Morgan Freeman



Place of birth:

Memphis, Tennessee, USA:


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.

Film Credits

The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard (2021)
The Comeback Trail (2020)
as Reggie Fontaine
Fast Times at Ridgemont High: A Virtual Table Read (2020)
as Narrator
Meeting the Beatles in India (2020)
as Narrator
The Disney Family Singalong: Volume II (2020)
as Himself
Dave Chappelle: The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize (2020)
Angel Has Fallen (2019)
as President Trumbull
Brian Banks (2019)
as Jerome Johnson (uncredited)
The Poison Rose (2019)
as Doc
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018)
as Drosselmeyer
America's Musical Journey (2018)
as Narrator (voice)
Die Clint Eastwood Story (2018)
as Himself
Just Getting Started (2017)
as Duke
Laddie (2017)
as Himself
The Words That Built America (2017)
as Himself
Going in Style (2017)
as Willie Davis
L'empereur (2017)
as Narrator (voice)
Ben-Hur (2016)
as Sheik Ilderim
The C Word (2016)
as (voice)
Now You See Me 2 (2016)
as Thaddeus Bradley
London Has Fallen (2016)
as Vice President Alan Trumbull
Momentum (2015)
as Senator
Ted 2 (2015)
as Patrick Meighan
Last Knights (2015)
as Bartok
Lennon or McCartney (2014)
as Himself (archive footage)
Dolphin Tale 2 (2014)
as Dr. Cameron McCarthy
5 Flights Up (2014)
as Alex Carver
Lucy (2014)
as Professor Samuel Norman
Wish Wizard (2014)
as Maxwell Omni
Transcendence (2014)
as Joseph Tagger
Island of Lemurs: Madagascar (2014)
as Narrator
The Lego Movie (2014)
as Vitruvius (voice)
We the People (2014)
as Narrator
JFK: A President Betrayed (2013)
as Narrator
Last Vegas (2013)
as Archie
The Fire Rises: The Creation and Impact of The Dark Knight Trilogy (2013)
as Himself (archive footage)
Now You See Me (2013)
as Thaddeus Bradley
Eastwood Directs: The Untold Story (2013)
as Himself
Oblivion (2013)
as Beech
Olympus Has Fallen (2013)
as Speaker Trumbull
Tales from the Warner Bros. Lot (2013)
as Himself
The Editor and The Dragon: Horace Carter Fights the Klan (2013)
as Narrator
Ending the Knight (2012)
as Self
B.B. King: The Life of Riley (2012)
as Narrator (voice)
The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
as Lucius Fox
The Magic of Belle Isle (2012)
as Monte Wildhorn
Le frontiere dell'Astronomia - EP-7 Vite aliene nel cosmo (2012)
as Narratore
Betty White's 90th Birthday: A Tribute to America's Golden Girl (2012)
as Himself
Dolphin Tale (2011)
as Dr. McCarthy
Conan the Barbarian (2011)
as Narrator (voice)
Clint Eastwood's West (2011)
as Himself
Quebrando o Tabu (2011)
as Narrator
Born to Be Wild (2011)
as Narrator
The President's Photographer: Fifty Years Inside the Oval Office (2010)
as Narrator
RED (2010)
as Joe Matheson
The 16th Man (2010)
as Narrator
The Eastwood Factor (2010)
as Narrator
For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots (2010)
as (voice)
The People Speak (2009)
as Himself
Invictus (2009)
as Nelson Mandela
The Maiden Heist (2009)
as Charles
Prom Night in Mississippi (2009)
as Himself
Thick as Thieves (2009)
as Keith Ripley
The Dark Knight (2008)
as Lucius Fox
The Love Guru (2008)
as (Voice)
Wanted (2008)
as Sloan
Where the Water Meets the Sky (2008)
A Raisin in the Sun (2008)
as Narrator (uncredited)
The Bucket List (2007)
as Carter Chambers
Feast of Love (2007)
as Harry Stevenson
AFI: 100 Years... 100 Movies... 10th Anniversary Edition (2007)
as Himself
Evan Almighty (2007)
as God
Gone Baby Gone (2007)
as Jack Doyle
The Electric Company's Greatest Hits & Bits (2006)
as Self
10 Items or Less (2006)
as 'Him'
The Best of The Tony Awards: The Plays (2006)
