Morgan Freeman (born June 1, 1937) is an American actor, director and narrator. He has appeared in a range of film genres portraying character roles and is particularly known for his distinctive deep voice. Freeman is the recipient of various accolades, including an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award.
Born in Memphis, Tennessee, Freeman was raised in Mississippi where he began acting in school plays. He studied theatre arts in Los Angeles and appeared in stage productions in his early career. He rose to fame in the 1970s for his role in the children’s television series The Electric Company. Freeman then appeared in the Shakespearean plays Coriolanus and Julius Caesar, the former of which earned him an Obie Award. His breakout role was in Street Smart (1987), playing a hustler, which earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He achieved further stardom in the comedy drama Driving Miss Daisy (1989), which garnered him a second Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. After receiving another Best Actor Oscar nomination for The Shawshank Redemption (1994), Freeman won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Clint Eastwood‘s 2004 sports drama Million Dollar Baby.
His other critical successes were the war film Glory, the biographical drama Lean on Me (both 1989), and the drama The Shawshank Redemption (1994). In addition to acting, Freeman has directed the drama Bopha! (1993). He also founded film production company Revelations Entertainment with business partner Lori McCreary.