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MORGAN FREEMAN (Charlie Grimes), a three-time Academy Award®  nominee, is one of America's most accomplished actors, having given memorable performances on screen, stage and television.

He received Best Actor nominations for Frank Darabont's "The Shawshank Redemption," and "Driving Miss Daisy," directed by Bruce Beresford, and a Best Supporting Actor nomination for "Street Smart," directed by Jerry Schatzberg. "Driving Miss Daisy" also earned Freeman the Golden Globe Award ®  and the Silver Bear Award for Best Actor at the Berlin Film Festival. For "Street Smart" he received Best Supporting Actor Awards from the New York Film Critics, the Los Angeles Film Critics and the National Society of Film Critics.

Recently, Freeman starred in the box-office hit "Along Came a Spider," the sequel to the highly successful "Kiss the Girls" in which he originated the role of Alex Cross. Freeman also served as executive producer. Previously, he starred in Neal LaBute's critically acclaimed "Nurse Betty," opposite Renee Zellweger, Chris Rock and Greg Kinnear, and in "Under Suspicion," also starring Gene Hackman, and directed by Stephen Hopkins, with Freeman's production company, Revelation Pictures, producing.

Freeman just completed a starring role in the film version of Tom Clancy's "The Sum of All Fears," also starring Ben Affleck, and is currently before the cameras in a starring role in "Dreamcatcher," based on the best-selling novel by Stephen King.

Among Freeman's many other film credits are Steven Spielberg's "Amistad," Mikael Solomon's "Hard Rain," Mimi Leder's "Deep Impact," Stuart Rosenberg's "Brubaker," Peter Yates' "Eyewitness," Paul Newman's "Harry and Son," "Christopher Cain's "That Was Then, This Is Now," Glenn Gordon Caron's "Clean and Sober," Edward Zwick's critically acclaimed "Glory," Kevin Reynold's box-office hit "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves," Clint Eastwood's Academy Award ®-winning "Unforgiven," Wolfgang Petersen's "Outbreak," David Fincher's "Seven," and Pen Densham's "Moll Flanders."

On stage, Freeman's performances in Alfred Uhry's Pulitzer Prize-winning "Driving Miss Daisy," "Coriolanus" and "Gospel at Colonus" all earned him Obie ¨ Awards ®. His work in "The Mighty Gents" brought him a Tony ® Award nomination. He also received critical acclaim for his interpretation of Petruchio in "The Taming of the Shrew," opposite Tracey Ullman.

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 made-for-television movie "The Execution of Raymond Graham."

Freeman made his feature film directing debut with 1993's "Bopha," starring Danny Glover and Alfre Woodard. He soon after formed Revelation Entertainment, which has thus far produced the made-for-television movie "Port Chicago Mutiny" for NBC and the feature film "Under Suspicion."

A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Freeman graduated from high school in Greenwood, Mississippi. He enlisted in the Air Force at the age of eightee

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