Morgan Freeman Biography

Birthday: 1937-06-01
Place of Birth: Memphis, Tennessee
Height: 6' 2" (1.88 m)
Wiki Biography: With an authoritative voice and calm demeanor, this ever popular American actor has grown into one of the most respected figures in modern US cinema. Born in June 1937 in Memphis, Tennessee, the young Freeman attended Los Angeles Community College before serving several years in the US Air Force as a mechanic between 1955 and 1959. His first dramatic arts exposure was on the stage including appearing in an all-African American production of the exuberant musical Hello, Dolly!. Throughout the 1970s, he continued his work on stage, winning Drama Desk and Clarence Derwent Awards and receiving a Tony Award nomination for his performance in The Mighty Gents in 1978. In 1980, he won two Obie Awards, for his portrayal of Shakespearean anti-hero Coriolanus at the New York Shakespeare Festival and for his work in Mother Courage and Her Children. Freeman won another Obie in 1984 for his performance as The Messenger in the acclaimed Brooklyn Academy of Music production of Lee Breuer's The Gospel at Colonus and, in 1985, won the Drama-Logue Award for the same role. In 1987, Freeman created the role of Hoke Coleburn in Alfred Uhry's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Driving Miss Daisy, which brought him his fourth Obie Award. In 1990, Freeman starred as Petruchio in the New York Shakespeare Festival's The Taming of the Shrew, opposite Tracey Ullman. Returning to the Broadway stage in 2008, Freeman starred with Frances McDormand and Peter Gallagher in Clifford Odets' drama The Country Girl, directed by Mike Nichols. Freeman first appeared on TV screens as several characters including "Easy Reader", "Mel Mounds" and "Count Dracula" on the Children's Television Workshop (now Sesame Workshop) show "The Electric Company" (1971). He then moved into feature film with another children's adventure, Who Says I Can't Ride a Rainbow! (1971). Next, there was a small role in the thriller Blade (1973); then he played Casca in Julius Caesar (1979) (V) and the title role in Coriolanus (1979) (V). Regular work was coming in for the talented Freeman and he appeared in the prison dramas Attica (1980) (TV) and Brubaker (1980), Eyewitness (1981), and portrayed the final 24 hours of slain Malcolm X in Death of a Prophet (1981) (TV). For most of the 1980s, Freeman continued to contribute decent enough performances in films that fluctuated in their quality. However, he really stood out, scoring an Oscar nomination as a merciless hoodlum in Street Smart (1987) and, then, he dazzled audiences and pulled a second Oscar nomination in the film version of Driving Miss Daisy (1989) opposite Jessica Tandy. The same year, Freeman teamed up with youthful Matthew Broderick and fiery Denzel Washington in the epic Civil War drama Glory (1989) about freed slaves being recruited to form the first all-African American fighting brigade. His star continued to rise, and the 1990s kicked off strongly with roles in The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990), Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991), and The Power of One (1992). Freeman's next role was as gunman Ned Logan, wooed out of retirement by friend William Munny to avenge several prostitutes in the wild west town of Big Whiskey in Clint Eastwood's de-mythologized western Unforgiven (1992). The film was a critical and box-office smash and scored an acting Oscar for Gene Hackman, a directing Oscar for Eastwood, and the Oscar for best picture. In 1993, Freeman made his directorial debut on Bopha! (1993) and soon after formed his production company, Revelations Entertainment. More strong scripts came in, and Freeman was back behind bars depicting a knowledgeable inmate (and obtaining his third Oscar nomination), befriending falsely accused banker Tim Robbins in The Shawshank Redemption (1994). He was then back out hunting a religious serial killer in Se7en (1995), starred alongside Keanu Reeves in Chain Reaction (1996), and was pursuing another serial murderer in Kiss the Girls (1997). Further praise followed for his role in the slave tale of Amistad (1997), he was a worried US President facing Armageddon from above in Deep Impact (1998), appeared in Neil LaBute's black comedy Nurse Betty (2000), and reprised his role as Alex Cross in Along Came a Spider (2001). Now highly popular, he was much in demand with cinema audiences, and he co-starred in the terrorist drama The Sum of All Fears (2002), was a military officer in the Stephen King-inspired Dreamcatcher (2003), gave divine guidance as God to Jim Carrey in Bruce Almighty (2003), and played a minor role in the comedy The Big Bounce (2004). 2005 was a huge year for Freeman. First, he he teamed up with good friend Clint Eastwood to appear in the drama, Million Dollar Baby (2004). Freeman's on-screen performance is simply world-class as ex-prize fighter Eddie "Scrap Iron" Dupris, who works in a run-down boxing gym alongside grizzled trainer Frankie Dunn, as the two work together to hone the skills of never-say-die female boxer Hilary Swank. Freeman received his fourth Oscar nomination and, finally, impressed the Academy's judges enough to win the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance. He also narrated Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds (2005) and appeared in Batman Begins (2005) as Lucius Fox, a valuable ally of Christian Bale's Bruce Wayne/Batman for director Christopher Nolan. Freeman would reprise his role in the two sequels of the record-breaking, genre-redefining trilogy. Roles in tentpoles and indies followed; highlights include his role as a crime boss in Lucky Number Slevin (2006), a second go-round as God in Evan Almighty (2007) with Steve Carell taking over for Jim Carrey, and a supporting role in Ben Affleck's directorial debut, Gone Baby Gone (2007). He co-starred with Jack Nicholson in the breakout hit The Bucket List (2007) in 2007, and followed that up with another box-office success, Wanted (2008), then segued into the second Batman film, The Dark Knight (2008). In 2009, he reunited with Eastwood to star in the director's true-life drama Invictus (2009), on which Freeman also served as an executive producer. For his portrayal of Nelson Mandela in the film, Freeman garnered Oscar, Golden Globe and Critics' Choice Award nominations, and won the National Board of Review Award for Best Actor. Recently, Freeman appeared in Red (2010/I), a surprise box-office hit; he narrated the Conan the Barbarian (2011) remake, starred in Rob Reiner's The Magic of Belle Isle (2012); and capped the Batman trilogy with The Dark Knight Rises (2012). Freeman has several films upcoming, including the thriller Now You See Me (2013), under the direction of Louis Leterrier, and the science fiction actioner Oblivion (2013), in which he stars with Tom Cruise.

