Morgan Freeman Biography (1937-)

Born June 1, 1937, in Memphis, TN; son of Grafton Curtis (a barber) and MaymeEdna (maiden name, Revere) Freeman; some sources cite father's name as Morgan Porterfield; married Jeanette Adair Bradshaw, October 22, 1967 (divorced, 1979); married Myrna Colley-Lee (a costume and set designer), June 16, 1984; children: Deena (adopted), Morgana, Alphonso, Saifoulaye. Addresses: Office: Revelations Entertainment, 301 Arizona Ave., Suite 303, Santa Monica, CA 90401.; Agent: Jeff Hunter, William Morris Agency, 1325 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10019.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Actor, director, producer
Birth Details
June 1, 1937
Memphis, Tennessee, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Appearances
  • Extra, The Pawnbroker, 1965
  • Afro, Who Says I Can't Ride a Rainbow? (also known as Barney), Transvue, 1971
  • Chris, Blade, 1973
  • Title role, Coriolanus, 1979
  • Walter, Brubaker, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1980
  • Lieutenant Black, Eyewitness (also known as The Janitor), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1981
  • Malcolm X, Death of a Prophet, 1981
  • Siemanowski, Harry and Son, Orion, 1984
  • Lewis, Teachers, United Artists, 1984
  • Charles Traughber, Marie (also known as Marie: A True Story), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1985
  • Charlie Woods, That Was Then ... This Is Now, Paramount, 1985
  • Fast Black, Street Smart, Cannon, 1987
  • Craig, Clean and Sober, Warner Bros., 1988
  • Hoke Colburn, Driving Miss Daisy, Warner Bros., 1989
  • Sergeant Major John Rawlins, Glory, TriStar, 1989
  • Lieutenant A. Z. Drones, Johnny Handsome, TriStar, 1989
  • "Crazy Joe" Clark, Lean on Me, Warner Bros., 1989
  • Judge Leonard White, Bonfire of the Vanities, Warner Bros., 1990
  • Azeem, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Warner Bros., 1991
  • Narrator, The True Story of "Glory" Continues (documentary), 1991
  • Geel Piet, The Power of One (also known as La puissance de l'ange), Warner Bros., 1992
  • Ned Logan, Unforgiven, Warner Bros., 1992
  • Ellis Boyd "Red" Redding, The Shawshank Redemption (also known asRita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption), Columbia, 1994
  • Brigadier General Billy Ford, Outbreak, Warner Bros., 1995
  • Detective William Somerset, Seven (also known as Se7en), New Line Cinema, 1995
  • Paul Shannon, Chain Reaction, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1996
  • Hibble, Moll Flanders, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1996
  • Narrator, The Long Way Home, Seventh Art Releasing, 1996
  • Narrator, Cosmic Voyage, 1996
  • Theodore Joadson, Amistad, DreamWorks, 1997
  • Dr. Alex Cross, Kiss the Girls, Paramount, 1997
  • A Day No Pigs Would Die, c. 1997
  • President Tom Beck, Deep Impact, DreamWorks, 1998
  • Jim, Hard Rain (also known as Flood), Paramount, 1998
  • Tom Preedy, Water Damage, 1999
  • Captain Victor Benezet, Under Suspicion (also known as Suspicion), Lions Gate Films, 1999
  • Charlie, Nurse Betty, USA Films, 2000
  • Alex Cross, Along Came a Spider (also known as Im Netz der Spinne), Paramount, 2001
  • Charlie Grimes, High Crimes, Twentieth Century-Fox, 2002
  • Narrator, Partners of the Heart, Duke Media/Spark Media, 2002
  • Deputy Chief Inspector William Cabot, The Sum of All Fears, Paramount, 2002
  • Levity, Columbia, 2003
  • Colonel Abraham Curtiss, Dreamcatcher, Warner Bros., 2003
  • God, Bruce Almighty, Universal, 2003
  • Walter Crewes, The Big Bounce, Warner Bros., 2003
  • Voice, Tusker, DreamWorks, 2003
  • Film Work
  • Executive Producer
  • Under Suspicion (also known as Suspicion), Lions Gate Films, 1999
  • Along Came a Spider (also known as Im Netz der Spinne), Paramount, 2001
  • Levity, Columbia, 2003
  • Other
  • Director, Bopha!, Paramount, 1993
  • Producer and director, A Day No Pigs Would Die, c. 1997
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Easy Reader and other roles, The Electric Company, PBS, 1971-1976
  • Mailman Jackson, Palmerstown U.S.A., CBS, 1980-1981
  • Dr. Roy Bingham, Another World (also known as Another World: Bay City), NBC, 1982-1984
