Morgan Freeman Biography
Morgan Freeman is an American actor, producer and narrator. Freeman was born on June 1, 1937 in Memphis, Tennessee.
He is the son of Mayme Edna (née Revere; 1912–2000), a teacher, and Morgan Porterfield Freeman, a barber who died on April 27, 1961, from cirrhosis. He has three older siblings. According to a DNA analysis, some of his ancestors were from Niger.Freeman was sent as an infant to his paternal grandmother in Charleston, Mississippi.He moved frequently during his childhood, living in Greenwood, Mississippi; Gary, Indiana; and finally Chicago, Illinois.
Morgan Freeman Wife
Morgan Freeman had two wives and divorced.
Morgan Freeman Children
Morgan Freeman had two children with his second divorced wife.
Morgan Freeman Movie Career
in the mid-1980s, Freeman began playing prominent supporting roles in many feature films, earning him a reputation for depicting wise, fatherly characters. As he gained fame, he went on to bigger roles in films such as the chauffeur Hoke in Driving Miss Daisy, and Sergeant Major Rawlins in Glory (both in 1989). In 1994, he portrayed Red, the redeemed convict in the acclaimed The Shawshank Redemption. In the same year he was a member of the jury at the 44th Berlin International Film Festival.
He also starred in such films as Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Unforgiven, Seven, and Deep Impact. In 1997, Freeman, together with Lori McCreary, founded the film production company Revelations Entertainment, and the two co-head its sister online film distribution company ClickStar. Freeman also hosts the channel Our Space on ClickStar, with specially crafted film clips in which he shares his love for the sciences, especially space exploration and aeronautics.
After three previous nominations—a supporting actor nomination for Street Smart, and leading actor nominations for Driving Miss Daisy and The Shawshank Redemption—he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Million Dollar Baby at the 77th Academy Awards. Freeman is recognized for his distinctive voice, making him a frequent choice for narration. In 2005 alone, he provided narration for two films, War of the Worlds and the Academy Award-winning documentary film March of the Penguins.
Morgan Freeman appeared as God in the hit film Bruce Almighty and its sequel, Evan Almighty, as well as Lucius Fox in the critical and commercial success Batman Begins and its sequels, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises. He starred in Rob Reiner’s 2007 film The Bucket List, opposite Jack Nicholson. He teamed with Christopher Walken and William H. Macy for the comedy The Maiden Heist, which was released direct to video due to financial problems with the distribution company.
He had wanted to do a film based on Nelson Mandela for some time. At first he tried to get Mandela’s autobiography Long Walk to Freedom adapted into a finished script, but it was not finalized. In 2007, he purchased the film rights to a book by John Carlin, Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation. Clint Eastwooddirected the Nelson Mandela bio-pic titled Invictus, starring Freeman as Mandela and Matt Damon as rugby team captain Francois Pienaar.
In 2010, Freeman co-starred alongside Bruce Willis in Red. In 2013, Freeman appeared in the action-thriller Olympus Has Fallen, the science fiction drama Oblivion, and the comedy Last Vegas. In 2014, he co-starred in the action film Lucy.
In 2015, Freeman played the Chief Justice of the United States in the season two premiere of Madam Secretary (Freeman is also one of the series’ executive producers).
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Morgan Freeman Movies/Filmography
- Brubaker (1980)
- Marie (1985)
- That Was Then… This Is Now (1985)
- Street Smart (1987)
- Glory (1989)
- Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
- Lean on Me (1989)
- Johnny Handsome (1989)
- Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)
- Unforgiven (1992)
- The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
- Outbreak (1995)
- Seven (1995)
- Chain Reaction (1996)
- Moll Flanders (1996)
- Amistad (1997)
- Kiss the Girls (1997)
- Deep Impact (1998)
- Nurse Betty (2000)
- Along Came a Spider (2001)
- The Sum of All Fears (2002)
- High Crimes (2002)
- Bruce Almighty (2003)
- Million Dollar Baby (2004)
- Unleashed (2005)
- An Unfinished Life (2005)
- Batman Begins (2005)
- Lucky Number Slevin (2006)
- 10 Items or Less (2006)
- Evan Almighty (2007)
- Gone, Baby, Gone (2007)
- The Bucket List (2007)
- Feast of Love (2007)
- Wanted (2008)
- The Dark Knight (2008)
- Invictus (2009)
- RED (2010)
- Dolphin Tale (2011)
- The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
- The Magic of Belle Isle (2012)
- Olympus Has Fallen (2013)
- Oblivion (2013)
- Now You See Me (2013)
- Last Vegas (2013)
- The Lego Movie (2014)
- Transcendence (2014)
- Lucy (2014)
- Dolphin Tale 2 (2014)
- Momentum (2015)
- Ted 2 (2015)
- London Has Fallen (2016)
- Now You See Me 2 (2016)
- Going In Style (2017)
- Just Getting Started (2017)
- The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018)
- Angel Has Fallen (2018)
Morgan Freeman Car Accident
Freeman was injured in an car accident near Ruleville, Mississippi, on the night of August 3, 2008. The vehicle in which he was traveling, a 1997 Nissan Maxima, left the highway and flipped over several times. He and a female passenger, Demaris Meyer, were rescued from the vehicle using the “Jaws of Life”.
Freeman was taken via medical helicopter to The Regional Medical Center (The Med) hospital in Memphis. Police ruled out alcohol as a factor in the crash. Freeman was coherent following the crash, as he joked with a photographer about taking his picture at the scene. His left shoulder, arm, and elbow were broken in the crash, and he had surgery on August 5, 2008.
Doctors operated for four hours to repair nerve damage in his shoulder and arm. On CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight he stated that he is left handed but cannot move the fingers of his left hand. He wears a compression glove to protect against blood pooling due to non-movement.
His publicist announced he was expected to make a full recovery. Meyer, his passenger, sued him for negligence, claiming that he was drinking the night of the accident. Subsequently, the suit was settled.
Morgan Freeman Awards
Morgan Freeman has been nominated for an Academy Award and the Golden Globe Award five different times, each time for the same film for each award. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor on Million Dollar Baby, and the Golden Globe for Best Actor with Driving Miss Daisy. Likewise, he has four Screen Actors Guild Award (SAG) nominations, and one win for Million Dollar Baby.
On October 28, 2006, Freeman was honored at the first Mississippi’s Best Awards in Jackson, Mississippi, with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his works on and off the big screen. He received an honorary degree of Doctor of Arts and Letters from Delta State University during the school’s commencement exercises on May 13, 2006. In 2013, Boston University presented him with an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters. On November 12, 2014, he was bestowed the honour of Freedom of the City by the City of London.
In August 2017, he was named the 54th recipient of the SAG Life Achievement award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment.