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Academy Award-winning actor MORGAN FREEMAN (Duke) is 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
gravitas, a playful smile, twinkle of the eye or a world-weary, yet insightful
Freeman's ability to delve into the core of a character and infuse it with a
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 1994 for Best
Actor for The Shawshank Redemption and in 2010 for Best Actor for Invictus. He
also won the Golden Globe for Best Actor for his performance in Driving Miss
Daisy in 1990.
Freeman was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 2011
Golden Globe Awards. That same year, Freeman received the 39th AFI Lifetime
Achievement Award. In 2000, Freeman received the coveted Kennedy Center
Honors for his distinguished acting, and was honored with the Hollywood Actor
Award from the Hollywood Film Festival.
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 Academy
Award nomination for Best Actor, 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
Revelations has continued to be the frontrunner in the field of digital
Revelations' features include 5 Flights Up (starring Freeman), Invictus, The
The Magic of Belle Isle, Levity, Under Suspicion, Mutiny, Bopha!, Along Came a
Feast of Love, 10 Items or Less, The 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 will air its fourth season starting in October,
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 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 completed its second season. Through Revelations, he will next host "The
Story of Us," also on the National Geographic Channel.
Upcoming films include Disney's The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. Most
recently, Freeman starred in Warner Bros.' Going in Style, Paramount Pictures'
Ben-Hur, Summit Entertainment's Now You See Me 2, Focus Features' London Has
Fallen, Universal Picture's Ted 2, Last Knights, Lucy, Dolphin Tale 2,
The Lego Movie, Last Vegas, Now You See Me, Oblivion, Olympus Has Fallen and The
Dark Knight Rises.
Freeman recently narrated the documentary The C Word, IMAX
documentary Island of Lemurs: Madagascar, Science Channel's "Stem Cell
Universe with Stephen Hawking" and history documentary "We the People."
Past narrations include two Academy Award-winning documentaries, The Long
Way Home and March of the Penguins.
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
Fears, Bruce Almighty, Coriolanus, Attica, Brubaker, Eyewitness, Death of a
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,"
where he played the ironic Easy Reader, among several recurring characters.
Looking for his next challenge, he set his sights on both Broadway and the
screen simultaneously and quickly began to fill his resume with memorable
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
His stage work continued to earn him 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
longtime sailor and has earned a private pilot's license. He also has a love for
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
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.
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