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Biography and Filmography of Morgan Freeman

By Edited Mar 29, 2016 0 0

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.

Early Years

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!

Morgan Freeman
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.

Television

1964 Another World
1971-7 The Electric Company
1974 Out to Lunch
1978 Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
1978 Visions
1979 Hollow Image
1980 Attica
1981 Death of a Prophet
1981 Texas
1981 Ryan's Hope
1981 The Marva Collins Story
1985 The Atlanta Child Murders
1985 Great Performances
1985 The Twilight Zone
1985 The Execution of Raymond Graham
1986 Resting Place
1987 Fight for Life
1988 Clinton and Nadine
1990 The Civil War
1991 The American Experience
2000 American Masters
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 Madam Secretary
2015 The Story of God

Films

1964 The Pawnbroker
1966 A Man Called Adam
1968 Where Were You When the Lights Went Out?
1971 Who Says I Can't Ride a Rainbow!
1973 Blade
1980 Brubaker
1981 Eyewitness
1984 Harry & Son
1984 Teachers
1985 Marie
1985 That Was Then... This Is Now
1987 Street Smart
1988 Clean and Sober
1989 Lean on Me
1989 Johnny Handsome
1989 Driving Miss Daisy
1989 Glory
1991 Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
1992 The Power of One
1992  Unforgiven
1994  The Shawshank Redemption
1995  Outbreak
1995  Se7en
1996  Moll Flanders
1996  Chain Reaction
1997  Kiss the Girls
1997  Amistad
1998  Hard Rain
1998  Deep Impact
2000  Under Suspicion
2000  Nurse Betty
2001  Along Came a Spider
2002  High Crimes
2002  The Sum of All Fears
2003  Levity
2003  Dreamcatcher
2003  Bruce Almighty
2004  The Big Bounce
2004  A Remarkable Promise
2004  Million Dollar Baby
2005  Unleashed
2005  Edison
2005  Batman Begins
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
2006  The Contract
2007  Evan Almighty
2007  Gone Baby Gone
2007  Feast of Love
2007  The Bucket List
2008  Wanted
2008  The Dark Knight
2009  Thick as Thieves
2009  The Maiden Heist
2009  Invictus
2010  Red
2011  Wish Wizard
2011  Conan the Barbarian
2011  Dolphin Tale
2012  The Magic of Belle Isle
2012  The Dark Knight Rises
2013  Olympus Has Fallen
2013  Oblivion
2013  Now You See Me
2013  Last Vegas
2014  The Lego Movie
2014  Transcendence
2014  Lucy
2014  Life Itself
2014  Dolphin Tale 2
2015  Last Knights
2015  Ted 2
2015  Momentum
2016  London Has Fallen

Video

1979 Julius Caesar
1979 Coriolanus
2003 Guilty by Association

 

 

 

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Bibliography

  1. "Wikipedia." Morgan Freeman. 15/10/2013 <Web >
  2. "Morgan Freeman." IMDb. 15/10/2013 <Web >

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