Morgan Freeman

Biography

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.

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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Gender Male

Known Credits 156

Birthday 1937-06-01

Place of Birth Memphis, Tennessee, USA

Adult Actor False

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Also Known As

  • Freeman
  • Morgan Porterfield Freeman Jr.
  • Morgan J. Freeman

Known For

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2017 Going in Style as Willie
2016 Laddie as Himself
2016 The C Word as (voice)
2016 Ben-Hur as Ilderim
2016 Now You See Me 2 as Thaddeus Bradley
2016 The Story of God with Morgan Freeman(6 episodes) as Presenter
2016 London Has Fallen as Vice President Alan Trumbull
2015 Momentum as Senator
2015 Ted 2 as Patrick Meighan
2015 Last Knights as Bartok
2014 Lennon or McCartney as Himself (archive footage)
2014 Dolphin Tale 2 as Dr. Cameron McCarthy
2014 5 Flights Up as Alex Carver
2014 Lucy as Professor Norman
2014 Wish Wizard as Maxwell Omni
2014 Transcendence as Joseph Tagger
2014 Island of Lemurs: Madagascar as Narrator
2014 The Lego Movie as Vitruvius (voice)
2014 We the People as Narrator
2013 JFK: A President Betrayed as Narrator
2013 Last Vegas as Archie
2013 Now You See Me as Thaddeus Bradley
2013 Eastwood Directs: The Untold Story as Himself
2013 Oblivion as Beech
2013 Olympus Has Fallen as Speaker Trumbull
2013 Tales from the Warner Bros. Lot as Himself
2013 The Editor and The Dragon: Horace Carter Fights the Klan as Narrator
2012 Breaking the Taboo as Narrator
2012 B.B. King: The Life of Riley
2012 The Dark Knight Rises as Fox
2012 The Magic of Belle Isle as Monte Wildhorn
2012 Le frontiere dell'Astronomia - EP-7 Vite aliene nel cosmo as Narratore
2012 Betty White's 90th Birthday: A Tribute to America's Golden Girl as Himself
2011 Dolphin Tale as Dr. McCarthy
2011 Curiosity(31 episodes) as Himself - Narrator
2011 Born to Be Wild as Narrator
2010 RED as Joe Matheson
2010 Through the Wormhole(55 episodes) as Himself - Host
2010 The Eastwood Factor as Narrator
2010 For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots as (voice)
2009 Invictus as Nelson Mandela
2009 30 for 30(1 episode)
2009 Live from Studio Five(1 episode)
2009 The Maiden Heist as Charles
2009 Prom Night in Mississippi as Himself
2009 Thick as Thieves as Keith Ripley
2009 The People Speak as Himself
2008 The Dark Knight as Lucius Fox
2008 Wanted as Sloan
2007 The Bucket List as Carter Chambers
2007 Gone Baby Gone as Jack Doyle
2007 Feast of Love as Harry Stevenson
2007 AFI: 100 Years... 100 Movies... 10th Anniversary Edition
2007 Evan Almighty as God
2006 10 Items or Less as 'Him'
2006 The Contract as Frank Carden
2006 Lucky Number Slevin as The Boss
2005 An Unfinished Life as Mitch Bradley
2005 Edison as Moses Ashford
2005 War of the Worlds as Narrator (Voice)
2005 Batman Begins as Lucius Fox
2005 Slavery and the Making of America(4 episodes) as Narrator
2005 Unleashed as Sam
2005 March of the Penguins as Narrator
2005 Blues Divas as Himself
2005 Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon as Neil Armstrong
2004 Million Dollar Baby as Eddie Scrap-Iron Dupris
2004 Genius. A Night for Ray Charles as Himself
2004 The Hunting of the President as Narrator
2004 The Big Bounce as Walter Crewes
2003 The Ellen DeGeneres Show(1 episode)
2003 Guilty by Association as Lt. Redding
2003 Declaration of Independence as Himself
2003 Bruce Almighty as God
2003 Dreamcatcher as Col. Abraham Curtis
2003 Levity as Miles Evans
2002 The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius(1 episode)
2002 The Sum of All Fears as DCI William Cabot
