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Morgan Freeman



Morgan Freeman has enjoyed an impressive and varied career on stage, television, and screen. It is a career that began in the mid-'60s, when Freeman appeared in an off-Broadway production of The Niggerlovers and with Pearl Bailey in an all-African-American Broadway production of Hello, Dolly! in 1968. He went on to have a successful career both on and off-Broadway, showcasing his talents in everything from musicals to contemporary drama to Shakespeare.



Before studying acting, the Memphis-born Freeman attended Los Angeles Community College and served a five-year stint with the Air Force from 1955 to 1959. After getting his start on the stage, he worked in television, playing Easy Reader on the PBS children's educational series The Electric Company from 1971 through 1976. During that period, Freeman also made his movie debut in the lighthearted children's movie Who Says I Can't Ride a Rainbow? (1971). Save for his work on the PBS show, Freeman's television and feature film appearances through the '70s were sporadic, but in 1980, he earned critical acclaim for his work in the prison drama Brubaker. He gained additional recognition for his work on the small screen with a regular role on the daytime drama Days of Our Lives from 1982 to 1984.



Following Brubaker, Freeman's subsequent '80s film work was generally undistinguished until he played the dangerously emotional pimp in Street Smart (1987) and earned his first Oscar nomination. With the success of Street Smart, Freeman's film career duly took off and he appeared in a string of excellent films that began with the powerful Clean and Sober (1988) and continued with Driving Miss Daisy (1989), in which Freeman reprised his Obie-winning role of a dignified, patient Southern chauffeur and earned his second Oscar nomination for his efforts. In 1989, he also played a tough and cynical gravedigger who joins a newly formed regiment of black Union soldiers helmed by Matthew Broderick in Glory. The acclaim he won for that role was replicated with his portrayal of a high school principal in that same year's Lean on Me.



Freeman constitutes one of the few African-American actors to play roles not specifically written for African-Americans, as evidenced by his work in such films as Kevin Costner's Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991), in which he played Robin's sidekick, and Clint Eastwood's revisionist Western Unforgiven (1992). In 1993, Freeman demonstrated his skills on the other side of the camera, making his directorial debut with Bopha!, the story of a South African cop alienated from his son by apartheid. The following year, the actor received a third Oscar nomination as an aged lifer in the prison drama The Shawshank Redemption. He went on to do steady work throughout the rest of the decade, turning in memorable performances in films like Seven (1995), in which he played a world-weary detective; Amistad (1997), which featured him as a former slave; Kiss the Girls (1997), a thriller in which he played a police detective; and Deep Impact, a 1998 blockbuster that cast Freeman as the President of the United States. Following an appearance opposite Renee Zellweger in director Neil LaBute's Nurse Betty, Freeman would return to the role of detective Alex Cross in the Kiss the Girls sequel Along Came a Spider (2001). Freeman continued to keep a high profile moving into the new millennium with roles in such thrillers as The Sum of All Fears (2002) and Stephen King's Dreamcatcher, and the popular actor would average at least two films per year through 2004. 2003's Jim Carrey vehicle Bruce Almighty cast Freeman as God (a tall role indeed, and one he inherited from both George Burns and Gene Hackman). The story finds the Supreme Being appearing on Earth and giving Carrey temporary control over the universe - to outrageous comic effect.



By the time Freeman appeared opposite Hilary Swank and Clint Eastwood in Eastwood's acclaimed 2004 boxing

