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Rufai Oladimeji
Lagos State University
100Level, Nigeria.
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Morgan Freeman (born June 1, 1937)
is an American actor, film director, narrator
and philanthropist. Freeman won an
Academy Award in 2005 for Best Supporting
Actor with Million Dollar Baby (2004), and
he has received Oscar nominations for his
performances in Street Smart (1987),
Driving Miss Daisy (1989), The Shawshank
Redemption (1994), and Invictus (2009). He
has also won a Golden Globe Award and a
Screen Actors Guild Award .

Born June 1, 1937 (age 81) Memphis, Tennessee , U.S.

Occupation Actor, film director, film narrator, philanthropist

Years active 1964–present

Spouse(s) Jeanette Adair Bradshaw
(m. 1967; div. 1979)

Myrna Colley-Lee
(m. 1984; div. 2010)

Children 4, including Alfonso

Military career:

Allegiance United States of America

Service/branch United States Air

Years of service 1955–unknown

Freeman has appeared in many other box
office hits, including Glory (1989), Robin
Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991), Seven
(1995), Deep Impact (1998), The Sum of All
Fears (2002), Bruce Almighty (2003), The
Dark Knight Trilogy (2005–2012), Wanted
(2008), RED (2010), Now You See Me
(2013), The Lego Movie (2014), and Lucy
(2014). He rose to fame as part of the cast
of the 1970s children's program The
Electric Company. Noted for his deep
voice, Freeman has served as a narrator,
commentator, and voice actor for numerous
programs, series and television shows.

is ranked as the fifth-highest box office
star[ when?] with $4.31 billion in total box
office grosses, an average of $74.4 million
per film.

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Rufai Oladimeji
Lagos State University
100Level, Nigeria.
Early life and education

Morgan Freeman was born on June 1, 1937
in Memphis, Tennessee. He is the son of
Mayme Edna (née Revere; 1912–2000), a
teacher, and Morgan Porterfield
Freeman, a barber, who died on April 27,
1961. He has three older siblings. According
to a DNA analysis, some of his ancestors
were from Niger. In 2008, a DNA test
suggested that among all of his African
ancestors, a little over one-quarter came
from the area that stretches from present-
day Senegal to Liberia and three-quarters
came from the Congo -Angola region.

Freeman was sent as an infant to his
paternal grandmother in Charleston,
Mississippi. He moved
frequently during his childhood, living in
Greenwood, Mississippi ; Gary, Indiana; and
finally Chicago, Illinois. [12] When Freeman
was 16 years old, he almost died of
pneumonia .

Freeman made his acting debut at age nine,
playing the lead role in a school play. He
then attended Broad Street High School , a
building which serves today as Threadgill
Elementary School, in Greenwood,
Mississippi. 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 . 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 and served as an
Automatic Tracking Radar Repairman, rising
to the rank of Airman 1st Class .

After four years in the military, he moved
to Los Angeles, California , 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.

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Rufai Oladimeji
Lagos State University
100Level, Nigeria.

Acting Career

During the early 1960s, Freeman worked as
a dancer at the 1964 World's Fair and was a
member of the Opera Ring musical theater
group in San Francisco. He 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 . Freeman
made his off-Broadway debut in 1967,
opposite Viveca Lindfors in The Nigger
Lovers (about the Freedom Riders
during the American Civil Rights Movement),
before debuting on Broadway in 1968's all-
black version of Hello, Dolly! which also
starred Pearl Bailey and Cab Calloway.

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[12] (notably as
Easy Reader, Mel Mounds the DJ, and
Vincent the Vegetable Vampire [clip] ).
Joan Ganz Cooney claims that Freeman
hated doing The Electric Company , saying "it
was a very unhappy period in his life."

Freeman himself admitted in an interview
that he never thinks about his tenure with
the show, but he acknowledged that,
contrary to Cooney’s claims, he was glad to
have been a part of it. [20] Since then,
Freeman has considered his Street Smart
(1987) character Fast Black, rather than any
of the characters he played in The Electric
Company, to be his breakthrough role.

