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Academy Award®-winning actor MORGAN FREEMAN (Joe Matheson) is one of the most instantly recognizable figures in American cinema today. His works number among the most critically and commercially successful films of all time and Freeman himself currently holds the number ten ranking among the worldwide top grossing actors of all time, with his films earning over three billion dollars in cumulative ticket sales. Whether the role requires an air of gravitas; a playful smile and twinkle of the eye; or a world weary, yet insightful soul, Freeman's ability to delve to the core of a character and infuse it with a quiet dignity has resulted in the creation of some of the most memorable portrayals ever recorded on film.

Freeman most recently starred in Invictus, his third collaboration with his good friend and director, Clint Eastwood. Invictus was a film that was close to Freeman's heart, as he also executive produced the project through his production company, Revelations Entertainment. In Invictus, Freeman portrays the iconic symbol of hope, freedom and perseverance, Nelson Mandela. The film follows Mandela's unconquerable determination to bring about a truly united South Africa. Fellow Academy Award®-winner Matt Damon stars alongside Freeman as Francois Pienaar, the captain of the South Africa National Rugby Union team, the Springboks, and Mandela's unlikely ally in his quest to unite a nation. Freeman recently received his fifth Oscar® nomination for his role in Invictus.

After beginning his acting career on the off-Broadway stage productions of "The Niggerlovers” and the all African-American production of "Hello Dolly,” Freeman segued into television work. Many people grew up watching him on the long running Children's Television Workshop classic, "The Electric Company,” where he played several recurring characters. Looking for his next challenge, he set his sights on both The Great White Way and The Silver Screen simultaneously and quickly began to fill his resume with memorable performances on both stage and screen. Film projects included Coriolanus (1979); Attica (1980); Brubaker (1980); Eyewitness (1981) and Death of a Prophet (1981). His 1978 Broadway performance as Zeke in The Mighty Gents garnered Freeman both a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Play as well as a Drama Desk Award for the same category. His stage work continued to earn him accolades and awards, including Obie Awards in 1980, 1984 and 1987 and a second Drama Desk Nomination in 1987 for the role of Hoke Colburn, which he created for the Alfred Uhry play "Driving Miss Daisy” and reprised in the 1989 Oscar®-winning movie of the same name.

It was his powerful turn as a pimp, Fast Black, in Street Smart (1987) that made Hollywood take notice as well, landing him his first of four Academy Award® nominations. Two years later he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor again in the Best Picture winning, Driving Miss Daisy (1989). That same year, Freeman co-starred in the drama Glory (1989), a Civil War epic about freed slaves being recruited to form the first all African-American fighting brigade.

His reputation firmly established as an actor's actor, Freeman's career soared to new heights as he continued to give memorable performances in well-reviewed studio films including Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) and the multi-Oscar® winning Unforgiven (1992), his first collaboration with director Clint Eastwood. Mr. Freeman's moving performance in The Shawshank Redemption (1994) brought him his third Academy Award® nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Box office hits Se7en (1995) and Kiss the Girls (1997) followed, as well as a powerful performance in Steven Spielberg's Amistad (1997) and a presidential turn in Deep Impact (1998). In 2000, Freeman first showed his comedic side by appearing in Neil Labute's dark comedy Nurse Betty.

By the late 90's, Freeman was again seeking his next challenge and began assembling a team to form his own production company, Revelations Entertainment, whose first feature, Mutiny, was released in 1999. Freeman reprised his Kiss the Girls persona of Alex Cross in Along Came a Spider (2001), which he also produced under his Revelations Entertainment banner. Memorable co-starring bows in blockbusters The Sum of All Fears (2002) and Bruce Almighty (2003) followed. In 2005, Freeman re-teamed with his close-friend and Unforgiven director, Clint Eastwood, to star in the heart-wrenching and Oscar® winning drama Million Dollar Baby, in which his performance earned him his fourth Oscar® nomination and the win in the Best Supporting Actor category.

Continuing his string of commercial successes, Freeman joined the ensemble casts in the Christopher Nolan blockbusters, Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, creating the role of Lucius Fox, and top-lined with Jack Nicholson in the The Bucket List. His distinctive and authoritative voice provided the narration for two Academy Award® winning documentaries, The Long Way Home (1997) and The March of the Penguins (2005). Other Revelations Entertainment features that he has both produced and starred in include Feast of Love, 10 Items or Less and The Maiden Heist.

In his spare time, Freeman loves the freedom of both sea and sky; he is a long-time sailor and has recently earned his private pilot's license. He also has a love for the blues, and seeks to keep it in the forefront through his Ground Zero blues club in Clarksville, Mississippi, the historic birthplace of the blues. In 1973 he co-founded the Frank Silvera Writers' Workshop, now in its 37th season, which seeks to service the successful playwrights of both today and the new millennium. He is a member of the Board of Directors for Earth Biofuels, a company whose mission is to promote the use of clean-burning fuels in America. He also supports Artists for a New South Africa and the Campaign for Female Education.

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