  • Movies
  • Ralph Simmons (Sweet Talk), Hollow Image, ABC, 1979
  • Hap Richards, Attica, ABC, 1980
  • Clarence Collins, The Marva Collins Story, CBS, 1981
  • Dr. Sherard, Fight for Life, ABC, 1987
  • Dorsey Pratt, Clinton and Nadine (also known as Blood Money: The Story of Clinton and Nadine and Night Hunt), HBO, 1988
  • Mutiny, NBC, 1999
  • Miniseries
  • Uncle Hammer, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, ABC, 1978
  • Ben Shelter, The Atlanta Child Murders, CBS, 1985
  • Voice, The Civil War (documentary; also known as The American Civil War), PBS, 1990
  • Narrator, The Promised Land, The Discovery Channel, 1995
  • Episodic
  • Wonder Woman, ABC, 1976
  • Marty, "Dealer's Choice," The Twilight Zone, CBS, 1985
  • Narrator, "The Massachusetts 54th Colored Infantry," The American Experience, 1991
  • Narrator, "Amos, the Story of an Old Dog and His Couch," Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories (animated), Showtime, 1992
  • Narrator, "Follow the Drinking Gourd," American Heroes and Legends(animated), Showtime, 1992
  • The Panel, 10 Network (Australia), 2001
  • Leute heute, 2002
  • Specials
  • Messenger, "The Gospel at Colonus," Great Performances, PBS, 1985
  • Warden Pratt, "The Execution of Raymond Graham," ABC Theatre, ABC,1985
  • Luther Johnson, "Resting Place," Hallmark Hall of Fame, CBS, 1986
  • "In Search of the Dream," A&E Premieres, Arts and Entertainment, 1990
  • Night of 100 Stars III, NBC, 1990
  • Time Warner Presents the Earth Day Special, ABC, 1990
  • "To Be Free: The National Literacy Honors from the White House," BellAtlantic Showcase, ABC, 1990
  • Late Night with David Letterman, 1990
  • Celebration of Country, ABC, 1991
  • Story of a People: The Black Road to Hollywood, syndicated, 1991
  • A User's Guide to Planet Earth: The American Environmental Test, ABC, 1991
  • AFI Salute to Sidney Poitier (also known as The 20th Annual American Film Institute Life Achievement Award), NBC, 1992
  • Eastwood and Co. Making "Unforgiven" (also known as Clint Eastwood on Westerns), ABC, 1992
  • Narrator, "Volga, the Soul of Russia," National Geographic Explorer, TBS, 1993
  • Concert of the Americas (also known as The Kennedy Center Presents), PBS, 1994
  • Hollywood Stars: A Century of Cinema (also known as A Century of Cinema), The Discovery Channel, 1995
  • Voice of Edward G. Robinson, Blacklist: Hollywood on Trial, AMC, 1996
  • Narrator, National Geographic's Inside the White House (also knownas Inside the White House), PBS, 1996
  • Warner Bros. Story: No Guts, No Glory--75 Years of Award Winners,TNT, 1998
  • Warner Bros. Story: No Guts, No Glory--75 Years of Laughter, TNT,1998
  • Screening, Sundance Channel, 1998
  • AFI's 100 Years ... 100 Stars, CBS, 1999
  • Host, Scandalize My Name, Stories from the Blacklist, Black Entertainment Television/Starz!, 1999
  • The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize Celebrating the Humor of Richard Pryor, Comedy Central, 1999
  • The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts, CBS, 1999
  • A Home for the Holidays, CBS, 1999
  • (In archive footage) "Sidney Poitier: One Bright Light," American Masters, PBS, 2000
  • AFI's 100 Years, 100 Laughs: America's Funniest Movies, CBS, 2000
  • Acapulco Black Film Festival, 2000
  • The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts, CBS, 2000
  • The Great American History Quiz: The Presidents, History Channel,2000
  • Narrator, Clint Eastwood: Out of the Shadows, PBS, 2000
  • Canned Ham: Nurse Betty, Comedy Central, 2000
  • AFI's 100 Years, 100 Thrills: America's Most Heart-Pounding Movies, CBS, 2001
  • Shawshank: The Redeeming Feature, Channel 4 (England), 2001
  • Independence Day 2001, ABC, 2001
  • Awards Presentations
  • The 44th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1990
  • Presenter, The 48th Annual Golden Globe Awards, TBS, 1991
  • Presenter, The 62nd Annual Academy Awards Presentations, ABC, 1992
  • Presenter, The Walt Disney Company Presents the American Teacher Awards, The Disney Channel, 1992
  • Presenter, The 65th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 1993
