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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 1st, 1937 in Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
The President's Photographer: Fifty Years Inside the Oval Office
Latest Project:
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (Oct 31st, 2018)

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MOVIES The Nutcracker and the Four Realms Drosselmeyer Oct 31st, 2018
MOVIES Just Getting Started Nov 22nd, 2017
MOVIES Laddie Himself Oct 20th, 2017
SERIES The Story of Us with Morgan Freeman Himself - Host Oct 11th, 2017
MOVIES The Words That Built America Himself Jul 4th, 2017
MOVIES Going in Style Willie Davis Apr 6th, 2017
MOVIES Ben-Hur Sheik Ilderim Aug 17th, 2016
MOVIES The C Word (voice) Jul 28th, 2016
MOVIES Now You See Me 2 Thaddeus Bradley Jun 2nd, 2016
SERIES The Story of God with Morgan Freeman Presenter Apr 3rd, 2016
MOVIES London Has Fallen Vice President Alan Trumbull Mar 2nd, 2016
MOVIES Momentum Senator Aug 1st, 2015
MOVIES Ted 2 Patrick Meighan Jun 25th, 2015
MOVIES Last Knights Bartok Apr 3rd, 2015
MOVIES Lennon or McCartney Himself (archive footage) Dec 12th, 2014
MOVIES Dolphin Tale 2 Dr. Cameron McCarthy Sep 12th, 2014
MOVIES 5 Flights Up Alex Carver Sep 5th, 2014
MOVIES Lucy Professor Samuel Norman Jul 14th, 2014
MOVIES Wish Wizard Maxwell Omni Apr 29th, 2014
MOVIES Transcendence Joseph Tagger Apr 16th, 2014
MOVIES Island of Lemurs: Madagascar Narrator Apr 3rd, 2014
MOVIES The Lego Movie Vitruvius (voice) Feb 6th, 2014
MOVIES We the People Narrator Jan 6th, 2014
MOVIES JFK: A President Betrayed Narrator Nov 23rd, 2013
MOVIES Last Vegas Archie Oct 31st, 2013
MOVIES Now You See Me Thaddeus Bradley May 29th, 2013
MOVIES Eastwood Directs: The Untold Story Himself Apr 27th, 2013
MOVIES Oblivion Malcolm Beech Apr 10th, 2013
MOVIES Olympus Has Fallen Speaker Trumbull Mar 20th, 2013
MOVIES Tales from the Warner Bros. Lot Himself Jan 15th, 2013
MOVIES The Editor and The Dragon: Horace Carter Fights the Klan Narrator Jan 1st, 2013
MOVIES B.B. King: The Life of Riley Oct 15th, 2012
MOVIES The Dark Knight Rises Lucius Fox Jul 16th, 2012
MOVIES The Magic of Belle Isle Monte Wildhorn Jul 6th, 2012
MOVIES Le frontiere dell'Astronomia - EP-7 Vite aliene nel cosmo Narratore Mar 21st, 2012
MOVIES Betty White's 90th Birthday: A Tribute to America's Golden Girl Himself Jan 16th, 2012
MOVIES Dolphin Tale Dr. McCarthy Sep 23rd, 2011
MOVIES Conan the Barbarian Narrator (voice) Aug 17th, 2011
SERIES Curiosity Himself - Narrator Aug 7th, 2011
MOVIES Breaking the Taboo Narrator Jun 3rd, 2011
MOVIES Born to Be Wild Narrator Apr 8th, 2011
MOVIES RED Joe Matheson Oct 13th, 2010
SERIES Through the Wormhole Himself - Host Jun 9th, 2010
MOVIES The Eastwood Factor Narrator Feb 16th, 2010
MOVIES For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots (voice) Jan 1st, 2010
MOVIES The People Speak Himself Dec 13th, 2009
MOVIES Invictus Nelson Mandela Dec 10th, 2009
MOVIES The Maiden Heist Charles May 9th, 2009
MOVIES Prom Night in Mississippi Himself Jan 15th, 2009
MOVIES Thick as Thieves Keith Ripley Jan 9th, 2009
MOVIES The Dark Knight Lucius Fox Jul 16th, 2008
MOVIES Wanted Sloan Jun 19th, 2008
MOVIES A Raisin in the Sun Narrator (uncredited) Feb 25th, 2008
MOVIES The Bucket List Carter Chambers Dec 25th, 2007
MOVIES Gone Baby Gone Jack Doyle Oct 19th, 2007
MOVIES Feast of Love Harry Stevenson Sep 28th, 2007
MOVIES AFI: 100 Years... 100 Movies... 10th Anniversary Edition Jun 20th, 2007
MOVIES Evan Almighty God Jun 9th, 2007
MOVIES 10 Items or Less 'Him' Sep 11th, 2006
MOVIES The Contract Frank Carden Apr 5th, 2006
MOVIES Lucky Number Slevin The Boss Feb 24th, 2006
MOVIES An Unfinished Life Mitch Bradley Sep 9th, 2005
MOVIES Edison Moses Ashford Jul 29th, 2005
MOVIES War of the Worlds Narrator (Voice) Jun 28th, 2005
MOVIES Batman Begins Lucius Fox Jun 10th, 2005
SERIES Slavery and the Making of America Narrator Feb 9th, 2005
