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Academy Award-winning actor MORGAN FREEMAN (Patrick Meighan) is one of the most recognizable figures in American cinema. His works are among the most critically and commercially successful films of all time. Freeman ranks second among the world's top-grossing actors of all time, with his films having earned more than $4 billion in cumulative ticket sales. Whether a role requires an air of gravitas, a playful smile, a 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 some of the most memorable cinematic characters committed to film.

Freeman won an Academy Award in 2005 for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for Million Dollar Baby. Freeman also received Academy Award nominations in 1988 for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Street Smart, in 1995 for Best Actor in a Leading Role for The Shawshank Redemption and in 2010 for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Invictus. In 1990, he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture-Comedy/Musical for his performance in Driving Miss Daisy.

Freeman was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 2012 Golden Globe Awards. In 2011, Freeman received the 39th AFI Life Achievement Award.

In 2008, Freeman was bestowed the coveted Kennedy Center Honors for his distinguished acting career, and, in 2000, was honored with the Hollywood Outstanding Achievement in Acting Award at the Hollywood Film Festival.

In 2009, Freeman won the National Board of Review award for Best Actor for his performance as Nelson Mandela in the acclaimed film Invictus. In addition to his Academy Award nomination for Best Actor, he received a Golden Globe Award nomination and a Broadcast Film Critics Association nomination for the role. The picture was produced by Revelations Entertainment, the company he co-founded with Lori McCreary 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. Other Revelations 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, The Maiden Heist and The 16th Man, part of the Peabody Award-winning ESPN "30 for 30" documentary series.

Through Revelations Entertainment, Freeman serves as an executive producer with McCreary on CBS' Madam Secretary, starring Tea Leoni, which debuted in September 2014 and was renewed for a second season.

Freeman hosts and is an executive producer for the two-time Primetime Emmy Award-nominated series Through the Wormhole With Morgan Freeman. In its sixth season on the Science Channel, the show is produced in conjunction with Revelations Entertainment.

Freeman will next be seen in Focus Features' London Has Fallen, Paramount Pictures' Ben-Hur and Dutch FilmWorks' Momentum. Most recently, he starred in Last Knights, Lucy, Dolphin Tale 2, Transcendence, The Lego Movie, Last Vegas, Now You See Me, Oblivion, Olympus Has Fallen and The Dark Knight Rises.

Freeman narrated the Science Channel program Stem Cell Universe, the IMAX documentary Island of Lemurs: Madagascar and the historical documentary We the People. Past narrations include two Academy Award-winning documentaries: The Long Way Home and March of the Penguins.

Freeman's past acting credits include Dolphin Tale, Born to be Wild 3D, 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, Nurse Betty, The Sum of All Fears, Bruce Almighty, Coriolanus, Attica, Brubaker, Eyewitness, Death of a Prophet and Along Came a Spider.

After beginning his acting career in the off- Broadway productions of The Niggerlovers and the all African-American Hello, Dolly!, Freeman segued into television. He played several recurring characters on the long-running Children's Television Workshop classic The Electric Company in 1971– 76. 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 was also nominated for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play.

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 movie of the same name. In his spare time, Freeman loves the freedom of both sea and sky; he is a longtime sailor and has a private pilot's license. He also has a love for blues and seeks to keep it in the forefront through his Ground Zero Club in Clarksdale, Mississippi, the birthplace of blues music. In 1973, he cofounded the Frank Silvera Writers' Workshop, now in its 42nd season. The workshop seeks to serve successful playwrights of the new millennium.

He is a member of the board of directors of Earth Biofuels (now known as Evolution Energy), 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 (CAMFED).

Freeman has been named as one of Forbes' Most Trustworthy Celebrities each of the five times the list has been published since 2006.

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