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Freeman, Morgan (1937–)

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FREEMAN, MORGAN (1937–). Actor. Freeman was born in Memphis, Tennessee, and raised in Greenwood, Mississippi. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1955, and left the military service to pursue his acting career in Los Angeles. He relocated to New York City and got his first important role in the 1967 off Broadway production of The Nigger-Lovers , and later acted in an all African American revival production of the Broadway musical Hello, Dolly . Freeman appeared in the PBS series The Electric Company as the hip, Easy Reader from 1971 to 1976. He won an Obie Award for his role in the Broadway play Driving Miss Daisy , and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor for his role in the 1989 film version. Other powerful roles include Glory , 1989; Lean on Me , 1989; Unforgiven , 1993; Outbreak , 1995; and Seven , 1995. He directed the 1993 film on South Africa, Bopha , and was again nominated for an Academy Award for his role in The Shawshank Redemption , 1994. He won the best supporting actor Oscar for his role in Million Dollar Baby , 2004.

Filmography: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry , 1978; Brubaker , 1980; Eyewitness , 1981; Marie , 1985; Street Smart , 1987; Clean and Sober , 1988; Lean on Me , 1989; Johnny Handsom , 1989; Glory , 1989; Driving Miss Daisy , 1989; The Bonfire of the Vanities , 1990; Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves , 1991; Unforgiven , 1992; The Shawshank Redemption , 1994; Outbreak , 1994; Seven , 1995; Chain Reaction , 1996; Kiss the Girls , 1997; Amistad , 1997; Deep Impact , 1998; Under Suspicion , 2000; Along Came a Spider , 2001; The Sum of All Fears , 2002; High Crimes , 2002; Levity , 2003; Dream Catcher , 2003; Bruce Almighty , 2003; Million Dollar Baby , 2004; Batman Begins , 2005.

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