Morgan Freeman is a very successful actor, director, and narrator from America. He has received numerous Academy Awards for his roles in many hit movies like Driving Miss Daisy and The Shawshank Redemption. While Freeman has been in many other movies, these are two of his most notable performances that will never be forgotten.
Born on June 1, 1937 in Memphis, Tennessee to a teacher and a barber, a then infant Freeman was sent to live in Charleston, Mississippi, where he grew up under the care and supervision of his grandmother. Freeman moved a lot during his childhood, which sent him to many interesting places like Indiana and Illinois.
When Freeman was just nine-years-old, he got his first real taste of acting, starring as the lead role in a play at his school. When he attended high school, he was a performer in a radio show that aired in Nashville, Tennessee, and upon graduation, he was awarded a partial scholarship to Jackson State University. However, Freeman turned that award down, choosing instead to enlist in the United States Air Force, where he served as a radar technician.
After Morgan Freeman left the military, he decided to move to Los Angeles, where he worked at a city college, took acting lessons, and even commuted to San Francisco to take dancing lessons. All that hard work paid off, because Freeman eventually landed his first role in the 1971 movie, Who Says I Can’t Ride A Rainbow!
As an Actor
By the mid-1980s, it was quite clear that Morgan Freeman was the star everybody had been looking for. While he didn’t receive many lead roles at that time, Freeman was offered many supporting roles in a wide array of movies, which started to build up his reputation as a wise father figure. As his reputation increased, so did the amount of roles that came Freeman’s way. By the time the 90s rolled around, Morgan Freeman was already earning several major starring roles in movies like The Shawshank Redemption and Driving Miss Daisy.
Over the years, Freeman has continued to build up his reputation in many different ways. Today, he is most noted for his recognizable voice that is perfect for narrations. As a result, Morgan Freeman is often one of the top choices chosen to do voice-over and narration work for films and other Hollywood scripts.
Freeman’s rise to the top has earned him several starring roles in other big-name movies throughout the early 2000’s as well, such as the role of God in Bruce Almighty and Evan Almighty, and he even ended up portraying Nelson Mandela in the movie: Invictus, inspired by the true story of Mandela’s life.
As an Entrepreneur
In 1997, Morgan Freeman teamed up with Lori McCreary to create his own film production company entitled Revelations Entertainment, and another film distribution company called ClickStar. ClickStar now has a channel called Our Space, which Freeman hosts - showcasing his love for the sciences through movies that directly relate to some of his favourite topics.
Present Life of Morgan Freeman
From 1967 until 1979, Morgan Freeman was married to Jeanette Adair Bradshaw. After their divorce, Freeman married Myrna-Colley Lee in 1984. However, this marriage was rather short-lived as well, lasting only until December of 2007, with a finalized divorce in 2010.
In 2008, Freeman found out from the TV show, African American Lives 2 that some of his oldest descendants had been slaves in North Carolina, and they eventually moved to Mississippi. He also discovered that these descendants originated from two tribes in Niger.
Today, Morgan Freeman is not just an actor, but a very successful businessman who owns his own restaurant and blues club, both of which are based out of Clarksdale, Mississippi.
Freeman is an activist for the people of Grenada who were adversely affected by Hurricane Ivan in 2004. This foundation now works to provide preparedness resources for people who live in areas where hurricanes are common occurrences.
Morgan Freeman is one of the best film actors in the world, and his activist work and narration work have also been prominently noted throughout the world. Freeman is loved by many people all across the globe. Each movie he stars in is a major success, and when it comes to acting, you can tell that it is one of his major passions. It is clear that Freeman takes all of his roles very seriously and obviously loves what he does.
|1971-7||The Electric Company|
|1974||Out to Lunch|
|1978||Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry|
|1981||Death of a Prophet|
|1981||The Marva Collins Story|
|1985||The Atlanta Child Murders|
|1985||The Twilight Zone|
|1985||The Execution of Raymond Graham|
|1987||Fight for Life|
|1988||Clinton and Nadine|
|1990||The Civil War|
|1991||The American Experience|
|2003||Freedom: A History of Us|
|2005||Slavery and the Making of America|
|2008||A Raisin in the Sun|
|2010||30 for 30|
|2015||Yo Gabba Gabba!|
|2015||The Story of God|
|1966||A Man Called Adam|
|1968||Where Were You When the Lights Went Out?|
|1971||Who Says I Can't Ride a Rainbow!|
|1984||Harry & Son|
|1985||That Was Then... This Is Now|
|1988||Clean and Sober|
|1989||Lean on Me|
|1989||Driving Miss Daisy|
|1991||Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves|
|1992||The Power of One|
|1994||The Shawshank Redemption|
|1997||Kiss the Girls|
|2001||Along Came a Spider|
|2002||The Sum of All Fears|
|2004||The Big Bounce|
|2004||A Remarkable Promise|
|2004||Million Dollar Baby|
|2005||War of the Worlds|
|2005||An Unfinished Life|
|2005||Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D|
|2006||Lucky Number Slevin|
|2006||10 Items or Less|
|2007||Gone Baby Gone|
|2007||Feast of Love|
|2007||The Bucket List|
|2008||The Dark Knight|
|2009||Thick as Thieves|
|2009||The Maiden Heist|
|2011||Conan the Barbarian|
|2012||The Magic of Belle Isle|
|2012||The Dark Knight Rises|
|2013||Olympus Has Fallen|
|2013||Now You See Me|
|2014||The Lego Movie|
|2014||Dolphin Tale 2|
|2016||London Has Fallen|
|2003||Guilty by Association|