Morgan Freeman

Biography: With an authoritative voice, and calm demeanour, this ever popular African American actor has grown into one of the most respected figures in modern US cinema. Born in June 1937 in Memphis, Tennessee, the young Freeman attended Los Angeles Community College before serving several years in the US Air Force as a mechanic between 1955 and 1959. His first dramatic arts exposure was on the stage and he appeared in an off Broadway production of "The Nigger Lovers" and also in an all-African American production of the exuberant musical Hello, Dolly! (1969).

Freeman first appeared on TV screens as several characters including Easy Reader, Mel Mounds, and Count Dracula on the Children's Television Workshop (now Sesame Workshop) show "The Electric Company" (1971). He then moved into feature film with another children's adventure, Who Says I Can't Ride a Rainbow? (1971). Next there was a small role in the thriller Blade (1973); then he played Casca in _Julius Caesar (1979/II) (V)_ and
With an authoritative voice, and calm demeanour, this ever popular African American actor has grown into one of the most respected figures in modern US cinema. Born in June 1937 in Memphis, Tennessee, the young Freeman attended Los Angeles Community College before serving several years in the US Air Force as a mechanic between 1955 and 1959. His first dramatic arts exposure was on the stage and he appeared in an off Broadway production of "The Nigger Lovers" and also in an all-African American production of the exuberant musical Hello, Dolly! (1969).

Freeman first appeared on TV screens as several characters including Easy Reader, Mel Mounds, and Count Dracula on the Children's Television Workshop (now Sesame Workshop) show "The Electric Company" (1971). He then moved into feature film with another children's adventure, Who Says I Can't Ride a Rainbow? (1971). Next there was a small role in the thriller Blade (1973); then he played Casca in _Julius Caesar (1979/II) (V)_ and the title role in Coriolanus (1979). Regular work was coming in for the talented Freeman and he appeared in the prison dramas Attica (1980) (TV) and Brubaker (1980), the slow-moving Eyewitness (1981), and portrayed the final 24 hours of slain Malcolm X in Death of a Prophet (1981).

For most of the 1980s, Freeman continued to contribute decent enough performances in films that fluctuated in their quality. However, he really stood out, scoring an Oscar nomination as a merciless hoodlum in Street Smart (1987) , and then he dazzled audiences and pulled a second Oscar nomination as the patient and dignified chauffeur assisting moody pensioner Jessica Tandy in the delightful Driving Miss Daisy (1989). The same year, Freeman teamed up with youthful Matthew Broderick and fiery Denzel Washington in the epic Civil War drama Glory (1989) about freed slaves being recruited to form the first all-African American fighting brigade.

His star continued to rise, and the 1990s kicked off strongly with roles in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) and The Power of One (1992). Freeman's next role was as gunman Ned Logan, wooed out of retirement by friend William Munny to avenge several prostitutes in the wild west town of Big Whiskey in Clint Eastwood's de-mythologized western Unforgiven (1992). The film was a critical and box-office smash and scored an acting Oscar for Gene Hackman, a directing Oscar for Eastwood, and the Oscar for best picture.

Freeman's work did not go unnoticed, more strong scripts came in, and he was back behind bars depicting a knowledgeable inmate (and obtaining his third Oscar nomination), befriending falsely accused banker Tim Robbins in the uplifting The Shawshank Redemption (1994). He was then back out hunting a religious serial killer in Se7en (1995), starred alongside Keanu Reeves in Chain Reaction (1996), and was pursuing another serial murderer in Kiss the Girls (1997).

Further praise followed for his role in the slave tale of Amistad (1997), he was a worried US President facing Armageddon from above in Deep Impact (1998), appeared in the loopy Neil LaBute black comedy Nurse Betty (2000), and reprised his role as "Alex Cross" in Along Came a Spider (2001). Now highly popular, he was much in demand with cinema audiences, and he co-starred in the terrorist drama The Sum of All Fears (2002), was a military officer in the Stephen King-inspired Dreamcatcher (2003), gave divine guidance as God to Jim Carrey in the very funny Bruce Almighty (2003), and played a minor role in the uneven comedy The Big Bounce (2004).

However, 2005 was finally to be Morgan Freeman's year, when again he teamed up with good friend Clint Eastwood to appear in the heart-wrenching drama, Million Dollar Baby (2004). Freeman's on-screen performance is simply world-class as ex-prize fighter Eddie "Scrap Iron" Dupris, who works in a run-down boxing gym alongside grizzled trainer Frankie Dunn, as the two work together to hone the skills of never-say-die female boxer Hilary Swank. Freeman received his fourth Oscar nomination and, finally, impressed the Academy's judges enough to win the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance.

