Morgan Freeman


Biography

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.


2018The Nutcracker and the Four Realms as Drosselmeyer
2017Just Getting Started as
2017Laddie as Himself
2017The Story of Us with Morgan Freeman as Himself - Host
2017The Words That Built America as Himself
2017Going in Style as Willie Davis
2016Ben-Hur as Sheik Ilderim
2016The C Word as (voice)
2016Now You See Me 2 as Thaddeus Bradley
2016The Story of God with Morgan Freeman as Presenter
2016London Has Fallen as Vice President Alan Trumbull
2015Momentum as Senator
2015Ted 2 as Patrick Meighan
2015Last Knights as Bartok
2014Lennon or McCartney as Himself (archive footage)
2014Dolphin Tale 2 as Dr. Cameron McCarthy
20145 Flights Up as Alex Carver
2014Lucy as Professor Samuel Norman
2014Wish Wizard as Maxwell Omni
2014Transcendence as Joseph Tagger
2014Island of Lemurs: Madagascar as Narrator
2014The Lego Movie as Vitruvius (voice)
2014We the People as Narrator
2013JFK: A President Betrayed as Narrator
2013Last Vegas as Archie
2013Now You See Me as Thaddeus Bradley
2013Eastwood Directs: The Untold Story as Himself
2013Oblivion as Malcolm Beech
2013Olympus Has Fallen as Speaker Trumbull
2013Tales from the Warner Bros. Lot as Himself
2013The Editor and The Dragon: Horace Carter Fights the Klan as Narrator
2012B.B. King: The Life of Riley as
2012The Dark Knight Rises as Fox
2012The Magic of Belle Isle as Monte Wildhorn
2012Le frontiere dell'Astronomia - EP-7 Vite aliene nel cosmo as Narratore
2012Betty White's 90th Birthday: A Tribute to America's Golden Girl as Himself
2011Dolphin Tale as Dr. McCarthy
2011Conan the Barbarian as Narrator (voice)
2011Curiosity as Himself - Narrator
2011Breaking the Taboo as Narrator
2011Born to Be Wild as Narrator
2010RED as Joe Matheson
2010Through the Wormhole as Himself - Host
2010The Eastwood Factor as Narrator
2010For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots as (voice)
2009The People Speak as Himself
2009Invictus as Nelson Mandela
200930 for 30 as
2009Live from Studio Five as
2009The Maiden Heist as Charles
2009Prom Night in Mississippi as Himself
2009Thick as Thieves as Keith Ripley
2008The Dark Knight as Lucius Fox
2008Wanted as Sloan
2008A Raisin in the Sun as Narrator (uncredited)
2007The Bucket List as Carter Chambers
2007Gone Baby Gone as Jack Doyle
2007Feast of Love as Harry Stevenson
2007AFI: 100 Years... 100 Movies... 10th Anniversary Edition as
2007Evan Almighty as God
2007The Graham Norton Show as Himself
200610 Items or Less as 'Him'
2006The Contract as Frank Carden
2006Lucky Number Slevin as The Boss
2005An Unfinished Life as Mitch Bradley
2005Edison as Moses Ashford
2005War of the Worlds as Narrator (Voice)
2005Batman Begins as Lucius Fox
2005Slavery and the Making of America as Narrator
2005Unleashed as Sam
2005March of the Penguins as Narrator
2005Blues Divas as Himself
2005Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon as Neil Armstrong
2004Million Dollar Baby as Eddie Scrap-Iron Dupris
2004Genius. A Night for Ray Charles as Himself
2004The Hunting of the President as Narrator
2004The Big Bounce as Walter Crewes
2003The Ellen DeGeneres Show as
2003Guilty by Association as Lt. Redding
2003Declaration of Independence as Himself
2003Bruce Almighty as God
2003Dreamcatcher as Col. Abraham Curtis
2003Levity as Miles Evans
2002The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius as
2002The Sum of All Fears as DCI William Cabot
2002High Crimes as Charlie Grimes
2001Along Came a Spider as Alex Cross
2000Clint Eastwood: Out of the Shadows as Narrator (voice)
2000Under Suspicion as Captain Victor Benezet
2000Nurse Betty as Charlie
2000Scandalize My Name: Stories from the Blacklist as Himself
1999Stephen King: Shining in the Dark as Himself
1999Family Guy as
1998Deep Impact as President Tom Beck
1998Hard Rain as Jim
1997Amistad as Theodore
1997Kiss the Girls as Alex Cross
1997The Long Way Home as Narrator
1997The View as
1997King of the Hill as
1996Cosmic Voyage as Narrator (voice)
1996Chain Reaction as Paul Shannon
1996Moll Flanders as Hibble
1996National Geographic: Inside the White House as Narrator
