Morgan Freeman (Memphis, Tennessee, June 1, 1937) is an American actor and documentary filmmaker, winner of the Oscar in 2005 for Million Dollar Baby. He has also received other nominations for his performances in The 42nd Street Reporter (1987), Driving Miss Daisy (1989), The Shawshank Redemption (1994), and Invictus (2009). He has also won the Golden Globe and SAG awards, he is nicknamed the American Nelson Mandela because of his artistic resemblance to former South African President Nelson Mandela.
His extensive career includes other box office hits such as Brubaker (1980), Unforgiven (1992), Times of Glory (1989), Se7en (1995), Deep Impact (1998), The Sum of All Fears (2002), Bruce Almighty (2003 ), The Bucket List (2007), Wanted (2008), the Batman trilogy (Batman Begins, 2005; The Dark Knight, 2008 and The Dark Knight Rises, 2012), Lucy (2014) and the comedy Ted 2 (2015) . He is also remembered as the narrator of the television documentary series Through the Wormhole.
Morgan Freeman was born in Memphis, Tennessee, the son of Mayme Edna Revere and Morgan Porterfield Freeman. He spent most of his childhood with his grandmother in Charleston, Mississippi, and later moved with his family to Greenwood, Mississippi, to Gary, Indiana, and finally to Chicago, Illinois. During his stay in Charleston and Greenwood, Freeman attended Threadgill Elementary School, where he performed his first stage play. At age 12, he won a contest and performed on a radio show in Nashville, Tennessee. In 1955, he graduated from Broad Street High School in Chicago, and shortly thereafter turned down a partial scholarship to Jackson State University, Mississippi, opting instead to work as a mechanic for the United States Army Air Force. .
On the night of August 3, 2008, Freeman suffered a car accident in the state of Mississippi and was admitted to a hospital in the city of Memphis with a serious prognosis. He was discharged from the hospital six days later, after having passed through the operating room, where he had to undergo surgery -for the fractures he suffered- and intervened to reconnect the nerves and tissues of the arm and hand injured in the mishap. According to local media, the cause was that the actor fell asleep at the wheel.
Marriages and family
Freeman was married to Jeanette Adair Bradshaw from October 22, 1967, to November 18, 1979, and later married Myrna Colley-Lee on June 16, 1984. The couple separated in December 2007 and divorced on the 15 September 2010. Freeman has four children: Alfonso, Deena, Morgana and Saifoulaye. Freeman and Colley-Lee adopted Freeman's granddaughter from her first marriage, E'dena Hines, and raised her together. On August 16, 2015, Hines, 33, was murdered in New York City.
Freeman resides in Charleston, Mississippi and maintains a home in New York City. He obtained a private pilot's license at age 65 and owns or has owned at least three private planes, including a Cessna Citation 501, a twin-engine Cessna 414 and an Emivest SJ30. When asked if he believed in God, Freeman said, "It's a tough question because, as I said at the beginning, I think we made God up. So if I believe in God, and I do, it's because I believe I'm God." Freeman later said that his experience working on The God Story did not change his views on religion.
Morgan Freeman's first credited character came in 1971 with the feature film Who says I Can't ride a rainbow! In that same year he participated in the educational children's space The Electric Company, broadcast until 1977 by PBS. Among other television series we could see him in The Twilight Zone (1985), revival of the homonymous series of the 60s, as well as in several telefilms and with a secondary role in the drama Brubaker (1980), directed by Stuart Rosenbe