Morgan Freeman

Actor, Director, Producer
By the time he was famous, it seemed as though actor Morgan Freeman already had a long and venerable career. While he worked hard for years in small basement productions in New York City and on public television's early ... Read more »
Born: 05/31/1937 in Memphis, Tennessee, USA

Filmography

Actor (181)

Ben-Hur (Remake) 2016 (Movie)

Ildarin (Actor)

London Has Fallen 2016 (Movie)

Speaker Trumbull (Actor)

Now You See Me: The Second Act 2016 (Movie)

Thaddeus Bradley (Actor)

The Story of God 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Host

Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman 2009 - 2016 (TV Show)

Host

5 Flights Up 2015 (Movie)

Alex Carver (Actor)

Ted 2 2015 (Movie)

Patrick Meighan (Actor)

Blues Divas 2014 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Breaking the Taboo 2014 (Movie)

(Voice)

Dolphin Tale 2 2014 (Movie)

Dr. Cameron McCarthy (Actor)

Island of Lemurs: Madagascar 2014 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lucy 2014 (Movie)

Professor Norman (Actor)

Oprah Presents: Master Class 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Himself

The 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Lego Movie 2014 (Movie)

Vitruvius (Voice)

Transcendence 2014 (Movie)

Joseph Tagger (Actor)

JFK: A President Betrayed 2013 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Last Vegas 2013 (Movie)

Archie (Actor)

Now You See Me 2013 (Movie)

Thaddeus Bradley (Actor)

Oblivion 2013 (Movie)

Beech (Actor)

Olympus Has Fallen 2013 (Movie)

Speaker Trumbull (Actor)

The 35th Annual Kennedy Center Honors 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

The Late Show With David Letterman 2008, 2013 (Tv Show)

Guest

Eastwood Directs: The Untold Story 2012 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Fugitive at 17 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Teachers Rock 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

The 69th Annual Golden Globes Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

The 84th Annual Academy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Dark Knight Rises 2012 (Movie)

Fox (Actor)

The Magic Of Belle Isle 2012 (Movie)

Monte Wildhorn (Actor)

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

Born to be Wild 2011 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Curiosity 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dolphin Tale 2011 (Movie)

Dr. Cameron McCarthy (Actor)

Red 2010 (Movie)

Joe Matheson (Actor)

Scream 2009 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The 41st NAACP Image Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Invictus 2009 (Movie)

Nelson Mandela (Actor)

The 2009 ESPY Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Narrator

The 31st Annual Kennedy Center Honors 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The 51st Annual Grammy Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The Jay Leno Show 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

African American Lives 2 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Maiden Heist 2008 (Movie)

Charles Peterson (Actor)

The Dark Knight 2008 (Movie)

Lucius Fox (Actor)

Wanted 2008 (Movie)

Sloan (Actor)

Evan Almighty 2007 (Movie)

God (Actor)

Feast of Love 2007 (Movie)

Harry Stevenson (Actor)

Gone Baby Gone 2007 (Movie)

Jack Doyle (Actor)

The Bucket List 2007 (Movie)

Carter (Actor)

The Code 2007 (Movie)

Ripley (Actor)

The Contract 2007 (Movie)

Frank Carden (Actor)

10 Items Or Less 2006 (Movie)

Him (Actor)

2005 Black Movie Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Lucky Number Slevin 2006 (Movie)

The Boss (Actor)

The 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 78th Annual Academy Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

An Unfinished Life 2005 (Movie)

Mitch Bradley (Actor)

Batman Begins 2005 (Movie)

Lucius Fox (Actor)

Inside the Actors Studio 2005 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

March of the Penguins 2005 (Movie)

Narrator (Actor)

Slavery and the Making of America 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Narrator

The 11th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Unleashed 2005 (Movie)

Sam (Actor)

War of the Worlds 2005 (Movie)

Narrator (Actor)

America Beyond the Color Line 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Edison 2004 (Movie)

Ashford (Actor)

Million Dollar Baby 2004 (Movie)

Eddie Scrap-Iron Dupris (Actor)

The Big Bounce 2004 (Movie)

Walter Crewes (Actor)

The Hunting of the President 2004 (Movie)

Narrator (Actor)

Bruce Almighty 2003 (Movie)

God (Actor)

Dreamcatcher 2003 (Movie)

Colonel Abraham Curtis (Actor)

Levity 2003 (Movie)

Miles Evans (Actor)

High Crimes 2002 (Movie)

Grimes (Actor)

The Sum of All Fears 2002 (Movie)

DCI William Cabot (Actor)

AFI's 100 Years... 100 Thrills 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Along Came A Spider 2001 (Movie)

Alex Cross (Actor)

Canned Ham: Nurse Betty 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Independence Day 2001 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2001 Essence Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 73rd Annual Academy Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

