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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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Jun 1, 1937 In Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Oscar (The Academy Awards) 1929-05-16
Latest Project:
Movie Objetivo: Londres 2016-01-22
Known For
Poster of Million Dollar Baby
Poster of Como Dios
Poster of Paseando a Miss Daisy
Movie Objetivo: Londres Vice President Alan Trumbull 2016-01-22
Movie Ted 2 Patrick Meighan 2015-06-25
Movie Los últimos caballeros Bartok 2015-04-03
Movie Momentum Senator 2015-08-01
Movie Isla de Lemures: Madagascar Narrator 2014-04-03
Movie La LEGO película Vitruvius (voice) 2014-02-06
Movie Transcendence Joseph Tagger 2014-04-16
Movie Wish Wizard Maxwell Omni 2014-04-29
Movie Ático sin ascensor Alex Carver 2014-09-05
Movie Winter, El Delfín 2 Dr. Cameron McCarthy 2014-09-12
Movie Lucy Professor Norman 2014-07-25
Movie Objetivo: La Casa Blanca Speaker Trumbull 2013-03-20
Movie Tales from the Warner Bros. Lot Himself 2013-01-15
Movie The Editor and The Dragon: Horace Carter Fights the Klan Narrator 2013-01-01
Movie Oblivion Beech 2013-04-10
Movie Ahora me ves... Thaddeus Bradley 2013-05-29
Movie Eastwood Directs: The Untold Story Himself 2013-04-27
Movie Plan en Las Vegas Archie 2013-10-31
Movie JFK: A President Betrayed Narrator 2013-11-23
Movie Le frontiere dell'Astronomia - EP-7 Vite aliene nel cosmo Narratore 2012-03-21
Movie Betty White's 90th Birthday: A Tribute to America's Golden Girl Himself 2012-01-16
Movie El verano de sus vidas Monte Wildhorn 2012-07-06
Movie El caballero oscuro: La leyenda renace Fox 2012-07-16
Movie B.B. King: The Life of Riley 2012-10-15
Movie Quebrando o Tabu Narrator 2012-12-05
Movie Born to Be Wild Narrator 2011-04-08
Movie Winter, El Delfín Dr. McCarthy 2011-09-23
Movie El factor Eastwood Narrator 2010-02-16
Movie For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots (voice) 2010-01-01
Series Secretos del Universo Himself - Host 2010-06-09
Movie Red Joe Matheson 2010-10-13
Movie The Code Keith Ripley 2009-01-09
Movie Prom Night in Mississippi Himself 2009-01-15
Movie The People Speak Himself 2009-01-01
Movie El atraco Charles 2009-05-09
Movie Invictus Nelson Mandela 2009-12-10
Series 30 for 30 Unknown 2009-10-06
Movie Wanted (Se busca) Sloan 2008-06-12
Movie El caballero oscuro Lucius Fox 2008-07-16
Movie Sigo como Dios God 2007-06-09
Movie AFI: 100 Years... 100 Movies... 10th Anniversary Edition 2007-06-20
Movie Ahora o nunca Carter Chambers 2007-12-24
Movie El juego del amor Harry Stevenson 2007-09-28
Movie Adiós pequeña, adiós Jack Doyle 2007-10-19
Movie El caso Slevin The Boss 2006-02-24
Movie Dame 10 razones 'Him' 2006-09-11
Movie The Contract Frank Carden 2006-04-05
Movie Danny the Dog Sam 2005-02-02
Movie Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon Neil Armstrong 2005-01-01
Series Slavery and the Making of America Narrator 2005-02-09
Movie El viaje del emperador Narrator 2005-01-26
Movie Batman Begins Lucius Fox 2005-06-14
Movie Una vida por delante Mitch Bradley 2005-09-09
Movie Ciudad sin ley Moses Ashford 2005-07-29
Movie La guerra de los mundos Narrator (Voice) 2005-06-28
Movie Golpe en Hawai Walter Crewes 2004-01-29
Movie The Hunting of the President Narrator 2004-06-20
