Born on June 1, 1937, Morgan Freeman is an American actor and producer. His strong baritone voice and versatility as an actor have made him a household name. His career spans five decades, and he has won multiple awards over that time, including an Oscar, a SAG Award, and a Golden Globe.
Freeman has also been honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award, the AFI Life Achievement Award, the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award, and the Kennedy Center Honor.
Morgan Freeman Net Worth
Morgan Freeman is an American actor, film director and narrator who has a net worth of $250 million USD. For almost twenty years, he has been among the most popular and sought-after performers in the industry. If Morgan hadn’t had to pay his ex-wife an estimated $100 million to $200 million in a divorce settlement in 2010, his current net worth would be significantly greater.
Morgan Freeman Earlier Years
Morgan Freeman was born to Mayme Edna and Morgan Porterfield Freeman on June 1, 1937, in Memphis, Tennessee. He is the last born of five siblings. Shortly after he was born, his parents traveled to Chicago to find work, while Morgan lived with his maternal grandmother in Charleston, Mississippi.
After his grandmother passed away when he was just six, he and his mother (who had by then separated from his father) relocated to Chicago. They ultimately settled back in the Volunteer State. Freeman acquired the acting bug when he was just nine years old and he played the lead role in a school play. After finishing high school in 1955, he enlisted in the United States Air Force.
Once he moved to Los Angeles following his service in the military, he started taking acting training at the Pasadena Playhouse. Morgan got a job as a clerk at Los Angeles City College to help pay the bills. Simultaneously, he commuted back and forth between New York City and San Francisco for his dance and music theater jobs.
Morgan Freeman Career
In the mid-1960s, Freeman first performed in an off-Broadway production of a play titled The Niggerlovers and then with Pearl Bailey in an all-African-American Broadway production of Hello, Dolly! in 1968.
His first cinematic appearance was in Who Says I Can’t Ride a Rainbow! In 1971. He first gained widespread recognition in the United States through his role on the daytime serial opera Another World and later through his guest spots on the PBS kids’ show The Electric Company. He maintained his theater practice and, in 1980, got the Obie Award for his starring role in Coriolanus.
Freeman’s career took off in the late ’80s and early ’90s when he started appearing in major parts in blockbuster movies. In 1987, he was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Supporting Actor for his performance as Fast Black in the film Street Smart. His breakthrough came in 1994 when he was cast as Red in the critically acclaimed film, The Shawshank Redemption.
After Seven, he starred in more blockbusters like Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Deep Impact, and Unforgiven. 2005 was a momentous year for Freeman. At the 77th Academy Awards, Morgan took home the trophy for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Clint Eastwood’s Million Dollar Baby.
He was cast as the titular deity in the 2005 hit film Bruce Almighty and its 2007 follow-up, Evan Almighty. He also made an appearance in the 2005 installment of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy, Batman Begins. He returned for both sequels in the role.
After starring in The Bucket List in 2007, Morgan Freeman made a triumphant return to the stage by appearing in The Country Girl alongside Peter Gallagher and Frances McDormand. His performance as Nelson Mandela in Invictus, directed by Clint Eastwood and starring him, garnered him a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Actor in 2009.
In 2013, he appeared in Olympus has Fallen (and in 2016, the sequel London has Fallen) and Oblivion. The Poison Rose (2019), in which he co-stars with John Travolta, Angel Has Fallen (2019), the third film in the Has Fallen series, the criminal comedy The Comeback Trail (2020), and Coming 2 America (2021) are among more recent works.
Freeman and Ghanim Al-Muftah performed at the 2022 FIFA World Cup opening ceremony on November 20 in Qatar.
Morgan Freeman Other Work
In 1993, Morgan made his debut as a director with Paramount Pictures’ “Bopha!”. Only three episodes of Madam Secretary were his previous directing project. Morgan is regularly chosen for narration work because to his unique, powerful voice. He provided his voice for the Lego Movie in 2014 after narrating War of the Worlds and the documentary March of the Penguins in 2005.
He took over the opening of the CBS Evening News from Walter Cronkite in 2010. In addition, he presents and narrates the Discovery Channel episode “Through the Wormhole,” which deals with physics. Up until 2018, Freeman was the voice of numerous well-known Visa ads. In 2022, he made his narration debut on “Our Universe,” a Netflix nature documentary series.
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