Morgan Freeman (born 1.6.1937) Morgan Freeman is an American actor and film director.
Morgan Freeman: Childhood & Early Career: Morgan Freeman was born in Memphis, Tennessee, to Mayme Edna Freeman and Morgan Porterfield Freeman Sr. His father was a barber and died of cirrhosis of the liver in 1961. When his father died, Morgan Jr. was sent to live with his grandmother in Charleston, Mississippi.
Whilst in Mississippi, Morgan attended the Greenwood High School and at the age of 12, he won a drama competition. He also appeared in a radio show that was based in Nashville, Tennessee. In 1955, Freeman turned down a drama scholarship to Jackson State University to work as a mechanic in the US Air Force.
In the 1960s, Freeman lived in Los Angeles, working as a transcript clerk, before moving to New York City, where he performed as a dancer at the 1964 World's Fair. His acting ventures during this time include being a member of a touring company performing in The Royal Hunt of the Sun and his Broadway debut in an African-American production of Hello Dolly!
Acting Career: Freeman first came to the public eye in the soap opera Another World and the children's show The Electric Company. He then made his film debut in 1971's Who Says I Can't Ride A Rainbow?
In the 1980s, Morgan Freeman landed a number of significant supporting film roles. He played the chauffeur named Hoke in Driving Miss Daisy, as well as Sergeant Major Rawlins in Glory, released the same year. He then went on to play Red, a transformed convict, alongside Tim Robbins in The Shawshank Redemption.
The 1990s were a lucrative time for Morgan Freeman, as he featured in a number of the decade's biggest movies, such as Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, with Kevin Costner, Seven, with Brad Pitt and Deep Impact with Elijah Wood and Robert Duvall.
At the 77th Academy Awards, Morgan Freeman won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, for his role in Million Dollar Baby, in which he starred alongside Hilary Swank.
Freeman has played God twice, in the popular comedy Bruce Almighty and its follow-up Evan Almighty. He also played Lucius Fox in both Christopher Nolan Batman films, Batman Begins and The Dark Knight.
In 2007, Freeman starred alongside Jack Nicholson in The Bucket List. In 2008, he returned to the stage, starring alongside Frances McDormand and Peter Gallagher in the Broadway production of The Country Girl.
Morgan Freeman has also provided narration for a number of film projects, such as the award-winning documentary March of the Penguins and War of the Worlds.
Personal Life: Between 1967 and 1979, Morgan freeman was married to Jeanette Adair Bradshaw. His second marriage, to Myrna Colley-Lee, lasted from 1984 to 2007.
Morgan has two sons, Alfonso and Saifoulaye, from previous relationships and also adopted Jeanette's daughter, Deena as well as the couple having a daughter together, named Morgana.
Morgan Freeman currently divides his time between New York City and Charleston Mississippi. In nearby Clarksdale, Freeman owns a blues club named Ground Zero. He also co-owns a fine-dining restaurant named Madidi.
Morgan Freeman publicly endorsed Barack Obama's successful campaign for the US presidency in 2008.
In August 2008, Morgan Freeman was injured in a car accident in Mississippi. His Nissan Maxima flipped over a number of times and he and his passenger had to be rescued from the vehicle. He had broken his shoulder, elbow and arm.
Morgan Freeman - 43rd Chaplin Award Gala Honoring Morgan Freeman held at Film Society of Lincoln Center - Arrivals at Alice Tully Hall Lincoln Center - New York City, New York, United States - Monday 25th April 2016
Morgan Freeman has signed on to help Britain's Prince Harry launch his Invictus Games in the U.S. next month (May16).
The young royal launched the multi-sport event for wounded and sick army personnel and veterans in London in 2014, and he is now president of the organising committee in charge of scheduling future games.
The second edition of the event is set to take place in Orlando, Florida from 8 to 12 May (16), and now the prince will have an Oscar winner on hand to kick off the festivities at the opening ceremony.
A statement released by Freeman reads: "The Invictus Games are a celebration of the human spirit and I am honored to be able to support these inspiring competitors who have embraced sport as part of their healing journey.
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Ben-Hur may be adopted but he's been loved by his parents - just as much as they love their biological son. Both boys live a privileged life in Jerusalem but as the boys grow up, Messala develops a secret rivalry to his brother which eventually leads to Messala betraying his family in the most brutal way.
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The Four Horsemen aren't just magicians; they're illusionists with an agenda. Their initial stunt was so spectacular that no one saw it coming - especially Arthur Tressler, a very wealthy businessman who owns multiple businesses including an insurance firm.
It's been a year since The Four Horsemen performed their spectacular stunt which saw them send Thaddeus Bradley to prison and Tressler almost bankrupt. Now the team are back with another target in their sights - this time they plan on targeting a crooked tech magnate but before they get chance to fulfil their new illusion, they group find themselves in unknown surroundings with little knowledge of how they arrived.
With their reputations on the line, the four magicians must pull off their biggest trick of all in order to save their name whilst also exposing the puppet master pulling all the strings from above.
Morgan Freeman became a babe magnet when he purchased some wheels.
The acclaimed American actor has been a movie favourite since his breakout role in 1987’s Street Smart, but his career began two decades before that.
Before finding fame and fortune, Morgan was just another struggling actor trying to make his away in Hollywood. His fortunes changed when he got himself a car though, especially when it came to the fairer sex.
“I lived in Los Angeles when I first got out of the military and I spent a year walking,” he told America’s Esquire. “I didn't have any other way to get anywhere. I didn't know anyone to speak of. Then I bought a car and suddenly all the women said hello to me. It was a white 1951 Ford convertible. So do not try to live in Los Angeles walking. Get yourself some wheels.”
