Morgan Freeman

BirthDay:

01 Jun 1937

BirthPlace:

Memphis, Tennessee, USA

Bio:

With an authoritative voice and calm demeanor, this ever popular American actor has grown into one of the most respected figures in modern US cinema. Morgan was born on June 1, 1937 in Memphis, Tennessee, to Mayme Edna (Revere), a teacher, and Morgan Porterfield Freeman, a barber. The young Freeman attended Los Angeles City 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 including appearing in an all-African American production of the exuberant musical Hello, Dolly!.

Throughout the 1970s, he continued his work on stage, winning Drama Desk and Clarence Derwent Awards and receiving a Tony Award nomination for his performance in The Mighty Gents in 1978. In 1980, he won two Obie Awards, for his portrayal of Shakespearean anti-hero Coriolanus at the New York Shakespeare Festival and for his work in Mother Courage and Her Children. Freeman won another Obie in 1984 for his performance as The Messenger in the acclaimed Brooklyn Academy of Music production of Lee Breuer's The Gospel at Colonus and, in 1985, won the Drama-Logue Award for the same role. In 1987, Freeman created the role of Hoke Coleburn in Alfred Uhry's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Driving Miss Daisy, which brought him his fourth Obie Award. In 1990, Freeman starred as Petruchio in the New York Shakespeare Festival's The Taming of the Shrew, opposite Tracey Ullman. Returning to the Broadway stage in 2008, Freeman starred with Frances McDormand and Peter Gallagher in Clifford Odets' drama The Country Girl, directed by Mike Nichols.

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), 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 in the film version of Driving Miss Daisy (1989) opposite Jessica Tandy. 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 The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990), 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 sh and scored an acting Oscar for Gene Hackman, a directing Oscar for Eastwood, and the Oscar for best picture. In 1993, Freeman made his directorial debut on Bopha! (1993) and soon after formed his production company, Revelations Entertainment.

More strong scripts came in, and Freeman was back behind bars depicting a knowledgeable inmate (and obtaining his third Oscar nomination), befriending falsely accused banker Tim Robbins in 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 Neil LaBute's 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 Bruce Almighty (2003), and played a minor role in the comedy The Big Bounce (2004).

2005 was a huge year for Freeman. First, he he teamed up with good friend Clint Eastwood to appear in the 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. He also narrated Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds (2005) and appeared in Batman Begins (2005) as Lucius Fox, a valuable ally of Christian Bale's Bruce Wayne/Batman for director Christopher Nolan. Freeman would reprise his role in the two sequels of the record-breaking, genre-redefining trilogy.

Roles in tentpoles and indies followed; highlights include his role as a crime boss in Lucky Number Slevin (2006), a second go-round as God in Evan Almighty (2007) with Steve Carell taking over for Jim Carrey, and a supporting role in Ben Affleck's directorial debut, Gone Baby Gone (2007). He co-starred with Jack Nicholson in the breakout hit The Bucket List (2007) in 2007, and followed that up with another box-office success, Wanted (2008), then segued into the second Batman film, The Dark Knight (2008).

In 2009, he reunited with Eastwood to star in the director's true-life drama Invictus (2009), on which Freeman also served as an executive producer. For his portrayal of Nelson Mandela in the film, Freeman garnered Oscar, Golden Globe and Critics' Choice Award nominations, and won the National Board of Review Award for Best Actor.

Recently, Freeman appeared in RED (2010), a surprise box-office hit; he narrated the Conan the Barbarian (2011) remake, starred in Rob Reiner's The Magic of Belle Isle (2012); and capped the Batman trilogy with The Dark Knight Rises (2012). Freeman has several films upcoming, including the thriller Now You See Me (2013), under the direction of Louis Leterrier, and the science fiction actioner Oblivion (2013), in which he stars with Tom Cruise.
Filmography

Actor ( 243 credits )

