Morgan Freeman, actor and activist

Morgan Freeman
Tue, 1937-06-01

Morgan Freeman was born on this date in 1937. He is an African American actor, director, and activist.

Morgan Freeman was born on this date in 1937 in Memphis, TN. Freeman attended Los Angeles Community College and served in the United States Air Force from 1955 to 1959. His acting career began on the stage in the mid-1960s when he appeared in an off-Broadway production of The Niggerlovers with Pearl Bailey, and, in 1968, when he appeared in an all-Black Broadway production of Hello, Dolly! After getting his start on the stage, he worked in television, playing Easy Reader on the PBS network's children's educational series, The Electric Company, from 1971 through 1976.

Although he has said in interviews that he has never been cast opposite a love interest in any of his movies, Freeman has been married twice. His first marriage, to Jeanette Adair Bradshaw in 1967 ended in divorce. His second marriage was to Myrna Colley-Lee in 1984. He has two children from each of his wives: sons Alphonse and Saifoulaye, and daughters, Deena and Morgana. Freeman has also earned his private pilot's license.

In 1997, Freeman, together with Lori McCreary, founded the movie production company Revelations Entertainment. After four past nominations, he won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Clint Eastwood's Million Dollar Baby at the 77th academy awards on February 27, 2005.

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