113 Facts About Morgan Freeman

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Morgan Freeman was born on June 1, 1937 and is an American actor, director, and narrator.

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Morgan Freeman is known for his distinctive deep voice and various roles in a wide variety of film genres.

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Morgan Freeman studied theatre arts in Los Angeles and appeared in stage productions in his early career.

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Morgan Freeman rose to fame in the 1970s for his role in the children's television series The Electric Company.

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Morgan Freeman then appeared in the Shakespearean plays Coriolanus and Julius Caesar, the former of which earned him an Obie Award.

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Morgan Freeman achieved further stardom in Glory, the biographical drama Lean on Me, and comedy-drama Driving Miss Daisy, the latter of which garnered him his first Academy Award nomination for Best Actor.

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In 1992, Morgan Freeman starred alongside Clint Eastwood in the western revenge film Unforgiven; this would be the first of several collaborations with Eastwood.

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Morgan Freeman starred in David Fincher's crime thriller Se7en, and Steven Spielberg's historical drama Amistad (1997).

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Morgan Freeman won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Clint Eastwood's 2004 sports drama Million Dollar Baby.

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Morgan Freeman is known for his performance as Lucius Fox in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Trilogy.

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Morgan Freeman founded film production company Revelations Entertainment with business partner Lori McCreary.

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Morgan Freeman is the recipient of the Kennedy Center Honor, the AFI Life Achievement Award, the Cecil B DeMille Award, and the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award.

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

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Morgan Freeman is the son of Mamie Edna, a teacher, and Morgan Porterfield Freeman (July 6, 1915 – April 27, 1961), a barber, who died of cirrhosis in 1961.

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Some of Morgan Freeman's great-great-grandparents were slaves who migrated from North Carolina to Mississippi.

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

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

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

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

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Morgan Freeman graduated high school in 1955, but turned down a partial drama scholarship from Jackson State University, opting instead to enlist in the United States Air Force.

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Morgan Freeman served as an Automatic Tracking Radar repairman, rising to the rank of airman first class.

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Morgan Freeman studied theatre arts at Los Angeles City College, where a teacher encouraged him to embark on a dance career.

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Morgan Freeman worked as a dancer at the 1964 World's Fair and was a member of the Opera Ring musical theatre group in San Francisco.

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Morgan Freeman acted in a touring company version of The Royal Hunt of the Sun, and appeared as an extra in Sidney Lumet's 1965 drama film The Pawnbroker starring Rod Steiger.

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Television producer Joan Ganz Cooney said that Morgan Freeman loathed appearing in The Electric Company, saying "it was a very unhappy period in his life.

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Morgan Freeman continued to work in theatre, and a year later, appeared in the Shakespearean tragedies Coriolanus, receiving the Obie Award in 1980 for the title role, and Julius Caesar.

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Morgan Freeman next appeared in the television film, Attica, which is about the 1971 Attica Prison riot and its aftermath.

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From 1982 to 1984, Morgan Freeman was a cast member of the soap opera Another World, playing architect Roy Bingham.

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Morgan Freeman's performance was praised by film critics, including Roger Ebert who wrote, "Morgan Freeman has the flashier role, as a smart, very tough man who can be charming or intimidating - whatever's needed.

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Morgan Freeman later said he considered Street Smart to be his breakthrough role.

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Morgan Freeman received Obie Awards for his roles as a preacher in the musical The Gospel at Colonus, and as Hoke Colburn in the play Driving Miss Daisy, respectively.

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In 1990, Morgan Freeman provided the voice of Frederick Douglass in The Civil War, a television miniseries about the American Civil War.

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The film was a commercial success, but garnered mixed reviews from critics; The New York Times Vincent Canby thought Morgan Freeman played Azeem with "wit and humor" despite the "muddled" plot.

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Morgan Freeman narrated The True Story of Glory Continues, a documentary about the 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment.

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Hal Hinson of The Washington Post wrote, "Morgan Freeman lays out the father-son dynamics with great skill and very little fuss.

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In 1994, Morgan Freeman portrayed Red, the redeemed convict in Frank Darabont's acclaimed drama The Shawshank Redemption with co-star Tim Robbins.

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Morgan Freeman was cast at the suggestion of producer Liz Glotzer, despite the novella's character of a white Irishman.

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In 1994, Morgan Freeman served as a member of the jury at the 44th Berlin International Film Festival.

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Morgan Freeman played General Billy Ford, a doctor dealing with an outbreak of a fictional virus in a small town.

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In 1995, Morgan Freeman starred with Brad Pitt in David Fincher's crime thriller Seven, the story of two detectives who attempt to identify a serial killer who bases his murders on the Christian seven deadly sins.

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Morgan Freeman's performance generated a positive response; Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly wrote "Morgan Freeman plays nearly every scene in a doleful hush; he makes you lean in to hear his words, to ferret out the hints of anger and regret that haunt this weary knight.

