Morgan Freeman

Birthday: 1937-06-01

Place of birth: Memphis, Tennessee, USA

Biography:
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.

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Driving Miss Daisy

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The Contract

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Edison

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Along Came a Spider

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10 Items or Less

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Hard Rain

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Dreamcatcher

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Invictus

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The Maiden Heist

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The Hunting of the President

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Kiss the Girls

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Cosmic Voyage

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Feast of Love

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Death of a Prophet

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Lean On Me

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Thick as Thieves

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Prom Night in Mississippi

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Dolphin Tale

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Guilty by Association

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Born to Be Wild

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The Magic of Belle Isle

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The True Story of Glory Continues

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The Long Way Home

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The Eastwood Factor

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Genius. A Night for Ray Charles

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JFK: A President Betrayed

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Island of Lemurs: Madagascar

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Dolphin Tale 2

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5 Flights Up

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Clint Eastwood: Out of the Shadows

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Just Getting Started

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Inside the White House

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La Marche de l'empereur

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The Shawshank Redemption

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Bruce Almighty

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Se7en

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Danny the Dog

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Evan Almighty

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Nurse Betty

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Under Suspicion

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The Sum of All Fears

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Levity

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High Crimes

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The Bucket List

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Amistad

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Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

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Chain Reaction

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The Big Bounce

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RED

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Moll Flanders

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Resting Place

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Oblivion

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Last Vegas

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The Marva Collins Story

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Tales from the Warner Bros. Lot

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Lucy

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We the People

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Laddie: The Man Behind the Movies

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Last Knights

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The Editor and The Dragon: Horace Carter Fights the Klan

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Momentum

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Le frontiere dell'Astronomia - EP-7 Vite aliene nel cosmo

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The President's Photographer: Fifty Years Inside the Oval Office

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Going in Style

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Scandalize My Name: Stories from the Blacklist

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The C Word

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Angel Has Fallen

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The Massachusetts 54th Colored Infantry

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L'empereur

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Where the Water Meets the Sky

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Partners of the Heart

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Lucca Mortis

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The Comeback Trail

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Survivors of the Shoah: Visual History Foundation

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All on Accounta Pullin' a Trigger

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The 16th Man

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Into Nature's Wild

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Coriolanus

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JFK & LBJ: A Time for Greatness

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Vanquish

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Unforgiven

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Million Dollar Baby

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Johnny Handsome

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An Unfinished Life

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Gone Baby Gone

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Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon

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Outbreak

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Wanted

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The People Speak

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Clean and Sober

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Clinton and Nadine

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The Execution of Raymond Graham

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Eastwood Directs: The Untold Story

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Attica

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Fight for Life

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Blues Divas

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America's Musical Journey

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The Poison Rose

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Shawshank: The Redeeming Feature

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Who Says I Can't Ride a Rainbow!

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A Good Person

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Promise of a New World: The Making of 'Oblivion'

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Glory

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Street Smart

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Harry & Son

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Marie

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London Has Fallen

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Ben-Hur

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For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots

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Declaration of Independence

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Die Clint Eastwood Story

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Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It

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Lucky Number Slevin

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Deep Impact

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Stephen King: Shining in the Dark

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Wish Wizard

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Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard

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Brubaker

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The Bonfire of the Vanities

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Quebrando o Tabu

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Olympus Has Fallen

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Betty White's 90th Birthday: A Tribute to America's Golden Girl

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Out to Lunch

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The Electric Company's Greatest Hits & Bits

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The Dark Knight

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That Was Then... This Is Now

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Transcendence

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Now You See Me 2

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AFI: 100 Years... 100 Movies... 10th Anniversary Edition

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Meeting the Beatles in India

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The Dark Knight Rises

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Now You See Me

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B.B. King: The Life of Riley

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The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

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Where Were You When the Lights Went Out?

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All About Us

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The Lego Movie

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Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

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Ted 2

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Clint Eastwood's West

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Dave Chappelle: The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize

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Eyewitness

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Brian Banks

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Fast Times at Ridgemont High: A Virtual Table Read

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Batman Begins

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Blade

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Ending the Knight

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Teachers

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The Earth Day Special

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Eastwood & Co.: Making 'Unforgiven'

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Coming 2 America

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A Man Called Adam

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The Words That Built America

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The Power of One

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The Pawnbroker

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Conan the Barbarian

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A Century of Cinema

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A Raisin in the Sun

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The Fire Rises: The Creation and Impact of The Dark Knight Trilogy

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The Best of The Tony Awards: The Plays

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The Disney Family Singalong: Volume II

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War of the Worlds

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Lennon or McCartney

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