A Home For the Holidays 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Nurse Betty 2000 (Movie)

Charlie (Actor)

The 72nd Annual Academy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Under Suspicion 2000 (Movie)

Captain Victor Benezet (Actor)

The 30th NAACP Image Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Deep Impact 1998 (Movie)

President Tom Beck (Actor)

Hard Rain 1998 (Movie)

Jim (Actor)

Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories 1991 - 1998 (TV Show)

Narrator

The 29th NAACP Image Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Amistad 1997 (Movie)

Joadson (Actor)

Kiss the Girls 1997 (Movie)

Alex Cross (Actor)

The Long Way Home 1997 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

The Screen Actors Guild Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Blacklist: Hollywood on Trial 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Voice

Chain Reaction 1996 (Movie)

Paul Shannon (Actor)

Cosmic Voyage 1996 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Moll Flanders 1996 (Movie)

Hibble (Actor)

The Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

American Heroes & Legends 1992 - 1995 (TV Show)

Narrator

Concert of the Americas 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Hollywood Stars: A Century of Cinema 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Outbreak 1995 (Movie)

General Billy Ford (Actor)

Seven 1995 (Movie)

William Somerset (Actor)

The Promised Land 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Narrator

Jim Thorpe Pro Sports Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 51st Annual Golden Globe Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Shawshank Redemption 1994 (Movie)

Ellis Boyd "Red" Redding (Actor)

The 65th Annual Academy Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Volga, The Soul of Russia 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Narrator

AFI Salute to Sidney Poitier 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Eastwood & Co. Making "Unforgiven" 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Power of One 1992 (Movie)

Geel Piet (Actor)

Unforgiven 1992 (Movie)

Ned Logan (Actor)

Celebration of Country 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

In Search of the Dream 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves 1991 (Movie)

Azeem (Actor)

The 48th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Night of 100 Stars III 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 44th Annual Tony Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 62nd Annual Academy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bonfire of the Vanities 1990 (Movie)

Judge White (Actor)

The True Story of 'Glory' Continues 1990 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Time Warner Presents the Earth Day Special 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Driving Miss Daisy 1989 (Movie)

Hoke Coleburn (Actor)

Glory 1989 (Movie)

Rawlins (Actor)

Johnny Handsome 1989 (Movie)

Lieutenant A Z Drones (Actor)

Lean on Me 1989 (Movie)

Joe Clark (Actor)

Clean & Sober 1988 (Movie)

Craig (Actor)

Street Smart 1987 (Movie)

Fast Black (Actor)

The Gospel at Colonus 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

MARIE: A True Story 1985 (Movie)

Charles Traughber (Actor)

That Was Then...This Is Now 1985 (Movie)

Charlie Woods (Actor)

The Atlanta Child Murders 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Harry & Son 1984 (Movie)

Siemanowski (Actor)

Teachers 1984 (Movie)

Lewis (Actor)

Eyewitness 1981 (Movie)

Lt. Black (Actor)

Palmerstown U.S.A. 1979 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Brubaker 1980 (Movie)

Walter (Actor)

The Electric Company 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Who Says I Can't Ride a Rainbow 1970 (Movie)

Afro (Actor)

Another World (TV Show)

Actor

Attica (TV Show)

Actor

Clinton and Nadine (TV Show)

Actor

Fight For Life (TV Show)

Actor

Hollow Image (TV Show)

Actor

Prom Night in Mississippi (TV Show)

Actor

Resting Place (TV Show)

Actor

The Civil War (TV Show)

Voice

The Marva Collins Story (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (9)

Madam Secretary 2014 - 2016 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

5 Flights Up 2015 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

30 for 30 2010 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Invictus 2009 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Maiden Heist 2008 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

10 Items Or Less 2006 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Levity 2003 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Along Came A Spider 2001 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Mutiny (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Director (1)

Bopha! 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

By the time he was famous, it seemed as though actor Morgan Freeman already had a long and venerable career. While he worked hard for years in small basement productions in New York City and on public television's early morning kid's show "The Electric Company" (PBS, 1971-77) - which, to his chagrin, was his most widely-recognized role for many years - Freeman would not gain widespread exposure until he landed the Oscar-nominated role of the volatile pimp Fast Black in "Street Smart" (1987). Because of that performance, Freeman catapulted into national prominence, quickly becoming a household name and one of Hollywood's most distinguished performers. He was nominated again just two years later for his portrayal of Hoke Coleburn in "Driving Miss Daisy" (1989), a role reprised from a previous off-Broadway stint. A third nomination for "The Shawshank Redemption" (1994) further cemented Freeman's already esteemed image as a quality actor. Though it took another decade to actually win an Academy Award - his performance in Clint Eastwood's "Million Dollar Baby" (2004) finally earned him the golden statue - Freeman had by then firmly established himself as one of the finest and most revered performers of his generation.