In addition to his film work, his commanding yet mellifluous voice has also led Freeman to be cast to narrate or host dozens of first-rate television specials covering topics from the American Civil War, the American Film Institute, blues music, the White House, and many commemorative events involving the US film industry, most recently as the narrator of the American version of Marche de l'empereur, La (2005)
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Morgan Freeman's Scores

Average career score: 55
Highest Metascore: 86 Million Dollar Baby
Lowest Metascore: 18 Momentum
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 60
  2. Negative: 8 out of 60
60 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
80 The Shawshank Redemption Sep 1, 1994 Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding 9.0
65 Seven Sep 22, 1995 Detective Lt. William Somerset 9.0
82 The Dark Knight Jul 18, 2008 Lucius Fox 8.9
53 Lucky Number Slevin Apr 7, 2006 The Boss 8.8
81 Driving Miss Daisy Dec 15, 1989 Hoke Colburn 8.8
58 Unleashed May 13, 2005 Sam 8.7
70 Batman Begins Jun 15, 2005 Lucius Fox 8.6
85 Unforgiven Aug 7, 1992 Ned Logan 8.4
83 The LEGO Movie Feb 7, 2014 Vitruvius / Vitruvius 8.3
78 The Dark Knight Rises Jul 20, 2012 Lucius Fox / Fox / Lucius Fox 8.2
53 The Hunting of the President Jun 18, 2004 Narrator 8.0
86 Million Dollar Baby Dec 15, 2004 Eddie Scrap-Iron Dupris / Eddie Scrap-Iron Dupris 7.9
79 March of the Penguins Jun 24, 2005 Narrator 7.8
66 Born to Be Wild Apr 8, 2011 Narrator 7.8
72 Gone Baby Gone Oct 19, 2007 Jack Doyle 7.7
42 The Bucket List Dec 25, 2007 Carter Chambers 7.4
46 Bruce Almighty May 23, 2003 God 7.4
27 Last Knights Apr 3, 2015 Bartok / Bartok 7.4
74 Invictus Dec 11, 2009 Executive Producer / Nelson Mandela / Executive Producer / Nelson Mandela 7.2
49 An Unfinished Life Sep 9, 2005 Mitch Bradley 7.2
63 Amistad Dec 10, 1997 Joadson 7.1
71 Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D Sep 23, 2005 Neil Armstrong 7.0
54 Oblivion Apr 19, 2013 Beech / Malcolm Beech 7.0
50 Now You See Me May 31, 2013 Cast / Principal Cast / Thaddeus Bradley 7.0
61 Lucy Jul 25, 2014 Cast / Professor Norman / Professor Norman 7.0
60 RED Oct 15, 2010 Joe Matheson 6.9
48 Last Vegas Nov 1, 2013 Archie / Archie 6.9
55 5 Flights Up May 8, 2015 Producer / Cast / Principal Cast / Alex Carver 6.9
64 Dolphin Tale Sep 23, 2011 Principal Cast 6.8
51 Feast of Love Sep 28, 2007 Harry Stevenson 6.7
42 Along Came a Spider Apr 6, 2001 Executive Producer / Alex Cross 6.5
48 High Crimes Apr 5, 2002 Charles W. Grimes 6.3
46 Now You See Me 2 Jun 10, 2016 Thaddeus Bradley / Thaddeus Bradley 6.3
48 Ted 2 Jun 26, 2015 Cast / Patrick Meighan 6.2
45 Levity Apr 4, 2003 Executive Producer / Miles Evans 6.1
45 The Sum of All Fears May 31, 2002 DCI William Cabot 6.0
46 The Magic of Belle Isle Jul 6, 2012 Cast / Monte Wildhorn / Monte Wildhorn 6.0
42 Transcendence Apr 17, 2014 Cast / Joseph / Joseph / Joseph Tagger 6.0
50 Going in Style Apr 7, 2017 Willie 5.9
54 10 Items or Less Dec 1, 2006 Executive Producer / Him 5.8
65 Outbreak Mar 10, 1995 General Billy Ford 5.8
41 Olympus Has Fallen Mar 22, 2013 Speaker Trumbull / Speaker Trumbull 5.7
40 Deep Impact May 8, 1998 President Beck 5.5
36 Hard Rain Jan 16, 1998 Jim 5.4
58 Dolphin Tale 2 Sep 12, 2014 Dr. Cameron McCarthy / Dr. Cameron McCarthy 5.3
66 Island of Lemurs: Madagascar Apr 4, 2014 Narrator 5.2
35 Dreamcatcher Mar 21, 2003 Col. Abraham Curtis 5.1
38 Ben-Hur Aug 19, 2016 Ildarin / Ilderim / Ilderim 5.0
28 London Has Fallen Mar 4, 2016 Speaker Trumbull 4.9
37 Evan Almighty Jun 22, 2007 God 4.7
64 Wanted Jun 27, 2008 Sloan 4.6
21 Just Getting Started Dec 8, 2017 Cast / Duke / Duke 3.7
43 Under Suspicion Sep 22, 2000 Executive Producer / Captain Victor Benezet 3.0
51 Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves Jun 14, 1991 Azeem 3.0
18 Momentum Oct 16, 2015 Senator / Senator 2.8
46 Kiss the Girls Oct 3, 1997 Dr. Alex Cross 2.6
42 The Big Bounce Jan 30, 2004 Walter Crewes 1.8
69 Nurse Betty Sep 8, 2000 Charlie 0.9
68 Bopha! Sep 24, 1993 Director tbd
54 Brubaker Jun 20, 1980 Walter tbd