Morgan Freeman was born in Memphis. Tennesse, US, on 1 June 1937. Morgan is a famous senior African American actor who is popular for his subtle humor, depth of intellect, and impressive personality. All of his qualities made him exceptional and respectable among the new fleet of Hollywood actors. He is a decent reputable actor in his generation. When we look at his career timespan, he has performed in various films, television series, and notable acts on stage. He is among a few African American actors who frequently received quality roles in American movies due to his ability to perform dedicatedly.
Morgan started his career in 1964 and is still acting in films. He has four children and two wives. Jeanette Adair Bradshaw was his first wife, he married her in 1967, but the relationship could not survive and broke in 1979. Morgan again did re-marriage to Myrna Colley-Lee in 1984, but soon, the marriage split in 2010.
Entry into Acting Field
At a young age, he wanted to become a fighter pilot; that was his aspiration. But he got the opportunity for a small period of about four years. A shift came in his life when he faced disappointment in the Air Force and turned towards acting. He became more focused on acting and polishing his acting skills. An all-black production, Hello Dolly, was his debut, which emerged in 1967. In the decade of 70s, he collaborated with Educational Children’s television show, namely, The Electric Company. In this educational show, he came up with the character “Easy Reader.” Besides that, in the early years of the 1970s, he worked on the stage as well.
A big break came in his career when he played different characters in different films, such as when Brubaker came on screen in 1980 and “Another World,” a soap opera that continued from 1982 till 1984. This was the breakthrough, and he was offered multiple challenging roles and films by significant producers.
His theatre work of him was appreciated and garnered decent reviews from his viewers. His performance in “Street Smart” in 1987 was an epic, and on behalf of his acting skills, he attained his first Academy Award nomination for being the best supporting actor.
Then on the big screen, another major project of his emerged in the year 1989, with the name “ Driving Miss Daisy.” The role of Morgan in this movie took him the nomination for Oscar as the best actor. From here, his career in show business geared up, and he performed in many other hit movies, such as Lean On Me in 1989 and Glory again in 1989, in which he played the role of a soldier. In 1992, Morgan appeared in “Unforgiven.” These movies and his presence contributed to gaining success and admiration. When we could see another exceptional character portrayed by him in “The Shawshank Redemption” in 1994, his role in this movie contributed to a third-time nomination for Oscar Award.
Morgan had played several roles in crime dramas, including Kiss, the Girls in 1997; before that, he appeared in the infamous crime drama Se7en in 1995. Along Came a Spider in 2001 was another work of the crime drama genre.
Academy Award Winner Morgan Freeman
Later, he earned an Academy Award for best supporting actor in the Million Dollar Baby in 2002. Then after three years, “Batman Begins” was released in the cinemas of the USA and throughout the World. Another exciting thriller movie appeared at the box office with the name “The Dark Knight” in 2008, and again, the second session came in the year 2012 with a little adaptation of the title, “The Dark Knight Rises.”
In 2008, Margon decided to turn back to Broadway. Later on, he played a role in “The Country Girl.” In another drama, he portrayed the role of Nelson Mandela, an African and black activist, and inspirational politician who is fighting to unite divided South Africa.
His film career does not stop here. He appeared as a CIA agent in the action cum comedy film “Red” in the year 2010. Olympus Has Fallen, and the sequel of it, London Has Fallen, came in the year 2013 and 2016, respectively. Another sub-part of it “Angel Has Fallen,” released in 2019, is the most recent work of Morgan.
Morgan played the role of a magician in the film “Now You See Me” in 2013. that same year, he starred in a science-fiction movie, “Oblivion.”
In recent years, we can see Morgan in different roles and different movies. His accomplishments are long, such as “The LEGO Movie, Lucy, Ted 2, Just Getting Started, The Nutcracker, the Four Realms, and many others.
Morgan is a recipient of many awards earned for his performances. Moreover, he attained the Kennedy Center Honor award in 2008 and the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 2012. These are all his life achievements.