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Year later, Morgan Freeman appeared in Chain Reaction as Paul Shannon, a science fiction thriller co-starring Keanu Reeves and Rachel Weisz.

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The film received a mixed reception; Greg Evans from Variety magazine said Morgan Freeman gave a "sweet" performance, while The New York Times critic thought he was miscast.

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Morgan Freeman explained to her that he wanted to achieve representation on screen, explore challenging issues and reveal hidden truths, so they chose to name their firm Revelations Entertainment.

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In 1997, Morgan Freeman narrated the Academy Award-winning documentary The Long Way Home, about Jewish refugees' liberation after World War II and the establishment of Israel.

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Morgan Freeman appeared in Steven Spielberg's historical epic Amistad alongside Djimon Hounsou, Anthony Hopkins, and Matthew McConaughey.

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Morgan Freeman went on to star in Deep Impact, a science fiction disaster film in which he played President Tim Beck.

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Morgan Freeman returned to the screen in 2000 with the lead role of Charlie in the comedy Nurse Betty, featuring Renee Zellweger, Chris Rock, and Greg Kinnear.

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The film had been "carting round" for twelve years before Morgan Freeman was able to produce it under Revelations Entertainment.

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Morgan Freeman co-starred with Gene Hackman; "Working with Gene was wonderful.

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In 2001, Morgan Freeman reprised his role of Alex Cross in Along Came a Spider, a sequel to 1997's Kiss the Girls.

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In 2002, Morgan Freeman was cast opposite Ben Affleck in the spy thriller The Sum of All Fears.

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In 2003, Morgan Freeman appeared as God in the hit comedy Bruce Almighty with Jim Carrey and Jennifer Aniston.

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Also in 2003, Morgan Freeman starred in two other dramas that were not widely seen, Levity and Guilty by Association.

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Morgan Freeman was nominated for a Golden Globe Award in the same category.

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Morgan Freeman appeared in Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins, the first installment in what would become The Dark Knight Trilogy, as the fictional Lucius Fox.

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Morgan Freeman starred in 2006's The Contract, as assassin Frank Carden opposite John Cusack.

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Morgan Freeman next appeared in Lucky Number Slevin, a crime thriller directed by Paul McGuigan.

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In 2007, Morgan Freeman reprised his role as God in Evan Almighty, a sequel to 2003's Bruce Almighty, with Steve Carell.

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Morgan Freeman had a supporting part in Gone Baby Gone, a mystery thriller that was Ben Affleck's directorial debut.

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In 2008, Freeman was cast in the action-thriller Wanted, a loose adaptation of the comic book miniseries by Mark Millar and J G Jones.

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Principal photography took place in Chicago; co-star rapper Common remarked on the set atmosphere, "Morgan Freeman is a cool guy.

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Morgan Freeman'd be walking around joking and singing and just dancing.

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Morgan Freeman narrated The Love Guru, before appearing in The Dark Knight, the second installment of Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy, in which he reprised his role as Lucius Fox.

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Morgan Freeman returned to Broadway in 2008 after an eighteen-year absence to co-star with Frances McDormand and Peter Gallagher in Clifford Odets' play, The Country Girl, directed by Mike Nichols.

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Morgan Freeman continued to accept roles in a diverse range of genres.

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In 2009, Morgan Freeman starred opposite Antonio Banderas in the heist movie Thick as Thieves.

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For some time, Morgan Freeman expressed a desire to do a film based on Nelson Mandela.

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Morgan Freeman plays CIA mentor Joe, who helps retired fellow agent Frank to uncover some assassins.

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In January 2010, Morgan Freeman replaced Walter Cronkite as the voiceover introduction to the CBS Evening News presented by Katie Couric.

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Morgan Freeman's had heard that he was "really interested in space and the universe, " and the pair agreed to develop the series together.

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In 2011, Morgan Freeman narrated the fantasy Conan the Barbarian and appeared in the family drama Dolphin Tale, as prosthetic specialist Dr McCarthy.

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Morgan Freeman had a lead role in the 2012 drama The Magic of Belle Isle, as an alcoholic novelist trying to write again.

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Lastly in 2012, Morgan Freeman reprised his role as Lucius Fox for the third time in The Dark Knight Rises.

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Morgan Freeman appeared in the action-thriller Olympus Has Fallen, the first installment in what would become the Fallen film series; he portrays Speaker of the House Allan Trumbull.

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Morgan Freeman then starred in the science fiction drama Oblivion, with co-star Tom Cruise, as veteran soldier Malcolm Beech, and appeared in the thriller Now You See Me, as an ex-magician.

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In 2014, Morgan Freeman voiced the character Vitruvius in The Lego Movie, a commercially successful 3D animation.

