GOING IN STYLE
MORGAN FREEMAN (Willie Davis) is an Academy Award-winning actor
and one of the most recognizable figures in American cinema. His works are among
the most critically and commercially successful films of all time. Freeman ranks
second among worldwide top-grossing actors of all time, with his films having
earned over $4 billion in cumulative ticket sales. Whether a role requires an
air of gravitas, a playful smile, twinkle of the eye, or a world-weary yet
insightful soul, Freeman's ability to delve to the core of a character and
infuse it with a quiet dignity has resulted in some of the most memorable
cinematic characters committed to film.
In 2005, Freeman won the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for his role in
"Million Dollar Baby." Freeman also received an Academy Award nomination in 1987
for Best Supporting Actor for "Street Smart"; in 1989 for Best Actor in "Driving
Miss Daisy"; in 1994 for Best Actor for "The Shawshank Redemption"; and again in
2010 for Best Actor for "Invictus." He also won the Best Actor Golden Globe for
his performance in "Driving Miss Daisy."
Freeman was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 2011 Golden Globe
Awards. That same year, he received the 39th AFI Lifetime Achievement Award. In
2000, Freeman received the coveted Kennedy Center Honor for his distinguished
acting, and was honored with the Hollywood Actor Award from the Hollywood Film
In 2010, Freeman won the National Board of Review Award for Best Actor for his
performance as Nelson Mandela in "Invictus," in addition to his Oscar
nomination. He also received a Golden Globe nomination and a Broadcast Critics
Association nomination. The picture was produced by Revelations Entertainment,
the company he co-founded in 1996 with Lori McCreary, with a mission to produce
films that reveal truth. Since its inception, Revelations has continued to be
the frontrunner in the field of digital technology.
Revelations' features include "5 Flights Up," starring Freeman, as well as "The
Code," "The Magic of Belle Isle," "Levity," "Under Suspicion," "Mutiny," "Bopha!",
"Along Came a Spider," "Feast of Love," "10 Items or Less," "Maiden Heist," and
the Peabody Award-winning ESPN 30 For 30 documentary "The 16th Man."
Freeman is an executive producer with McCreary on the Revelations Entertainment
series "Madam Secretary" for CBS, starring Tea Leoni, which debuted in September
2014 and is currently in its third season. Additionally, Freeman hosts and is an
executive producer for the Revelations Entertainment, three-time Emmy nominated
series "Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman," which recently completed its
seventh season for the Science Channel. Also through Revelations, he hosted the
Emmy nominated event series "The Story of God with Morgan Freeman" on the
National Geographic Channel, which recently completed its second season.
Most recently, Freeman starred in "Ben-Hur," "Now You See Me 2," "London Has
Fallen," "Ted 2," "Last Knights," "Lucy," "Dolphin Tale 2," "Transcendence,"
"The LEGO Movie," "Last Vegas," "Now You See Me," "Oblivion," "Olympus Has
Fallen" and "The Dark Knight Rises."
Also recently, Freeman narrated the documentary "The C-Word," the IMAX
documentary "Island of Lemurs: Madagascar," Science Channel's "Stem Cell
Universe with Stephen Hawking," and the history documentary "We the People." His
past narrations include two Academy Award-winning documentaries: "The Long Way
Home" and "The March of The Penguins."
Freeman's other credits include "Dolphin Tale," "Born to be Wild 3D," "The Dark
Knight," "The Bucket List," "Glory," "Clean and Sober," "Lean on Me," "Robin
Hood: Prince of Thieves," "Unforgiven," "Se7en," "Kiss the Girls," "Amistad,"
"Deep Impact," "Nurse Betty," "The Sum of All Fears," "Bruce Almighty," "Nurse
Betty," "Coriolanus," "Attica," "Brubaker," "Eyewitness," "Death of a Prophet,"
and "Along Came a Spider."
After beginning his acting career on the off-Broadway stage productions of "The
Niggerlovers" and the all African-American production of "Hello Dolly," Freeman
segued into television. Many people grew up watching him on the long-running
Children's Television Workshop classic "The Electric Company," as the ironic
Easy Reader, among several recurring characters. Looking for his next challenge,
he set his sights on both Broadway and the silver screen simultaneously and
quickly began to fill his resume with memorable performances.
In 1978, Freeman won a Drama Desk Award for his role as Zeke in "The Mighty
Gents." He also received a Tony Nomination for Best Performance by a Featured
Actor. His stage work continued to earn accolades and awards, including Obie
Awards in 1980, 1984 and 1987, and a second Drama Desk Nomination in 1987 for
the role of Hoke Colburn, which he created for the Alfred Uhry play "Driving
Miss Daisy," and reprised in the 1989 movie of the same name.
In his spare time, Freeman loves the freedom of both sea and sky; he is a
long-time sailor and has earned a private pilot's license. He also has a love
for the blues and seeks to keep it in the forefront through his Ground Zero club
in Clarksville, Mississippi, the birthplace of the blues. In 1973, he co-founded
the Frank Silvera Writers' Workshop, now in its 37th season. The workshop seeks
to serve successful playwrights of the new millennium. He is a member of the
Board of Directors of Earth Biofuels, a company whose mission is to promote the
use of clean-burning fuels. He also supports Artists for a New South Africa and
the Campaign for Female Education.
Freeman has been named on the Forbes "Most Trustworthy Celebrities" list each of
the five times it has been published since 2006.
He will next be seen in "Villa Capri" and "The Nutcracker and the Four Realms."
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