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Morgan Freeman

Morgan Freeman is a talented American actor, narrator, and director. Morgan Freeman is a veteran actor who has worked on 20+ TV shows, and 80+ films and narrated around 19 documentaries and other projects. He also served in the United States Air Force from 1955 to 1959 and his rank in the military was Airman First Class.

Early Life

Morgan Freeman was born on June 1, 1937, and he is currently 86 years old. He hails from Memphis, Tennessee, and his zodiac sign is Gemini. His mother was Mamie Edna (née Revere). She lived from 1912 to 2000 and was a teacher. Likewise, his father was Morgan Porterfield Freeman. His father lived from July 6, 1915, to April 27, 1961, and he was a barber. The cause of his father’s demise was cirrhosis.

Further, he has three older siblings. Some of his ancestors are Songhai and Tuareg people of Niger whereas some were slaves who migrated from North Carolina to Mississippi. The DNA analysis also suggested that over 1/4th of his African ancestors came from the area that stretches from present-day Senegal to Liberia. Whereas, the remaining 3/4th of his African ancestors came from the Congo-Angola region.

Regarding his educational journey, he studied at Broad Street High School. His school’s building now serves as Threadgill Elementary School and is located in Greenwood, Mississippi. At the young age of 12 years, he was the winner of a statewide drama competition. Further, playing the lead role in a school play, he made his acting debut at the young age of 9 years. Later on, he studied theatre arts in Los Angeles.

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Caption: Morgan Freeman in a photograph when he joined the US Air Force. Source: Instagram

Morgan Freeman – Career

Professionally, Morgan Freeman is a multi-talented personality in the Hollywood industry. More precisely, he is a remarkable actor, narrator, and director. People recognize him for his appearances in various films as well as his distinctive deep voice. Moreover, he has received many awards including Screen Actors Guild Award, Golden Globe Award, and Academy Award among others.

The actor gained prominence in the 1970s. This was for his role in The Electric Company. Soon, he starred in Coriolanus and Julius Caesar. Both of them are Shakespearean plays while the former earned the actor an Obie Award.

In the year 1987, the actor had a breakout role in Street Smart. In this film, he played the role of a hustler. For this role, he received an Academy Award nomination for the category “Best Supporting Actor”. The actor gained further prominence with projects like Glory, Lean on Me, and Driving Miss Daisy. He was involved in these projects all in the year 1989.

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Caption: Morgan posing for a photo with Nelson Mandela. Source: Instagram

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Then in the year 1992, he worked with actor Clint Eastwood in Unforgiven. Two years later, he worked in The Shawshank Redemption. It is a prison drama film. Then in 1995 and 1997 respectively, the actor worked on the projects Se7en and Amistad.

Similarly, for his role in Million Dollar Baby, the actor bagged the Academy Award for the category “Best Supporting Actor”. Likewise, in the year 2009, Morgan received his 5th Oscar nomination. He received this nomination for portraying the character of South African President Nelson Mandela. He played the role of this character in the film Invictus.

Furthermore, the public recognizes him also for his work on Christopher Nolan’s series The Dark Knight Trilogy from 2005 to 2012. Besides acting, he is also a director. As a director, he has worked on the drama Bopha! released in 1993.

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Caption: Morgan was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Source: Instagram

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He is also the founder of the film production company “Revelations Entertainment”. His business partner for this company is Lori McCreary. Moreover, the actor has received several honors.

Some of these honors that he received are the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award, the AFI Life Achievement Award, the Kennedy Center Honor, and the Cecil B. DeMille Award. Furthermore, he bagged 3 Obie Awards for his performances in theatrical productions. The aforementioned award is one of the most prestigious honors for recognizing excellence in the field of theatre.

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Caption: Morgan traveled to Nepal to film the documentary ‘Story of God. Source: Parade

Morgan Freeman – Personal Life

Morgan Freeman is single at present. His first wife was Jeanette Adair Bradshaw. The two were married from October 22, 1967, until November 18, 1979. Subsequently, he married his 2nd wife – Myrna Colley-Lee – on June 16, 1984. However, they separated in December 2007, eventually divorcing on September 15, 2010.

He welcomed his son Alfonso on September 13, 1959, with Loletha Adkins. Then with his 1st wife, he welcomed his daughter Deena. Later on, he adopted Deena’s daughter, his granddaughter – Edena Hines. Sadly, his granddaughter was murdered on August 16, 2015, at the young age of 33 years old.

His other children are daughter Morgana and son Saifoulaye. Morgana is his daughter from his 1st marriage whereas Saigoulaye’s mother is not mentioned to the public.

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Caption: Morgan posing for a photo with his family. Source: Popsugar UK

Morgan Freeman – Body Measurements

Morgan Freeman’s height is 6 feet 2 inches or 1.88 meters and his weight is around 79 kgs or 174 lbs. Besides this, the veteran actor’s other body measurement details like his chest-waist-hip measurements, dress size, shoe size, biceps, etc. are unknown. Moreover, the veteran actor has dark brown eyes and hair of the same color that has turned gray due to aging.

Social Media

Talking about his social media presence, Morgan Freeman joined Twitter in December 2019 and so far has over 170.5K followers on his @morgan_freeman. Likewise, he has more than 2.2 million followers on his @morganfreeman Instagram account.

Morgan Freeman – Net Worth 2024

Similarly, the actor has 32 million people following his journey on Facebook. Other than this, the veteran actor doesn’t seem to have a personal account on other platforms like Tiktok, YouTube, Twitch, etc. Moving on, Morgan has a net worth estimation of around $250 million US dollars.