Morgan Freeman Biography: Morgan Freeman is an American narrator, producer, and actor from Memphis. He made his debut as an actor at the age of nine, playing the lead role of a school play. He attended Broad Street High School.
Morgan Freeman Net Worth
|Net Worth:||$250 Million|
|Date of Birth:||Jun 1, 1937 (84 years old)|
|Height:||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Profession:||Actor, Film Producer, Television producer, Voice Actor, Presenter, Film director, Businessperson|
Born on June 1, 1937 in Memphis, Tennesee, Morgan Freeman is the son of Mayme Edna and Morgan Porterfield Freeman. He’s the eldest out of the five siblings. When he was born the parents moved to Chicago to work, and Morgan was able to stay at home with the maternal grandparents living in Charleston, Mississippi. His grandmother passed away at the age of six and he relocated to Chicago to live with the mother of his, who by this moment had split with his father. They later returned to Tennessee.
Freeman was bitten by the acting bug at age was only nine years old. He was the lead character in a school drama. After graduation, he attended Broad Street High School in 1955, and later join the United States Air Force. When he returned into Los Angeles after his time in the military, he began studying acting in the Pasadena Playhouse. To earn a living, Morgan worked as a transcript clerk at Los Angeles City College. While working that he traveled across New York City and to San Francisco, working as dancer and member of a theater group.
Freeman had been involved in a nearly fatal car crash on the evening of August 3 in 2008, near Ruleville, Mississippi. He was driving a Nissan Maxima flipped several times after it flew off the road. He and a female driver were rescued by paramedics with”Jaws of Life “Jaws of Life” and transported by helicopter to the hospital in Memphis. Freeman suffered injuries to his left shoulder and arm as well as his elbow during the collision. Although alcohol was not found to be a factor as a cause of the crash, his driver (Demaris Meyer) later filed a lawsuit against Freeman for negligence, claiming that he was drinking the night before. The suit was settled for an undetermined amount outside of the court.
In May of 2018, CNN reported the results of an investigation where eight women were accused by Freeman of harassment based on sexuality. Another eight people have come forward to claim they were witness to inappropriate behavior on film sets or in the production house he runs. Freeman apologized after the report was made public. The Screen Actors Guild contemplated taking the award for lifetime achievement from Freeman however, in September 2018, they it was decided that he could keep the award.
Freeman was involved in helping Hurricane Katrina victims. He established Grenada Relief Fund. Grenada Relief Fund that would assist those affected by Hurricane Ivan.
In March of 2019, Morgan revealed that he has converted his 124-acre property in Mississippi to a bee sanctuary.
The year 1993 was the time Morgan was first introduced as director in Paramount Pictures’ “Bopha!”. The his only other film directing project Morgan has been involved in was the three seasons of Madam Secretary.
He is known for his unique and powerful vocals, Morgan is frequently picked to do narration. He was in 2005 when he voiced War of the Worlds and the documentary March of the Penguins, as well as voice-over work in 2014.’s Lego Movie. He took over Walter Cronkite as the voice intro for the CBS Evening News in 2010. He is also host and narrator on “Through the Wormhole”, an Discovery Channel physics show. Freeman provided narration for a variety of famous Visa commercials from 2017 to 2018.
Here are some of the best highlights of Morgan Freeman’s career:
- Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
- The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
- Seven (1995)
- Nurse Betty (2000)
- Million Dollar Baby (2004)
- Batman Begins (2005)
- Gone, Baby, Gone (2007)
- Now You See Me (2013)
- Lucy (2014)
- Ted 2 (2015)
- Angel Has Fallen (2018)
Awards and Nominations
- Oscar Nomination (Street Smart, 1987)
- Golden Globe Awards (Driving Miss Daisy, Best Actor, 1989)
- NAACP Image Awards (Seven, Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture, 1995)
- Film Critics Award (The Shawshank Redemption, Best Actor, 1994)
- Academy Award (Million Dollar Baby, Best Supporting Actor, 2004)
- Black Reel Awards (Invictus, Best Actor, 2009)
In the late 1960s, Freeman first appeared in an off-Broadway version of a play called The Niggerlovers and then with Pearl Bailey in an all-African-American Broadway production of Hello, Dolly! in 1968. His first film role made it into Who Says I Can’t Ride a Rainbow! In 1971. He became a household name in America by his role on the soap show Another World and appearances on The Electric Company, a PBS children’s program.
He continued to work in the theater and, in the year 1980 was awarded his first Obie Award for his starring part in Coriolanus. He won another Obie the following year in the film The Gospel at Colonus, and in 1989, he was awarded the award for his role as the lead on Driving Miss Daisy (later adapted to screen, which was the film he played.)
The latter part of the ’80s and 1990s saw a rise for Freeman who was able to play prominent roles in big budget films. Freeman was featured as Fast Black in 1987’s production Street Smart as Fast Black and the character brought him the Oscar Nomination for Best Supporting actor. He also was awarded the part in the film Red In The Shawshank Redemption, which brought him to the forefront of Hollywood. He was later cast in other major budget films such as Seven, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Deep Impact and Unforgiven.
2005 was an impressive 2005 was a big year for Freeman. After three nominations previously, Morgan finally won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role as Clint Eastwood’s Million Dollar Baby at the 77th Academy Awards.
In 2005, he was selected to play the character of God for the film Bruce Almighty (and later, the sequel, Evan Almighty.) He also appeared as Christopher Nolan’s Dark night Trilogy-Batman Begins in 2005, too. The actor would later take on the same role for two sequels.
After his role in the 2007 film The Bucket List, Freeman returned to the stage and starred alongside Peter Gallagher and Frances McDormand in the Broadway smash The Country Girl. He collaborated alongside Director Clint Eastwood in 2009 to portray Nelson Mandela in Invictus, which resulted in him receiving the Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. He also starred as a character in Olympus has Fallen (and in 2016 it was the follow-up London has Fallen) and Oblivion.