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It didn't seem possible, but somehow this action movie is even more preposterous than its predecessor, 2013's over-serious Olympus Has Fallen. Gerard Butler is back as a Secret Service agent protecting US President Aaron Eckhart, this time in a Taken-style scenario in which they leave America only to be immediately thrown into the middle of a massive terrorist attack. But the script is so lazy that there isn't a moment when any of this is remotely believable.
Events are put into motion when the British prime minister dies of a heart attack and security services only have a few days to lock down London so that the world's leaders can arrive for the funeral at St Paul's Cathedral. Mike (Butler) flies in with his boss Lynn (Bassett) on Air Force One, accompanying President Asher (Eckhart) and a platoon of bodyguards. Then just before the funeral, a carefully orchestrated series of bombings and gun attacks take out five heads of state. Of course, Mike and Lynn get Asher out of the fray, but an army of bad guys led by terror mastermind Kamran (Waleed Zuaiter) pursue them across the city. Back in Washington, Vice President Trumbull (Morgan Freeman) and the panicky cabinet (including Haley, Forster and Leo) watch all of this unfold on video screens and coordinates a counter-attack.
Even with four screenwriters, the movie makes no real sense. And worse than that, the filmmakers never take advantage of the story's potential or the heavy-hitting cast. There's a line about how all of London's landmarks have been destroyed, but the on-screen destruction is limited to just one of Westminster Abbey's towers. The depiction of world leaders is laughably cliched. And the award-winning actors have nothing to do but stand there looking worried. By contrast, Butler charges around shooting and stabbing everybody who moves in a display of shockingly brutal machismo. Eckhart is more believably reluctant to join in and dispense some violence, but of course he does.
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Gerard Butler was concerned his new movie London Has Fallen would upset people sensitive to terrorist attacks.
The film, which is a sequel to 2013 action release Olympus Has Fallen, centres around a plot to assassinate world leaders.
Although Gerard's United States Secret Service agent character Mike Banning is intent on foiling the murderous plans, the 46-year-old Scottish actor admits he thought the content of London Has Fallen might rub people the wrong way when he initially read the script.
“At the end of the day, it’s a fictional movie," he told Variety, insisting the film sheds a positive light on the incendiary subject matter. "It’s entertainment. It’s about us winning. It’s about what happens when the s**t hits the fan, and who stands up to face the challenge. It’s based on heroism and the good guys kicking a*s."
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Morgan Freeman - Morgan Freeman arrives at the 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' studios ahead of an appearance on the show at Jimmy Kimmel studio - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 2nd March 2016
Morgan Freeman - Premiere of Focus Features' 'London Has Fallen' held at ArcLight Cinemas Cinerama Dome - Arrivals at ArcLight Cinemas Cinerama Dome - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 1st March 2016
He once played the voice of God and now you can have Morgan Freeman narrate your journey.
Morgan Freeman has lent his voice to car navigation app Waze for a limited time. The Oscar winning actor is known for having one of the smoothest voices in Hollywood and he’s even twice played the voice of God himself, in 2003 comedy Bruce Almighty and its sequel Evan Almighty.
You can now have Morgan Freeman narrate your journey to work.
Freeman’s partnership with Waze is to help promote his upcoming movie London Has Fallen. In the film, Freeman plays the Vice President of the United States, who must help foil a deadly plot to kill the world's most powerful leaders.
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The pop star met the Democratic candidate in Las Vegas, but doesn't seem to want to give Clinton her full backing.
It’s an unlikely pairing, but Britney Spears seemed to enjoy herself when she met Hillary Clinton yesterday during a break from her Las Vegas show. But while she gushed about the meeting on instagram, the singer hasn’t given Clinton her full endorsement yet. After posting the picture, Spears is reported to have had second thoughts and deleted Clinton's official campaign hashtag, #ImWithHer, from her original caption.
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Cultural division in Hollywood calls for outdated ceremony.
With the #OscarsSoWhite debate still ongoing ahead of the 88th Academy Awards, there's now talk about the resurgence of the Tree of Life Awards, known informally as the Black Oscars. It was an event to celebrate the achievements of black stars who had been left out in the annual Oscar nominations.
Morgan Freeman thinks the problem runs deeper than the Oscars
We are yet to hear the end of this diversity issue, which has erupted over the lack of black candidates among this year's Academy Award nominations, a travesty echoing last year's situation. The likes of Will Smith and wife Jada Pinkett-Smith have chosen to boycott the ceremony as even Smith himself failed to secure a nod for 'Concussion', while 'Chi-Raq' director Spike Lee will also avoid attendance. Does this mean it's time for black actors and filmmakers to recognise their own achievements separately?
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Stacey Dash Is Continuing To Defend Her Call For The African-american Community To Scrap Their Own Exclusive Networks And Awards Shows If They Want To Promote Integration, Insisting Her Views Are No Different From Those Of Revered Actor Morgan Freeman.
The outspoken Clueless star sparked a backlash online last week (ends22Jan16) after voicing her opinions about the lack of diversity among the top 2016 Oscars nominations during a chat on U.S. news show Fox & Friends, on which the Republican Party supporter is a contributor.
"We have to make up our minds," she said. "Either we want to have segregation or integration. If we don't want segregation, then we need to get rid of channels like BET and the BET Awards and the (NAACP) Image Awards, where you're only awarded if you're black. If it were the other way around, we'd be up in arms. It's a double standard... Just like there shouldn't be a Black History Month. We're American, that's it."
Dash has now stepped up her fight by demanding an apology from her harshest critics, who she notes have done little to condemn The Dark Knight star Freeman, even though he made similar remarks about the need for Black History Month back in 2006.
Date of birth
1st June, 1937
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