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Morgan Freeman starred in Transcendence, a science fiction thriller directed by Wally Pfister in his directorial debut, in which Freeman plays scientist Joseph Tagger.

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Morgan Freeman plays Professor Samuel Norman, who helps her research the condition.

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Also that year, Morgan Freeman appeared in the sequel to 2011's Dolphin Tale, Dolphin Tale 2, and 5 Flights Up, a comedy-drama.

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Morgan Freeman portrays Patrick Meighan, a highly respected civil rights attorney.

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Morgan Freeman played Chief Justice Frawley of the United States Supreme Court in a recurring role in Madam Secretary.

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Morgan Freeman directed the first episode; of his directing style, McCreary remarked, "What's riveting is that he can achieve a complete tonal change in performance with the least amount of direction.

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Morgan Freeman expressed interest in playing Sheik Ilderim, a wealthy Nubian sheik, stating "This character has quite a bit of power in the story.

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In 2017, Morgan Freeman appeared in two comedies: Going in Style and Just Getting Started.

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Just Getting Started, in which Morgan Freeman starred with Tommy Lee Jones and Rene Russo, was critically panned by reviewers.

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In 2018, Morgan Freeman narrated Alpha, a historical drama set in the last ice age.

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In 2019, Morgan Freeman starred opposite John Travolta in The Poison Rose, an adaptation of the novel by Richard Salvatore.

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Morgan Freeman next appeared alongside an ensemble cast in George Gallo's crime comedy The Comeback Trail and in Coming 2 America (2021), a sequel to the 1988 film.

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In 2004, Morgan Freeman helped form the Grenada Relief Fund to aid people affected by Hurricane Ivan on the island of Grenada.

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Morgan Freeman has donated to the Mississippi Horse Park in Starkville, Mississippi, part of Mississippi State University and Morgan Freeman has several horses that he takes there.

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

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Morgan Freeman provided the voice of the narrator for Disney World's The Hall of Presidents when Obama was added to the exhibit, and when The Hall of Presidents re-opened on July 4, 2009, at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.

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

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On September 19, 2017, Morgan Freeman appeared in a video by the Committee to Investigate Russia group, in which he declared "we [United States] are at war" and accusing Russia of "launching cyber attacks and spreading false information".

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Morgan Freeman owns and operates Ground Zero, a blues club in Clarksdale, Mississippi, and is the former co-owner of Madidi, a fine dining restaurant in the same city.

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Morgan Freeman was married to Jeanette Adair Bradshaw from October 22, 1967, until November 18, 1979, and subsequently married Myrna Colley-Lee on June 16, 1984.

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Morgan Freeman earned a private pilot's license at age 65 and owns or has owned at least three private aircraft, including both a Cessna Citation 501 and Cessna 414, and an Emivest SJ30.

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Morgan Freeman was conscious after the crash and joked with a photographer at the scene.

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Morgan Freeman was taken via helicopter to The Regional Medical Center hospital in Memphis.

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Morgan Freeman's publicist announced he was expected to make a full recovery.

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In December 2010, Freeman joined President Bill Clinton, President of the United States Soccer Federation Sunil Gulati, and soccer player Landon Donovan in Zurich for a presentation to bid for the U S hosting rights for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

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On May 24, 2018, CNN published an investigation in which eight women accused Morgan Freeman of being "overly flirtatious" by "making inappropriate comments" while on the set of films or at his production company.

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Morgan Freeman said that his voice developed in this way while taking speech classes in college; he found that most people speak in a voice either too fast or too high and he developed a commanding voice by speaking in a lower octave and enunciating each word.

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Morgan Freeman has said he is interested in playing character roles, and values the importance of listening carefully while filming scenes: "The big danger in acting is to wait for your line.

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On October 28, 2006, Morgan Freeman was honored at the first Mississippi's Best Awards in Jackson, Mississippi with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in film and theatre.

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Morgan Freeman received an honorary Doctor of Arts and Letters degree from Delta State University during the school's commencement exercises on May 13, 2006.

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In 2008, Freeman was chosen as a Kennedy Center Honoree at the John F Kennedy Center in Washington D C In 2011, he received the AFI Life Achievement Award in recognition of his contribution to the film industry.

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Those who honored Freeman included Sidney Poitier, Samuel L Jackson, Forest Whitaker, Rita Moreno, Helen Mirren, Clint Eastwood, Cuba Gooding Jr.

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Prolific in film since 1964, Morgan Freeman's most acclaimed and highest-grossing films, according to the online portal Box Office Mojo and the review aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes, include:.

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Morgan Freeman has been recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the following performances:.

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Morgan Freeman has been nominated for five Golden Globe Awards, winning one for Best Actor in Driving Miss Daisy.

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Morgan Freeman has been nominated for three Screen Actors Guild Awards, winning one for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role in Million Dollar Baby.

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