Freeman continued to be involved in theater
work and received the Obie Award in 1980
for the title role in Coriolanus. In 1984, he
received his second Obie Award for his role
as the preacher in The Gospel at Colonus .

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

Beginning in the mid-1980s, Freeman began
playing prominent supporting roles in
feature films, earning him a reputation for
depicting wise, fatherly characters.[12] 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). [12] In
1994, he portrayed Red, the redeemed
convict in the acclaimed The Shawshank
Redemption . In the same year he was a
member of the jury at the 44th Berlin
International Film Festival.

He also starred in such films as Robin Hood:
Prince of Thieves, Unforgiven, Seven, and
Deep Impact. 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. 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.

After three previous nominations – a Best
Supporting Actor nomination for Street
Smart , and Best 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. Freeman is
recognized for his distinctive voice, making
him a frequent choice for narration. In
2005 alone, he provided narration for two
films, War of the Worlds and the Academy
Award -winning documentary film March of
the Penguins .

Freeman appeared as God in the hit film
Bruce Almighty and its sequel, Evan
Almighty. He appeared in Christopher
Nolan 's Dark Knight Trilogy – Batman
Begins (2005) and its sequels, The Dark
Knight (2008) and The Dark Knight Rises
(2012) – as Lucius Fox. He starred in Rob
Reiner 's 2007 film The Bucket List, opposite
Jack Nicholson . He 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. In 2008, Freeman
returned to Broadway to co-star with
Frances McDormand and Peter Gallagher for
a limited engagement of Clifford Odets '
play, The Country Girl, directed by Mike
Freeman 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

In 2010, Freeman co-starred alongside
Bruce Willis in Red.[26]
In 2011, Freeman was featured with John
Lithgow in the Broadway debut of Dustin
Lance Black's play, 8 , a staged reenactment
of Perry v. Brown , the federal trial that
overturned California's Proposition 8 ban
on same-sex marriage. Freeman played
Attorney David Boies. [27] The production
was held at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre in
New York City to raise money for the
American Foundation for Equal Rights.

In 2013, Freeman appeared in the action-
thriller Olympus Has Fallen , the science
fiction drama Oblivion , and the comedy
Last Vegas. In 2014, he co-starred in the
action film Lucy . In 2015, Freeman played
the Chief Justice of the United States in the
season two premiere of Madam Secretary
(Freeman is also one of the series' executive

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Lagos State University
100Level, Nigeria.
Other work

Freeman made his directorial debut in 1993
with Bopha! for Paramount Pictures .
In July 2009, Freeman was one of the
presenters at the 46664 Concert celebrating
Nelson Mandela's birthday at Radio City
Music Hall in New York City.

Effective January 4, 2010, Freeman replaced
Walter Cronkite as the voiceover
introduction to the CBS Evening News
featuring Katie Couric as news anchor.

CBS cited the need for consistency in
introductions for regular news broadcasts
and special reports as the basis for the
change. As of 2010, Freeman is the host
and narrator of the Discovery Channel
television show, focused on physics
outreach, Through the Wormhole . He
was featured on the opening track to
B.o.B 's second album Strange Clouds . The
track "Bombs Away" features a prologue
and epilogue (which leads into a musical
outro) spoken by Freeman.

In 2015, Freeman directed "The Show Must
Go On", the season two premiere of Madam
Secretary . In 2017, he hosted The Story of
Us with Morgan Freeman .

Personal life

Freeman and daughter Morgana
Freeman at the 1990 Academy Awards
From his early life, Freeman has two
extramarital children; one of them is
Alfonso Freeman .

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

Freeman married Myrna Colley-Lee on June
16, 1984. The couple separated in
December 2007 and divorced on
September 15, 2010. Freeman and
Colley-Lee adopted Freeman's
stepgranddaughter from his first marriage,
E'dena Hines, and raised her together.

On August 16, 2015, Hines was murdered in
New York City at age 33.

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

A DNA test on the series stated that he is
descended in part from the Songhai and
Tuareg peoples of Niger.


