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.
Lori McCreary , Morgan Freeman - AARP's 15th Annual Movies for GrownUps Awards held at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel - Arrivals at Beverly Wilshire Hotel, Beverly Hills - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 8th February 2016
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?
Continue reading: Do The Black Oscars Really Need To Be Brought Back?
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.
Actor Casey Affleck Can't Believe He Was Allowed To Go To Wholly "Inappropriate" Grandmaster Flash And The Furious Five Concert When He Was Six.
The 40-year-old actor realises many people are embarrassed by the music they listened to when they are little, but he has no such qualms. In fact, he remains amazed that his first experience of live music was seeing a rap group famed for tracks about drugs - such as White Lines (Don't Don't Do It).
"The first concert I went to, I was six years old and I went to a Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five concert," he laughed to talk show host Jimmy Kimmel. "That was an inappropriate concert, you do not take a six year old there. It was my best friend and his mom, his mom took us because she wanted to go. She was probably 25 or something. I still remember it, some images are seared into my little brain."
Casey is a very different kind of parent to the two sons he shares with his wife Summer Phoenix. He likes to be completely prepared should anything happen to the kids, which means he even has an earthquake readiness kit handy.
Continue reading: Casey Affleck On 'Inappropriate' First Concert Experience
Blockbuster Author James Patterson Has Waded In To Help Two Book Stores In Northern England Which Were Devastated By The Recent U.k. Floods.
The Kiss The Girls writer has donated $15,000 (£10,000) which is to be split between The Book Case in Hebden Bridge and the New Bookshop in Cockermouth, which were both flooded during the severe storms which hit the U.K. in December (15).
A statement posted on The Book Case's Facebook.com page reads, "The Book Case in Hebden Bridge was destroyed by the major flooding in the Calder Valley on Boxing Day... We were completely wiped out... We have just had the fantastic news that we will be receiving a £5000 grant from the James Patterson fund. Our enormous thanks... to the great man, James Patterson himself!"
The donations have been made as part of the author's campaign to help independent booksellers which he launched in 2014 with a pledge to give away $1 million (£666,667).
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Actress Billie Allen Has Died At The Age Of 90.
The Broadway star passed away on 29 December (15) in Manhattan, according to the New York Times.
Allen began her career in the 1940s as a dancer in Broadway shows like Caribbean Carnival, Four Saints in Three Acts, and My Darlin' Aida.
She went on to study with Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio and appeared in plays including A Raisin in the Sun, Critic's Choice, and A Teaspoon Every Four Hours, which marked her last appearance on Broadway. Allen also appeared in off Broadway productions including Funnyhouse of a Negro.
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After becoming the most famous magicians in the world with their last tricks and exposing the wrongdoings of Arthur Tressler, it was obvious that as many people as they helped, they'd always upset a powerful few. One of those is Arthur's son, Walter Tressler.
Walter is on a mission to cause The Four Horsemen as much damage as possible. In order to stop Walter, the four magicians must pull off a stunt far bigger than their first.
With Isla Fisher pregant and unable to commit to the film Lizzy Caplan (Masters Of Sex) has been brought in to play the role of Lula. Other than Isla, all the lead cast from the first film will appear in the new film and Daniel Radcliffe will play the role of Arthurs son, a tech magnate.
Classic Movies Including The Shawshank Redemption And Ghostbusters Have Been Chosen For Preservation By Officials At America's National Film Registry.
Other titles include Tom Cruise's 1986 pilot drama Top Gun, crime thriller L.A. Confidential, and the first appearance of masked hero Zorro, in the 1920 silent picture The Mark of Zorro.
Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman praised the selection, telling Associated Press, "Making Ghostbusters was one of the great joys of my life... It's an honor to know that a movie that begins with a ghost in a library now has a spot on the shelves of the Library of Congress."
Morgan Freeman Has Thanked His "Excellent Pilot" For Making A Successful Emergency Landing After A Tyre On His Private Jet Blew Out Minutes After Take-off.
The Shawshank Redemption star was en route to Houston, Texas from Clarksdale, Mississippi on Saturday (05Dec15) when the malfunction occurred, forcing them to crash land at the end of the runway at Tunica Airport.
The jet suffered severe damages, but Freeman and the pilot escaped unharmed.
"I was on my plane on the way to Texas to shoot a segment for The Story of God," explains Freeman in a statement issued to TheWrap.com.
Continue reading: Morgan Freeman Grateful For 'Excellent Pilot' After Emergency Landing
Morgan Freeman Has Been Involved In Another Mid-air Drama - But This Time He Wasn't Piloting The Plane.
The private jet he commissioned for a trip on Saturday (05Dec15) was forced to make an emergency landing in Tunica, Mississippi just minutes after take-off.
Reports suggest the actor was on his way to a National Geographic photo shoot and quickly took off again in another plane.
Freeman's attorney Bill Luckett, who is also the Mayor of the star's adopted Clarksdale, Mississippi, insists his client and the pilot of the plane are fine after the drama, which ended with the private jet coming to a halt in a field at the end of the runway.
The thriller was universally panned by critics, and took just £46 from 10 cinemas over its opening weekend.
Some films perform below expectations when it comes to the box offices; some movies flop completely; and others are absolute disasters. Morgan Freeman’s new thriller Momentum belongs firmly in the third category, with a UK box office opening weekend of a paltry £46.
Yes, that is correct. Just £46, with average taking of £4.60 per screen on which it was shown. Of course, it never helps matters when just 10 cinemas show a movie, two of which reported no customers whatsoever, but Freeman’s newly released film ranks as one of the very worst of all time in terms of commercial performances.
Morgan Freeman's new thriller 'Momentum' has recorded one of the worst opening weekends in history
Continue reading: Morgan Freeman's 'Momentum' Runs Out At Box Office, Taking Just £46
Morgan Freeman and grandaughter Alexis - New York premiere of 'Ted 2' at the Ziegfeld Theater - Red Carpet Arrivals at Ziegfeld Theater - New York City, New York, United States - Wednesday 24th June 2015
Date of birth
1st June, 1937