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MORGAN FREEMAN (Speaker Trumball) is an Academy Award-winning actor and one of the most recognizable figures in American cinema. His works are among the most critically and commercially successful films of all time and Freeman himself ranks 10th among the top-grossing actors of all time; his films have earned more than $3 billion in cumulative ticket sales. Whether a role requires an air of gravitas, a playful smile, 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 quiet dignity has resulted in some of the most memorable portrayals ever recorded on film.
Freeman recently starred in The Dark Knight Rises, the third installment in Christopher Nolan's Batman film series, as well as Rob Reiner's drama The Magic of Belle Isle. His upcoming projects include Summit Entertainment's heist film Now You See Me, Universal Pictures' sci-fi actioner Oblivion, CBS Films' comedy Last Vegas and Kazuaki Kiriya's action adventure film The Last Knights. Freeman will also lend his voice to Warner Bros.' live-action/animated film LEGO: The Piece of Resistance, based on the popular children's toy.
Freeman won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Million Dollar Baby (2005). In 1990 he won the Golden Globe for Best Actor for his performance in Driving Miss Daisy. Freeman's performance in Street Smart earned him a 1987 Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He received a 1994 Best Actor nom for The Shawshank Redemption.
Freeman was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 2011 Golden Globe Awards. That same year, Freeman received the 39th AFI Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2000 Freeman was honored with the Hollywood Actor Award from the Hollywood Film Festival and in 2008 he was named a Kennedy Center Honoree.
In 2010 Freeman won the National Board of Review Award for Best Actor for his performance as Nelson Mandela in the acclaimed drama Invictus. He also received an Academy Award nomination, a Golden Globe nomination and a Broadcast Film Critics Association nomination. The picture was produced by Revelations Entertainment, the company Freeman co-founded in 1996 with a mission to produce films that enlighten, have heart and glorify the human experience. Other Revelations features include Levity, Under Suspicion, Mutiny, Bopha!, Along Came a Spider, Feast of Love, 10 Items or Less and Maiden Heist.
Additional film credits include Dolphin's Tale, Born to be Wild 3D, Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, The Bucket List, Glory, Clean and Sober, Lean on Me, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Unforgiven, Se7en, Kiss the Girls, Amistad, Deep Impact, The Sum of All Fears, Bruce Almighty, Nurse Betty, Coriolanus, Attica, Brubaker, Eyewitness, Death of a Prophet and Along Came a Spider. He also narrated two Academy Award-winning documentaries, The Long Way Home and The March of the Penguins.
After beginning his acting career in the Off Broadway stage productions of "The Niggerlovers" and the all African-American production of "Hello Dolly," Freeman segued into television. 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 silver screen simultaneously and quickly began to fill his resume with memorable performances.
In 1978 Freeman won a Drama Desk Award for his role as Zeke in "The Mighty Gents." He also received a Tony Award nomination for Best Performance by a Featured Actor. His stage work continued to earn him accolades and awards, including Obie Awards in 1980, 1984 and 1987. Freeman received his second Drama Desk nomination for the role of Hoke Colburn, which he created for the Alfred Uhry play "Driving Miss Daisy" and reprised in the 1989 movie of the same name.
In 1973 Freeman co-founded the Frank Silvera Writers' Workshop, now in its 37th season. 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. He also supports Artists for a New South Africa (ANSA) and the Campaign for Female Education (Camfed).
In his spare time Freeman loves to explore the freedom of sea and sky; he is a long-time sailor and has earned a private pilot's license. He also has a love for the blues and seeks to keep it in the forefront through his Ground Zero club in Clarksville, Mississippi, the birthplace of the blues.
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