Morgan Freeman Biography

Updated On Feb 21, 2018 Published On May 17, 2017
Facts of Morgan Freeman
Date of Birth: 1937 , June-1
Birth Nation: United States
Height: 6 Feet 2 Inch
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Mayme Edna, Morgan’s mother separated from her alcoholic husband and moved to Tennessee and again back to Mississippi, Greenwood, where his mother settled her family. At the early age of 6, Freeman’s lost his grandmother with whom he spent a major part of his life. As a kid, Freeman often used to visit local Movie Treater and see movies and was deeply inspired by the works of actors like Gary Cooper, Spencer Tracy, and Sidney Poitier.

During his school days in Morgan Junior High School, Freeman was ordered to participate (as a punishment) in the school’s drama competition where he surprised everyone taking top honors in the program. This became his first accomplishment as an actor and a performer. Freeman, later after his high school joined Air Force to become a fighter pilot, however, his love for acting eventually had him quit his studies and follow his dream to become an actor.

Freeman made his television debut with "The Electric company" a children’s TV show which focused on teaching kids how to read.  Later Freeman was cast in the film Street Smart, which placed him on the screen as a pimp Fast Black. The role proved to be the huge success for Freeman and gained him his first Oscar nomination in the category of Best Supporting Actor. Freeman also starred in Edward Zwick’s critically acclaimed Glory, following which he appeared in several other successful movies like The Shawshank Redemption, Seven, Deep Impact, Evan Almighty, and The Dark Knight. In the year 2018, he will appear in an American fantasy film "The Nutcracker and the Four Realms", which is set to be released on November 2, 2018.

Moreover, Morgan has also done the voiceover for 2005 film War of the Worlds and the Academy Award-winning documentary March of the Penguins. Besides, he also did the voiceover for CBS host Walter Cronkite-following his death in one of the episodes of CBS Evenings News where he welcomes a newcomer Katie Couric at the show.

Talking about his married life, Morgan is divorced twice. He got married to Jeanette Adair Bradshaw in 1967 and Myrna Colley-Lee in 1984. None of his relationships worked and ended up to divorce. In 2012 he is said to be married to Katie Nave Freeman. However, it's not clear whether they have tied the knot or not. Morgan Freeman father four children.

Moving on to the economic aspect of the actor, Morgan earns a handsome salary from his career as an actor. As of 2017, he is estimated to have a total net worth around $150 million. The millionaire actor owns a Ground Zero, a blues club in Clarksdale, Missipi and formerly co-owned Madidi, a fine dining restaurant in Clarksdale. Besides this, he owns at least three private aircraft including a Cessna Citation 501 jet and a Cessna 414 twin-engine prop and Emivest SJ30, a long-range private jet.

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Born on Memphis, Tennessee

June 1 , 1937

Respected actor, producer, and narrator Morgan Freeman was born on June 9. 1937 in Memphis, Tennessee. Morgan was the youngest of five children and raised by her maternal grandmother.

Joined Air Force

1955

Morgan Freeman joined the U.S. Air Force. Morgan and some time later realized that he didn’t want to be shooting down other people and left the Air Force and tried his fortunes and moved to Hollywood to see if he could make it as an actor.

Married to Adair

1967

Morgan Married Jeanette Adair Bradshaw after dating couple of years but unfortunately, they split up because of some personal issues. In the same year, he landed a part in an all-African-American Broadway production of Hello, Dolly! Starring Pearl Bailey. He also performed in an off- Broadway production of the Nigger Lovers.

Appeared in The Electric Company

1971

Morgan start appeared regularly on The Electric Company, a public television produced children’s TV show which focused on teaching kids how to read. Television proved to be a grueling and demanding life for Freeman.

Divorced with Jeanette

1979

Actor Freeman saw his marriage had started to fall apart, and he began drinking too much and divorced with her ex-wife Jeanette. That time along with his career life, his personal life was hurting too.

Cast in Film Street Smart

1987

Morgan Freeman’s fortunes changed when he cast in the film Street Smart. The role proved to be a big success and earned Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Again after two years later Freeman, received a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor and a second Oscar nomination.

Morgan's High Career

1990

Actor Morgan Freeman was in his high career, starring in such a big budget films  "The Shawshank Redemption", "Seven" and "Deep Impact."

Won Oscar

2005

Actor Freeman won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in" Clint Eastwood’s Millon" Dollar Baby. Further, he starred in film Batman Begins as Lucius Fox for the blockbuster sequels The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises.

Won “Cecil B. DeMille Award”

2012

Freeman won the “Cecil B. DeMille Award” for, outstanding contribution to the Worlds of Entertainment at the “Golden Globes.” After a year later he also won an Oscar nod for “Best Actor.”

Freeman Executive Producer

2015

African American actor Morgan Freeman played the chief Justice of the United States on the TV show Madam Secretary, he is also an executive producer of that show.

Received National Medal of Arts

2016

Actor Freeman received National Medal of Arts from respected ex-President of United States Barack Obama. At the event, Freeman was being honored for his outstanding work as an actor, director and narrator by ex-President Obama.

Morgan's Net worth

2018

 Actor Morgan Freeman is one of the most hardworking actors In Hollywood with an estimated net worth of $150 million. He is one of the most successful African American actors and directors in the history of entertainment.