2002 High Crimes as Charlie Grimes
2001 Along Came a Spider as Alex Cross
2000 Clint Eastwood: Out of the Shadows as Narrator (voice)
2000 Under Suspicion as Captain Victor Benezet
2000 Nurse Betty as Charlie
2000 Scandalize My Name: Stories from the Blacklist as Himself
1999 Stephen King: Shining in the Dark as Himself
1999 Family Guy(1 episode)
1998 Deep Impact as President Tom Beck
1998 Hard Rain as Jim
1997 Amistad as Theodore
1997 Kiss the Girls as Alex Cross
1997 The Long Way Home as Narrator
1997 The View(2 episodes)
1997 King of the Hill(1 episode)
1996 Cosmic Voyage as Narrator (voice)
1996 Chain Reaction as Paul Shannon
1996 Moll Flanders as Hibble
1996 National Geographic: Inside the White House
1995 Sieben as William Somerset
1995 Se7en as Detective Lt. William Somerset
1995 Outbreak as Billy Ford
1994 The Shawshank Redemption as Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding
1994 Inside the Actors Studio(1 episode)
1993 Late Night with Conan O'Brien(1 episode)
1992 The Power of One as Geel Piet
1992 Unforgiven as Ned Logan
1992 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno(1 episode)
1991 Pebble Mill(1 episode)
1991 Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves as Azeem
1990 The Bonfire of the Vanities as Judge Leonard White
1990 The Civil War as Frederick Douglass
1990 The Civil War(17 episodes)
1990 The Earth Day Special
1989 Glory as Sgt. Maj. John Rawlins
1989 Driving Miss Daisy as Hoke Colburn
1989 Johnny Handsome as Lt. A.Z. Drones
1989 Lean On Me as Principal Joe Clark
1988 Clean and Sober as Craig
1988 Blood Money as Dorsey Pratt
1987 Fight for Life as Dr. Sherard
1987 Street Smart as Fast Black
1986 Resting Place as Luther Johnson
1985 The Execution of Raymond Graham as Warden Pratt
1985 That Was Then... This is Now as Charlie Woods
1985 Marie as Charles Traughber
1985 The Twilight Zone(1 episode)
1985 The Atlanta Child Murders as Ben Shelter
1985 The Atlanta Child Murders(0 episodes) as Ben Shelter
1984 Teachers as Lewis
1984 Harry & Son as Siemanowski
1983 Live with Regis and Kathie Lee(2 episodes)
1981 The Marva Collins Story as Clarence Collins
1981 Eyewitness as Lieutenant Black
1981 Death of a Prophet as Malcolm X
1980 Texas(273 episodes) as Detective Michaels
1980 Brubaker as Walter
1980 Attica as Hap Richards
1978 The Kennedy Center Honors(1 episode)
1978 Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry as Uncle Hammer
1975 Ryan's Hope(0 episodes) as Cicero Murphy
1971 The Electric Company(782 episodes) as Count Dracula
1971 The Electric Company(782 episodes) as Mad Scientist
1971 The Electric Company(782 episodes) as Easy Reader
1964 Another World(1,668 episodes)
1952 Today(1 episode)
1951 Hallmark Hall of Fame(2 episodes)
1929 The Academy Awards(4 episodes)
1929 The Academy Awards(1 episode) as Morgan Freeman
1900 The True Story of Glory Continues as Narrator
1900 The President's Photographer: Fifty Years Inside the Oval Office as Narrator
1900 Villa Capri
1900 Rabbit Ears Productions(0 episodes)
1900 Out to Lunch(0 episodes)
1900 Smithsonian Channel's Sound Revolution(0 episodes)
1900 Mississippi Rising(0 episodes)
1900 The Marva Collins Story(0 episodes) as Clarence Collins
1900 Resting Place(0 episodes) as Luther Johnson

Production

2014 5 Flights Up … Producer
2010 Through the Wormhole(39 episodes) … Producer
2009 Invictus … Executive Producer
2000 Under Suspicion … Producer

Directing

2014 Madam Secretary(1 episode) … Director
2010 The 16th Man … Director
1993 Bopha! … Director

Creator

2016 The Story of God with Morgan Freeman … Creator

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