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" /> World Famous Peoples - Morgan Freeman Biography
Morgan Freeman

Quick Facts:

Birthday: 1st June 1937

Father's Name: Morgan Porterfield Freeman

Mother's Name: Mayme Edna

Born In: Memphis, Tennessee

Nationality: American

Introduction:

Morgan Freeman is popularly known for his iconic acting, directing and story narration. In the movie Million Dollar Baby, which was released in the year 2004, he received the Best Supporting Actor award from Academy Award in 2005. In addition to the best supporting actor award, he has got his names written on-screen actors guild and golden globe awards as well. He has been part of movies like Street Smart, Driving Miss Daisy, Invictus, and The Shawshank Redemption, for which he also became an oscar nominee.

Due to his deep, clear and protruding voice, Freeman has toiled as a storyteller, narrator, and voice actor for various documentaries, series and television shows. From July 2019, he has always been ranked in the top 10 box office superstars.

Freeman's superhit movies include Glory, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Seven, Deep Impact, The Sum of All Fears, and a lot more of such wondrous films. His actual popularity came into existence and grew upon the part of his cast in the 1970s children's program The Electric Company.

Early Life and Career:

Morgan Freeman was born on first June, in the year of 1937, in Memphis, Tennessee. His mother is Mayme Edna, who was also a teacher, and his father, Morgan Porterfield Freeman, was a barber, who died in the year 1961 due to cirrhosis. Morgan is the youngest of all the four kids and his siblings in his family.

As an infant, Freeman was sent to his paternal grandmother in Charleston, which is also a popular city of Mississippi. At the early age of just nine years, Freeman made his debut in acting, performing as the lead role in a school play. He then visited Broad Street High School, a building that is Threadgill Elementary School in Greenwood, Mississippi today. At the age of 12 years, he acquired a statewide drama contest, and while still at Broad Street High School, he played in a radio show located in Nashville, Tennessee.

He often moved during his childhood, living in various other cities that included Greenwood, Gary, Indiana, Mississippi, and finally ended up in Chicago, Illinois. At the age of 16, Freeman struggled a lot to survive Pneumonia.

In 1955, he completed his education from Broad Street but rejected a partial drama scholarship from Jackson State University. Instead of going for that, he chose to work in the United States Air Force, where he worked as an Automatic Tracking Radar Repairman, progressing to the post of Airman 1st Class.

After serving four years of his life in the military, he shifted to Los Angeles, California, where he started taking acting lessons at some Playhouse and dancing tutorials in San Francisco in the early years of the 1960s. He served as a transcript clerk at Los Angeles City College.

DNA analysis speaks about Morgan that some of his ancestors belonged to Niger. In 2008, a DNA test suggested clarified about out of all of his African ancestors, about one-quarter of those actually belong to the area that extends from present-day Senegal to Liberia, and the rest of them belong to the Congo-Angola region.

Personal Life:

The TV series African American Lives 2, which was launched in 2008, enlightened about the history of some of Freeman's ancestors, who were also depicted as the slaves who belonged to Mississippi and relocated to North Carolina.

Freeman had four kids in total. Their names are Alfonso Freeman, Deena Freeman, Saifoulaye Freeman, and Morgana Freeman. On the year of October 22, 1967, Morgan married to Jeanette Adair Bradshaw, which lasted only till November 18, 1979.

After the next five years, on June 16, 1984, Morgan remarried to Myrna Colley-Lee. Unfortunately, the couple had rising conflicts by December 2007 and divorced in the year of 2010 in the month of September. Freeman, along with his second wife, adopted and brought up their stepdaughter E'dene Hines. Sadly on August 16, 2015, her daughter E'dene Hines was murdered while she was in New York at the age of 33. Freeman discovered that his Caucasian maternal great-great-grandfather had lived with, and was buried beside, Freeman's African-American great-great-grandmother (in the segregated South, the two could not marry legally at the time). A DNA test on the series proved that he belongs to the part from the Songhai and Tuareg peoples of Niger.

Accident Night:

On the night of 3rd August 2008, Freeman was severely wounded in an automobile accident near Ruleville, Mississippi. The vehicle in which he was travelling along with a female passenger after leaving a local highway flipped around several times. They both were extricated from the vehicle using the "Jaws of Life." Morgan was moved to The Regional Medical Center (The Med) hospital in Memphis via a medical helicopter. After proper investigation, police found out the alcoholism as the prime cause for this crash.

Right after the crash, during a generic interview, he played with a photographer about capturing his photo at the incident scene. His left shoulder, arm, and elbow were severely damaged and broken in the crash, and he had his surgery in 2008. Doctors performed his operation for about four hours to restore and repair nerve damage around his shoulder and arm. On one of CNN's shows, he told the audience that he is left-handed, but now he cannot create movement the fingers of his left hand, on his own. He uses a compression glove to guard against blood pooling due to movement restriction. His publicist stated he was anticipated to get a full recovery. One of his passengers, sued him for carelessness, alleging that he was drinking during the night of the accident.

Achievements:

  • He won an academy award in the year 2005 for Best Supporting Actor for “Million Dollar Baby.”
  • 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards
  • He has been part of more than about 100 feature films
  • He has been nominated and also won many academy awards, black reel awards, golden globe awards, MTV movie awards, etc.

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