Relationships

Jeanette Bradshaw

Wife
Married on Oct. 22, 1967 Divorced on Nov. 18, 1979

Myrna Colley-Lee

Wife
Born c. 1941 Married on June 16, 1984 Announced in August 2008 they are divorcing after 24 years of marriage Divorce finalized on Sept. 15, 2010

Alfonso Freeman Actor

Son
September 13, 1959; mother, Loletha Adkins Polk Worked together in several films including "The Shawshank Redemption" (1994) and "Se7en" (1995)

Morgan Freeman

Father
Died in 1961 at age 47 from cirrhosis of the liver

Mayme Freeman

Mother

Deena Freeman

Daughter
Daughter of Jeanette Adair Bradshaw from a previous relationship; adopted by Freeman

Morgana Freeman

Daughter
Born in 1971; mother, Jeanette Adair Bradshaw

Saifoulaye Freeman

Son
Born c. 1960; Freeman was not married to Saifoulaye's mother

E'Dena Hines

Granddaughter
Mother was Freeman's adopted daughter Deena; Freeman and his second wife Myrna Colley-Lee helped to raise the child

EDUCATION

Los Angeles Community College

Los Angeles , California
Also worked as transcript clerk, while attending school

Greenwood High School

Greenwood , Mississippi 1955

Pasadena Playhouse

Pasadena , California

Milestones

2013

Starred in "Last Vegas" with Robert De Niro and Michael Douglas

2013

Appeared in the crime caper "Now You See Me"

2013

Featured in the sci-fi movie "Oblivion"

2013

Played the Speaker of the House in action thriller "Olympus Has Fallen"

2012

Reprised role of Lucius Fox in Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises"

2011

Narrated the fantasy action feature "Conan the Barbarian," starring Jason Momoa in the title role

2011

Co-starred with Harry Connick Jr. and Ashley Judd in the family drama "Dolphin Tale"

2010

Co-starred with Bruce Willis in "Red," an adaption of the comic book mini-series of the same name

2009

Portrayed former South African President Nelson Mandela in Clint Eastwood's "Invictus," about the 1995 Rugby World Cup in South Africa

2008

Cast as an assassin in the comic book adaptation "Wanted"

2008

Reprised role of Lucius Fox opposite Christian Bale in the Nolan directed sequel "The Dark Knight"

2008

Returned to Broadway in a Mike Nichols directed revival of Clifford Odets's play "The Country Girl"

2007

Reprised his role as God in "Evan Almighty," the sequel to "Bruce Almighty" starring Steve Carell in the lead role

2007

Played a Boston Police Chief in Ben Affleck's feature directing debut "Gone, Baby, Gone"

2006

Played 'The Boss' opposite Josh Hartnett in the thriller "Lucky Number Slevin"

2006

Cast as a nameless actor in Brad Silberling's low-budget feature "10 Items or Less"

2005

Cast as former Wayne Enterprises board member Lucius Fox opposite Christian Bale's Bruce Wayne/Batman in Christopher Nolan's "Batman Begins"

2004

Co-starred with Owen Wilson in "The Big Bounce"

2004

Cast as Eddie Scrap-Iron Dupris opposite Hilary Swank in "Million Dollar Baby"; directed by Clint Eastwood who also co-starred

2003

Starred as the villain in "The Dreamcatcher"; adapted from a Stephen King novel

2003

Played God in the feature "Bruce Almighty"

2002

Reteamed with Ashley Judd in "High Crimes"

2002

Portrayed the director of the CIA in "The Sum of All Fears"; adapted from the Tom Clancy best-seller

2001

Reprised role of Alex Cross in "Along Came a Spider"

2000

With Gene Hackman, co-executive produced and co-starred in "Under Suspicion"

1999

Made debut as an executive producer with the NBC TV-movie "Mutiny," based on the real-life Port Chicago Mutiny

1998

Portrayed the U.S. President coping the imminent destruction of Earth by an oncoming meteor in "Deep Impact"

1997

Tapped by Steven Spielberg to portray an abolitionist in "Amistad"

1997

Portrayed police detective Alex Cross in "Kiss the Girls"; film based on James Patterson's novel; Ashley Judd co-starred

1996

Played the enigmatic project head in "Chain Reaction"

1996

Formed Revelations Entertainment with Lori McCreary

1995

Co-starred with Brad Pitt as homicide detectives in David Fincher's "Se7en"

1994

Earned second Best Actor Oscar nomination as inmate Ellis 'Red' Redding in "The Shawshank Redemption"; film was adapted from a short story by Stephen King

1993

Made feature directorial debut with "Bopha!"

