MORGAN FREEMAN (Joseph Tagger) is an Academy Award-winning
actor, whose films are among the most critically and commercially successful of
all time, with a combined worldwide box office of more than $3 billion.
Freeman won the 2005 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his
performance in "Million Dollar Baby," for which he also won a Screen Actors
Guild Award. He has received three more Oscar nominations, in 1987 for Best
Supporting Actor for "Street Smart," in 1994 for Best Actor for "The Shawshank
Redemption," and in 2010 for Best Actor for "Invictus."
Freeman won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in 1990 for his role in
"Driving Miss Daisy." In 2011, he was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award at
the Golden Globe Awards and, that same year, received the AFI Lifetime
Achievement Award. In 2000, Freeman received the coveted Kennedy Center Honor
for his distinguished career. He also received the Hollywood Actor Award at the
2000 Hollywood Film Festival.
In 2010, Freeman won the National Board of Review Award for Best Actor for
his performance as Nelson Mandela in the acclaimed film "Invictus." He also
received a Golden Globe nomination and a Critics' Choice Award nomination, in
addition to the aforementioned Oscar nod. The picture was produced by
Revelations Entertainment, the company Freeman co-founded in 1996 with a mission
to produce films that reveal truth.
Since its inception, Revelations has continued to be a frontrunner in the
field of digital technology. The company's other features include "The Code,"
"The Magic of Belle Isle," "Levity," "Under Suspicion," "Mutiny," "Bopha!",
"Along Came a Spider," "Feast of Love," "10 Items or Less," "Maiden Heist," and
the Peabody Award-winning ESPN 30 For 30 documentary, "The 16th Man."
Through Revelations Entertainment and CBS, Freeman is an executive producer
of the new CBS pilot "Madame Secretary," staring Tea Leoni. Currently, Freeman
hosts and is an executive producer of the Emmy-nominated series "Through the
Wormhole with Morgan
Freeman." Produced in conjunction with Revelations Entertainment, the show is in
its fourth season on the Discovery Science Channel.
Upcoming, Freeman will be seen in the feature films "Life Itself," "The Last
Knights," "Lucy," Eagle Films and Revelations' "Ruth and Alex," and "Dolphin
He recently starred in "The LEGO Movie," "Last Vegas," "Now You See Me,"
"Oblivion," "Olympus Has Fallen" and "The Dark Knight Rises." Freeman's past
credits include "Dolphin Tale," "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 has also narrated two Oscar-winning documentaries, "The Long Way Home"
and "The March of The Penguins," as well as the documentaries "Born To Be Wild
3D" and "Island of Lemurs: Madagascar." Freeman also recently narrated the
Science Channel program "Stem Cell Universe," and will narrate the upcoming
history documentary "We the People."
Freeman began his acting career in the off-Broadway stage productions of "The
Niggerlovers" and the all African-American production of "Hello Dolly," before
segueing into television. Many people grew up watching him on the long-running
Children's Television Workshop classic "The Electric Company," where he played
the iconic Easy Reader among several recurring characters. Looking for his next
challenge, he set his sights on both the stage and the silver screen.
In 1978, Freeman won a Drama Desk Award and earned a Tony nomination for his
role as Zeke in "The Mighty Gents." His stage work continued to earn him
accolades and awards, including four Obie Awards, the latest in 1987 for the
role of Hoke Colburn in the Alfred Uhry play "Driving Miss Daisy." He also
earned another Drama Desk Award nomination for his creation of that role, which
he reprised in the Oscar-winning 1989 film.
In 1973, he co-founded the Frank Silvera Writers' Workshop, now in its 37th
season. The workshop seeks to serve successful playwrights of the new
millennium. 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. He also supports Artists for a New South
Africa and the Campaign for Female Education.
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