MORGAN FREEMAN (Archie), an Academy Award winner (Million Dollar Baby) and four-time nominee (Invictus, The Shawshank Redemption, Driving Miss Daisy, Street Smart) is one of the most respected actors of his time whose films have grossed more than $3 billion in worldwide box office.
Known for his authoritative voice and smooth demeanor, his mischievous smile and insightful ability to infuse a character with a quiet dignity, is Freeman's unmatched trademark in over 100 performances given in film, television and theater.
Winning 55 awards and nominated for 45 others in film and television alone, the native Tennessean ranks 10th among the top-grossing actors of all time.
He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Clint Eastwood's Million Dollar Baby. For that role he also received a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award for Best Supporting Actor and was nominated for a second along with the cast for an ensemble performance. He also won the Image Award for Best Supporting Actor and was nominated for a Golden Globe, BET Award and a Black Reel Award.
He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as South Africa's former President and Anti-Apartheid Revolutionary Leader Nelson Mandela in Invictus, produced by his company Revelations Entertainment. For that portrayal, Freeman also won the Image and Black Reel Awards and was nominated for a Golden Globe and a SAG Award.
He won a Golden Globe for Best Actor in Bruce Beresford's Oscar winner Driving Miss Daisy, a memorable performance with audiences that brought him an Image Award and his second Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. He shared the Berlin International Film Festival's Silver Bear Award with his co-star, the late Jessica Tandy.
His breakout role in film brought him his first Oscar nomination for a supporting role as the merciless hood in the 1987 thriller Street Smart. He received his third Academy Award Best Actor nomination in Frank Darabont's critically acclaimed Oscar contender The Shawshank Redemption.
In 2011, Freeman was the recipient of the American Film Institute's (AFI) 39TH Life Achievement Award and the Golden Globe's Cecil B. DeMille Award given by the Hollywood Foreign Press for "outstanding contributions in the world of entertainment." In 2010 he received the prestigious AFI Board of Governors Award and the American Society of Cinematographers Board of the Governors Award.
In 2000 he received the coveted Kennedy Center Honor for his distinguished acting. And in 2003, Freeman was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
But his laurels do not stop there.
In theater, where Freeman got his start in acting, he won a Drama Desk Award in 1978 for his role as Zeke in The Mighty Gents and a Tony nomination for Best Performance by a Featured Actor. He was nominated for a Drama Desk Award in 1987 for the role of Hoke Colburn, which he created for the Alfred Uhry play Driving Miss Daisy, a role he would reprise in Beresford's 1989 film adaptation. He also won three Obie Awards in 1980, 1984 and 1987.
He has starred in the three installments of the rebooted Batman franchise directed by Christopher Nolan: Batman Begins; The Dark Knight; and The Dark Knight Rises.
Freeman's extensive film credits include: Dolphin's Tale; Born to be Wild 3D; Rob Reiner's The Bucket List; Ed Zwick's Glory; Glenn Gordon Caron's Clean and Sober; Lean on Me; Kevin Reynolds' Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves; Eastwood's Unforgiven; David Fincher's Se7en; Gary Fleder's Kiss the Girls; Steven Spielberg's Amistad; Mimi Leder's Deep Impact; Neil LaBute's Nurse Betty; Phil Alden Robinson's The Sum of All Fears; Tom Shadyac's Bruce Almighty; Coriolanus; Attica; Stuart Rosenberg's Brubaker; Eyewitness; Death of a Prophet; and, Lee Tamahori's Along Came a Spider. He also narrated two Academy Award-winning documentaries, The Long Way Home and The March of The Penguins.
This year, he also starred in Louis Leterrier's heist thriller Now You See Me; Joseph Kosinski's sci-fi adenture Oblivion; and Antoine Fuqua's thriller Olympus Has Fallen. He is both the host and executive producer of the Discovery Channel's Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman, an Emmy nominated series now in its fourth season.
Freeman can be seen in the upcoming The Last Knights, co-starring Clive Owen and is the voice of Vitruvius in Warner Bros.' live-action/animated LEGO: The Piece of Resistance, based on the popular children's toy; Wally Pfister's Transcendence; and Richard Loncraine's comedy Life Itself.
He co-founded the production company Revelations Entertainment in 1996. Its mission: to produce films that reveal truth. Through Revelations, Freeman's producer credits include: Levity; Under Suspicion; Mutiny; Along Came a Spider; 10 Items or Less; Maiden Heist; Reiner's The Magic of Belle Isle; and Life Itself, currently in production. Revelations also produced Bopha!, which Freeman directed; Feast of Love; and The 16th Man, an ESPN 30 for 30 documentary which won the Peabody Award.
Freeman began his acting career in the off-Broadway stage productions of The Niggerlovers and the all African-American production of Hello Dolly. He then segued into television and became known for playing several recurring characters on the long-running Children's Television Workshop classic The Electric Company.
He co-founded the Frank Silvera Writers' Workshop in 1973. Now in its 37th season, the workshop is for successful playwrights of the new millennium. He is also a supporter of Artists for a New South Africa and the Campaign for Female Education.
Aside from entertainment, he is a member of the Board of Directors of Earth Biofuels, a company whose mission is to promote the use of clean-burning fuels.
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