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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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Born:
Jun 1, 1937 In Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
146
First Appeared:
In the series Resting Place
Latest Project:
Movie The Nutcracker and the Four Realms 2018-10-31
Known For
Poster of Lucy
Poster of The Lego Movie
Poster of The Dark Knight Rises
Poster of Die Verurteilten
Filmography
Series Resting Place Luther Johnson 2018
Series Mississippi Rising Unknown 2018
Movie The Nutcracker and the Four Realms Drosselmeyer 2018-10-31
Series The Marva Collins Story Clarence Collins 2018
Movie Abgang mit Stil Willie Davis 2017-04-06
Movie Just Getting Started 2017-12-01
Movie Laddie Himself 2017-10-20
Series Smithsonian Channel's Sound Revolution Unknown 2016
Movie Die Unfassbaren 2 Thaddeus Bradley 2016-06-02
Movie Ben Hur Sheik Ilderim 2016-08-17
Series Roger and the Rottentrolls Narrator 2016
Movie London Has Fallen Vice President Alan Trumbull 2016-03-02
Movie Last Knights - Die Ritter des 7. Ordens Bartok 2015-04-03
Movie Momentum Senator 2015-08-01
Movie Ted 2 Patrick Meighan 2015-06-25
Movie The Lego Movie Vitruvius (voice) 2014-02-06
Movie We the People Narrator 2014-01-06
Movie Wildes Madagaskar - Die Insel der Lemuren Narrator 2014-04-03
Movie Ruth & Alex - Verliebt in New York Alex Carver 2014-09-05
Movie Transcendence Joseph Tagger 2014-04-16
Movie Mein Freund, der Delfin 2 Dr. Cameron McCarthy 2014-09-12
Movie Lennon or McCartney Himself (archive footage) 2014-12-12
Movie Wish Wizard Maxwell Omni 2014-04-29
Movie Lucy Professor Samuel Norman 2014-07-14
Movie Olympus Has Fallen - Die Welt in Gefahr Speaker Trumbull 2013-03-20
Movie Tales from the Warner Bros. Lot Himself 2013-01-15
Movie Die Unfassbaren Thaddeus Bradley 2013-05-29
Movie Last Vegas Archie 2013-10-31
Movie JFK: A President Betrayed Narrator 2013-11-23
Movie Eastwood Directs: The Untold Story Himself 2013-04-27
Movie Oblivion Malcolm Beech 2013-04-10
Movie Betty White's 90th Birthday: A Tribute to America's Golden Girl Himself 2012-01-16
Movie The Dark Knight Rises Lucius Fox 2012-07-16
Movie B.B. King: The Life of Riley 2012-10-15
Movie The Magic of Belle Isle - Ein verzauberter Sommer Monte Wildhorn 2012-07-06
Movie Zurück in die Wildnis Narrator 2011-04-08
Movie Quebrando o Tabu Narrator 2011-06-03
Movie Conan Narrator (voice) 2011-08-17
Series Morgan Freeman: Mysterien des Weltalls Himself - Host 2010-06-09
Movie R.E.D. - Älter. Härter. Besser. Joe Matheson 2010-10-13
Movie Der Eastwood-Faktor Narrator 2010-02-16
Movie Invictus - Unbezwungen Nelson Mandela 2009-12-10
Movie The Code - Vertraue keinem Dieb Keith Ripley 2009-01-09
Movie Bruchreif Charles 2009-05-09
Movie Prom Night in Mississippi Himself 2009-01-15
Series Live from Studio Five Unknown 2009-09-14
Movie The Dark Knight Lucius Fox 2008-07-16
Movie A Raisin in the Sun Narrator (uncredited) 2008-02-25
Movie Zauber der Liebe Harry Stevenson 2007-09-28
Movie Das Beste kommt zum Schluss Carter Chambers 2007-12-25
Series After the Catch Jack Doyle 2007-05-29
Movie 10 Items or Less - Du bist wen du triffst 'Him' 2006-09-11
Movie Children of Men 2006-09-22
Movie Blues Divas Himself 2005-01-22
Movie Mission Mond 3D Neil Armstrong 2005-01-01
Movie Unleashed - Entfesselt Sam 2005-02-02
Series Nemesis - Der Angriff Frank Carden 2005-09-16
Series Slavery and the Making of America Narrator 2005-02-09
Movie Ein ungezähmtes Leben Mitch Bradley 2005-09-09
Series Weeds - Kleine Deals unter Nachbarn The Boss 2005-08-07
Movie Batman Begins Lucius Fox 2005-06-10
Movie Krieg der Welten Narrator (Voice) 2005-06-28
Movie Hawaii Crime Story Walter Crewes 2004-01-30
Series Darcy's Wild Life Alex Cross 2004-10-02
Movie Million Dollar Baby Eddie Scrap-Iron Dupris 2004-12-15
Series Can't Sing Singers Narrator 2004-11-20
Movie Genius. A Night for Ray Charles Himself 2004-10-07
Movie Levity Miles Evans 2003-03-16
Movie Dreamcatcher Col. Abraham Curtis 2003-03-21
