Morgan Freeman Biography

Dolphin Tale

Dolphin Tale

Score: 8.06 / 10
Released: September 23, 2011
Director: Charles Martin Smith
Producer: Broderick Johnson, Andrew A. Kosove, Richard Ingber
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Cast: Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd, Nathan Gamble, Kris Kristofferson, Cozi Zuehlsdorff, Morgan Freeman, Austin Stowell
Genre: Family
Length: 113 minutes
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Morgan Freeman Biography


Date of Birth: June 1, 1937

Born in Memphis, Tennessee, Freeman studied acting at Los Angeles City College after a five-year stint in the Air Force. A true Renaissance man, he has done it all, from Broadway to children's television, soap operas and finally, starring roles in big budget features. He made his Broadway debut opposite Pearl Bailey in an all-black revival of Hello Dolly in 1968, and later gained broad exposure as Easy Reader in Educational TV's The Electric Company. "I discovered at 12 I was born to pretend," he says. "I studied ballet, tap, jazz—I could do all the moves. And I had singing lessons. I can do it all. I am show business!"

On the big screen from the early 1970s, Freeman made his breakthrough into big budget films with Brubaker (1980), starring Robert Redford. He won the National Society of Film Critics Best Supporting Actor Award for Street Smart (1987), and was nominated for a Best Actor Academy Award for his inspiring performance in Driving Miss Daisy (1989) and although he didn't win the statuette, he won a Golden Globe award for his work in the film, as well as a Silver Berlin Bear from the Berlin International Film Festival, an Image Award and a National Board of Review award. "I don't think of acting as a creative endeavor," Freeman says. "We're more craftsmen, because we don't create from nothing."

For his role as Red in The Shawshank Redemption (1994), Freeman received Oscar and Golden Globe nominations. He won an Empire Award as Best Actor for Se7en (1995), and in 2000, he received an Outstanding Achievement in Acting award at the Hollywood Film Festival as well as the Joseph Plateau Life Achievement Award at the Flanders International Film Festival. From the Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001, and got a well-deserved Star on the Walk of Fame on March 18, 2003. Now in his sixties, Freeman continues to work non-stop, winning awards and critical acclaim for nearly every performance. For Million Dollar Baby (2004), he received his fourth Oscar nomination and his first win. In 2010, he received a fifth Oscar nomination, this time for his portrayal of Nelson Mandela in Invictus (2009).

Freeman has continued to enjoy an exremely successful film career. He reprised his role as Lucius Fox in the final chapter of Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises (2012). He also starred in Last Vegas (2013) Now You See Me (2013) and Transcendence (2014). Due to the rich tones of his voice, he is often in demand as a narrator both for TV and film, for projects such as War of the Worlds (2005), the 2005 TV series Slavery and The Making of America, March of the Penguins (2005), The Mona Lisa Myth (2014), March of the Penguins 2: The Next Step (2017), America's Musical Journey (2018) and Alpha (2018), to name a few.

The legendary actor's most recent works include Now You See Me 2 (2016), in which he reprises his role as Thaddeus Bradley, the epic remake of the 1959 classic Ben Hur (2016), London Has Fallen (2016), the comedy Going in Style (2017) with Michael Caine and Alan Arkin and he played Drosselmeyer in The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018).

Freeman has been married and divorced twice. He has two children from his first marriage and two children from his second.


The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018)
Going in Style (2017)
Ben-Hur (2016) (2016)
Now You See Me 2 (2016)
London Has Fallen (2016)
5 Flights Up (2015)
Last Knights (2015)
Ted 2 (2015)
Transcendence (2014)
Island of Lemurs: Madagascar (2014)
The LEGO Movie (2014)
Transcendence (2014)
Last Vegas (2013)
Now You See Me (2013)
Oblivion (2013)
Olympus Has Fallen (2013)
The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
The Magic of Belle Isle (2012)
Dolphin Tale (2011)
Conan the Barbarian (2011)
Red (2010)
The Last Full Measure (2010)
Invictus (2009)
The Maiden Heist (2009)
The Code (2009)
The Dark Knight (2008)
Wanted (2008)
The Bucket List (2007)
Gone, Baby, Gone (2007)
The Feast of Love (2007)
Evan Almighty (2007)
The Contract (2006)
Lucky Number Slevin (2005)
An Unfinished Life (2005)
March of the Penguins (2005) (voice)
Batman Begins (2005)
Edison (2005)
Unleashed (2005)
Million Dollar Baby (2004)
An Unfinished Life (2004)
The Big Bounce (2004)
Bruce Almighty (2003)
Levity (2003)
Dreamcatcher (2003)
The Sum of All Fears (2002)
High Crimes (2002)
Along Came A Spider (2001)
Long Walk to Freedom (2001)
Nurse Betty (2000)
Water Damage (1999)
Deep Impact (1998)
Hard Rain (1998)
Amistad (1997)
Kiss the Girls (1997)
Chain Reaction (1996)
Moll Flanders (1996)
Se7en (1995)
Outbreak (1995)
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
The Power of One (1992)
Unforgiven (1992)
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)
The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990)
Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
Glory (1989)
Johnny Handsome (1989)
Lean on Me (1989)
Blood Money: The Story of Clinton and Nadine (1988)
Clean and Sober (1988)
Street Smart (1987)
Execution of Raymond Graham (1985)
Marie (1985)
That Was Then... This Is Now (1985)
Harry & Son (1984)
Teachers (1984)
Eyewitness (1981)
Brubaker (1980)
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (1978)

Filmography → Oscars™ Nominations and Awards

Actor Angel Has Fallen (2019)
Actor Going in Style (2017)
Actor Ben-Hur (2016)
Actor Ben-Hur 3D (2016)
Actor Now You See Me 2 (2016)
Actor 5 Flights Up (2015)
Actor Last Knights (2015)
Actor Ted 2 (2015)
Actor Dolphin Tale 2 (2014)
Actor The Lego Movie 3D (2014)
Actor Last Vegas (2013)
Actor Oblivion (2013)
Actor Born To Be Wild (2011)
Actor Dolphin Tale 3D (2011)
Actor RED (2010)
Actor Fate of a Nation (2009)
Actor Invictus (2009)
Morgan Freeman Invictus interview
Actor in a Leading Role Nominee
Actor The Dark Knight (2008)
Actor Wanted (2008)
Actor The Bucket List (2007)
Actor Evan Almighty (2007)
Actor Feast of Love (2007)
Actor Gone Baby Gone (2007)
Actor 10 Items or Less (2006)
Actor Batman Begins (2005)
Actor Edison Force (2005)
Actor Unleashed (2005) (2005)
Actor The Big Bounce (2004)
Actor Million Dollar Baby (2004) Actor in a Supporting Role Winner
Actor Bruce Almighty (2003)
Actor Levity (2003)
Actor High Crimes (2002)
Actor Nurse Betty (2000)
Actor Under Suspicion (2000)
Actor Deep Impact (1998)
Actor Moll Flanders (1996)
Actor Seven (1995)