruvius (voice)
2013Oblivion as Beech
2013Last Vegas as Archie
2013Olympus Has Fallen as Speaker Trumbull
2013Now You See Me as Thaddeus Bradley
2012The Magic of Belle Isle as Monte WildhornWatch Free
2012The Dark Knight Rises as Lucius Fox
2012B.B. King: The Life of Riley as Narrator (voice)
2011Born to Be Wild as Narrator
2011Dolphin Tale as Dr. McCarthy
2011Quebrando o Tabu as Narrator
2011Conan the Barbarian as Narrator (voice)
2010RED as Joe Matheson
2010The 16th Man as Narrator
2009Invictus as Nelson Mandela
2009The Maiden Heist as CharlesWatch Free
2009Thick as Thieves as Keith Ripley
2008Wanted as Sloan
2008The Dark Knight as Lucius Fox
2008The Love Guru as (Voice)
2008A Raisin in the Sun as Narrator (uncredited)
2007Feast of Love as Harry Stevenson
2007Evan Almighty as God
2007The Bucket List as Carter Chambers
2007Gone Baby Gone as Jack Doyle
2006The Contract as Frank Carden
200610 Items or Less as 'Him'
2006Lucky Number Slevin as The Boss
2005March of the Penguins as Narrator
2005Edison as AshfordWatch Free
2005Unleashed as Sam
2005An Unfinished Life as Mitch Bradley
2005Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D as Neil Armstrong
2005Batman Begins as Lucius Fox
2005War of the Worlds as Narrator (Voice)
2004The Hunting of the President as Narrator (voice)
2004The Big Bounce as Walter Crewes
2004Million Dollar Baby as Eddie 'Scrap-Iron' Dupris
2003Dreamcatcher as Col. Abraham Curtis
2003Guilty by Association as Lt. Redding
2003Bruce Almighty as God
2003Levity as Miles EvansWatch Free
2002The Sum of All Fears as DCI William Cabot
2002High Crimes as Charlie Grimes
2001Along Came a Spider as Alex Cross
2000Under Suspicion as Captain Victor Benezet
2000Nurse Betty as Charlie
1998Hard Rain as Jim
1998Deep Impact as President Tom Beck
1997Kiss the Girls as Alex Cross
1997The Long Way Home as Narrator (voice)
1997Amistad as Theodore Joadson
1996Cosmic Voyage as Narrator (voice)
1996Chain Reaction as Paul Shannon
1996Moll Flanders as Hibble
1995Se7en as Detective Lt. William Somerset
1995Outbreak as Billy Ford
1994The Shawshank Redemption as Ellis Boyd "Red" Redding
1992Unforgiven as Ned Logan
1992The Power of One as Geel Piet
1991Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves as Azeem
1990The Bonfire of the Vanities as Judge Leonard White
1990The Civil War as Frederick Douglass
1989Driving Miss Daisy as Hoke Colburn
1989Lean on Me as Principal Joe Clark
1989Johnny Handsome as Lt. A.Z. Drones
1989Glory as Sgt. Maj. John Rawlins
1988Clean and Sober as Craig
1988Clinton and Nadine as Dorsey Pratt
1987Street Smart as Fast Black
1985Marie as Charles Traughber
1985That Was Then... This Is Now as Charlie Woods
1984Harry & Son as Siemanowski
1984Teachers as Lewis
1981Death of a Prophet as Malcolm XWatch Free
1981Eyewitness as Lieutenant Black
1980Brubaker as Walter
1971The Electric Company as Count Dracula
1968Where Were You When the Lights Went Out? as Grand Central Commuter
1964The Pawnbroker as Man on Street (Uncredited)

Director (1 Credits)

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1993Bopha!

Himself (5 Credits)

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2017The Story of Us with Morgan Freeman as Himself - Host
2016The Story of God with Morgan Freeman as Himself - Presenter
2011Curiosity as Himself - Narrator
2010Through the Wormhole as Himself - Host
2009Prom Night in Mississippi as Himself

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