Three-time Academy Award nominee
is one of America's most accomplished actors. He has given memorable performances on screen, stage, and television.
The Memphis, Tennessee native graduated from high school in Greenwood, Mississippi. He then moved to California, where he studied dance and theater arts at Los Angeles City College. He made his Broadway debut in 1967 with Pearl Bailey in "Hello, Dolly!"
For television. Freeman created the popular character Easy Reader on the classic Children's Television Workshop series "The Electric Company," on which he was a regular cast member. His subsequent television credits include the miniseries "The Atlanta Child Murders"; and the telefilm ''The Execution of Raymond Graham.
His stage career continued with "The Mighty Gents." That performance earned him a Drama Desk Award, the Clarence Derwent Award, and a Tony Award nomination. He received further acclaim and his first Obie Award for his lead performance in the New York Shakespeare Festival production of "Coriolanus." Freeman received a second Obie Award, as well as a Dramalogue Award, for his role as The Messenger in the acclaimed Brooklyn Academy of Music production of Lee Breuer's "The Gospel at
Colonus." Freeman's most recent stage appearance was as Petruchio in the New York Shakespeare Festival production of "The Taming of the Shrew," opposite Tracey
The role of Hoke Coleburn in Alfred Uhry's Pulitzer Prize-winning "Driving Miss Daisy" earned Freeman his third Obie Award. He would later receive an Academy Award nomination for playing the same role in Bruce Beresford's Academy Award-winning film version, in which Freeman starred opposite Jessica Tandy. His performance in the film version also earned him a Golden Globe Award and the Silver Bear Award for Best Actor at the Berlin Film Festival.
His many film credits include Stuart Rosenberg's "Brubaker," Peter Yates' "Eyewitness," Paul
Newman's "Harry and Son," Christopher Cain's "That Was Then, This Is Now," Jerry Schatzberg's
"Street Smart" (for which Freeman received his first Academy Award nomination), Glenn Gordon
Caron's "Clean and Sober," Edward Zwick's "Glory," Kevin Reynolds' "Robin Hood: Prince of
Thieves," Clint Eastwood's Academy Award-winning "Unforgiven," Frank Darabont's "The
Shawshank Redemption" (for which Freeman received his third Academy Award nomination),
Wolfgang Petersen's "Outbreak," David Fincher's "Se7en," and Pen Densham's "Moll
More recently, Freeman starred on-screen as Alex Cross in "Kiss the Girls," directed by Gary Fleder; for director Steven Spielberg in "Amistad"; in Mikael Salomon's "Hard Rain"; and as the President of the United States in Mimi Leder's "Deep Impact." He will reprise the role of Alex Cross for director Lee Tamahori in "Along Came a Spider," which he is also executive-producing.
Freeman made his feature film directorial debut with 1993's "Bopha!," which starred Danny Glover and Alfre Woodard. He soon after formed Revelations Entertainment, which has thus far produced the NBC telefilm "Port Chicago Mutiny"; and the feature film "Under Suspicion," directed by Stephen Hopkins, which costars Freeman with Gene Hackman.
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