After becoming concerned with the decline
of honeybees, Freeman decided to turn his
124-acre ranch into a sanctuary for them in
July 2014, starting with 26 bee hives.


At age 65, Freeman earned a private pilot's
license . He owns or has owned at least
three private aircraft, including a Cessna
Citation 501 jet and a Cessna 414 twin-
engine prop. In 2007, he purchased an
Emivest SJ30 long-range private jet and
took delivery in December 2009. He is
certified to fly all of them.


Freeman was injured in an automobile
accident near Ruleville, Mississippi, on the
night of August 3, 2008. The vehicle in
which he was traveling, a 1997 Nissan
Maxima , left the highway and flipped over
several times. He and a female passenger,
Demaris Meyer, were rescued from the
vehicle using the " Jaws of Life". Freeman
was taken via medical helicopter to The
Regional Medical Center (The Med) hospital
in Memphis. Police ruled out
alcohol as a factor in the crash.

Freeman was coherent following the crash,
as he joked with a photographer about
taking his picture at the scene. His left
shoulder, arm, and elbow were broken in
the crash, and he had surgery on August 5,
2008. Doctors operated for four hours to
repair nerve damage in his shoulder and
arm. On CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight he
stated that he is left handed but cannot
move the fingers of his left hand. He wears
a compression glove to protect against
blood pooling due to non-movement. His
publicist announced he was expected to
make a full recovery. Meyer, his
passenger, sued him for negligence,
claiming that he was drinking the night of
the accident. Subsequently, the suit was
settled for an undisclosed amount.


Freeman lives in Charleston, Mississippi, and
New York City. He owns and operates
Ground Zero , a blues club in Clarksdale,
Mississippi. He formerly co-owned Madidi,
a fine dining restaurant, also in

Religious views

In a 2012 interview with TheWrap, Freeman
was asked if he considered himself atheist
or agnostic . He replied, "It's a hard
question because as I said at the start, I
think we invented God. So if I believe in
God, and I do, it's because I think I'm
God." Freeman later said that his
experience working on The Story of God
with Morgan Freeman did not change his
views on religion.

Sexual harassment allegations

On May 24, 2018, CNN reported the results
of an investigation during which eight
women accused Freeman of sexually
harassing them, and eight other people said
they witnessed his inappropriate behavior
on the set of movies, while promoting his
movies, or at his production company.

After the CNN story broke, Freeman issued
an apology, stating "Anyone who knows me
or has worked with me knows I am not
someone who would intentionally offend or
knowingly make anyone feel uneasy. I
apologize to anyone who felt uncomfortable
or disrespected—that was never my
intent." CNN also made several
requests to the spokesperson for Lori
McCreary, Freeman's business partner, but
no comment was given. As a result of
the sexual harassment allegations, the
Screen Actors Guild (SAG) reviewed what
action, if any, to take against Freeman, as
Freeman was recognized with a lifetime
achievement award by SAG. In
September 2018, SAG confirmed that
Freeman could retain his award.

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Charitable work

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. Freeman has worked on
narrating small clips for global
organizations, such as One Earth,[60] whose
goals include raising awareness of
environmental issues. He has narrated the
clip "Why Are We Here”, which can be
viewed on One Earth's website. Freeman has
donated money to the Mississippi Horse
Park in Starkville, Mississippi. The park is
part of Mississippi State University and
Freeman has several horses that he takes

Comments on racism

In 2005, Freeman criticized the celebration
of Black History Month , saying, "I don't
want a black history month. Black history is
American history."

He opined that the
only way to end racism is to stop talking
about it, and he noted that there is no
"white history month."

Freeman once
said in an interview with 60 Minutes 's Mike
Wallace , "I am going to stop calling you a
white man and I'm going to ask you to stop
calling me a black man."

supported the defeated proposal to change
the Mississippi state flag, which contains
the Confederate battle flag.

sparked controversy in 2011 when, on
CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight, he accused the
Tea Party movement of racism.