Series NCIS DCI William Cabot 2003-09-23
Movie Seit Otar fort ist Unknown 2003-09-17
Series The Ellen DeGeneres Show Unknown 2003-09-08
Movie Schuldig bei Anklage Lt. Redding 2003-07-22
Movie Bruce Allmächtig God 2003-05-23
Series What I Like About You Ned Logan 2002-09-20
Series Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn Walter 2002-12-09
Series The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius Unknown 2002-07-20
Movie High Crimes - Im Netz der Lügen Charlie Grimes 2002-04-03
Movie Scandalize My Name: Stories from the Blacklist Himself 2000-01-01
Movie Under Suspicion - Mörderisches Spiel Captain Victor Benezet 2000-09-24
Movie Nurse Betty - Gefährliche Träume Charlie 2000-09-08
Movie Clint Eastwood: Out of the Shadows Narrator (voice) 2000-09-27
Series Family Guy Unknown 1999-01-31
Movie Stephen King: Shining in the Dark Himself 1999-09-09
Movie Deep Impact President Tom Beck 1998-05-08
Movie Hard Rain Jim 1998-01-16
Series King of the Hill Unknown 1997-01-12
Movie Ins Gelobte Land Narrator 1997-09-19
Movie ... denn zum Küssen sind sie da Alex Cross 1997-10-03
Series The View Unknown 1997-08-11
Movie Amistad - Das Sklavenschiff Theodore 1997-12-03
Movie National Geographic: Inside the White House Narrator 1996-01-01
Series Tracey Takes On... God 1996-01-24
Movie Moll Flanders Hibble 1996-06-14
Movie Sieben Detective Lt. William Somerset 1995-09-22
Movie Outbreak - Lautlose Killer Billy Ford 1995-03-10
Series 魔法騎士レイアース Himself 1994-10-17
Movie Die Verurteilten Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding 1994-09-23
Series Inside the Actors Studio Unknown 1994-06-01
Series Late Night with Conan O'Brien Unknown 1993-09-13
Movie Im Glanz der Sonne Geel Piet 1992-09-17
Series The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
Movie The True Story of Glory Continues Narrator 1991-06-19
Series Pebble Mill Unknown 1991-10-14
Movie Robin Hood - König der Diebe Azeem 1991-06-14
Movie Die Letzten drei Tage der Marie Antoinette Easy Reader 1990-09-19
Movie Der Amerikanische Bürgerkrieg Frederick Douglass 1990-09-23
Movie Fegefeuer der Eitelkeiten Judge Leonard White 1990-12-21
Movie The Earth Day Special 1990-04-22
Movie Der knallharte Prinzipal Principal Joe Clark 1989-03-03
Movie Miss Daisy und ihr Chauffeur Hoke Colburn 1989-12-13
Movie Glory Sgt. Maj. John Rawlins 1989-12-15
Movie Tropic War Dorsey Pratt 1988-05-04
Movie Süchtig Craig 1988-08-10
Movie An einem Freitagabend Dr. Sherard 1987-03-23
Movie Glitzernder Asphalt Fast Black 1987-03-20
Movie Letzte Ruhe Luther Johnson 1986-01-01
Series The Atlanta Child Murders Ben Shelter 1985-02-10
Series The Twilight Zone Unknown 1985-09-27
Movie Marie Charles Traughber 1985-09-27
Movie The Execution of Raymond Graham Warden Pratt 1985-11-17
Movie Jungs außer Kontrolle Charlie Woods 1985-11-08
Movie Harry & Sohn Siemanowski 1984-03-02
Movie Die Aufsässigen Lewis 1984-10-05
Series Live with Regis and Kathie Lee Unknown 1983-04-04
Movie Der Augenzeuge Lieutenant Black 1981-02-13
Movie Malcolm X - Tod eines Propheten Malcolm X 1981-01-01
Movie The Marva Collins Story Clarence Collins 1981-12-01
Series 太陽の牙ダグラム Sloan 1981-10-23
Movie Attica - Revolte hinter Gittern Hap Richards 1980-03-01
Series Texas Detective Michaels 1980-08-04
Movie Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry Uncle Hammer 1978-11-12
Series The Kennedy Center Honors Unknown 1978-12-28
Series Saturday Night Live Narrator 1975-10-11
Series Ryan's Hope Cicero Murphy 1975-07-07
Movie Blade Chris 1973-12-01
Series Split Second Moses Ashford 1972-03-20
Movie Tagebuch eines Ehebruchs Unknown 1970-01-01
Series The Most Deadly Game Paul Shannon 1970-10-10
Series Dad's Army Lt. A.Z. Drones 1968-07-31
Series Another World 1964-05-04
Series Stars in der Manege Dr. McCarthy 1959-04-11
Movie Das Wirtshaus im Spessart Unknown 1958-01-14
Series The Academy Awards Unknown 1953-03-18
Series Today Unknown 1952-01-14
Series Hallmark Hall of Fame Unknown 1951-12-24