Movie Million Dollar Baby Eddie Scrap-Iron Dupris 2004-12-14
Movie Genius. A Night for Ray Charles Himself 2004-10-07
Movie El Cazador de Sueños Col. Abraham Curtis 2003-03-21
Movie Levity Miles Evans 2003-03-16
Movie Como Dios God 2003-05-23
Movie Fuego cruzado Lt. Redding 2003-07-22
Series The Ellen DeGeneres Show Unknown 2003-09-08
Movie Toda la verdad Charlie Grimes 2002-04-03
Movie Pánico nuclear DCI William Cabot 2002-05-30
Series Las aventuras de Jimmy Neutrón: El Niño Genio Unknown 2002-07-20
Movie La hora de la araña Alex Cross 2001-04-06
Movie Persiguiendo a Betty Charlie 2000-09-08
Movie Bajo Sospecha Captain Victor Benezet 2000-09-24
Series Padre de Familia Unknown 1999-01-31
Movie Lluvia permanente Jim 1998-01-16
Movie Deep impact President Tom Beck 1998-05-07
Movie The Long Way Home Narrator 1997-09-19
Series Los reyes de la colina Unknown 1997-01-12
Series The View Unknown 1997-08-11
Movie El coleccionista de amantes Alex Cross 1997-10-03
Movie Amistad Theodore 1997-12-03
Movie National Geographic: Inside the White House 1996-01-01
Movie Moll Flanders, el coraje de una mujer Hibble 1996-06-14
Movie Cosmic Voyage Narrator (voice) 1996-08-09
Movie Reacción en cadena Paul Shannon 1996-08-02
Movie Estallido Billy Ford 1995-03-10
Movie Seven Detective Lt. William Somerset 1995-09-22
Series Inside the Actors Studio Unknown 1994-06-01
Movie Cadena perpetua Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding 1994-09-23
Series Late Night with Conan O'Brien Unknown 1993-09-13
Series The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
Movie La Fuerza De Uno Geel Piet 1992-09-17
Movie Sin perdón Ned Logan 1992-08-07
Movie Robin Hood: Príncipe de los ladrones Azeem 1991-06-14
Series The Civil War 1990-09-23
Movie The Civil War Frederick Douglass 1990-09-23
Movie La hoguera de las vanidades Judge Leonard White 1990-12-21
Movie Escuela de jóvenes rebeldes Principal Joe Clark 1989-03-03
Movie Johnny el guapo Lt. A.Z. Drones 1989-09-12
Movie Paseando a Miss Daisy Hoke Colburn 1989-12-13
Movie Tiempos de gloria Sgt. Maj. John Rawlins 1989-12-15
Movie Clinton and Nadine Dorsey Pratt 1988-05-04
Movie Alcohol y coca Craig 1988-08-10
Movie El reportero de la calle 42 Fast Black 1987-03-20
Movie Fight for Life Dr. Sherard 1987-03-23
Movie Resting Place Luther Johnson 1986-01-01
Movie Marie Charles Traughber 1985-09-27
Series The Twilight Zone Unknown 1985-09-27
Movie The Atlanta Child Murders Ben Shelter 1985-02-10
Movie Vientos de tempestad Charlie Woods 1985-11-08
Movie The Execution of Raymond Graham Warden Pratt 1985-11-17
Movie Harry e hijo Siemanowski 1984-03-02
Movie Teachers Lewis 1984-10-05
Series Live with Regis and Kathie Lee Unknown 1983-04-04
Movie Death of a Prophet Malcolm X 1981-01-01
Movie El ojo mentiroso Lieutenant Black 1981-02-13
Movie The Marva Collins Story Clarence Collins 1981-11-30
Movie Attica Hap Richards 1980-03-01
Movie Brubaker Walter 1980-06-20
Series The Kennedy Center Honors Unknown 1978-12-28
Movie Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry Uncle Hammer 1978-11-12
Series Ryan's Hope Cicero Murphy 1975-07-07
Series The Electric Company Easy Reader 1971-10-25
Series Today Unknown 1952-01-14
Series Hallmark Hall of Fame Unknown 1951-12-24
Series Oscar (The Academy Awards) Unknown 1929-05-16