Academy Award-winning actor
(Professor Norman) 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 himself ranks 10th
among the world's top-grossing
actors of all time,
with his films having earned more than $3 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 portrayals ever
recorded on film.
Freeman won an Academy Award in 2005 for
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
for his role in Million Dollar Baby. 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
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.
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 2000, Freeman was honored with the Hollywood
Outstanding Achievement in Acting Award at the
Hollywood Film Festival. He won the coveted Kennedy
Center Honor in 2008 for his distinguished acting career.
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'
upcoming Madam Secretary, starring Tea Leoni, which
debuts in September.
Freeman hosts and is an executive producer for the
Primetime Emmy Award-nominated series Through the
Wormhole with Morgan Freeman. In its fifth season on
the Science Channel, the show is produced in conjunction
with Revelations Entertainment.
Freeman will be seen in the upcoming films
The Last Knights, Eagle Films and Revelations
Entertainment's Love Like That and Warner Bros.
Pictures' Dolphin Tale 2.
Most recently, Freeman starred in 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 and the IMAX documentary
Island of Lemurs: Madagascar. He will be heard
narrating the upcoming 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 on the off-
Broadway stage productions of The Nigger-lovers and
the all African-American production of 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 41st 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.