After beginning his acting career on the off-Broadway stage productions of The Niggerlovers and the all- African-American production of Hello Dolly
, Freeman segued into television. Many people grew up watching him on the long-running Children's Television Workshop classic The Electric Company
, where he played several recurring characters. Looking for his next challenge, he set his sights on both The Great White Way and silver screen simultaneously and quickly began to fill his resume with memorable performances. In 1978 Freeman won a Drama Desk Award his role as Zeke in The Mighty Gents
. He also received a Tony Nomination for Best Performance by a Featured Actor. His stage work continued to earn him accolades and awards, including Obie Awards in 1980, 1984 and 1987 and a second Drama Desk Nomination in 1987 for the role of Hoke Colburn which he created for the Alfred Uhry play Driving Miss Daisy
and reprised in the 1989 movie of the same name.
Freeman won the Academy Award in 2005 for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Million Dollar Baby
. In 1990 he won the Golden Globe for Best Actor for his performance in Driving Miss Daisy
. Freeman also received an Academy Award nomination in 1987 for Best Supporting Actor for Street Smart and in 1994 for Best Actor for The Shawshank Redemption
. In 2010 he received an Academy Award nomination, a Golden Globe nomination and a Broadcast Critics Association nomination for his performance as Nelson Mandela in the acclaimed film Invictus
. He also won the National Board of Review award for Best Actor and was the films executive producer.
Morgan Freeman is one of the most recognizable figures in American cinema. His works are among the most critically and commercially successful films of all time and Freeman himself ranks 10 among worldwide top-grossing actors of all time. His films have earned over $3 billion in cumulative ticket sales. Whether a role requires an air of gravitas; a playful smile, twinkle of the eye or a world-weary, yet insightful soul, Freeman's ability to delve to the core of a character and infuse it with a quiet dignity has resulted in some of the most memorable portrayals ever recorded on film.
Freemans credits include The Dark Knight, The Bucket List, Glory, Clean and Sober, Lean on Me, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Unforgiven, Se7en, Kiss the Girls, Amistad, Deep Impact, Nurse Betty, The Sum of All Fears, Bruce Almighty, Nurse Betty, Coriolanus, Attica, Brubaker, Eyewitness, Death of a Prophet and Along Came a Spider
. He also narrated two Academy Award documentaries The Long Way Home
and The March of The Penguins