as Jaques (segment "As You Like It")
The Contract (2006)
as Frank Carden
Lucky Number Slevin (2006)
as The Boss
An Unfinished Life (2005)
as Mitch Bradley
Edison (2005)
as Ashford
War of the Worlds (2005)
as Narrator (Voice)
Batman Begins (2005)
as Lucius Fox
Unleashed (2005)
as Sam
La Marche de l'empereur (2005)
as Narrator (english voice)
Blues Divas (2005)
as Himself
Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon (2005)
as Neil Armstrong
Million Dollar Baby (2004)
as Eddie 'Scrap-Iron' Dupris
Genius. A Night for Ray Charles (2004)
as Himself
The Hunting of the President (2004)
as Narrator (voice)
Survivors of the Shoah: Visual History Foundation (2004)
The Big Bounce (2004)
as Walter Crewes
Guilty by Association (2003)
as Lt. Redding
Declaration of Independence (2003)
as Himself
Bruce Almighty (2003)
as God
Dreamcatcher (2003)
as Col. Abraham Curtis
Levity (2003)
as Miles Evans
Eastwood & Co.: Making 'Unforgiven' (2002)
as Self
All on Accounta Pullin' a Trigger (2002)
as Self
Partners of the Heart (2002)
as Narrator
The Sum of All Fears (2002)
as DCI William Cabot
High Crimes (2002)
as Charlie Grimes
Shawshank: The Redeeming Feature (2001)
as Himself
Along Came a Spider (2001)
as Alex Cross
Clint Eastwood: Out of the Shadows (2000)
as Narrator (voice)
Under Suspicion (2000)
as Captain Victor Benezet
Nurse Betty (2000)
as Charlie
Scandalize My Name: Stories from the Blacklist (2000)
as Himself
Stephen King: Shining in the Dark (1999)
as Himself
Deep Impact (1998)
as President Tom Beck
Hard Rain (1998)
as Jim
Amistad (1997)
as Theodore Joadson
Kiss the Girls (1997)
as Alex Cross
The Long Way Home (1997)
as Narrator (voice)
Cosmic Voyage (1996)
as Narrator (voice)
Chain Reaction (1996)
as Paul Shannon
Moll Flanders (1996)
as Hibble
National Geographic: Inside the White House (1996)
as Narrator
Se7en (1995)
as Detective Lt. William Somerset
Outbreak (1995)
as Billy Ford
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
as Ellis Boyd "Red" Redding
A Century of Cinema (1994)
Unforgiven (1992)
as Ned Logan
The Power of One (1992)
as Geel Piet
The True Story of Glory Continues (1991)
as Narrator
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)
as Azeem
The Massachusetts 54th Colored Infantry (1991)
as Narrator
The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990)
as Judge Leonard White
The Earth Day Special (1990)
Glory (1989)
as Sgt. Maj. John Rawlins
Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
as Hoke Colburn
Johnny Handsome (1989)
as Lt. A.Z. Drones
Lean On Me (1989)
as Principal Joe Clark
Clean and Sober (1988)
as Craig
Clinton and Nadine (1988)
as Dorsey Pratt
Fight for Life (1987)
as Dr. Sherard
Street Smart (1987)
as Fast Black
Resting Place (1986)
as Luther Johnson
The Execution of Raymond Graham (1985)
as Warden Pratt
That Was Then... This Is Now (1985)
as Charlie Woods
Marie (1985)
as Charles Traughber
Teachers (1984)
as Lewis
Harry & Son (1984)
as Siemanowski
The Marva Collins Story (1981)
as Clarence Collins
Eyewitness (1981)
as Lieutenant Black
Death of a Prophet (1981)
as Malcolm X
Brubaker (1980)
as Walter
Attica (1980)
as Hap Richards
Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry (1978)
as Uncle Hammer
Out to Lunch (1974)
as Himself / Croupier
Blade (1973)
as Chris
Where Were You When the Lights Went Out? (1968)
as Grand Central Commuter
The Pawnbroker (1965)
as Man on Street (Uncredited)
Lucca Mortis ()
Into Nature's Wild ()
as Narrator

Production Credits

5 Flights Up (2014)
The 16th Man (2010)
Invictus (2009)
Executive Producer
Along Came a Spider (2001)
Executive Producer
Under Suspicion (2000)
Bopha! (1993)
Lucca Mortis ()