Morgan Freeman was born on June 1, 1937 in Memphis, Tennessee. Son of a schoolteacher and a hairdresser, he was raised by his grandmother and spent his childhood in Mississippi. After her death, he returned to live with his mother, who in the meantime had separated from his father. It is at school that he discovers the theater and plays in his first play Little boy blue. Between 1955 and 1959, he joined the US Air Force as a mechanic, then he moved to California and decided to try his luck.
Morgan Freeman studied acting and dance at Los Angeles City College. He begins his career in a troupe of dancers and musicians in San Francisco. At the age of 30, he made his first steps as an actor on Broadway in Hello Dolly! and The Nigger Lovers. It is thanks to the small screen that he is discovered, in 1971, with his role in the series The Electric Company (1971-1977). For about ten years, he made a series of film appearances until he landed a role alongside Christopher Reeve in The Street (1987). At the age of 50, this role allowed him to gain notoriety and launch his career. In 1990, he won the Golden Globes for Best Actor for Miss Daisy and her driver.
From then on, the actor has been shooting and collaborating with many prestigious actors: Brian de Palma’s Le bûcher des vanités (1990), Clint Eastwood’s Impitoyable (1992), David Fincher’s Seven (1995), Steven Spielberg’s Amistad (1997), and Gary Fleder’s The Collector (1990). A committed actor, he also got behind the camera during the 1990s to direct the film Bopha (1993), a drama about apartheid.
A prolific actor, he continues to expand his filmography during the 2000s; Bruce Almighty, The Great Scam, Batman Begins, War of the Worlds, Gone baby gone … His collaboration with Clint Eastwood is fruitful and allows him to win the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for Million Dollar Baby in 2004. In August 2008, Morgan Freeman is victim of a car accident that leaves him with a paralyzed hand.
Nevertheless, the actor returned to the set without slowing down the pace of filming. In 2008, he is featured in Christopher Nolan’s The dark knight: The black knight. In 2009, he returns to Clint Eastwood to shoot Invictus in which he plays Nelson Mandela. He continued his career and shot The dark night rises (2012), Insaisissables (2013), Lucy (2014), The fall of London (2015). In May 2017, at 80 years old, the actor is featured in Zach Braff’s Old Fashioned Robbery.
On the private side, Morgan Freeman married Jeanette Adair Bradshaw in 1967. The couple has a daughter, Morgana, and the actor also adopts Jeanette’s eldest daughter, Deena. Their divorce is pronounced in 1979. The actor remarries Myrna Colley-Lee in 1984, but after more than twenty-five years of living together the couple divorces in 2010. The actor also has two sons Alfonso (1959) and Saifoulaye (1960) born of previous unions.
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