Morgan Freeman

1 Jun 1937

Actor, Producer, Director

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 (84 titles)

(movie, 2017)
···Just Getting Started
Genre: Action, Comedy
Role: Actor
(movie, 2017)
···Going in Style
Genre: Crime, Comedy, Drama
Role: Actor (as Willie Davis)
(movie, 2016)
···Ben-Hur
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Action
Role: Actor (as Sheik Ilderim)
(movie, 2016)
···Now You See Me 2
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Thaddeus Bradley)
(movie, 2016)
···London Has Fallen
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Vice President Alan Trumbull)
(movie, 2015)
···Momentum
Genre: Thriller, Action
Role: Actor (as Senator)
(movie, 2015)
···Ted 2
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Patrick Meighan)
(movie, 2015)
···Ruth & Alex
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor, Producer
(movie, 2015)
···Last Knights
Genre: Action, Adventure
Role: Actor (as Bartok)
(movie, 2014)
···Dolphin Tale 2
Genre: Drama, Family
Role: Actor (as Dr. Cameron McCarthy)
(movie, 2014)
8.3Lucy
Genre: Action, Science Fiction
Role: Actor (as Professor Samuel Norman)
(movie, 2014)
···Wish Wizard
Genre: Fantasy, Family
Role: Actor (as Maxwell Omni)
(movie, 2014)
8.0Transcendence
Genre: Thriller, Science Fiction, Drama, Mystery
Role: Actor (as Joseph Tagger)
(movie, 2014)
···The Lego Movie
Genre: Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Role: Actor (as Vitruvius (voice))
(movie, 2013)
···Last Vegas
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Archie)
(movie, 2013)
···Now You See Me
Genre: Thriller, Crime
Role: Actor (as Thaddeus Bradley)
(movie, 2013)
···Oblivion
Genre: Action, Science Fiction, Adventure, Mystery
Role: Actor (as Malcolm Beech)
(movie, 2013)
···Olympus Has Fallen
Genre: Action, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Speaker Trumbull)
(movie, 2012)
8.3The Dark Knight Rises
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Fox)
(movie, 2012)
···The Magic of Belle Isle
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Role: Actor (as Monte Wildhorn)
(movie, 2011)
···Dolphin Tale
Genre: Drama, Family
Role: Actor (as Dr. McCarthy)
(movie, 2011)
···Conan the Barbarian
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Action
Role: Actor (as Narrator (voice))
(movie, 2010)
···RED
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Joe Matheson)
(movie, 2009)
···Invictus
Genre: Drama, History
Role: Actor, Producer
(movie, 2009)
···The Maiden Heist
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Role: Actor (as Charles)
(movie, 2009)
···Thick as Thieves
Genre: Action, Thriller, Crime
Role: Actor (as Keith Ripley)
(movie, 2008)
8.1The Dark Knight
Genre: Drama, Action, Crime, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Lucius Fox)
(movie, 2008)
···Wanted
Genre: Action, Thriller, Crime
Role: Actor (as Sloan)
(movie, 2007)
···The Bucket List
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Adventure
Role: Actor (as Carter Chambers)
(movie, 2007)
···Gone Baby Gone
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Jack Doyle)
(movie, 2007)
···Feast of Love
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Harry Stevenson)
(movie, 2007)
···Evan Almighty
Genre: Fantasy, Comedy, Family
Role: Actor (as God)
(movie, 2006)
···The Contract
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Frank Carden)
(movie, 2006)
···10 Items or Less
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Role: Actor (as 'Him')
(movie, 2006)
···Lucky Number Slevin
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Crime, Mystery
Role: Actor (as The Boss)
(movie, 2005)
···Edison
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Moses Ashford)
(movie, 2005)
···An Unfinished Life
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Mitch Bradley)
(movie, 2005)
···Unleashed
Genre: Action, Crime
Role: Actor (as Sam)
(movie, 2005)
7.0War of the Worlds
Genre: Adventure, Thriller, Science Fiction
Role: Actor (as Narrator (Voice))
(movie, 2005)
8.8Batman Begins
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Role: Actor (as Lucius Fox)
(movie, 2005)
···Danny the Dog
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Sam)