In reaction to the death of Freddie Gray and
the 2015 Baltimore protests , Freeman said
he was "absolutely" supportive of the
protesters. "That unrest [in Baltimore] has
nothing to do with terrorism at all, except
the terrorism we suffer from the police. [...]

Because of the technology—everybody has
a smartphone—now we can see what the
police are doing. We can show the world,
Look, this is what happened in that
situation. So why are so many people dying
in police custody? And why are they all
black? And why are all the police killing
them white? What is that? The police have
always said, 'I feared for my safety.' Well,
now we know. OK. You feared for your
safety while a guy was running away from
you, right?"


Freeman endorsed Barack Obama's
candidacy for the 2008 presidential
election , although he stated that he would
not join Obama's campaign. [70] He narrated
for The Hall of Presidents with Obama,
when he was added to the exhibit.

The Hall of Presidents re-opened on July 4,
2009, at Walt Disney World Resort in
Orlando, Florida. Freeman joined
President Bill Clinton, USA Bid Committee
Chairman Sunil Gulati , and USMNT
midfielder Landon Donovan on December 1,
2010, in Zurich for the U.S. bid
committee's final presentation to FIFA for
the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

On day four
of the 2016 Democratic National
Convention , Morgan Freeman provided the
voiceover for the video introduction of
Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary

On September 19, 2017, Freeman featured
in a video by the Committee to Investigate
Russia group. In the video, Freeman
declared "we are at war" with Russia .

April 2018, Freeman met with Saudi
Arabia 's Crown Prince Mohammad bin

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Lagos State University
100Level, Nigeria.

Brubaker (1980)

Marie (1985)

That Was Then... This Is Now (1985)

Street Smart (1987)

Glory (1989)

Driving Miss Daisy (1989)

Lean on Me (1989)

Johnny Handsome (1989)

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)

Unforgiven (1992)

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

Outbreak (1995)

Seven (1995)

Chain Reaction (1996)

Moll Flanders (1996)

Amistad (1997)

Kiss the Girls (1997)

Deep Impact (1998)

Nurse Betty (2000)

Along Came a Spider (2001)

The Sum of All Fears (2002)

High Crimes (2002)

Bruce Almighty (2003)

Million Dollar Baby (2004)

Unleashed (2005)

An Unfinished Life (2005)

Batman Begins (2005)

Lucky Number Slevin (2006)

10 Items or Less (2006)

Evan Almighty (2007)

Gone, Baby, Gone (2007)

The Bucket List (2007)

Feast of Love (2007)

Wanted (2008)

The Dark Knight (2008)

Invictus (2009)

RED (2010)

Dolphin Tale (2011)

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

The Magic of Belle Isle (2012)

Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

Oblivion (2013)

Now You See Me (2013)

Last Vegas (2013)

The Lego Movie (2014)

Transcendence (2014)

Lucy (2014)

Dolphin Tale 2 (2014)

5 Flights Up (2014)

Momentum (2015)

Ted 2 (2015)

London Has Fallen (2016)

Now You See Me 2 (2016)

Going In Style (2017)

Just Getting Started (2017)

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018)

Angel Has Fallen (2019)

Awards and Honours

Morgan Freeman has been nominated for an
Academy Award and the Golden Globe
Award five different times, each time for
the same film for each award. He won the
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
on Million Dollar Baby , and the Golden
Globe for Best Actor with Driving Miss
Daisy. Likewise, he has four Screen Actors
Guild Award (SAG) nominations, and one win
for Million Dollar Baby .

On October 28, 2006, Freeman was
honored at the first Mississippi's Best
Awards in Jackson, Mississippi, with the
Lifetime Achievement Award for his works
on and off the big screen. He received an
honorary degree of Doctor of Arts and
Letters from Delta State University during
the school's commencement exercises on
May 13, 2006. In 2013, Boston
University presented him with an honorary
degree of Doctor of Humane Letters .

November 12, 2014, he was bestowed the
honor of Freedom of the City by the City of

In August 2017, he was named the 54th
recipient of the SAG Life Achievement award
for career achievement and humanitarian


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