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Morgan Freeman
Name : Morgan Freeman
Height : 6' 2½" (189 cm)
Date of Birth : 1 June 1937
Place of Birth : Memphis, Tennessee, USA
 
Biography:
 
The Memphis-born Morgan Freeman studied at the Los Angeles Community College before joining the Air Force from 1955 to 1959. After getting his start on the stage, Freeman worked on television and made his film debut in 1971 in Who Says I Can't Ride a Rainbow? In 1980, he garnered praise for his work in the prison drama Brubaker and gained additional recognition for his work on the daytime drama Days of Our Lives from 1982 to 1984.

Freeman's next films were nothing special until he played the dangerously emotional pimp in Street Smart (1987) and earned his first Oscar nomination. His film career took off as expected and he later appeared in such excellent films as Clean and Sober (1988) and Driving Miss Daisy (1989) in which he cast as a dignified, patient chauffeur and earned his second Oscar nomination. That same year, he played a tough and cynical gravedigger who joins a newly formed regiment of black union soldiers in Glory.

Later, Freeman appeared in such films as Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) in which he played Robin's sidekick, and Unforgiven (1992). In 1993, he made his directorial debut with Bopha!, a film about a South African cop separated from his son by apartheid. The next year, Freeman received his third Oscar nomination as an aged lifer in the prison drama The Shawshank Redemption.

Freeman then turned in memorable performances in films such as Seven (1995) in which he played a world-weary detective; Amistad (1997) which featured him as a former slave; the thriller Kiss the Girls (1997) in which he played a police detective Alex Cross; and the blockbuster Deep Impact (1998) that cast Freeman as the President of the United States.

After starring opposite Renee Zellweger in Nurse Betty (2000), Freeman returned to the role of detective Alex Cross in the Kiss the Girls sequel Along Came a Spider (2001). He went on to keep a high profile with roles in such thrillers as The Sum of All Fears (2002) and Dreamcatcher (2003).

After Freeman appearing opposite Hillary Swank and Clint Eastwood in the acclaimed boxing drama Million Dollar Baby (2004), his status as one of Hollywood's hard-working and most respected actors was finally cemented when he won the Oscar for his powerful performance in the film.
 
Filmography:
2006 The Contract
2006 Lucky Number Slevin
2005 Unleashed
2005 March of the Penguins
2005 War of the Worlds
2005 Edison

2005

Batman Begins
2005 An Unfinished Life
2005 Blues Divas
2004 Million Dollar Baby
2003 The Hunting of the President
2003 The Art of Romare Bearden
2003 The Big Bounce
2003 Bruce Almighty
2003 Dreamcatcher
2003 A Tale of Two Schools
2003 Last of the Mississippi Jukes
2003 Levity
2002 High Crimes
2002 The Sum of All Fears
2001 Along Came a Spider
2000 Under Suspicion
2000 Nurse Betty
1998 Hard Rain
1998 Deep Impact
1997 Amistad
1997 Kiss The Girls
1997 The Long Way Home
1996 Chain Reaction
1996 Moll Flanders
1996 Cosmic Voyage
1995 Seven
1995 Outbreak
1994 The Shawshank Redemption
1992 Unforgiven
1992 The Power of One
1991 Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
1990 The Bonfire of the Vanities
1989 Johnny Handsome
1989 Glory
1989 Lean on Me
1989 Driving Miss Daisy
1988 Clinton and Nadine
1988 Clean and Sober
1987 Fight for Life
1987 Street Smart
1986 Resting Place
1985 Marie
1985 That Was Then... This Is Now
1985 The Atlanta Child Murders
1985 The Execution of Raymond Graham
1984 Harry and Son
1984 Teachers
1981 The Marva Collins Story
1981 Eyewitness
1981 Death of a Prophet
1980 Attica
1980 Brubaker
1978 Hollow Image
1978 Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
1971 Who Says I Can't Ride a Rainbow?
 
Awards:
Academy Awards
2004 Best Supporting Actor (Million Dollar Baby)
1994 Best Actor (Shawshank Redemption)
1989 Best Actor (Driving Miss Daisy)
1987 Best Supporting Actor (Street Smart)
Berlin International Film Festival
1990 Silver Bear for Best Actor (Driving Miss Daisy)
Broadcast Film Critics Association
2004 Best Supporting Actor (Million Dollar Baby)
Golden Globe
2004 Best Supporting Actor (Million Dollar Baby)
1994 Best Actor - Drama (Shawshank Redemption)
1989 Best Actor - Musical or Comedy (Driving Miss Daisy)
Independent Spirit Award
1987 Best Supporting Actor (Street Smart)
NAACP Image Awards
2004 Best Supporting Actor (Bruce Almighty)
National Board of Review
2003 Career Achievement Award
1989 Best Actor (Driving Miss Daisy)
National Society of Film Critics
2004 Best Supporting Actor [Runner-Up] (Million Dollar Baby)
Screen Actors Guild
2004 Best Supporting Actor (Million Dollar Baby)
1994 Best Actor (Shawshank Redemption)
 
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