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Now You See Me 3
  • Thaddeus Bradley
2017
No Score Yet Villa Capri
  • Actor
2017
No Score Yet Going in Style
  • Willie
2017
100% The C Word
  • Narrator
  • Executive Producer
2016
25% Ben-Hur
  • Ilderim
2016
34% Now You See Me 2
  • Thaddeus Bradley
2016
25% London Has Fallen
  • Speaker Allan Trumbull
2016
No Score Yet Cold Warriors
  • Actor
2016
No Score Yet The Hunting of the President: Redux
  • Narrator
2016
29% Momentum
  • Senator
2015
46% Ted 2
  • Patrick Meighan
2015
51% 5 Flights Up
  • Alex Carver
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
2015
14% Last Knights
  • Bartok
2015
No Score Yet JFK & LBJ: A Time for Greatness
  • Actor
2015
67% Dolphin Tale 2
  • Dr. Cameron McCarthy
2014
67% Lucy
  • Professor Norman
2014
86% BB King: The Life of Riley
  • Narrator
2014
19% Transcendence
  • Joseph Tagger
2014
80% Island Of Lemurs: Madagascar
  • Narrator
2014
No Score Yet The Last White Knight
  • Actor
2014
96% The LEGO Movie
  • Vitruvius
2014
No Score Yet JFK: A President Betrayed
  • Narrator
2013
46% Last Vegas
  • Archie
2013
49% Now You See Me
  • Thaddeus Bradley
2013
53% Oblivion
  • Beech
2013
48% Olympus Has Fallen
  • Speaker Trumbull
2013
No Score Yet We The People
  • Actor
2013
87% The Dark Knight Rises
  • Lucius Fox
2012
30% The Magic of Belle Isle
  • Monte Wildhorn
2012
81% Dolphin Tale
  • Dr. Cameron McCarthy
2011
98% Born To Be Wild
  • Narrator
2011
71% Red
  • Joe Matheson
2010
No Score Yet The Eastwood Factor
  • Narrator
2010
No Score Yet For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet For Love of Liberty
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet The Last Full Measure
  • Actor
2010
76% Invictus
  • Nelson Mandela
  • Executive Producer
2009
No Score Yet The Maiden Heist
  • Executive Producer
  • Charles
  • Producer
2009
No Score Yet Prom Night in Mississippi
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Thick as Thieves (The Code)
  • Keith Ripley
2009
No Score Yet Human Factor
  • Actor
  • Producer
2009
No Score Yet The People Speak
  • Actor
2009
94% The Dark Knight
  • Lucius Fox
2008
72% Wanted
  • Sloan
2008
No Score Yet Marva Collins Story
  • Actor
2008
40% The Bucket List
  • Carter Chambers
2007
94% Gone Baby Gone
  • Jack Doyle
2007
39% Feast of Love
  • Harry Stevenson
2007
23% Evan Almighty
  • God
2007
No Score Yet African American Lives 2
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet e2: Energy
  • Actor
2007
63% 10 Items or Less
  • Him
  • Executive Producer
2006
No Score Yet Greasy Rider
  • Actor
2006
0% The Contract
  • Frank Cordell
2006
0% Edison (Edison Force)
  • Ashford
2006
No Score Yet Boffo! Tinseltown's Bombs and Blockbusters
  • Actor
2006
51% Lucky Number Slevin
  • The Boss
2006
No Score Yet Electric Company - Greatest Hits & Bits
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet African American Lives
  • Actor
2006
88% Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D
  • Neil Armstrong
2005
53% An Unfinished Life
  • Mitch Bradley
2005
74% War of the Worlds
  • the Narrator Narrator
2005
94% March of the Penguins
  • Narrator
2005
84% Batman Begins
  • Lucius Fox
2005
65% Danny the Dog
  • Sam
2005
No Score Yet Blues Divas
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Slavery and the Making of America
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Rameses: Wrath of God or Man?
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet America Beyond the Color Line
  • Actor
2004
91% Million Dollar Baby
  • Eddie `Scrap-Iron' Dupris
2004
No Score Yet Hope Springs Eternal: A Look Back at 'The Shawshank Redemption'
  • Actor
2004
74% The Hunting of the President
  • Narrator
2004
16% The Big Bounce
  • Walter Crewes
2004
No Score Yet Decisions That Shook the World
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Guilty by Association
  • Lt. Redding
2003
48% Bruce Almighty
  • God
2003
35% Levity
  • Miles Evans
  • Executive Producer
2003
30% Dreamcatcher
  • Col. Abraham Curtis
2003
No Score Yet Last of the Mississippi Jukes
