Morgan Freeman

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Morgan Freeman

Born

6/1/1937, Memphis, Tennessee, USA

Birth Name

Morgan Freeman

Gender

Male
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With an authoritative voice, and calm demeanour, this ever popular African American actor has grown into one of the most respected figures in modern US cinema. Born in June 1937 in Memphis, Tennessee, the young Freeman attended Los Angeles Community College before serving several years in the US…more

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  • Trivia

    • On August 5, 2008, Morgan was involved in a car crash, leaving him in a serious condition, with multiple broken bones. He received surgery at the Elvis Presley Memorial Trauma Centre in Memphis and was expected to make a full recovery. His female passenger later accused him of drinking before the accident and sued Morgan for negligence, seeking unspecified damages.

    • In 1995, Morgan was nominated for a SAG Award for his role in The Shawshank Redemption. The category was "Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role". In 2005, Morgan was nominated for 2 SAG Awards, both for his role in Million Dollar Baby. The categories were "Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture" and "Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role". He won the award for "Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role".

    • Morgan provided the narration for the English version of the documentary March of the Penguins in 2005.

    • Morgan provided the narration for the 2005 film War of the Worlds, but did not physically appear in it.

    • Morgan played the role of God in the 2003 film Bruce Almighty and it's sequel in 2007, Evan Almighty.

    • Morgan played Dr Alex Cross in the film Kiss the Girls in 1997. He reprised the role for the sequel Along Came a Spider, in 2001.

    • Morgan was presented with a 'Career Achievement Award' at the Acapulco Black Film Festival, in 1998.

    • Morgan played Sam in the 2005 film Danny the Dog (aka Unleashed). Originally Morgans character was not blind, but this was changed when Morgan suggested making Sam blind, so that he would be more likely to "see" the child in Danny.

    • Morgan released a cookbook on October 3, 2006 called Morgan Freeman and Friends: Caribbean Cooking for a Cause. A portion of the books proceeds will be donated to the 'Grenada Relief Fund'.

    • Morgan was nominated for a 'Best Featured Actor in a Play' at the 1978 Tony Awards, for his role as Zeke in The Mighty Gents.

    • Morgan was presented with an honorary degree of 'Doctor of Arts and Letters' by Delta State University on May 13, 2006.

    • Morgan was often picked on about his name growing up and was frequently called "Mortgage", because of the number of mortgages his family took out on their home.

    • Morgan played the role of Lucius Fox in the 2005 film Batman Begins. He also voiced the same character in the video game.

    • Morgan owns five horses, and he loves riding.

    • Morgan has donated $250,000 to establish a chair of performing arts at Hutchison School for Girls in Memphis.

    • Morgan made $72 a week when he entered the stage in the off Broadway play 'Nigger Lovers' back in 1967. Previous to this, he was literally a starving artist living in New York.

    • Morgan career as a preforming artist started with him dancing at the World Fair in 1964.

    • When Morgan was a teenager he loved war films with aeroplanes.

    • Morgan grew up with his grandparents in Charleston, Mississippi, but spent his summers with his parents in Chicago.

    • Morgan was no athlete and didn't enjoy academics when he was a young school boy.

    • Morgan height is 6' 2"(1.89 m).

    • Morgan spoke out about the month of Febuary being "Black History" month. He said that having that is promoting racism. He would like to see it done away with.

    • Morgan also loves to sail and owns his own boat which he keeps in the Caribbean. He rarely gets to sail however with his busy schedule.

    • Morgan founded a production company called "Revelations Entertainment" with producer Lori McCreary in 1996.

    • Morgan is the voice behind the public service announcements about "National Parks".

    • Morgan co-owns a club with attorney Bill Luckett in Clarksdale, Mississippi, called "Ground Zero (blues club)". It opened in May, 2001.

    • Morgan loves to fly and recently trained for and received his Private Pilots license.

    • On August 7, 2000, Morgan was presented with an 'Outstanding Achievement in Acting' Award at the Hollywood Film Festival.

    • Morgan married Jeanette Bradshaw in October, 1967, and they divorced in 1979. He then married Myrna Colley-Lee in June 1984, but the pair separated in December 2007. Morgan has two sons, Alphonso and Saifoulaye, from previous relationships and two daughters, Morgana and Deena (who is adopted).

    • In 1997 Morgan was ranked #31 for "The Top 100 Movie Stars of all Time" by Empire Magazine published in the UK.

    • As many or most actors have Morgan has two trademarks that he is known for; The first is that he frequently plays character with calm demeanors, the second is he often narrates in films, either as himself or the character he is playing.

