June 1, 1937
83 years old
6 ft 2 in | 188 cm
97 kg | 214 pounds
46 in | 117 cm
11 US | 45 EU
39 in | 99 cm
Morgan Freeman was born in Memphis, Tennessee, U.S., on June 1, 1937, is an American actor and director.
Young Morgan Freeman first started performing in school theatrical productions, at the age of nine.
He won a statewide drama competition and performed in a radio show in Nashville, Tennessee, at the age of 12.
He began his professional acting career as a member of Opera Ring musical theater group in San Francisco, in production of "The Royal Hunt of the Sun" (1964).
He landed his Broadway debut in all-African American version of "Hello, Dolly!" in 1968.
He was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance as Zeke in a play "The Mighty Gents" (1978), at Ambassador Theatre.
He made his big screen debut in drama movie The Pawnbroker (1964) in uncredited role as Man on Street.
He got his first credited role as Afro in family drama movie Who Says I Can't Ride a Rainbow! (1971).
He made his television debut in PBS educational children's series The Electric Company (1971–1977) in various characters, his most famous character was Easy Reader.
Freeman's breakthrough performance came as Leo Smalls, Jr. / Fast Black in drama crime film Street Smart (1987), for which he was nominated for the Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor.
He made his directorial debut with drama film Bopha! (1993).
The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard (2021) action comedy, opposite Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson and Salma Hayek
The Comeback Trail (2020) action with Robert De Niro and Emile Hirsch
The Poison Rose (2019) thriller in role as Doc, opposite John Travolta
Angel Has Fallen (2019) action thriller in role as President Allan Trumbull, with Gerard Butler
He was nominated for the Academy Awards and a Golden Globe Awards for Best Actor for his performances in films:
Driving Miss Daisy (1989) comedy drama in role as Hoke Colburn, for which he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor
The Shawshank Redemption (1994) drama in role as Ellis Boyd "Red" Redding
Invictus (2009) biographical sports drama film in role as Nelson Mandela, for which he won a Black Reel Award for Best Actor
He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as Eddie "Scrap-Iron" Dupris in sports drama movie Million Dollar Baby (2004), directed by Clint Eastwood.
He portrayed Lucius Fox in The Dark Knight Trilogy, directed by Christopher Nolan:
Batman Begins (2005)
The Dark Knight (2008)
The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
He won a Empire Award for Best Actor for his role as Detective Lieutenant William Somerset in neo-noir crime thriller movie Seven (1995).
Johnny Handsome (1989) crime drama opposite Mickey Rourke and Forest Whitaker
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) romantic action adventure opposite Kevin Costner and Alan Rickman
Unforgiven (1992) Western directed by Clint Eastwood
Amistad (1997) historical drama with Anthony Hopkins and Matthew McConaughey
The Bucket List (2007) comedy drama opposite Jack Nicholson
Gone Baby Gone (2007) neo-noir mystery drama with Casey Affleck and Michelle Monaghan
Olympus Has Fallen (2013) and sequel London Has Fallen (2016) action thriller opposite Gerard Butler
Oblivion (2013) post-apocalyptic science fiction opposite Tom Cruise and Olga Kurylenko
Transcendence (2014) science fiction thriller with Johnny Depp and Rebecca Hall
Lucy (2014) science fiction thriller opposite Scarlett Johansson
Glory (1989) drama war with Denzel Washington and Matthew Broderick
Lucky Number Slevin (2006) crime thriller with Bruce Willis, Josh Hartnett and Lucy Liu
Bruce Almighty (2003) fantasy comedy opposite Jim Carrey, Jennifer Aniston and Steve Carell
Red (2010) action comedy with Bruce Willis
Wanted (2008) action thriller with Angelina Jolie, James McAvoy and Chris Pratt
Just Getting Started (2017) action comedy opposite Tommy Lee Jones and Rene Russo
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) fantasy adventure with Mackenzie Foy, Keira Knightley and Helen Mirren
Ryan's Hope (1981) ABC soap opera in role as Cicero Murphy
Another World (1983) NBC soap opera in role as Dr. Roy Bingham
He played Ben Shelter in CBS miniseries The Atlanta Child Murders (1985).
He had a recurring role as Chief Justice Frawley in CBS political drama television series Madam Secretary (2015-2017).
Graduated from Broad Street High School in Greenwood, Mississippi (1955).
He is youngest of five children.
Served as an Automatic Tracking Radar Repairman in the United States Air Force (1955-1959).
He trained acting at the Pasadena Playhouse and dancing lessons in San Francisco in 1960s.
He received the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 2012.
He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard in 2003.
He received the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award in 2018.
Has his own production company " Revelation Entertainment".
He received the AFI Life Achievement Award in 2011.
He owns Ground Zero, a blues club in Clarksdale, Mississippi and Madidi — a restaurant in Clarksdale, Mississippi.
Lives in Charleston, Mississippi and New York City, New York.
He was married to Myrna Colley-Lee (1984-2010) and Jeanette Adair Bradshaw (1967-1979).