1995Se7en as Detective Lt. William Somerset
1995Outbreak as Billy Ford
1994The Shawshank Redemption as Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding
1994Inside the Actors Studio as
1993Late Night with Conan O'Brien as
1992The Power of One as Geel Piet
1992Unforgiven as Ned Logan
1992The Tonight Show with Jay Leno as
1991Pebble Mill as
1991The True Story of Glory Continues as Narrator
1991Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves as Azeem
1991The Massachusetts 54th Colored Infantry as Narrator
1990The Bonfire of the Vanities as Judge Leonard White
1990The Civil War as Frederick Douglass
1990The Civil War as Frederick Douglass
1990The Earth Day Special as
1989Glory as Sgt. Maj. John Rawlins
1989Driving Miss Daisy as Hoke Colburn
1989Johnny Handsome as Lt. A.Z. Drones
1989Lean On Me as Principal Joe Clark
1988Clean and Sober as Craig
1988Blood Money as Dorsey Pratt
1987Fight for Life as Dr. Sherard
1987Street Smart as Fast Black
1986Resting Place as Luther Johnson
1985The Execution of Raymond Graham as Warden Pratt
1985That was Then... This is Now as Charlie Woods
1985The Twilight Zone as
1985Marie as Charles Traughber
1985The Atlanta Child Murders as Ben Shelter
1984Teachers as Lewis
1984Harry & Son as Siemanowski
1983Live with Regis and Kathie Lee as
1981The Marva Collins Story as Clarence Collins
1981Eyewitness as Lieutenant Black
1981Death of a Prophet as Malcolm X
1980Texas as Detective Michaels
1980Brubaker as Walter
1980Attica as Hap Richards
1978The Kennedy Center Honors as
1978Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry as Uncle Hammer
1974Out to Lunch as Himself / Croupier
1973Blade as Chris
1971The Electric Company as Mad Scientist
1971The Electric Company as Easy Reader
1971The Electric Company as Count Dracula
1964Another World as
1953The Academy Awards as
1953The Academy Awards as Morgan Freeman
1952Today as
1951Hallmark Hall of Fame as
-The President's Photographer: Fifty Years Inside the Oval Office as Narrator
-Angel Has Fallen as Allan Trumbull
2018The Nutcracker and the Four Realms as Drosselmeyer
2017Just Getting Started as
2017Laddie as Himself
2017The Story of Us with Morgan Freeman as Himself - Host
2017The Words That Built America as Himself
2017Going in Style as Willie Davis
2016Ben-Hur as Sheik Ilderim
2016The C Word as (voice)
2016Now You See Me 2 as Thaddeus Bradley
2016The Story of God with Morgan Freeman as Presenter
2016London Has Fallen as Vice President Alan Trumbull
2015Momentum as Senator
2015Ted 2 as Patrick Meighan
2015Last Knights as Bartok
2014Lennon or McCartney as Himself (archive footage)
2014Madam Secretary as Director
2014Dolphin Tale 2 as Dr. Cameron McCarthy
20145 Flights Up as Producer
20145 Flights Up as Alex Carver
2014Lucy as Professor Samuel Norman
2014Wish Wizard as Maxwell Omni
2014Transcendence as Joseph Tagger
2014Island of Lemurs: Madagascar as Narrator
2014The Lego Movie as Vitruvius (voice)
2014We the People as Narrator
2013JFK: A President Betrayed as Narrator
2013Last Vegas as Archie
2013Now You See Me as Thaddeus Bradley
2013Eastwood Directs: The Untold Story as Himself
2013Oblivion as Malcolm Beech
2013Olympus Has Fallen as Speaker Trumbull
2013Tales from the Warner Bros. Lot as Himself
2013The Editor and The Dragon: Horace Carter Fights the Klan as Narrator
2012B.B. King: The Life of Riley as
2012The Dark Knight Rises as Fox
2012The Magic of Belle Isle as Monte Wildhorn
2012Le frontiere dell'Astronomia - EP-7 Vite aliene nel cosmo as Narratore
2012Betty White's 90th Birthday: A Tribute to America's Golden Girl as Himself
2011Dolphin Tale as Dr. McCarthy
2011Conan the Barbarian as Narrator (voice)
2011Curiosity as Himself - Narrator
2011Breaking the Taboo as Narrator
2011Born to Be Wild as Narrator
2010RED as Joe Matheson
2010Through the Wormhole as Himself - Host
2010Through the Wormhole as Producer
2010The 16th Man as Director
2010The Eastwood Factor as Narrator
2010For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots as (voice)
2009The People Speak as Himself
2009Invictus as Executive Producer
2009Invictus as Nelson Mandela
200930 for 30 as
2009Live from Studio Five as
2009The Maiden Heist as Charles
