Who is Morgan Freeman?
A: Morgan Freeman is an American actor, director, and narrator.
He is known for his distinctive what?
A: Deep voice and various roles in a wide variety of film genres.
Throughout his career spanning over five decades, he
has received multiple accolades, including what?
A: An Academy Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a Golden Globe Award.
Where was he born?
A: In Memphis, Tennessee.
Where was Freeman raised?
A: In Mississippi where he began acting in school plays.
He rose to fame in the 1970s for his role in what?
A: The children's television series The Electric Company.
Freeman then appeared in what Shakespearean plays?
A: Coriolanus and Julius Caesar, the former of which earned him an Obie Award.
His breakout role was in what film?
A: Street Smart (1987), playing a hustler, which earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
He achieved further stardom in what three movies?
A: Glory (1989), the biographical drama Lean on Me (1989), and comedy-drama Driving Miss Daisy (1989), the latter of which garnered him his first Academy Award nomination for Best Actor.
In 1992, Freeman starred alongside whom in the western
revenge film Unforgiven?
A: Clint Eastwood.
In 1994, he starred in what the prison drama?
A: The Shawshank Redemption for which he received another Academy Award nomination.
Freeman also starred in what David Fincher crime
A: Se7en (1995).
Freeman won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
for his performance in what?
A: Clint Eastwood's 2004 sports drama Million Dollar Baby.
In 2009, he received his fifth Oscar nomination for
A: Former South African President Nelson Mandela in Eastwood's Invictus.
Freeman is also known for his performance as Lucius Fox in what?
A: Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Trilogy (2005–2012).
In addition to acting, Freeman directed what drama?
A: Bopha! (1993).
He also founded what film production company?
A: Revelations Entertainment with business partner Lori McCreary.
He is the recipient of the Kennedy Center Honor, the AFI Life Achievement Award, the Cecil B. DeMille Award, and the Screen Actors Guild what?
A: Life Achievement Award.
For his performances in theatrical productions, he has
won how many Obie Awards?
A: One of the most prestigious honors for recognizing excellence in theatre.
According to DNA analysis, some of his ancestors were
A: The Songhai and Tuareg people of Niger.
Some of Freeman's great-great-grandparents were what?
A: slaves who migrated from North Carolina to Mississippi.
Freeman later discovered that his Caucasian maternal
great-great-grandfather had lived with and was buried beside whom?
A: Freeman's African American great-great-grandmother in the segregated South, as the two could not legally marry at the time.
As an infant, Freeman was sent to where?
A: To his paternal grandmother in Charleston, Mississippi.
When Freeman was 16 years old, he contracted what?
He made his acting debut at what age?
A: Nine, playing the lead role in a school play.
He then attended what high school?
A: Broad Street High School, a building which serves today as Threadgill Elementary School, in Greenwood, Mississippi.
At age 12, he won a what?
A: A statewide drama competition, and while settling into school, discovered music and theatre.
Freeman graduated high school in 1955 but turned down a
partial drama scholarship from where?
A: Jackson State University, opting instead to enlist in the United States Air Force.
In the air force he served as what?
A: An Automatic Tracking Radar repairman, rising to the rank of airman first class.
After serving from 1955 to 1959, he moved to where?
A: Los Angeles, California, and took acting classes at the Pasadena Playhouse.
He also studied theatre arts at Los Angeles City
College, where a teacher encouraged him to embark on what?
A: A dance career.