Morgan Freeman

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Age: 76
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, USA

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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Movie Character Year
We0zpgadntx43xdbv7a57rvil0k Death of a Prophet Malcolm X 1981
Cf4pm4taxhsyt4gyknfeyg3b9wh Eyewitness Lieutenant Black 1981
Giimiuvp1gucqmfcmvzj8smt8do Clean and Sober Craig 1988
Imn2pxvh0ra5fix3jsvdrgk9fzw Driving Miss Daisy Hoke Colburn 1989
Dwue9numynohgvkctedoryocrh The Bonfire of the Vanities Judge Leonard White 1990
Gjhnxrom5zh9ydy9e0matmfzjsa Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves Azeem 1991
9opodyvcwypmzjdjg29tbffrwtg Unforgiven Ned Logan 1992
Unortd5vuywkltu4dhmuobxc3zg The Power of One Geel Piet 1992
9o7glzmreu0ngkib6k3bsjbzvnv The Shawshank Redemption Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding 1994
Xfvrswvyotczj5orijcusnfx0bn Outbreak Billy Ford 1995
Zgb9cctdlxrv50z70zi4eljtnek Se7en Detective Lt. William Somerset 1995
2tb3imltdlhvlxsrp1rnmxliupx Chain Reaction Paul Shannon 1996
Nspbkkvhj4jtomdjt5nczvposd6 IMAX - Cosmic Voyage Narrator 1996
Asxawedsfkoazhabxb3avrzozmv Kiss the Girls Alex Cross 1997
G0evesyglnfdhnvs2lgnavllli9 Amistad Theodore 1997
Xwd2czpvm6joxj4av2bsf66lbdy Hard Rain Jim 1998
Zfktziio9ulbw2ddhrvrntuq7cb Deep Impact President Tom Beck 1998
9vzou5sgpwchyjrilywrmvbmfvh 54 Angelic Boy 1998
C5xugzklwp33pe4htizh5eyyfg Nurse Betty Charlie 2000
Xlnhrmywhgpisy7nifpb7d7ucg Under Suspicion Captain Victor Benezet 2000
Vhtwjriioelziuftupcidjs9j6i Along Came a Spider Alex Cross 2001
Adujr0eiutryiwmk8i0dpgtropu High Crimes Charlie Grimes 2002
K3zjrgaccbocuryccryd3ap6ltv The Sum of All Fears DCI William Cabot 2002
A85mikxdjvowhxiqiean147gsld Dreamcatcher Col. Abraham Curtis 2003
Oha5eaejh7chpshnssppnx4ta6l Bruce Almighty God 2003
Qxcde6wchuasqgzcqfpttio04is Genius. A Night for Ray Charles Himself 2004
H4vzki2jt4vobyjmtc4c3bo8kqm Million Dollar Baby Eddie Scrap-Iron Dupris 2004
Aocuvklbv0jhbg0izuen1uttxjs March of the Penguins Narrator 2005
Ipwwyczfuzml3f9w2dicu4gq5gb Batman Begins Lucius Fox 2005
Bwksvhlsjzt6omarybibujzhd11 War of the Worlds Narrator (Voice) 2005
Hfyzgfojzak10ylsrl9krbmuq9k Unleashed Sam 2005
J9eyammae4xieaog8im6xxudlmc Edison Moses Ashford 2005
Jtkq0etothazwlnrbbwgca8ufuu Lucky Number Slevin The Boss 2006
E9nzd5k9zzjjt6ip89wnypqldeo 10 Items or Less 'Him' 2006
A66bdag0gqrfwycqfkbimacufbv The Contract Frank Carden 2006
Kevthimnymcsjs8x2e7lrzamnzq Evan Almighty God 2007
Vj7lhhc3xqval2y84crbzmhwohv Feast of Love Harry Stevenson 2007
Ze200jbb0vmfhyngh7ul2vb6vyd Gone Baby Gone Jack Doyle 2007
Fi5mevvlzvchjoktmbh1cyei60k The Bucket List Carter Chambers 2007
Murkppyahzk6koyfekxeu0tmcpd Wanted Sloan 2008
1hroyzdtpgmu7dz4jf22ranzqo7 The Dark Knight Lucius Fox 2008
Dfkuclsjixgloofbhcitu7brcws Thick as Thieves Keith Ripley 2009
F6cih9lxavxdrrgnfdpufqksnju The Maiden Heist Charles 2009
Esoaiqi9jlb9jyliylt2juvd8fa Invictus Nelson Mandela 2009
I4x3xddx1vxeibj3nvzprdi9qji The Eastwood Factor Narrator 2010
Jbwmpisxtmbmabuz4hpkmukyqen RED Joe Matheson 2010
Qtofybj6akjsxhp6wqgz6ntrbiy Born to Be Wild Narrator 2011
47ertwqdx9lpkqgtwmuatnnkwbj Dolphin Tale Dr. McCarthy 2011
6mymjyl8biu5t8wxx8caevcvjm The Magic of Belle Isle Monte Wildhorn 2012
79iolf6scnfhoq7hnofapawdzoy The Dark Knight Rises Lucius Fox 2012
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Ynh6vs02nsk9r4usoibskzo7msd Olympus Has Fallen Speaker Trumbull 2013
Yivotf8zoizmi9ycoyycjxks1se Oblivion 2013
Bgu1hiiv7rxxjdmmousvwrdexck Eastwood Directs: The Untold Story Himself 2013
306vkxeit1vi67pvgliwpz3ysow Now You See Me 2013
Tbiadxnaesfe8cpuud54pgsqgki Last Vegas Archie 2013
M5chm5s95sobltdcoznvmjlbbiw JFK: A President Betrayed Narrator 2013
Antigqtcccl33ditlovvl3xcus7 The LEGO Movie Vitruvius 2014
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Qratljzwbtzxbolylrd8jtrh6q1 Transcendence 2014