2009Prom Night in Mississippi as Himself
2009Thick as Thieves as Keith Ripley
2008The Dark Knight as Lucius Fox
2008Wanted as Sloan
2008A Raisin in the Sun as Narrator (uncredited)
2007The Bucket List as Carter Chambers
2007Gone Baby Gone as Jack Doyle
2007Feast of Love as Harry Stevenson
2007AFI: 100 Years... 100 Movies... 10th Anniversary Edition as
2007Evan Almighty as God
2007The Graham Norton Show as Himself
200610 Items or Less as 'Him'
2006The Contract as Frank Carden
2006Lucky Number Slevin as The Boss
2005An Unfinished Life as Mitch Bradley
2005Edison as Moses Ashford
2005War of the Worlds as Narrator (Voice)
2005Batman Begins as Lucius Fox
2005Slavery and the Making of America as Narrator
2005Unleashed as Sam
2005March of the Penguins as Narrator
2005Blues Divas as Himself
2005Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon as Neil Armstrong
2004Million Dollar Baby as Eddie Scrap-Iron Dupris
2004Genius. A Night for Ray Charles as Himself
2004The Hunting of the President as Narrator
2004The Big Bounce as Walter Crewes
2003The Ellen DeGeneres Show as
2003Guilty by Association as Lt. Redding
2003Declaration of Independence as Himself
2003Bruce Almighty as God
2003Dreamcatcher as Col. Abraham Curtis
2003Levity as Miles Evans
2002The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius as
2002The Sum of All Fears as DCI William Cabot
2002High Crimes as Charlie Grimes
2001Along Came a Spider as Alex Cross
2000Clint Eastwood: Out of the Shadows as Narrator (voice)
2000Under Suspicion as Captain Victor Benezet
2000Under Suspicion as Producer
2000Nurse Betty as Charlie
2000Scandalize My Name: Stories from the Blacklist as Himself
1999Stephen King: Shining in the Dark as Himself
1999Family Guy as
1998Deep Impact as President Tom Beck
1998Hard Rain as Jim
1997Amistad as Theodore
1997Kiss the Girls as Alex Cross
1997The Long Way Home as Narrator
1997The View as
1997King of the Hill as
1996Cosmic Voyage as Narrator (voice)
1996Chain Reaction as Paul Shannon
1996Moll Flanders as Hibble
1996National Geographic: Inside the White House as Narrator
1995Se7en as Detective Lt. William Somerset
1995Outbreak as Billy Ford
1994The Shawshank Redemption as Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding
1994Inside the Actors Studio as
1993Bopha! as Director
1993Late Night with Conan O'Brien as
1992The Power of One as Geel Piet
1992Unforgiven as Ned Logan
1992The Tonight Show with Jay Leno as
1991Pebble Mill as
1991The True Story of Glory Continues as Narrator
1991Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves as Azeem
1991The Massachusetts 54th Colored Infantry as Narrator
1990The Bonfire of the Vanities as Judge Leonard White
1990The Civil War as Frederick Douglass
1990The Civil War as Frederick Douglass
1990The Earth Day Special as
1989Glory as Sgt. Maj. John Rawlins
1989Driving Miss Daisy as Hoke Colburn
1989Johnny Handsome as Lt. A.Z. Drones
1989Lean On Me as Principal Joe Clark
1988Clean and Sober as Craig
1988Blood Money as Dorsey Pratt
1987Fight for Life as Dr. Sherard
1987Street Smart as Fast Black
1986Resting Place as Luther Johnson
1985The Execution of Raymond Graham as Warden Pratt
1985That was Then... This is Now as Charlie Woods
1985The Twilight Zone as
1985Marie as Charles Traughber
1985The Atlanta Child Murders as Ben Shelter
1984Teachers as Lewis
1984Harry & Son as Siemanowski
1983Live with Regis and Kathie Lee as
1981The Marva Collins Story as Clarence Collins
1981Eyewitness as Lieutenant Black
1981Death of a Prophet as Malcolm X
1980Texas as Detective Michaels
1980Brubaker as Walter
1980Attica as Hap Richards
1978The Kennedy Center Honors as
1978Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry as Uncle Hammer
1974Out to Lunch as Himself / Croupier
1973Blade as Chris
1971The Electric Company as Count Dracula
1971The Electric Company as Easy Reader
1971The Electric Company as Mad Scientist
1964Another World as
1953The Academy Awards as Morgan Freeman
1953The Academy Awards as
1952Today as
1951Hallmark Hall of Fame as
-The President's Photographer: Fifty Years Inside the Oval Office as Narrator
-Angel Has Fallen as Allan Trumbull