Morgan Freeman

Morgan Freeman

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Age
77
Birthday
Jun. 1st, 1937
Born in
Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Height
6' 2

Morgan Freeman's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Through the Wormhole TV Show
Through the Wormhole
The Electric Company TV Show
The Electric Company
E2 Design TV Show
E2 Design
The Directors TV Show
The Directors
 

Main Movie Roles

2014 - Transcendence
2014 - Lucy
2009 - Invictus
2009 - The Maiden Heist
2009 - The People Speak
2008 - The Dark Knight
2008 - Wanted
2007 - Feast of Love
2007 - Gone Baby Gone
2007 - Evan Almighty
2007 - The Bucket List
2006 - Lucky Number Slevin
2006 - The Contract
2006 - 10 Items or Less
2005 - Edison
2005 - Batman Begins
2005 - An Unfinished Life
2005 - War of the Worlds
2004 - The Big Bounce
2004 - Million Dollar Baby
2003 - Bruce Almighty
2003 - Dreamcatcher
2003 - Levity
2002 - The Sum of All Fears
2002 - High Crimes
2001 - Along Came a Spider
2000 - Under Suspicion
2000 - Nurse Betty
1998 - Hard Rain
1998 - Deep Impact
1997 - Amistad
1997 - Kiss the Girls
1996 - Chain Reaction
1996 - Cosmic Voyage
1996 - Moll Flanders
1995 - Se7en
1995 - Outbreak
1994 - The Shawshank Redemption
1992 - Unforgiven
1992 - The Power of One
1991 - Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
1990 - The Bonfire of the Vanities
1989 - Glory
1989 - Johnny Handsome
1989 - Driving Miss Daisy
1989 - Lean On Me
1988 - Clean and Sober
1984 - Teachers
1981 - Eyewitness
1980 - Brubaker
1968 - Where Were You When the Lights Went Out?

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Himself
2
Narrator (Voiced)
1
Himself - Narrator
1
Tony (segment "Dealer's Choice")
1
Himself - Actor (segment "Morgan Freeman")
1
Himself
1
Himself - Guest
1
Himself
1
[Complete List]



BIOGRAPHY:

With an authoritative voice and calm demeanour, this ever popular African 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 and he appeared in an off-Broadway production of "The Nigger Lovers" and also in an all-African American production of the exuberant musical Hello, Dolly! (1969).

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) and the title role in _Coriolanus (1979). Regular work was coming in for the talented Freeman and he appeared in the prison dramas Attica (1980) and Brubaker (1980), the slow-moving _Eyewitness (1981), and portrayed the final 24 hours of slain 'Malcolm X' in _Death of a Prophet (1981). 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 as the patient and dignified chauffeur assisting moody pensioner 'Jessica Tandy' in the delightful _Driving Miss Daisy (1989). 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 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.

Freeman's work did not go unnoticed, more strong scripts came in, and he was back behind bars depicting a knowledgeable inmate (and obtaining his third Oscar nomination), befriending falsely accused banker Tim Robbins (I) in the uplifting 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 the loopy Neil LaBute 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 (I)-inspired Dreamcatcher (2003), gave divine guidance as "God" to Jim Carrey in the very funny Bruce Almighty (2003), and played a minor role in the uneven comedy The Big Bounce (2004).

However, 2005 was finally to be Morgan Freeman's year, when again he teamed up with good friend Clint Eastwood to appear in the heart-wrenching 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.

In addition to his film work, his commanding yet mellifluous voice has also led Freeman to be cast to narrate or host dozens of first-rate television specials covering topics from the American Civil War, the American Film Institute, blues music, the White House and many commemorative events involving the US film industry, most recently as the narrator of the American version of La marche de l'empereur (2005).


TRIVIA:
  • Worked as a mechanic in the US Air Force.
  • Attended the 2004 and 2005 Dubai International Film Festival in the United Arab Emirates.
  • (1986) Village Voice Obie for _"Great Performances" (1972) {The Gospel at Colonus (#13.2)}_ (qv).
  • Broadway debut in the musical "Hello, Dolly!" with 'Pearl Bailey' (qv) and 'Cab Calloway' (qv).
  • Received "Hollywood Outstanding Achievement in Acting" Award on 7 August 2000.
  • Was nominated for Broadway's 1978 Tony Award as Best Actor (Feature Role - Play) for 'The Mighty Gents.'
  • Keeps his Oscar statuette inside a cabinet which resides in his office. The cabinet was built by a good friend of his in 1998 especially for the Oscar that his good friend predicted he would win. It even came with a plaque that read: "No Parking. Reserved for Oscar."
  • Three films of his are on the American Film Institute's 100 Most Inspiring Movies of All Time. They are: _Driving Miss Daisy (1989)_ (qv) at #77, _Glory (1989)_ (qv) at #31 and _The Shawshank Redemption (1994)_ (qv) at #23.


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