MOVIES Unleashed Sam Feb 2nd, 2005
MOVIES March of the Penguins Narrator Jan 26th, 2005
MOVIES Blues Divas Himself Jan 22nd, 2005
MOVIES Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon Neil Armstrong Jan 1st, 2005
MOVIES Million Dollar Baby Eddie Scrap-Iron Dupris Dec 15th, 2004
MOVIES Genius. A Night for Ray Charles Himself Oct 7th, 2004
MOVIES The Hunting of the President Narrator Jun 20th, 2004
MOVIES The Big Bounce Walter Crewes Jan 30th, 2004
MOVIES Guilty by Association Lt. Redding Jul 22nd, 2003
MOVIES Declaration of Independence Himself Jun 10th, 2003
MOVIES Bruce Almighty God May 23rd, 2003
MOVIES Dreamcatcher Col. Abraham Curtis Mar 21st, 2003
MOVIES Levity Miles Evans Mar 16th, 2003
MOVIES The Sum of All Fears DCI William Cabot May 31st, 2002
MOVIES High Crimes Charlie Grimes Apr 3rd, 2002
MOVIES Along Came a Spider Alex Cross Apr 6th, 2001
MOVIES Clint Eastwood: Out of the Shadows Narrator (voice) Sep 27th, 2000
MOVIES Under Suspicion Captain Victor Benezet Sep 24th, 2000
MOVIES Nurse Betty Charlie Sep 8th, 2000
MOVIES Scandalize My Name: Stories from the Blacklist Himself Jan 1st, 2000
MOVIES Stephen King: Shining in the Dark Himself Sep 9th, 1999
MOVIES Deep Impact President Tom Beck May 8th, 1998
MOVIES Hard Rain Jim Jan 16th, 1998
MOVIES Amistad Theodore Dec 3rd, 1997
MOVIES Kiss the Girls Alex Cross Oct 3rd, 1997
MOVIES The Long Way Home Narrator Sep 19th, 1997
MOVIES Cosmic Voyage Narrator (voice) Aug 9th, 1996
MOVIES Chain Reaction Paul Shannon Aug 2nd, 1996
MOVIES Moll Flanders Hibble Jun 14th, 1996
MOVIES National Geographic: Inside the White House Narrator Jan 1st, 1996
MOVIES Se7en Detective Lt. William Somerset Sep 22nd, 1995
MOVIES Outbreak Billy Ford Mar 10th, 1995
MOVIES The Shawshank Redemption Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding Sep 23rd, 1994
MOVIES The Power of One Geel Piet Sep 17th, 1992
MOVIES Unforgiven Ned Logan Aug 7th, 1992
MOVIES The True Story of Glory Continues Narrator Jun 19th, 1991
MOVIES Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves Azeem Jun 14th, 1991
MOVIES The Massachusetts 54th Colored Infantry Narrator Jan 1st, 1991
MOVIES The Bonfire of the Vanities Judge Leonard White Dec 21st, 1990
SERIES The Civil War Frederick Douglass Sep 23rd, 1990
MOVIES The Civil War Frederick Douglass Sep 23rd, 1990
MOVIES The Earth Day Special Apr 22nd, 1990
MOVIES Glory Sgt. Maj. John Rawlins Dec 15th, 1989
MOVIES Driving Miss Daisy Hoke Colburn Dec 13th, 1989
MOVIES Johnny Handsome Lt. A.Z. Drones Sep 12th, 1989
MOVIES Lean On Me Principal Joe Clark Mar 3rd, 1989
MOVIES Clean and Sober Craig Aug 10th, 1988
MOVIES Blood Money Dorsey Pratt May 4th, 1988
MOVIES Fight for Life Dr. Sherard Mar 23rd, 1987
MOVIES Street Smart Fast Black Mar 20th, 1987
MOVIES Resting Place Luther Johnson Jan 1st, 1986
MOVIES The Execution of Raymond Graham Warden Pratt Nov 17th, 1985
MOVIES That was Then... This is Now Charlie Woods Nov 8th, 1985
MOVIES Marie Charles Traughber Sep 27th, 1985
MOVIES The Atlanta Child Murders Ben Shelter Feb 10th, 1985
MOVIES Teachers Lewis Oct 5th, 1984
MOVIES Harry & Son Siemanowski Mar 2nd, 1984
MOVIES The Marva Collins Story Clarence Collins Dec 1st, 1981
MOVIES Eyewitness Lieutenant Black Feb 13th, 1981
MOVIES Death of a Prophet Malcolm X Jan 1st, 1981
SERIES Texas Detective Michaels Aug 4th, 1980
MOVIES Brubaker Walter Jun 20th, 1980
MOVIES Attica Hap Richards Mar 1st, 1980
MOVIES Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry Uncle Hammer Nov 12th, 1978
MOVIES Out to Lunch Himself / Croupier Dec 10th, 1974
MOVIES Blade Chris Dec 1st, 1973
SERIES The Electric Company Count Dracula Oct 25th, 1971
SERIES The Electric Company Mad Scientist Oct 25th, 1971
SERIES The Electric Company Easy Reader Oct 25th, 1971
SERIES Another World May 4th, 1964
MOVIES Angel Has Fallen Allan Trumbull
MOVIES The President's Photographer: Fifty Years Inside the Oval Office Narrator