Angel Has Fallen (2018) Allan Trumbull
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) Drosselmeyer
Villa Capri (2017)
Going in Style (2017)
Ben-Hur (2016) Ilderim
Now You See Me 2 (2016) Thaddeus Bradley
London Has Fallen (2016) Speaker Trumbull
Cold Warriors (2016)
The Story of God with Morgan Freeman (2016)  Himself - Host / ... (6 episodes, 2016)
Ted 2 (2015)
International Jazz Day (2015) Himself
Last Knights (2015) Bartok
The Late Late Show with James Corden (2015)  Himself (1 episode, 2016)
Late Show with Stephen Colbert (2015)  Himself (1 episode, 2015)
The Minority Report with Larry Wilmore (2015)  Himself (1 episode, 2015)
5 Flights Up (2014)
Dolphin Tale 2 (2014) Dr. Cameron McCarthy
Lucy (2014) Professor Norman
Transcendence (2014) Joseph Tagger
Island of Lemurs: Madagascar (2014) Narrator (voice)
The Lego Movie (2014) Vitruvius (voice)
We the People (2014) Narrator
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Madam Secretary (2014)  Chief Justice Frawley (uncredited) (1 episode, 2015)
Late Night with Seth Meyers (2014)  Himself (1 episode, 2016)
Wish Wizard (2014) Maxwell Omni
JFK: A President Betrayed (2013)
Last Vegas (2013) Archie
Now You See Me (2013) Thaddeus Bradley
Don't Say No Until I Finish Talking: The Story of Richard D. Zanuck (2013) Himself - Interviewee
Eastwood Directs: The Untold Story (2013) Himself
Oblivion (2013) Beech
Olympus Has Fallen (2013) Speaker Trumbull
Tales from the Warner Bros. Lot (2013) Himself
Movie Guide (2013)  Archie / ... (2 episodes, 2013)
The Queen Latifah Show (2013)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Weekend Ticket (2013)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Ask a Badass with Elizabeth Banks (2013)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
The Last White Knight (2012) Himself
The Dark Knight Rises (2012) Fox
Universal's Cinematic Spectacular: 100 Years of Movie Memories (2012) Narrator (voice)
The Magic of Belle Isle (2012) Monte Wildhorn
Mrs. Eastwood & Company (2012)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
Katie (2012)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
The Hollywood Fast Lane (2012)  Himself - Interviewee (1 episode, 2013)
Larry King Now (2012)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2013)
MSN Exclusives (2012)  Himself (2014)
Face to Face with 'Weird Al' Yankovic (2012)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2012)
CBS This Morning (2012)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2015)
B.B. King: The Life of Riley (2012) Narrator
Quebrando o Tabu (2011) Narrator
Dolphin Tale (2011) Dr. Cameron McCarthy
Conan the Barbarian (2011) Narrator
First: Robotics Promotion (2011) Himself
Born to Be Wild (2011) Narrator (voice)
Curiosity (2011)  Himself - Narrator (1 episode, 2011)
Oprah Presents: Master Class (2011)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
Piers Morgan Tonight (2011)  Himself (3 episodes, 2011)
Anderson Live (2011)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2011)
The Screen Junkies Show (2011)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
Politics Nation with Al Sharpton (2011)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
1st Look (2011)  Himself - Interviewee (1 episode, 2011)
RED (2010) Joe Matheson
I Am (2010) (archive footage) (uncredited)
Through the Wormhole (2010)  Himself - Narrator (48 episodes, 2010-2014)
Hollywood's Top Ten (2010)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
The Talk (2010)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Beer and Board Games (2010)  Easy Reader (archive footage) (1 episode, 2016)
The People Speak (2009) Himself
Invictus (2009) Nelson Mandela
The Maiden Heist (2009) Charles Peterson
Thick as Thieves (2009) Ripley
Prom Night in Mississippi (2009) Himself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (2009)  Himself (2 episodes, 2010-2011)
The Jay Leno Show (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
The 7PM Project (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Live from Studio Five (2009)  Himself (2 episodes, 2010)
30 for 30 (2009)  Narrator (1 episode, 2010)
In the House with Peter Bart & Peter Guber (2009) (1 episode, 2009)
The Dark Knight (2008) Lucius Fox
Wanted (2008) Sloan
Where the Water Meets the Sky (2008) Himself - Narrator
From the Corner (2008) Narrator
Sound Revolution (2008)  Himself - Host
Delta Rising: A Blues Documentary (2008) Himself
The Bucket List (2007) Carter
Gone Baby Gone (2007) Jack Doyle