  • Presenter, The 51st Annual Golden Globe Awards, TBS, 1994
  • Presenter, Jim Thorpe Pro Sports Awards, ABC, 1994
  • The Blockbuster Entertainment Awards, UPN, 1996
  • Presenter, The Screen Actors Guild Awards, NBC, 1997
  • Presenter, The 29th NAACP Image Awards, Fox, 1998
  • Presenter, The 30th NAACP Image Awards, Fox, 1999
  • Presenter, The 72nd Annual Academy Awards Presentation, ABC, 2000
  • Presenter, The 73rd Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 2001
  • The Essence Awards 2001, Fox, 2001
  • Television Work
  • Movies
  • Executive producer, Mutiny, NBC, 1999
  • Stage Appearances
  • Creampuff, The Nigger-Lovers, Orpheum Theatre, New York City, 1967
  • (Broadway Debut) Rudolph, Hello, Dolly, St. James Theatre, New York City, 1967
  • Boston Baboon, Jungle of Cities, Charles Street Playhouse, Boston,MA, 1969
  • Sergeant, The Recruiting Officer, Theatre of the Living Arts, Philadelphia, PA, 1969
  • Foxtrot, Scuba-Duba, New York City, 1969
  • Title role, Purlie, American National Theatre and Academy, New York City, 1970
  • Nate, "Gettin' Together," in Black Visions, Public Theatre, New York City, 1972
  • Sisyphus, Sisyphus and the Blue-eyed Cyclops, Martinique Theatre,New York City, 1975
  • Samson, Cockfight, American Place Theatre, New York City, 1977
  • Zeke, The Last Street Play, Manhattan Theatre Club, New York City,1977, then produced as The Mighty Gents, Ambassador Theatre, New YorkCity, 1978
  • Winston, White Pelicans, Theatre De Lys, New York City, 1978
  • Title role, Coriolanus, New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theatre, 1979
  • Casca, Julius Caesar, New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theatre, 1979
  • Chaplin, Mother Courage and Her Children, New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theatre, 1980
  • Fred Milly, Buck, American Place Theatre, 1982
  • Title role, Othello, Dallas Shakespeare Festival, Dallas, TX, 1982
  • Duke of Florence, All's Well That Ends Well, Dallas Shakespeare Festival, 1982
  • The World of Ben Caldwell, New Federal Theatre, New York City, 1982
  • Messenger, The Gospel at Colonus, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY, 1983, then Arena Stage, Washington, DC, 1985, later Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, New York City, 1988
  • Winston Crews, M.D., Medea and the Doll, Samuel Beckett Theatre, New York City, 1984
  • Hoke Colburn, Driving Miss Daisy, Playwrights Horizon Theatre, then John Houseman Theatre, New York City, 1987
  • Petruchio, The Taming of the Shrew, New York Shakespeare Festival,Delacorte Theatre, Public Theatre, New York City, 1990
  • Night of 100 Stars III, Radio City Music Hall, New York City, 1990
  • Also appeared in Trials of Daniel Boone, Robert Redford Workshop,and in productions of The Connection, The Exhibition, Ostrich Feathers, The Pawnbroker, and The Threepenny Opera.
  • Major Tours
  • Understudy and member of chorus, Royal Hunt of the Sun, U.S. cities, 1967
  • RECORDINGS
  • Videos
  • Casca, Julius Caesar, 1979
  • The Directors: Clint Eastwood (also known as AFI's the Directors: Clint Eastwood), 2000
  • Appeared in the music video "Waitin' on Joe" by Steve Azar, 2002.
  • Taped Readings
  • Narrator, The Savior Is Born (book with audio cassette), Rabbit Ears Books, 1992

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Books
    • Contemporary Black Biography, Volume 20, Gale, 1998
    • International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers, Volume 3: Actors and Actresses, St. James Press, 1996
    • Notable Black American Men, Gale, 1998
    Periodicals
    • Empire, October, 1997, p. 193; March, 1998, pp. 66-70
    • Entertainment Weekly, April 20, 2001, pp. 38-40
    • FHM, February, 2001, p. 80; October, 2002, p. 100
    • Interview, June, 1996, pp. 74-81
    • Jet, August 12, 1996, p. 24
    • NEA Today, January, 1998, p. 42
    • People Weekly, April 4, 1998, p. 89
    • Radio Times, September 21, 2002, p. 61
    • Urban Cinefile, August 16, 2001
    • US, May, 1997, pp. 82-84
    • Variety, September 1, 1997, p. 40
    • Venice, May, 2002, pp. 58-67

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