Morgan Freeman

Morgan Freeman

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.

YearTitleCharacterRelease Date
2018

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

Drosselmeyer2018-06-01
2017

Laddie

Himself2017-10-20
2017

Villa Capri

2017-08-25
2017
Going in Style
Willie2017-04-07
2016
Ben-Hur
Sheik Ilderim2016-08-17
2016

The C Word

(voice)2016-07-28
2016

Now You See Me 2

Thaddeus Bradley2016-06-02
2016

London Has Fallen

Vice President Alan Trumbull2016-03-02
2015
Momentum
Senator2015-08-01
2015
Ted 2
Patrick Meighan2015-06-25
2015
Last Knights
Bartok2015-04-03
2014
Lennon or McCartney
Himself (archive footage)2014-12-12
2014
Dolphin Tale 2
Dr. Cameron McCarthy2014-09-12
2014
5 Flights Up
Alex Carver2014-09-05
2014
Lucy
Professor Norman2014-07-14
2014
Wish Wizard
Maxwell Omni2014-04-29
2014
Transcendence
Joseph Tagger2014-04-16
2014
Island of Lemurs: Madagascar
Narrator2014-04-03
2014
The Lego Movie
Vitruvius (voice)2014-02-06
2014
We the People
Narrator2014-01-06
2013
JFK: A President Betrayed
Narrator2013-11-23
2013
Last Vegas
Archie2013-10-31
2013
Now You See Me
Thaddeus Bradley2013-05-29
2013
Eastwood Directs: The Untold Story
Himself2013-04-27
2013
Oblivion
Malcolm Beech2013-04-10
2013
Olympus Has Fallen
Speaker Trumbull2013-03-20
2013
Tales from the Warner Bros. Lot
Himself2013-01-15
2013
The Editor and The Dragon: Horace Carter Fights the Klan
Narrator2013-01-01
2012
B.B. King: The Life of Riley
2012-10-15
2012
The Dark Knight Rises
Lucius Fox2012-07-16
2012
The Magic of Belle Isle
Monte Wildhorn2012-07-06
2012
Le frontiere dell'Astronomia - EP-7 Vite aliene nel cosmo
Narratore2012-03-21
2012
Betty White's 90th Birthday: A Tribute to America's Golden Girl
Himself2012-01-16
2011
Dolphin Tale
Dr. McCarthy2011-09-23
2011
Breaking the Taboo
Narrator2011-06-03
2011
Born to Be Wild
Narrator2011-04-08
2010
RED
Joe Matheson2010-10-13
2010
The Eastwood Factor
Narrator2010-02-16
2010
For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots
(voice)2010-01-01
2009
Invictus
Nelson Mandela2009-12-10
2009
The Maiden Heist
Charles2009-05-09
2009
Prom Night in Mississippi
Himself2009-01-15
2009
Thick as Thieves
Keith Ripley2009-01-09
2009
The People Speak
Himself2009-01-01
2008
The Dark Knight
Lucius Fox2008-07-16
2008
Wanted
Sloan2008-06-12
2007
The Bucket List
Carter Chambers2007-12-25
2007
Gone Baby Gone
Jack Doyle2007-10-19
2007
Feast of Love
Harry Stevenson2007-09-28
2007
AFI: 100 Years... 100 Movies... 10th Anniversary Edition
2007-06-20
2007
Evan Almighty
God2007-06-09
2006
10 Items or Less
'Him'2006-09-11
2006
The Contract
Frank Carden2006-04-05
2006
Lucky Number Slevin
The Boss2006-02-24
2005
An Unfinished Life
Mitch Bradley2005-09-09
2005
Edison
Moses Ashford2005-07-29
2005
War of the Worlds
Narrator (Voice)2005-06-28
2005
Batman Begins
Lucius Fox2005-06-14
2005
Unleashed
Sam2005-02-02
2005
March of the Penguins
Narrator2005-01-26
2005
Blues Divas
Himself2005-01-22
2005
Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon
Neil Armstrong2005-01-01
2004
Million Dollar Baby
Eddie Scrap-Iron Dupris2004-12-14
2004
Genius. A Night for Ray Charles
Himself2004-10-07
2004
The Hunting of the President
Narrator2004-06-20
2004
The Big Bounce
Walter Crewes2004-01-30
2003
Guilty by Association
Lt. Redding2003-07-22
2003
Declaration of Independence
Himself2003-06-10
2003
Bruce Almighty
God2003-05-23
2003
Dreamcatcher
Col. Abraham Curtis2003-03-21
2003
Levity
Miles Evans2003-03-16
2002
The Sum of All Fears
DCI William Cabot2002-05-31
2002
High Crimes
Charlie Grimes2002-04-03
2001
Along Came a Spider
Alex Cross2001-04-06
2000
Clint Eastwood: Out of the Shadows
Narrator (voice)2000-09-27
2000
Under Suspicion
Captain Victor Benezet2000-09-24
2000
Nurse Betty
Charlie2000-09-08
2000
Scandalize My Name: Stories from the Blacklist
Himself2000-01-01
1999
Stephen King: Shining in the Dark
Himself1999-09-09
1998
Deep Impact
President Tom Beck1998-05-07
1998
Hard Rain
Jim1998-01-16
1997
Amistad
Theodore1997-12-03
1997
Kiss the Girls
Alex Cross1997-10-03
1997
The Long Way Home
Narrator1997-09-19
1996
Cosmic Voyage
Narrator (voice)1996-08-09
1996
Chain Reaction
Paul Shannon1996-08-02
1996
Moll Flanders
Hibble1996-06-14
1996
National Geographic: Inside the White House
1996-01-01
1995
Se7en
Detective Lt. William Somerset1995-09-22
1995
Outbreak
Billy Ford1995-03-10
1994
The Shawshank Redemption
Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding1994-09-10
1992
The Power of One
Geel Piet1992-09-17
1992
Unforgiven
Ned Logan1992-08-07
1991
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
Azeem1991-06-14
1990
The Bonfire of the Vanities
Judge Leonard White1990-12-21
1990
The Civil War
Frederick Douglass1990-09-23
1990
The Earth Day Special
1990-04-22
1989
Glory
Sgt. Maj. John Rawlins1989-12-15
1989
Driving Miss Daisy
Hoke Colburn1989-12-13
1989
Johnny Handsome
Lt. A.Z. Drones1989-09-12
1989
Lean On Me
Principal Joe Clark1989-03-03
1988
Clean and Sober
Craig1988-08-10
1988
Blood Money
Dorsey Pratt1988-05-04
1987
Fight for Life
Dr. Sherard1987-03-23
1987
Street Smart
Fast Black1987-03-20
1986
Resting Place
Luther Johnson1986-01-01
1985
The Execution of Raymond Graham
Warden Pratt1985-11-17
1985
That Was Then... This is Now
Charlie Woods1985-11-08
1985
Marie
Charles Traughber1985-09-27
1985
The Atlanta Child Murders
Ben Shelter1985-02-10
1984
Teachers
Lewis1984-10-05
1984
Harry & Son
Siemanowski1984-03-02
1981
The Marva Collins Story
Clarence Collins1981-12-01
1981
Eyewitness
Lieutenant Black1981-02-13
1981
Death of a Prophet
Malcolm X1981-01-01
1980
Brubaker
Walter1980-06-20
1980
Attica
Hap Richards1980-03-01
1978
Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry
Uncle Hammer1978-11-12
1974
Out to Lunch
Himself / Croupier1974-12-10
1969
The True Story of Glory Continues
Narrator
1969
The President's Photographer: Fifty Years Inside the Oval Office
Narrator