Feast of Love (2007) Harry Stevenson
Evan Almighty (2007) God
Chelsea Lately (2007)  Himself / ... (2 episodes, 2013)
Xposé (2007)  Himself (2 episodes, 2010)
Up Close with Carrie Keagan (2007)  Himself (4 episodes, 2007-2014)
Ecoist (2007)  Himself (1 episode)
The Contract (2006) Major Frank Carden
10 Items or Less (2006) Him
Greasy Rider (2006) Himself
Boffo! Tinseltown's Bombs and Blockbusters (2006) Himself
Lucky Number Slevin (2006) The Boss
Close Up (2006)  Film Director / ... (1 episode, 2011)
Rachael Ray (2006)  Himself (3 episodes, 2006-2009)
e2: The Economies of Being Environmentally Conscious (2006)  Narrator / ... (9 episodes, 2007)
African American Lives (2006)  Himself (4 episodes, 2008)
Edison (2005) Ashford
Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D (2005) Neil Armstrong (voice)
An Unfinished Life (2005) Mitch Bradley
War of the Worlds (2005) Narration (voice)
Batman Begins (2005) Lucius Fox
Unleashed (2005) Sam
Blues Divas (2005) Himself
March of the Penguins (2005) Narrator (voice)
The Colbert Report (2005)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2010)
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2005)  Himself / ... (9 episodes, 2009-2014)
Made in Hollywood (2005)  Himself (8 episodes, 2009-2014)
The Hour (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Slavery and the Making of America (2005)  Narrator (4 episodes, 2005)
In the Cutz (2005)  Himself (2 episodes, 2006)
Phénomania (2005) (1 episode, 2005)
Million Dollar Baby (2004) Eddie Scrap-Iron Dupris
A Remarkable Promise (2004) Narrator
The Big Bounce (2004) Walter Crewes
The Hunting of the President (2004) Narrator (voice)
Tavis Smiley (2004)  Himself / ... (4 episodes, 2009-2012)
The Biggest Loser (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Omg! Insider (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Inside Dish with Rachael Ray (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
Dos rombos (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Bruce Almighty (2003) God
Dreamcatcher (2003) Col. Abraham Curtis
Levity (2003) Miles Evans
MythBusters (2003)  Dr. Alex Cross (uncredited) (1 episode, 2010)
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
Shootout (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Freedom: A History of Us (2003)  Frederick Douglass / ... (6 episodes, 2003)
The Sum of All Fears (2002) DCI William Cabot
High Crimes (2002) Charles W. Grimes
Tinseltown TV (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
World Film Report (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Go' aften Danmark (2002)  Himself / ... (2 episodes, 2005-2010)
Along Came a Spider (2001) Alex Cross
Revealed with Jules Asner (2001)  Himself (1 episode, 2002)
La noche con Fuentes y Cía (2001)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Cannes: Through the Eyes of the Hunter (2001) Himself
Under Suspicion (2000) Captain Victor Benezet
Nurse Betty (2000) Charlie
Lux (2000)  Himself (2001)
Breakfast (2000)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2010)
The Directors (1999)  Himself (3 episodes, 1999-2000)
Beckmann (1999)  Himself (1 episode, 2001)
Scandalize My Name: Stories from the Blacklist (1998) Himself - Host
Deep Impact (1998) President Beck
Hard Rain (1998) Jim
The Panel (1998)  Himself (1 episode, 2001)
The Heaven and Earth Show (1998)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
God kveld Norge (1998)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
Mikkelsen's & Monberg's U.S. (1998)  Himself - Actor (1 episode, 1998)
The Howard Stern Radio Show (1998)  Himself (1 episode, 2000)
Amistad (1997) Theodore Joadson
Kiss the Girls (1997) Dr. Alex Cross
The View (1997)  Himself (3 episodes, 2006-2014)
Corazón de... (1997)  Himself (4 episodes, 2005-2007)
The Chris Rock Show (1997)  Himself (1 episode, 2000)
Leute heute (1997)  Himself (1 episode, 2002)
The Long Way Home (1997) Narrator (voice)
Screening (1997) Himself
Cosmic Voyage (1996) Narrator (voice)
Chain Reaction (1996) Paul Shannon
Moll Flanders (1996) Hibble
The O'Reilly Factor (1996)  Himself / ... (2 episodes, 2008)
Magacine (1996)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Mundo VIP (1996)  Himself (1 episode, 1998)
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (1996)  Himself (2 episodes, 2010-2013)
Caiga quien caiga (1996)  Himself (2 episodes, 2005-2007)
E! True Hollywood Story (1996)  Himself (2 episodes, 2008)
Se7en (1995) Somerset
Outbreak (1995) General Billy Ford