    • Morgan's career on the TV screen was with children's shows such as "Easy Rider", "Count Dracula" and what is now known as "Sesame Workshop".

    • Morgan was cast in an all-African American version of the play Hello Dolly in 1969.

    • Morgan left college to enlist in the US Air Force as a mechanic. He served his country from 1955 until 1959.

    • Morgan won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 2005 for his role as Eddie "Scrap-Iron" Dupris in Million Dollar Baby.

    • Morgan is left-handed.

    • Morgan played Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding (inmate 30265) in the film The Shawshank Redemption, in 1994.

    • Morgan has won the following awards for Street Smart: LAFCA Award, Independent Spirit Award, NSFC Award and NYFCC Award.

    • Morgan has won an ALFS Award in 1997 for Se7en, an NBR Award in 1989 for Driving Miss Daisy.

    • Morgan won an Independent Spirit Award in 1988 for Street Smart.

    • Morgan was nominated for an Image Award in 1996 for Se7en, won in 1998 for Amistad and again in 1999 for Deep Impact, was nominated again, but didn't win in 2001 for Nurse Betty.

    • Morgan was nominated for a Golden Satelitte Award (2001, Nurse Betty), two MTV Awards (1992 Robin Hood & 1996 Se7en), and a Screen Actors Guild award (1995, The Shawshank Redemption).

    • Morgan was nominated for a Golden Globe in 1988 for Street Smart, won in 1990 for Driving Miss Daisy and was nominated again in 1995 for The Shawshank Redemption.

    • Morgan was nominated for a Blockbuster Entertainment Award in 1998 for Kiss the Girls and in 1999 for Deep Impact.

    • Morgan was nominated for an Academy Award in 1988 for Street Smart, in 1990 for Driving Miss Daisy and in 1995 for The Shawshank Redemption.

  • Quotes

    • Morgan: (on movies) People need to start to think about the messages that they send in the movies.

    • Morgan: (on the air force) I joined the air force. I took to it immediately when I arrived there. I did three years, eight months, and ten days in all, but it took me a year and a half to get disabused of my romantic notions about it.

    • Morgan: (on acting) All my life, all my life that I can, as far back as I can remember, I saw my first movie when I was six years old. And since then I wanted to do that. I wanted to be a part of that.

    • Morgan: (on acting) I like the character roles. Somewhere back there I really came to the conclusion in my mind that the difference between acting and stardom was major. And that if you become a star, people are going to go to see you. If you remain an actor, they're going to go and see the story you're in.

    • Morgan: (on sailing) If you live a life of make-believe, your life isn't worth anything until you do something that does challenge your reality. And to me, sailing the open ocean is a real challenge, because it's life or death.

    • Morgan: Well, I don't know about low moments, but I know the worst role I did was that play on Broadway. It was a three character play - would-be comedy - and I think the funniest thing about it was the one night the lead actor just completely forgot every line.

    • Morgan: Back in the 70s when the black exploitation period started, all the New York actors were going to Hollywood, starring in it, making $40,000. I said to my agent whose name was Jeff Hunter, picked me up from the first stage play I did in New York. I said, "Everybody's going out there and they're working. I'm sitting here languishing. I should go - don't you think I should go out to Hollywood?" "I don't think so," he said, "When they want you, they'll send for you." It worked. Though they didn't want me for a long time.

    • Morgan: The reason actors, artists, writers have agents is because we'll do it for nothing. That's a basic fact - you gotta do it.

    • Morgan: Everywhere I go, everywhere I go, everywhere I go. People say, 'Love your movies. Shawshank Redemption' or they say 'Shooshunk' or 'Shankshout - Best movie I ever saw.' It opened the same year that Dumb and Dumber opened. It made $35m at the box office - domestic. Dumb and Dumber made $110m. Duu-uh.

    • Morgan: I'm not intimidated by lead roles. I'm better in them. I don't feel pressure. I feel released at times like that. That's what I'm born to do.

    • Morgan: I gravitate towards gravitas.

    • (Morgans advice to the South African film industry)
      Morgan: Trying to emulate Hollywood is a mistake, because the Hollywood way is not always the best way. You don't need large amounts of money to make a film.

    • Morgan: The studios are not going to do it until someone proves it will work. So that's what we'll do.

    • (after winning the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Million Dollar Baby)
      Morgan: I want to thank everybody and anybody who ever had anything to do with the making of this picture.

    • Morgan: There's no mystery to it. Nothing more complicated than learning lines and putting on a costume.

    • Morgan: Anyone anywhere in the world who has the service will have front row seats right in the comfort of their own home. Think about that.

    • Morgan: It is not so much that people are frustrated (with studios)... They see opportunities.