(movie, 2004)
7.4Million Dollar Baby
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Eddie Scrap-Iron Dupris)
Role: Actor (as Himself)
(movie, 2004)
···The Big Bounce
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Role: Actor (as Walter Crewes)
(movie, 2003)
···Bruce Almighty
Genre: Fantasy, Comedy
Role: Actor (as God)
(movie, 2003)
···Dreamcatcher
Genre: Drama, Horror, Science Fiction, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Col. Abraham Curtis)
(movie, 2003)
···Levity
Genre: Crime, Drama
Role: Actor (as Miles Evans)
(movie, 2002)
···The Sum of All Fears
Genre: Thriller, Action, Drama
Role: Actor (as DCI William Cabot)
(movie, 2002)
···High Crimes
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Charlie Grimes)
(movie, 2001)
···Along Came a Spider
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller, Action
Role: Actor (as Alex Cross)
(movie, 2000)
7.5Under Suspicion
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Role: Actor, Producer
(movie, 1998)
···Deep Impact
Genre: Action, Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as President Tom Beck)
(movie, 1998)
···Hard Rain
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Jim)
(movie, 1997)
···Amistad
Genre: Drama, History, Mystery
Role: Actor (as Theodore)
(movie, 1997)
···Kiss the Girls
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Crime
Role: Actor (as Alex Cross)
(movie, 1996)
···Chain Reaction
Genre: Action, Drama, Science Fiction, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Paul Shannon)
(movie, 1996)
···Moll Flanders
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Hibble)
(movie, 1995)
8.9Se7en
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Detective Lt. William Somerset)
(movie, 1995)
···Outbreak
Genre: Action, Drama, Science Fiction, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Billy Ford)
(movie, 1994)
8.0The Shawshank Redemption
Genre: Drama, Crime
Role: Actor (as Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding)
(movie, 1993)
···Bopha!
Genre: Drama
Role: Director
(movie, 1992)
···The Power of One
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Geel Piet)
(movie, 1992)
···Unforgiven
Genre: Western
Role: Actor (as Ned Logan)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Action, Romance
Role: Actor (as Azeem)
(movie, 1990)
···The Bonfire of the Vanities
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Role: Actor (as Judge Leonard White)
(movie, 1990)
···The Civil War
Role: Actor (as Frederick Douglass)
(movie, 1989)
···Glory
Genre: War
Role: Actor (as Sgt. Maj. John Rawlins)
(movie, 1989)
···Driving Miss Daisy
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Role: Actor (as Hoke Colburn)
(movie, 1989)
···Johnny Handsome
Genre: Crime, Drama
Role: Actor (as Lt. A.Z. Drones)
(movie, 1989)
···Lean On Me
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Principal Joe Clark)
(movie, 1988)
···Clean and Sober
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Craig)
(movie, 1988)
···Clinton and Nadine
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Dorsey Pratt)
(movie, 1987)
···Street Smart
Genre: Crime, Drama
Role: Actor (as Fast Black)
(movie, 1987)
···Fight for Life
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Dr. Sherard)
(movie, 1986)
···Resting Place
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Luther Johnson)
(movie, 1985)
···That Was Then... This is Now
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Charlie Woods)
(movie, 1985)
···Marie
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Charles Traughber)
(mini-series, 1985)
···The Atlanta Child Murders
Genre: Drama, Crime, Mystery
Role: Actor (as Ben Shelter)
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Warden Pratt)
(movie, 1981)
···Eyewitness
Genre: Action, Thriller, Mystery
Role: Actor (as Lieutenant Black)
(movie, 1981)
···Death of a Prophet
Genre: Drama, History
Role: Actor (as Malcolm X)
(movie, 1981)
···The Marva Collins Story
Genre: Drama, Biography
Role: Actor (as Clarence Collins)
(movie, 1980)
···Brubaker
Genre: Crime, Drama
Role: Actor (as Walter)
(movie, 1980)
···Attica
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Hap Richards)