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Morgan Freeman is an American actor, director, and narrator. Noted for his distinctive deep voice, Freeman is known for a variety of films. Throughout his career, he has received multiple awards, including an Academy Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a Golden Globe Award.
Morgan grew up in Mississippi where acted in school plays. He studied theatre arts in Los Angeles and appeared on stage in his early career. He rose to fame in the 1970s for his role in the children’s TV series The Electric Company. Freeman then appeared in the plays Coriolanus and Julius Caesar. His breakout role was in Street Smart (1987), which earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He achieved further stardom in Glory, the drama Lean on Me, and comedy-drama Driving Miss Daisy (all 1989).
In 1992, Morgan Freeman starred alongside Clint Eastwood in the film Unforgiven. And this would be the first of several collaborations with Eastwood. In 1994, he starred in the prison drama The Shawshank Redemption for which he received another Academy Award nomination. Freeman also starred in David Fincher‘s crime thriller Se7en (1995), and Steven Spielberg‘s historical drama Amistad (1997).
Freeman won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Clint Eastwood‘s 2004 sports drama Million Dollar Baby. In 2009, he received his fifth Oscar nomination for playing former South African President Nelson Mandela in Eastwood’s Invictus.