    • Morgan: We want to give people what they want, when they want it. We are following the wave.

    • Morgan: We call on anybody who has even the thought (of giving) to get beyond the thought and help these people.

    • Morgan: I do know there are a lot of people who seem to be in my corner, and that's, of course, wonderful. I'm really more interested in the nomination than in the award, because I think the nomination just puts you within a group of outstanding actors.

    • Morgan: I'm not one for blaspheming, but that one made me laugh.

    • Morgan: (Man) is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance.

    • Morgan: I don't want a Black History Month. Black history is American history.

    • Morgan: It's sort of well-known that anytime any catastrophe happens anywhere in the world, they can count on the United States for help.

    • Morgan: Life doesn't offer you promises whatsoever so it's very easy to become, 'Whatever happened to...?' It's great to be wanted. I spent a few years not being wanted and this is better.

    • Morgan: I am going to stop calling you a white man and I'm going to ask you to stop calling me a black man.

    • Morgan: Getting a standing ovation was kind of humbling that so many people are so happy that I have been named for this award. A lot of people say you're due - maybe you are, maybe you aren't - it's an accolade.

    • (on Clint Eastwood, best director)
      Morgan: If he hires you, he hires you because he feels like you know what to do. And he's very, very largely out of the way. He directs the picture, you do the acting. I love that, and I think that most of the people that he works with love that.

    • (on a double win for black actors)
      Morgan: It means that Hollywood is continuing to make history. We're evolving with the rest of the world.

    • Morgan: I don't get off on romantic parts. But I often think if I had had my dental work done early on, well, maybe.

    • Morgan: I knew at an early age I wanted to act. Acting was always easy for me. I don't believe in predestination, but I do believe that once you get where ever it is you are going, that is where you were going to be. Was I always going to be here? No I was not. I was going to be homeless at one time, a taxi driver, truck driver, or any kind of job that would get me a crust of bread. You never know what's going to happen.

    • Morgan: I always tell my kids if you lay down, people will step over you. But if you keep scrambling, if you keep going, someone will always, always give you a hand. Always. But you gotta keep dancing, you gotta keep your feet moving.

    • Morgan: Is there a movie I think I should have won the Oscar for? Yeah. All of them.

    • Morgan: I don't know what my favorite film of mine is...But I think the most important film I was in was Glory (1989)

    • Morgan: I find it difficult to watch myself...I find it boring.

    • Morgan: Once you've gotten the job, there's nothing to it. If you're an actor, you're an actor. Doing it is not the hard part. The hard part is getting to do it.

    • Morgan: I've been living with myself all of my life, so I know all of me. So when I watch me, all I see is me. It's boring.

    • Morgan: I have never acted he has never been cast in a romantic lead or has been cast opposite a female love interest in any movie he starred in.

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Not only is he is one of the greatest actors I've ever seen but he also has the greatest voice that I've ever heard

    10
    "Morgan Freeman" impresses me in so many ways. He is seriously one of the best actors in the decade. When he passes away, he will definitely never be forgotten and will be one of the greatest actors I've ever seen. He also has the greatest voice that I've ever heard. Whenever he talks, he just makes his lines and speeches in his movies so deep and inspiring. He could even become the President of the United States. That's how good this actor is. He is so talented with his acting skills and he is very funny. No one should even hate on his person at all. He is funny, inspiring, deep, and just so gosh dang talented. He always impresses me with his pure and clever acting skills. When he played as God in "Evan Almighty", he even made the message in that movie so deep. Such as when he said "One Act of Random Kindness at a Time". I love all of the Morgan Freeman movies because they make me laugh, cry, and just feel so inspired. Oh man, if my teacher assigned us on what celebrity I admire then I would definitely do it on "Morgan Freeman". I'm not kidding when I say that this actor is so good. He is just terrific in every movie he does whether it's action films like "Wanted", comedy movies like "Bruce Almighty", or drama films like "Invictus". I'm definitely looking forward to this new movie called "Dolphin Tale", with Morgan Freeman in that movie.... he is going to make it so inspiring. Overall, Morgan Freeman has the amazing voice I've ever heard and is absolutely one of the best actors that I've ever seen and he will always be a legend to me. 10/10moreless
  • Very good actor.

    8.5
    I have to say that Morgan Freeman is a very good actor. From seeing some of his movies, I must admit that he has some nice versatility. I've seen him play many roles, but the thing he is best at his being the old-timer in many movies. I guess my favorite Freeman movie is the one where he plays the role of a prisoner. He manages to play that role to a tee. Other than that, I know that he has done well in other movies. Overall, he is a good actor with a distinguished voice. Very entertaining and fun. Thank you.moreless
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