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Morgan Freeman

Morgan FreemanBorn: 1-Jun-1937
Birthplace: Memphis, TN

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: Black
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Unforgiven

Military service: US Air Force (worked as a mechanic)

Morgan Freeman is an American movie star, known for playing authority figures. In addition to portraying several detectives in murder mysteries, he played the Director of the CIA in The Sum of All Fears, the President of the United States in Deep Impact, and God in Jim Carrey's Bruce Almighty. He played Nelson Mandela in Long Walk to Freedom, Malcolm X in Death of a Prophet, and baseball-bat-wielding principal Joe Clark in Lean On Me. Even as Jessica Tandy's chauffeur in Driving Miss Daisy or Tim Robbins's prison mentor in Shawshank Redemption, Freeman offered the voice of wisdom.

He was born in Tennessee, and raised in Mississippi by his grandparents, after his parents moved to Chicago to find work. Freeman spent most of his childhood summers in Chicago with his parents, where he scrounged for empty bottles and redeemed them for the deposit, so he could buy a ticket to the movies. Freeman worked on stage for decades, doing everything from regional Shakespeare to appearing off-Broadway in The Niggerlovers with Stacy Keach. He made his movie debut with a tiny role in the 1966 drama A Man Called Adam, starring Sammy Davis, Jr. and Louis Armstrong, and directed by Leo Penn (father of Chris, Michael, and Sean Penn). In 1968, Freeman made his Broadway debut in an all-black engagement of Hello Dolly. In the early 1970s, he had a long stint playing Easy Reader and several other roles on The Electric Company, a PBS educational show for kids.

Freeman was 50 before landing his first substantial film role, as a pimp menacing Christopher Reeve in Street Smart; Freeman was nominated for an Oscar for the performance. In 1989, he was nominated again, for playing Hoke in Driving Miss Daisy, a role Freeman had played off-Broadway two years earlier. He was nominated a third time for Stephen King's Shawshank Redemption in 1994. In 2000, when 63-year-old Freeman smooched Renée Zellweger in Nurse Betty, it was his first on-screen kiss.

Even with his fame and fortune, Freeman still calls Mississippi home. He owns a blues club in Clarksdale, MS, and says he has always found Mississippi less racist than the rest of the country. "I grew up in a segregated society, and that was purposely, obviously, openly segregated and I wasn't given any business about it or anything else. And then I went up to the north and you see it and it's insidious. It's painful and it's insidious, because you want to think something else is going on and it's not. You want to think you're free there. You're not."

In 2004, Freeman narrated The Hunting of the President, a documentary chronicling the vast purported conspiracy against Bill Clinton, based on the book by Joe Conason.

Before he was famous, Freeman did his share of cocaine, but eventually shook the habit. He did penance playing Michael Keaton's rehab counselor in 1988's Clean and Sober. Freeman, though, still enjoys marijuana, and has no plans to quit. "Never give up the ganja", he says. He has called it "God's own weed", and whenever filming brings him to British Columbia, you'll find Freeman at Vancouver's famous Blunt Brothers marijuana bar.

Father: Grafton Curtis Freeman (stepfather)
Mother: Mayme Edna Revere
Wife: Jeanette Adair Bradshaw (m. 22-Oct-1967, div. 1979, two sons)
Son: Alphonse Freeman
Son: Saifoulaye Freeman
Wife: Myrna Colley-Lee (costume designer, m. 16-Jun-1984, two daughters, div. Sep-2010)
Daughter: Deena (adopted)
Daughter: Morgana

    University: Los Angeles City College
    University: New York University

    Ducks Unlimited
    Obama for America
    Priorities USA $1 million (2012)
    Golden Globe Best Actor in Comedy, Driving Miss Daisy 1990
    Oscar for Best Supporting Actor 2005 for Million Dollar Baby
    Hollywood Walk of Fame 7021 Hollywood Blvd.
    Kennedy Center Honor 2008
    Endorsement of McDonald's 1974
    Endorsement of Intel Consumer Electronics Show keynote, Las Vegas, NV (5-Jan-2006)
    Risk Factors: Cocaine, Marijuana, Alcoholism, Fibromyalgia

    TELEVISION
    Another World Dr. Roy Bingham (1982-84)
    The Electric Company (1971-77)

    FILMOGRAPHY AS DIRECTOR
    Bopha! (17-Sep-1993)

