50 facts about Morgan Freeman, actor, film director, and narrator

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(Photo : Credit: Valerie Macon ) Caption:BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 18: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been converted to black and white.) Actor Morgan Freeman arrives at the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences' 20th Anniversary Screening Of 'The Shawshank Redemption' at AMPAS Samuel Goldwyn Theater on November 18, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Valerie Macon/Getty Images)
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(Photo : Credit: Neilson Barnard) Caption:NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 24: Actor Morgan Freeman (L) and Alexis Freeman attend the New York Premiere of 'Ted 2' at the Ziegfeld Theater on June 24, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
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(Photo : Credit: Cindy Ord) Caption:NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 30: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Actor Morgan Freeman takes part in a SiriusXM Town Hall with Morgan Freeman hosted by Entertainment Weekly writer Kyle Anderson on SiriusXM's Entertainment Weekly Radio channel at Crosby Hotel on April 30, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM)

50 things you missed about Morgan Freeman.

1. Morgan Freeman is an American actor, film director, and narrator.

2. Morgan Freeman has received Academy Award nominations for his performances in Street Smart, Driving Miss Daisy, The Shawshank Redemption and Invictus, and won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 2005 for Million Dollar Baby.

3. Morgan Freeman has also won a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award. Freeman has appeared in many other box office hits, including Unforgiven, Glory, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Seven, Deep Impact, The Sum of All Fears, Bruce Almighty, Along Came a Spider, The Dark Knight Trilogy, March of the Penguins, The Lego Movie, and Lucy.

4. Morgan Freeman is known for his distinctively smooth, deep voice.

5. Morgan Freeman got his first break as part of the cast of The Electric Company.

6. Morgan Freeman was born in Memphis, Tennessee, on June 1, 1937.

7. Morgan Freeman is the son of Mayme Edna (née Revere; 1912-2000), a teacher, and Morgan Porterfield Freeman, a barber who died on April 27, 1961, from cirrhosis.

8. Morgan Freeman has three older siblings.

9. According to a DNA analysis, some of his ancestors were from Niger.

10. Morgan Freeman was sent as an infant to his paternal grandmother in Charleston, Mississippi.

11. Morgan Freeman moved frequently during his childhood, living in Greenwood, Mississippi; Gary, Indiana; and finally Chicago, Illinois.

12. Morgan Freeman made his acting debut at age nine, playing the lead role in a school play.

13. Morgan Freeman then attended Broad Street High School, a building which serves today as Threadgill Elementary School, in Greenwood, Mississippi.

14. At age 12, he won a statewide drama competition, and while still at Broad Street High School, he performed in a radio show based in Nashville, Tennessee.

15. In 1955, he graduated from Broad Street, but turned down a partial drama scholarship from Jackson State University, opting instead to enlist in the United States Air Force[11] and served as an Automatic Tracking Radar Repairman, rising to the rank of Airman 1st Class.

16. After four years in the military, he moved to Los Angeles, California, where he took acting lessons at the Pasadena Playhouse and dancing lessons in San Francisco in the early 1960s and worked as a transcript clerk at Los Angeles City College.

17. During this period, Freeman also lived in New York City, working as a dancer at the 1964 World's Fair, and in San Francisco, where he was a member of the Opera Ring musical theater group.

18. Morgan Freeman acted in a touring company version of The Royal Hunt of the Sun, and also appeared as an extra in the 1965 film The Pawnbroker.

19. Morgan Freeman made his off-Broadway debut in 1967, opposite Viveca Lindfors in The Nigger Lovers (about the civil rights era "Freedom Riders"), before debuting on Broadway in 1968's all-black version of Hello, Dolly! which also starred Pearl Bailey and Cab Calloway.

20. Morgan Freeman continued to be involved in theater work and received the Obie Award in 1980 for the title role in Coriolanus.

21. In 1984, he received his second Obie Award for his role as the preacher in The Gospel at Colonus.

22. Morgan Freeman also won a Drama Desk Award and a Clarence Derwent Award for his role as a wino in The Mighty Gents.

23. Morgan Freeman received his third Obie Award for his role as a chauffeur for a Jewish widow in Driving Miss Daisy, which was adapted for the screen in 1989.

