Morgan Freeman

Morgan Freeman graduated from Greenwood High School in Mississippi. At eighteen, he enlisted in the Air Force and later settled in California after completing his military service to study dance and drama at Los Angeles City College. His career as an actor began on Broadway in 1967 with a revival of "Hello Dolly!". That same year, he garnered attention in theater for his performance in "The Nigger Lovers". On television, he became known to American audiences by portraying the popular character Easy Reader in the series "The Electric Company". Morgan Freeman gained prominence in film later in life. In 1987, his role as Fast Black in "Street Smart" earned him numerous awards (Best Supporting Actor from the New York Film Critics, Los Angeles Film Critics, and National Society of Film Critics), as well as a Golden Globe nomination. He achieved even greater success with "Driving Miss Daisy", winning a Golden Globe in 1990, a Silver Bear, and an Oscar nomination. Subsequently, he starred in commercially successful films such as "Glory" directed by Edward Zwick, "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" by Kevin Reynolds, and Clint Eastwood's "Unforgiven". Morgan Freeman often portrays characters known for their wisdom and determination: in 1991, he played Judge Leonard White in "The Bonfire of the Vanities", followed by a role as a model prisoner in "The Shawshank Redemption", a seasoned detective opposite the impetuous Brad Pitt in "Seven", the President of the United States in "Deep Impact", the superior officer of Jack Ryan in "The Sum of All Fears", and a blind artist mentoring Jet Li in "Unleashed". By portraying profiler Alex Cross in "Kiss the Girls" (1997) and "Along Came a Spider" (2001), Freeman further solidified his reputation for playing calm and reflective characters. Through his choice of roles, Morgan Freeman has shown a strong political commitment, advocating for the African-American community. He portrayed Malcolm X on television in "Death of the Prophet" (1981), an abolitionist in "Amistad" (1997), and highlighted the horrors of apartheid in "Bopha!" (1993), his directorial debut. In addition to his roles as a wise elder, Freeman diversified his performances: as a wild criminal in "Nurse Betty" (2000), a colonel with ambiguous ambitions in "Dreamcatcher" (2003), and even portraying God in the comedy "Bruce Almighty". In 2005, at the age of 68, Freeman finally received professional recognition by winning the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role as a one-eyed former boxer in Clint Eastwood's "Million Dollar Baby", a film he starred in. Versatile and popular, Morgan Freeman played Lucius Fox in the lucrative and cult "Batman Begins" (2004), "The Dark Knight" (2008), and "The Dark Knight Rises" (2012). He also appeared in the energetic "Wanted" and lent his experience to novice directors, notably in Ben Affleck's "Gone Baby Gone" (2007). In 2009, he portrayed Nelson Mandela in Clint Eastwood's "Invictus", followed by playing a retired CIA agent who returns to duty in the action comedy "Red". In "Conan" (a remake of the cult film that propelled Arnold Schwarzenegger to superstardom) and "Born to Be Wild 3D", Morgan Freeman served as the narrator, reprising a role similar to his narration in "The Shawshank Redemption" about fifteen years earlier. Preferring blockbusters and often franchise films, Morgan Freeman continued to take on roles in "Oblivion" (2013), "Olympus Has Fallen" (id.), "Now You See Me" (id.), "Lucy" (id.), "Ted 2" (2015), "London Has Fallen" (2016), "Now You See Me 2" (2016), and "Ben-Hur" (id.). Simultaneously, he starred in feature films rooted in reality such as "Magic of Belle Isle" (2012), "Last Vegas" (2013), and "Going in Style" (2016). In 2019, after "Angel Has Fallen", he portrayed himself in "Coming 2 America" and appeared in an episode of "The Kominsky Method", earning a nomination for Best Guest Actor in a Comedy at the Emmy Awards at the age of 83. He also played Ryan Reynolds' father in "Free Guy", an action comedy set in the universe of a video game.

Acting

2005

Batman Begins (2005)

- Lucius Fox