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MORGAN FREEMAN (Thaddeus Bradley) is an Academy Award-winning
actor and one of the most recognizable figures in American cinema. Freeman ranks
second among the top-grossing actors of all time, with his films having earned
over $4 billion in cumulative ticket sales. Whether a role requires an air of
gravitas, a playful smile, twinkle of the eye, or a world-weary but insightful
soul, Freeman's ability to delve into the core of a character and infuse it with
a quiet dignity has resulted in some of the most memorable characters committed
In 2005 Freeman won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in
Million Dollar Baby. He earned nominations for Street Smart in 1987 (Best
Supporting Actor), The Shawshank Redemption in 1994 (Best Actor) and Invictus in
2010 (Best Actor). He also won the Golden Globe for Best Actor for his
performance in Driving Miss Daisy in 1990. Freeman was honoured 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 received the
coveted Kennedy Center Honor for his distinguished acting, and accepted the
Hollywood Actor Award at the Hollywood Film Festival.
Other film credits include London Has Fallen, Last Knights, 5 Flights Up, Lucy,
Dolphin Tale 2, Transcendence, The Lego Movie, Last Vegas, Now You See Me,
Oblivion, Olympus Has Fallen, The Dark Knight Rises, 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, Nurse Betty,
Brubaker, and Eyewitness, as well as the TV movies "Death of a Prophet,"
"Attica" and "Coriolanus."
In 2010 Freeman won the National Board of Review Award for Best Actor for his
performance as Nelson Mandela in Invictus. In addition to his Academy Award
nomination for Best Actor, he also received a Golden Globe nomination and a
Broadcast Critics Association nomination. The picture was produced by
Revelations Entertainment, the company Freeman and Lori McCreary co-founded in
1996 with a mission to produce films that reveal truth. Revelations' features
include the recently completed 5 Flights Up, The Code, The Magic of Belle Isle,
Levity, Under Suspicion, Mutiny, Bopha!, Along Came a Spider, Feast of Love, 10
Items or Less and The Maiden Heist, in addition to the Peabody Award-winning
ESPN 30 for 30 documentary, "The 16th Man."
Freeman is an executive producer on the Revelations Entertainment series "Madam
Secretary" for CBS, starring Tea Leoni, which debuted in 2014. Freeman hosts and
is an executive producer for Revelations' three-time Emmy nominated series
"Through the Wormhole With Morgan Freeman," which has completed its fifth season
on Science Channel.
Freeman recently narrated the IMAX documentary Island of Lemurs: Madagascar,
Science Channel's "Stem Cell
Universe With Stephen Hawking" and the historical doc "We the People." Past
narrations include two Academy Award-winning documentaries, The Long Way Home
and March of the Penguins.
After beginning his acting career in the Off Broadway stage productions of "The
Nigger Lovers" 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
the ironic Easy Reader, among several recurring characters. Looking for his next
challenge, he set his sights on both Broadway and the silver screen 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" and received a Tony 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 as well as 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
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. In 1973 Freeman
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, and supports both Artists for a New
South Africa and the Campaign for Female Education. Freeman has been named to
the Forbes list of "Most Trustworthy Celebrities" list each of the five times it
has been published since 2006.
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