24. Although his first credited film appearance was in 1971's Who Says I Can't Ride a Rainbow?, Freeman first became known in the American media through roles on the soap opera Another World and the PBS kids' show The Electric Company[9] (notably as Easy Reader, Mel Mounds the DJ, and Vincent the Vegetable Vampire).

25. Beginning in the mid-1980s, Freeman began playing prominent supporting roles in many feature films, earning him a reputation for depicting wise, fatherly characters.

26. As he gained fame, he went on to bigger roles in films such as the chauffeur Hoke in Driving Miss Daisy, and Sergeant Major Rawlins in Glory (both in 1989).

27. In 1994, he portrayed Red, the redeemed convict in the acclaimed The Shawshank Redemption.

28. In the same year he was a member of the jury at the 44th Berlin International Film Festival.

29. Morgan Freeman starred in such films as Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Unforgiven, Seven, and Deep Impact.

30. In 1997, Freeman, together with Lori McCreary, founded the film production company Revelations Entertainment, and the two co-head its sister online film distribution company ClickStar.

31. Morgan Freeman also hosts the channel Our Space on ClickStar, with specially crafted film clips in which he shares his love for the sciences, especially space exploration and aeronautics.

32. After three previous nominations-a supporting actor nomination for Street Smart, and leading actor nominations for Driving Miss Daisy and The Shawshank Redemption-he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Million Dollar Baby at the 77th Academy Awards.

33. Morgan Freeman is recognized for his distinctive voice, making him a frequent choice for narration.

34. In 2005 alone, he provided narration for two films, War of the Worlds and the Academy Award-winning documentary film March of the Penguins.

35. Morgan Freeman appeared as God in the hit film Bruce Almighty and its sequel, Evan Almighty, as well as Lucius Fox in the critical and commercial success Batman Begins and its sequels, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises.

36. Morgan Freeman starred in Rob Reiner's 2007 film The Bucket List, opposite Jack Nicholson.

37. Morgan Freeman teamed with Christopher Walken and William H. Macy for the comedy The Maiden Heist, which was released direct to video due to financial problems with the distribution company.

38. In 2008, Freeman returned to Broadway to co-star with Frances McDormand and Peter Gallagher for a limited engagement of Clifford Odets's play, The Country Girl, directed by Mike Nichols.

39. He had wanted to do a film based on Nelson Mandela for some time. At first he tried to get Mandela's autobiography Long Walk to Freedom adapted into a finished script, but it was not finalized. In 2007, he purchased the film rights to a book by John Carlin, Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation. Clint Eastwood directed the Nelson Mandela bio-pic titled Invictus, starring Freeman as Mandela and Matt Damon as rugby team captain Francois Pienaar.

40. From his early life, Freeman has two extramarital children; one of them is Alfonso Freeman.

41. Morgan Freeman was married to Jeanette Adair Bradshaw from October 22, 1967, until November 18, 1979.

42. Morgan Freeman married Myrna Colley-Lee on June 16, 1984.

43. Morgan Freeman and Colley-Lee had adopted Freeman's step-granddaughter from his first marriage and together helped to raise her.

44. The couple separated in December 2007.

45. In 2008, the TV series African American Lives 2 revealed that some of Freeman's great-great-grandparents were slaves who migrated from North Carolina to Mississippi.

46. Freeman also discovered that his Caucasian maternal great-great-grandfather had lived with, and was buried beside, Freeman's African-American great-great-grandmother (the two could not legally marry at the time, in the segregated South).

47. Morgan Freeman lives in Charleston, Mississippi, and New York City.

48. Morgan Freeman owns and operates Ground Zero, a blues club, located in Clarksdale, Mississippi.

49. Morgan Freeman formerly co-owned Madidi, a fine dining restaurant, also in Clarksdale.

50. In 2004, Freeman and others formed the Grenada Relief Fund to aid people affected by Hurricane Ivan on the island of Grenada. The fund has since become PLANIT NOW, an organization that seeks to provide preparedness resources for people living in areas afflicted by hurricanes and severe storms.

According to Morgan freeman networth is $200 to $280 Million.


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