Morgan Freeman Biography

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morgan freemanMorgan Freeman was born on June 1, 1937 in Memphis, Tennessee. He is the son of Mayme Edna a teacher, and Morgan Porterfield Freeman, a barber who died from cirrhosis. He has three older siblings. Morgan was sent as an infant to his paternal grandmother in Charleston, Mississippi. He moved frequently during his childhood, living in Greenwood, Mississippi; Gary, Indiana; and finally Chicago. When he was 16 years old, he almost died of pneumonia.morgan freeman

Family

In 2008, the TV series revealed that some of his great-great-grandparents were slaves who migrated from North Carolina to Mississippi. A DNA test on the series stated that he is descended in part from the Songhai and Tuareg peoples of Niger.morgan freemanFrom his early life, Morgan Freeman has two extramarital children. One of them is Alfonso Freeman. He was married to Jeanette Adair Bradshaw from 1967, until 1979.  He married Myrna Colley-Lee on June 16, 1984. The couple separated in December 2007. On September 15, 2010, their divorce was finalized in Mississippi. Morgan Freeman and Colley-Lee adopted his step granddaughter from his first marriage, E’dena Hines. They raised her together. On August 16, 2015, 33-year-old Hines was murdered in New York City.

Career

Morgan Freeman made his acting debut at age nine, playing the lead role in a school play. He then attended Broad Street High School. At age 12, he won a statewide drama competition. While still at school, he performed in a radio show based in Nashville, Tennessee. In 1955, he graduated from Broad Street, but turned down a partial drama scholarship from Jackson State University. Instead to enlist in the United States Air Force and served as an Automatic Tracking Radar Repairman, rising to the rank of Airman 1st Class.  After four years, he moved to Los Angeles, where he took acting and dancing lessons. Morgan made his off-Broadway debut in 1967, opposite Viveca Lindfors in The Nigger Lovers. Before debuting on Broadway in 1968’s all-black version of Hello, Dolly! He also starred Pearl Bailey and Cab Calloway.morgan freeman
Morgan Freeman continued to be involved in theater work and received the Obie Award in 1980 for the title role in Coriolanus. In 1984, he received his second Obie Award for his role as the preacher in The Gospel at Colonus. He also won a Drama Desk Award and a Clarence Derwent Award for his role as a wino in The Mighty Gents. He received his third Obie Award for his role as a Jewish widow in Driving Miss Daisy.morgan freeman

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In the mid-1980s, Morgan Freeman began playing prominent supporting roles in many feature films, earning him a reputation for depicting wise, fatherly characters. As he gained fame, he went on to bigger roles in films. Such as the chauffeur Hoke in Driving Miss Daisy, and Sergeant Major Rawlins in Glory both in 1989. In 1994, he portrayed Red, the redeemed convict in the acclaimed The Shawshank Redemption. He also starred in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Unforgiven, Seven, and Deep Impact.morgan freemanAfter three previous nominations as a Best Supporting Actor for Street Smart, and Best Actor nominations for Driving Miss Daisy and The Shawshank Redemption.  He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Million Dollar Baby at the 77th Academy Awards. Morgan Freeman appeared as God in the hit film Bruce Almighty and its sequel, Evan Almighty. He appeared in Dark Knight Trilogy, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises as Lucius Fox. Morgan starred in Rob Reiner’s 2007 film The Bucket List, opposite Jack Nicholson.morgan freeman

Voice

morgan freemanHe has narrated the clip “Why Are We Here”, which can be viewed on One Earth’s website. He has served as a narrator, commentator, and voice actor for numerous programs, series and television shows. Morgan Freeman has donated money to the Mississippi Horse Park in Starkville, Mississippi. The park is part of Mississippi State University and Morgan has several horses that he takes there.He is ranked as the fifth-highest box office star with $4.31 billion in total box office grosses, an average of $74.4 million per film.