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    Transcendence (10-Apr-2014)
    Island of Lemurs: Madagascar (4-Apr-2014) · Narrator [VOICE]
    The Lego Movie (1-Feb-2014) [VOICE]
    Last Vegas (31-Oct-2013)
    Now You See Me (21-May-2013)
    Oblivion (10-Apr-2013)
    Olympus Has Fallen (20-Mar-2013)
    The Dark Knight Rises (19-Jul-2012)
    The Magic of Belle Isle (1-Jun-2012)
    Dolphin Tale (21-Sep-2011) · Dr. Cameron McCarthy
    Conan the Barbarian (17-Aug-2011) · Narrator
    Born to Be Wild (8-Apr-2011) · Narrator [VOICE]
    Red (29-Sep-2010) · Joe Matheson
    Invictus (3-Dec-2009)
    The Maiden Heist (Jun-2009) · Charles Peterson
    Prom Night in Mississippi (15-Jan-2009) · Himself
    Thick as Thieves (9-Jan-2009) · Ripley
    The Dark Knight (16-Jul-2008)
    Wanted (12-Jun-2008)
    The Bucket List (16-Dec-2007)
    Feast of Love (27-Sep-2007)
    Gone Baby Gone (5-Sep-2007)
    Evan Almighty (21-Jun-2007)
    The Contract (9-Oct-2006)
    10 Items or Less (11-Sep-2006)
    Lucky Number Slevin (24-Feb-2006)
    Edison (17-Sep-2005) · Ashford
    An Unfinished Life (19-Aug-2005) · Mitch Bradley
    War of the Worlds (27-Jun-2005) [VOICE]
    Batman Begins (15-Jun-2005)
    Unleashed (2-Feb-2005)
    Million Dollar Baby (15-Dec-2004) · Eddie Scrap-Iron Dupris
    The Big Bounce (29-Jan-2004)
    The Hunting of the President (23-Jan-2004) · Narrator [VOICE]
    Guilty by Association (22-Jul-2003) · Lt. Redding
    Bruce Almighty (14-May-2003) · God
    Dreamcatcher (6-Mar-2003) · Col. Abraham Curtis
    Levity (16-Jan-2003) · Miles Evans
    The Sum of All Fears (29-May-2002) · DCI William Cabot
    High Crimes (3-Apr-2002)
    Along Came a Spider (2-Apr-2001)
    Under Suspicion (11-May-2000) · Capt. Victor Benezet
    Nurse Betty (11-May-2000) · Charlie
    Deep Impact (7-May-1998) · President Beck
    Hard Rain (16-Jan-1998) · Jim
    Amistad (4-Dec-1997) · Joadson
    The Long Way Home (19-Sep-1997) · Narrator [VOICE]
    Kiss the Girls (10-Sep-1997) · Alex Cross
    Chain Reaction (2-Aug-1996) · Paul Shannon
    Moll Flanders (14-Jun-1996) · Hibble
    Se7en (22-Sep-1995) · Somerset
    Outbreak (10-Mar-1995) · Gen. Billy Ford
    The Shawshank Redemption (10-Sep-1994) · Ellis Boyd Redding
    Unforgiven (3-Aug-1992)
    The Power of One (27-Mar-1992)
    Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (14-Jun-1991) · Azeem
    The Bonfire of the Vanities (21-Dec-1990)
    The Civil War (23-Sep-1990)
    Glory (15-Dec-1989) · Rawlins
    Driving Miss Daisy (13-Dec-1989) · Hoke Colburn
    Johnny Handsome (12-Sep-1989)
    Lean on Me (3-Mar-1989)
    Clean and Sober (10-Aug-1988) · Craig
    Clinton and Nadine (28-May-1988)
    Street Smart (20-Mar-1987)
    The Execution of Raymond Graham (17-Nov-1985)
    That Was Then... This Is Now (8-Nov-1985)
    Marie (Oct-1985)
    The Atlanta Child Murders (10-Feb-1985)
    Teachers (5-Oct-1984)
    Harry and Son (2-Mar-1984)
    The Marva Collins Story (1-Dec-1981)
    Eyewitness (26-Aug-1981) · Lt. Black
    Death of a Prophet (1981)
    Brubaker (20-Jun-1980) · Walter
    Attica (2-Mar-1980)
    Hollow Image (24-Jun-1979)
    Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (2-Jun-1978)
    Blade (Dec-1973)
    Who Says I Can't Ride a Rainbow! (18-Nov-1971)


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