Very Important Pennis (1995)  Himself (1 episode, 1996)
Today Tonight (1995)  Red Rediing (uncredited) (1 episode, 2007)
Lo + plus (1995)  Himself (2 episodes, 1998-2005)
A Century of Cinema (1994) Himself
The Shawshank Redemption (1994) Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding
Inside the Actors Studio (1994)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Extra (1994)  Himself (2 episodes, 2013-2014)
Los desayunos de TVE (1994)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Bravo Profiles (1994)  Himself (1 episode, 2000)
WGN Morning News (1994)  Himself (1 episode, 2016)
Late Show with David Letterman (1993)  Himself - Guest (3 episodes, 2008-2012)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993)  Himself (2 episodes, 1993-2007)
Unforgiven (1992) Ned Logan
The Power of One (1992) Geel Piet
HBO First Look (1992)  Himself / ... (7 episodes, 1995-2008)
Getaway (1992)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Gomorron (1992)  Himself - Filmen Seven Detective Lt. William Somerset
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) Azeem
Días de cine (1991)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Charlie Rose (1991)  Himself - Guest / ... (8 episodes, 2001-2012)
The True Story of Glory Continues (1991) Narrator (voice)
The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990) Judge Leonard White
Glory (1989) Sgt. Maj. John Rawlins
Driving Miss Daisy (1989) Hoke Colburn
Johnny Handsome (1989) Lt. A.Z. Drones
Lean on Me (1989) Principal Joe Clark
The Arsenio Hall Show (1989)  Himself (2 episodes, 1989-1992)
Clean and Sober (1988) Craig
Live with Kelly and Michael (1988)  Himself / ... (6 episodes, 1989-2014)
Inside Edition (1988)  Himself (archive footage) (2 episodes, 2014)
The American Experience (1988)  Himself (Narrator) / ... (2 episodes, 1991-2002)
Street Smart (1987) Fast Black
Biography (1987)  Himself / ... (4 episodes, 1996-2010)
The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986)  Himself (2 episodes, 2006-2010)
That Was Then... This Is Now (1985) Charlie Woods
Marie (1985) Charles Traughber
The Twilight Zone (1985)  Tony (segment "Dealer's Choice") (1 episode, 1985)
American Masters (1985)  Himself - Actor / ... (2 episodes, 2000)
Teachers (1984) Lewis
Harry & Son (1984) Siemanowski
Jeopardy! (1984)  Himself - Video Clue Presenter (1 episode, 2013)
Cinema 3 (1984)  Himself (2 episodes, 2008-2010)
Ebony/Jet Showcase (1982)  Himself (2 episodes, 1989-1990)
Waratte iitomo! (1982)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Eyewitness (1981) Lieutenant Black
Entertainment Tonight (1981)  Himself (10 episodes, 2007-2013)
Brubaker (1980) Walter
Texas (1980)  Detective Michaels (2 episodes, 1981)
Visions (1976) (1 episode, 1978)
Saturday Night Live (1975)  Himself (uncredited) (1 episode, 2010)
Good Morning America (1975)  Himself / ... (2 episodes, 2005-2014)
Ryan's Hope (1975)  Cicero Murphy (2 episodes, 1981)
Blade (1973) Chris
Fantástico (1973)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
Who Says I Can't Ride a Rainbow! (1971) Afro
The Electric Company (1971)  Count Dracula / ... (780 episodes, 1971-1977)
Great Performances (1971)  Messenger (1 episode, 1985)
Where Were You When the Lights Went Out? (1968) Grand Central Commuter (uncredited)
60 Minutes (1968)  Himself - Actor (segment "Morgan Freeman") (1 episode,
A Man Called Adam (1966) Party Guest (uncredited)
The Pawnbroker (1964) Man on Street (uncredited)
Another World (1964)  Dr. Roy Bingham (1982-1984) (unknown episodes)
Today (1952)  Himself / ... (5 episodes, 1993-2014)
Momentum (0) Senator
Das große RTL Special zum Film (0)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
Down to a Sunless Sea (0)
The Last Full Measure (0) (rumored)

Producer ( 13 credits )

The Story of God with Morgan Freeman (2016) executive producer (6 episodes, 2016)
5 Flights Up (2014) producer
Madam Secretary (2014) executive producer (1 episode, 2014)
Curiosity (2011) executive producer (1 episode, 2011)
Through the Wormhole (2010) executive producer (35 episodes, 2010-2014)
Invictus (2009) executive producer
The Maiden Heist (2009) executive producer
30 for 30 (2009) producer (1 episode, 2010)
10 Items or Less (2006) executive producer
Levity (2003) executive producer
Along Came a Spider (2001) executive producer
Under Suspicion (2000) executive producer
Rendezvous with Rama (0) producer

Director ( 2 credits )

Madam Secretary (2014) (1 episode, 2015)
Bopha! (1993)