Morgan Freeman

Morgan Freeman

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Age
78
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

2015 - Last Knights
2015 - Ted 2
2014 - Island of Lemurs: Madagascar
2014 - The LEGO Movie
2014 - Dolphin Tale 2
2013 - Last Vegas
2013 - Now You See Me
2013 - Oblivion
2013 - Olympus Has Fallen
2012 - The Dark Knight Rises
2012 - The Magic of Belle Isle
2011 - Born to Be Wild
2011 - Dolphin Tale
2011 - Conan the Barbarian
2010 - RED
2009 - The Maiden Heist
2009 - Invictus
2009 - Prom Night in Mississippi
2009 - The People Speak
2008 - The Dark Knight
2008 - Wanted
2007 - The Bucket List
2007 - Gone Baby Gone
2007 - Feast of Love
2007 - Evan Almighty
2006 - 10 Items or Less
2006 - Lucky Number Slevin
2005 - War of the Worlds
2005 - Unleashed
2005 - Edison
2005 - An Unfinished Life
2005 - Batman Begins
2004 - The Big Bounce
2004 - Million Dollar Baby
2003 - Dreamcatcher
2003 - Levity
2003 - Bruce Almighty
2002 - High Crimes
2002 - The Sum of All Fears
2001 - Along Came a Spider
2000 - Nurse Betty
2000 - Under Suspicion
1998 - Hard Rain
1998 - Deep Impact
1997 - Amistad
1997 - Kiss the Girls
1996 - Chain Reaction
1996 - Moll Flanders
1996 - Cosmic Voyage
1995 - Se7en
1995 - Outbreak
1994 - The Shawshank Redemption
1992 - Unforgiven
1992 - The Power of One
1990 - The Bonfire of the Vanities
1989 - Johnny Handsome
1989 - Glory
1989 - Driving Miss Daisy
1988 - Clean and Sober
1987 - Street Smart
1985 - That Was Then... This is Now
1984 - Teachers
1981 - Eyewitness
1980 - Brubaker
1968 - Where Were You When the Lights Went Out?

Guest TV Roles

[none found]



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' 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' -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:
  • Narrated 2 Academy Award-winning feature length documentaries: _The Long Way Home (1997)_ (qv) and _La marche de l'empereur (2005)_ (qv).
  • In May 2005, he won the right to the Internet domain name www.morganfreeman.com from the company Mighty LLC, of Charlestown, Saint Kitts and Nevis in a UN panel.
  • Most of the characters he has played aren't written specifically for an African-American actor.
  • In January 2001, opened Madidi, a fine-dining restaurant in Clarksdale, MS, with local attorney and businessman, Bill Lucket. They also co-own Ground Zero Blues Club, a blues bar and grill that opened in May 2001.
  • Father of 'Alfonso Freeman' (qv) from a previous relationship and Saifoulaye Freeman from another previous relationship.
  • Owns a boat which is berthed in the Caribbean. His busy schedule, however, only allows him to go sailing on it once a year.
  • Has reprised the same character three times. He played Dr. Alex Cross in _Kiss the Girls (1997)_ (qv) and then reprised the role in _Along Came a Spider (2001)_ (qv). He also played God in _Bruce Almighty (2003)_ (qv) and then reprised that role in _Evan Almighty (2007)_ (qv). Finally, he played Lucius Fox in both _Batman Begins (2005)_ (qv) and _The Dark Knight (2008)_ (qv).
  • Broke his arm and shoulder when he flipped his car near his home of Charleston, Mississippi on August 3, 2008.


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