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet The Art of Romare Bearden
  • Narrator
2003
59% The Sum of All Fears
  • DCI William Cabot
2002
31% High Crimes
  • Charlie Grimes
2002
No Score Yet Fighting for Freedom: Revolution & Civil War
  • Narrator
2002
No Score Yet Shawshank: The Redeeming Feature
  • Actor
2001
31% Along Came a Spider
  • Executive Producer
  • Alex Cross
2001
49% Under Suspicion
  • Executive Producer
  • Capt. Victor Benezet
2000
84% Nurse Betty
  • Charley
2000
No Score Yet Clint Eastwood: Out of the Shadows
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Scandalize My Name: Stories from the Blacklist
  • Host
1999
No Score Yet Water Damage
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Mutiny
  • Executive Producer
1999
48% Deep Impact
  • President Beck
1998
41% The Big Hit
  • Boy in Hotel Lobby
1998
76% Amistad
  • Theodore Joadson
1997
29% Kiss The Girls
  • Dr. Alex Cross
1997
No Score Yet The Long Way Home
  • Narrator
1997
29% Hard Rain
  • Jim
1997
88% Hurricane Streets
  • Director
1997
16% Chain Reaction
  • Paul Shannon
1996
43% Moll Flanders
  • Hibble
1996
No Score Yet Cosmic Voyage
  • Narrator
1996
No Score Yet National Geographic Explorer
  • Narrator
1996
80% Seven (Se7en)
  • Det. William Somerset
1995
59% Outbreak
  • General Billy Ford
1995
91% The Shawshank Redemption
  • Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding
1994
80% Bopha!
  • Director
1993
95% Unforgiven
  • Ned Logan
1992
39% The Power of One
  • Geel Piet
1992
No Score Yet Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories
  • Actor
1992
No Score Yet Rabbit Ears: The Savior Is Born
  • Narrator
1992
No Score Yet Rabbit Ears: Follow the Drinking Gourd
  • Storyteller
1992
No Score Yet Essential Directors: Clint Eastwood
  • Actor
1992
50% Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
  • Azeem
1991
No Score Yet The True Story of Glory Continues
  • Actor
1991
16% The Bonfire of the Vanities
  • Judge White
1990
93% Glory
  • Rawlins
1989
62% Johnny Handsome
  • Lt. A.Z. Drones
1989
69% Lean on Me
  • Joe Clark
1989
58% Clean and Sober
  • Craig
1988
No Score Yet Clinton and Nadine
  • Dorsey Pratt
1988
No Score Yet Fight for Life
  • Dr. Sherard
1987
69% Street Smart
  • Fast Black
1987
No Score Yet Resting Place
  • Luther Johnson
1986
0% That Was Then...This Is Now
  • Charlie Woods
1985
No Score Yet Marie
  • Charles Traughber
1985
No Score Yet The Gospel at Colonus
  • Actor
1985
No Score Yet The Execution of Raymond Graham
  • Actor
1985
No Score Yet The Atlanta Child Murders
  • Ben Shelter
1985
62% Teachers
  • Lewis
1984
22% Harry & Son
  • Siemanowski
1984
No Score Yet The Marva Collins Story
  • Clarence Collins
1981
90% Eyewitness
  • Lt. Black
1981
No Score Yet Death of a Prophet
  • Malcolm X
1981
75% Brubaker
  • Walter
1980
No Score Yet Attica
  • Hap Richards
1980
No Score Yet Julius Caesar
  • Actor
1979
No Score Yet Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • Uncle Hammer
1978
No Score Yet Best of the Best of The Electric Company
  • Actor
1971
No Score Yet Who Says I Can't Ride a Rainbow! (Barney)
  • Afro
1971
No Score Yet Tusker
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet Shakespeare Uncovered
2013-2015
  • Host
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
  • Narrator
  • Actor
No Score Yet Madam Secretary
2014
  • Executive Producer
  • Chief Justice Wilbourne Chief Justice Frawley
  • Director
  • Producer
No Score Yet American Idol
2002-2016
  • Appearing
No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet 30 for 30
2009
  • Executive Producer
  • Narrator
  • Producer
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet Stephen Fry in America
2012
  • Appearing
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet American Experience
1988
  • Voice
  • Narrator
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013
  • Guest
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet In Performance at the White House
2010
  • Speaker

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