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Filmography

TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Lean on Me Principal Joe Clark 1989 Action
Under Suspicion Captain Victor Benezet 2000 Crime
Dark Knight Lucius Fox 2001 - 2002 Action
Inside Dish with Rachael Ray 2004
10 Items Or Less Him 2006 Comedy
Prom Night In Mississippi 2009 Documentary
The Electric Company Count Dracula 2009 - 2010 Family
The 82nd Annual Academy Awards 2010
WIA 4 Thaddeus Bradley 2010
Through the Wormhole 2010 Documentary
Curiosity Himself - Narrator 2011 Documentary
The Town That Never Retired Alex Cross 2012 Documentary
Marie Charles Traughber 2012
Wanted Sloan 2018 Action
Teachers Lewis 2018 - 2019
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Brubaker 1980 0
Death of a Prophet Malcolm X 1981
Marie Charles Traughber 1985
That Was Then... This Is Now 1985 Drama, Crime
Street Smart Fast Black 1987 Crime, Drama
Clean and Sober 1988
Lean On Me Principal Joe Clark 1989
Driving Miss Daisy Hoke Colburn 1989 0
Glory Sgt. Maj. John Rawlins 1989 Romance, 0
Johnny Handsome Lt. A.Z. Drones 1989 Crime, Drama, Thriller
The Civil War Frederick Douglass 1990 Documentary, History
The Bonfire of the Vanities Judge Leonard White 1990 Comedy, Drama
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves Azeem 1991 0, Biography
The Shawshank Redemption Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding 1994 Crime, Drama
Se7en Detective Lt. William Somerset 1995 Game Show
Outbreak 1995 Game Show, 0, 0
Cosmic Voyage 1996
Moll Flanders 1996 0
Chain Reaction Paul Shannon 1996 Action, Thriller, Drama
The Long Way Home 1997 Romance, 0
Kiss the Girls Dr. Alex Cross 1997 Crime, Drama, Mystery
Amistad 1997 Drama, History, Mystery
Hard Rain Jim 1998 Game Show, 0, Comedy
Deep Impact President Beck 1998 Action, Drama, Romance
The Contract 1999
Water Damage Tom Preedy 1999 Thriller
Nurse Betty Charlie 2000 0, Comedy, Game Show
Under Suspicion Captain Victor Benezet 2000 Game Show, Comedy
Along Came a Spider Alex Cross 2001 Crime, Mystery, Thriller
The Sum of All Fears DCI William Cabot 2002 Game Show, 0
High Crimes Charles W. Grimes 2002 Crime, Drama, Mystery
Bruce Almighty God 2003 0
Levity Miles Evans 2003
Dreamcatcher Col. Abraham Curtis 2003 Drama, Horror, Sci Fi
The Hunting of the President 2004
The Big Bounce Walter Crewes 2004 Crime, Thriller, Comedy
Batman Begins Lucius Fox 2005 0, Comedy, 0, Sport
An Unfinished Life Mitch Bradley 2005
Million Dollar Baby Eddie Scrap-Iron Dupris 2005 Drama, Sport
Unleashed Sam 2005 Action, Crime, Drama
Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D Neil Armstrong 2005 Documentary, Animation
Edison Ashford 2005 Crime, Drama, Thriller
10 Items or Less Him 2006
Lucky Number Slevin The Boss 2006 Crime, Drama, Mystery
The Feast of Love Harry Stevenson 2007
Gone Baby Gone Jack Doyle 2007 0, Game Show
Evan Almighty God 2007 0, 0
The Bucket List Carter 2007 0, 0
Feast of Love Harry Stevenson 2007 Comedy, Drama, Romance
Contract Frank Carden 2008
Wanted Sloan 2008 Game Show, Comedy, 0
The Dark Knight Lucius Fox 2008 0, Game Show
Red Joe Matheson 2008
Thick as Thieves 2009 Crime, Thriller
Invictus Nelson Mandela 2009 Drama, History
The Maiden Heist Charles Peterson 2010 Comedy, Crime
Dolphin Tale Dr. Cameron McCarthy 2011 0
The Magic of Belle Isle Monte Wildhorn 2012 0, 0
The Dark Knight Rises Fox 2012 Action, Crime, Thriller
Unforgiven Ned Logan 2013 0, 0
Olympus Has Fallen Speaker Trumbull 2013 Action, Thriller
Oblivion Beech 2013 Action, Adventure, Mystery
Now You See Me Thaddeus Bradley 2013 Crime, Thriller
Last Vegas Archie 2013 Comedy
The Last Knights Bartok 2014 Action, Adventure
We the People Narrator 2014 History
Dolphin Tale 2 Dr. Cameron McCarthy 2014 0
The Lego Movie Vitruvius 2014 0, Drama, 0, 0
International Jazz Day Himself 2015 Music
London Has Fallen Speaker Trumbull 2015 Action, Crime, Thriller