1992

Cast opposite Clint Eastwood's gunslinger William Munny in the Oscar-winning Best Picture "Unforgiven"

1991

Portrayed Azeem, the Moor and friend to the title character in "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves"

1990

Cast as the Judge in "Bonfire of the Vanities," Brian De Palma's screen version of Tom Wolfe's novel

1989

Cast in first starring film role, as New Jersey high school principal Joe Clark in "Lean on Me"

1989

Co-starred as a Union soldier in an all-black unit in "Glory"

1989

Reprised the role of chaffeur Hoke, opposite Jessica Tandy in "Driving Miss Daisy," the film version of the award-winning play; received Best Actor Academy Award nomination

1987

Earned a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for turn as the pimp Fast Black in "Street Smart"

1986

Originated role of the black chauffeur hired to take around an elderly Jewish woman in the Pulitzer-winning, off-Broadway hit "Driving Miss Daisy"

1985

Had featured role in the CBS miniseries "The Atlanta Child Murders"

1984

Originated role of the Messenger in the off-Broadway staging of "The Gospel at Colonus"; reprised role in the 1985 PBS TV adaptation

1980

Appeared in support of Robert Redford in "Brubaker"

1980

Co-starred in the ABC movie "Attica"

1978

Had featured role in the Broadway play "The Mighty Gents"; received rave reviews and a Tony nomination, but play closed after nine performances

1978

Acted in the ABC miniseries "Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry"

1970

Made film acting debut as Afro in "Who Says I Can't Ride a Rainbow?"

1970

Played Easy Reader on TV's "The Electric Company" (PBS)

1969

Played the title role in "Purlie!" when it was staged by the American National Theater Academy in New York

1967

Made off-Broadway debut as Creampuff opposite Viveca Lindfors in "The Niggerlovers"

1967

Broadway debut, played Rudolph in all-black production of "Hello, Dolly!" with Pearl Bailey and Cab Calloway at the St James Theatre

1965

Worked as an extra on the feature film "The Pawnbroker"

1964

Lived in New York, where he danced at the 1964 World's Fair; also lived in San Francisco, where he joined the Opera Ring musical theater group

1955

Turned down a partial scholarship in drama from Jackson State University to serve in the Air Force

1949

Won a statewide drama competition at age 12

1944

Played the lead role in a school play at age eight

Performed on a radio show in Nashville, TN while in high school

Made acting debut in the touring company of Peter Shaffer's "The Royal Hunt of the Sun"

Left the Opera Ring when he was asked to play an Indian who waves a flag at the end of a production of "Little Mary Sunshine"

Bonus Trivia

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He was not to be confused with film director Morgan J. Freeman.

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"Those career-move actors are looking for something else...stardom. People say to me these days, 'Well, now that you can pick and choose,' hey, you can ALWAYS choose. There's always a choice, and for that, life exacts a payment. You pay it up front or afterward. Those who seem not to have to pay are not to be envied. A lot of them die off because there's nothing controlling them from the danger of believing their own press. They're thinking about matinee-idol things, a level to which I've never aspired. I don't want to have a look. I prefer to be unrecognizable. I'd like to be able to walk past an audience when I walk out." – Freeman to Premiere, December 1989

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In 1993, Freeman was presented with the sixth annual William Shakespeare Award for Classical Theatre presented by The Shakespeare Theatre in recognition of a singular contribution that strengthens the tradition of classical theater in America.

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In September 2000, Freeman announced plans to open the restaurant Mididi in Clarksdale, MI.

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"I've always been a ladies' man. A momma's boy. I grew up among women and always had better relationships with them." – Freeman quoted in The Daily Telegraph, Jan. 2, 2001

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"So he [Freeman] said, 'Let's pick something from the Bible. How about Genesis?' But we figured there's a band, there's a game, there are too many things called Genesis. So we went to the other end of the Bible, the book of Revelations. The name is a play on words for us, because we want to do movies that are revelatory." – Lori McCreary on how they came up with the name Revelations Entertainment for her and Freeman's production company, quoted in TV Guide, 2002

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"In my 20 years in the theater I never got to see myself except through the reaction of the audience, so I was under the impression that I was really hot shit. But the minute you actually see yourself, the bubble is burst forever." – Freeman quoted in Premiere, April 2003

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"You've got five really outstanding works, so why would four of them turn out to be losers? That's how the press looks at it, that's how they refer to it. Okay, fine. I think the biggest thing you can get is the nomination for an Academy Award. After that, it's just arbitrary." – Freeman on getting his fourth nomination for "Million Dollar Baby" to Venice magazine, February 2005

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On Aug. 3, 2008, Freeman was injured in a car accident near Ruleville, MI. Freeman and a female passenger were traveling on Mississippi Highway 32 in Tallahatchie County when he flipped his vehicle several times before coming to a rest. Both were airlifted to the Regional Medical Center in Memphis, where Freeman was listed in serious condition. He broke his shoulder, arm and elbow in the crash, and had surgery on Aug. 5, 2008

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