Morgan Freeman Biography

Morgan Freeman is an Academy Award winning actor known for his work in movies like ‘Street Smart’, ‘Driving Miss Daisy’ and ‘Million Dollar Baby’. This biography provides detailed information about his childhood, life, achievements, works & timeline.

Morgan Freeman
Quick Facts

Birthday: June 1, 1937

Nationality: American

Famous: Quotes By Morgan Freeman Atheists

Age: 82 Years, 82 Year Old Males

Sun Sign: Gemini

Born in: Memphis

Height: 6'2" (188 cm), 6'2" Males


Spouse/Ex-: Jeanette Adair Bradshaw - Myrna Colley-Lee

father: Morgan Porterfield Freeman

mother: Mayme Edna Revere

children: Alphonse Freeman - Saifoulaye Freeman - Morgana

Personality: ISTJ

U.S. State: Tennessee

City: Memphis, Tennessee

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education: Los Angeles City College - New York University,

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Morgan Freeman is an Academy Award winning actor known for his brilliant performances in movies like ‘Million Dollar baby’, ‘Street Smart’ and ‘Driving Miss Daisy’. He loved acting from childhood and won a state wide drama competition when he was just 12. Even though acting was always his first love, he was unsure of pursuing it as a career and instead chose to serve as a radar technician in the United States Air Force. But, he soon realized that acting was his true passion and took acting and dancing lessons. He made his acting debut as a stage actor in a touring company version of ‘The Royal Hunt of the Sun’. He got his big break when he was cast in the all African-American Broadway production of ‘Hello, Dolly!’ which got his performance noticed. Gradually he made his transition into movies, first appearing in a number of minor roles before landing on more substantial ones. His movie career began to take-off in the mid 1980s when the actor was already approaching 50. He was often chosen to play wise, fatherly characters because of his age and kindly looks. His amazing performances have earned him one Academy Award win along with several other prestigious awards like Screen Actors Guild Award and Golden Globe Award.

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Morgan Freeman
Childhood & Early Life
  • He was born to Mayme Edna and Morgan Freeman Sr. as one of their five children. His mother was a teacher and father, a barber. He was sent to live with his grandmother as an infant; he started living with his parents some years later.
  • He loved movies and acting from a young age. Often he would save money to see movies and idolized actors like Gary Cooper and Sidney Poitier. He also used to act in drama in school.
  • He attended Broad Street High School in Mississippi and won a state wide drama competition when he was 12. He graduated from high school in 1955.
  • He received a partial drama scholarship from Jackson State University but he turned it down.
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  • He joined the U.S. Air Force, hoping to be a fighter pilot. He was, however, relegated as a mechanic and radar technician. He quit his military career in 1959 on realizing that this was not what he wanted to do.
  • He moved to Los Angeles and took acting and dancing classes during the early 1960s. During the mid 1960s he joined the Opera Ring musical theater group and acted with a touring company version of ‘The Royal Hunt of the Sun’.
  • He made his off-Broadway debut in 1967 in the play ‘The Nigger Lovers’ which also starred Viveca Lindfors. This led to his Broadway debut in 1968 in an all-black version of ‘Hello Dolly!’ also starring Pearl Bailey.
  • Starting from 1971 he began appearing regularly on the television program for children, ‘The Electric Company’ which was an educational program aimed at teaching children how to read. The show ran for six seasons till 1977.
  • His film career began to take off only in the 1980s. Initially he could find only small roles in films like ‘Brubaker’ (1980), ‘Eyewitness’ (1981), ‘Harry & Son’ (1984) and ‘Marie’ (1985).
  • He got his first big film break in 1987 when he was cast as the violent pimp Fast Black in the film ‘Street Smart’. The role earned him positive reviews and an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
  • In 1989, he starred in the comedy drama ‘Driving Miss Daisy’ which had been adapted from a play of the same name. Freeman portrayed Hoke Colbum and was much appreciated for his performance.
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  • The prolific actor appeared in several movies over the 1990s. The most notable among these was ‘The Shawshank Redemption’ (1994) which was based on the Stephen King novella ‘Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption’.
  • He played God in the 2003 super-hit film ‘Bruce Almighty’ which also starred Jim Carrey, Steve Carell, and Jennifer Aniston. He reprised this role in the sequel ‘Evan Almighty’ in 2007.
  • He acted in the sports drama film ‘Million Dollar Baby’ in 2004 in which he played Eddie "Scrap-Iron" Dupris, an elderly boxer. This role is often regarded as his finest performance.
  • In 2009, he portrayed South African president Nelson Mandela in the Clint Eastwood directed sports drama ‘Invictus’. Freeman stated that it was his fondest dream to play Nelson Mandela on screen.
  • Even though now he is well into his seventies, the veteran actor is as active as ever. He has a long list of film projects lined for the near future which include ‘The Lego Movie’ and ‘Life Itself’.
Major Works
  • His role as an elderly former boxer in the film ‘Million Dollar Baby’ was critically appreciated by the industry experts and earned him several prestigious awards and accolades.
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  • He portrayed the South African president Nelson Mandela in the film ‘Invictus’ which was based on the events in South Africa before and during the 1995 Rugby World Cup. He was nominated for the Academy Award for the Best Actor.
Awards & Achievements
  • He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for the 2004 movie ‘Million Dollar Baby’.
  • He was presented with the American Film Institute Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011. This award is given to honor a single individual for his or her lifetime contribution to enriching American culture through motion pictures and television.
  • The Cecil B. DeMille Award, an honorary Golden Globe Award was bestowed upon him by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for "outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment" in 2012.
Personal Life & Legacy
  • He married Jeanette Adair Bradshaw in 1967 and divorced her in 1979.
  • His second marriage was to Myrna Colley-Lee in 1984. The couple divorced in 2010.

1. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

  (Drama, Crime)

2. The Dark Knight (2008)

  (Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller)

3. Se7en (1995)

  (Crime, Thriller, Mystery, Drama)

4. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

  (Action, Thriller)

5. Unforgiven (1992)

  (Drama, Western)

6. Batman Begins (2005)

  (Action, Adventure)

7. Lean on Me (1989)


8. Million Dollar Baby (2004)

  (Sport, Drama)


Academy Awards(Oscars)
2005 Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role Million Dollar Baby (2004)
Golden Globe Awards
1990 Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
People's Choice Awards
2012 Favorite Movie Icon Winner
2009 Favorite Cast The Dark Knight (2008)

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