Morgan Freeman is a renowned actor and director who has appeared in several successful films like Driving Miss Daisy, The Shawshank Redemption, Glory, The Dark Knight, and Now You See Me.
Morgan Freeman joined the Airforce to become an Air Force pilot. But, he soon realized he wanted to act. So, he joined acting and did some small parts in various films in his starting years. After some years, he was offered big roles in some major projects that made him critically and commercially successful. Today, Morgan is one of the most successful stars in Hollywood.
Early Life & Biography
Morgan Freeman was born on June 1, 1937, in Memphis, Tennessee. Morgan is the youngest among his four siblings. His parents were not wealthy and struggled for a living. They frequently traveled to earn, and they finally settled in Chicago.
As a child, Morgan Freeman admired actors like Gary Cooper, Spencer Tracy, etc. When he was nine years and went to school, he joined acting and, at the age of 12, won a drama competition in Greenwood. He was good at acting, but he decided to become an air force pilot. He did not become a pilot and fly himself but was appointed to the ground radar work. He was not satisfied with the work and decided to try a hand in acting.
For earnings, he shifted to Los Angeles, California, and took classes for dancing and acting at Pasadena Playhouse in San Francisco. At the same time, he served as a transcript clerk at Los Angeles City College. In 1964, he worked as a dancer at the world’s fair. He made his Off-Broadway debut in 1967. He continued to work in the theatre for quite some time.
Initially, Morgan worked in a children’s show called the electric company. In the 80s, he became famous for playing supporting roles in some films. He worked in some successful films like Marie (1987) and Street Smart. Later, he received an Oscar nomination for his role in the movie Street Smart.
Some of his major roles at his early age were in movies like Glory, Driving miss daisy, The Shawshank redemption, seven, and deep impact. Also, his roles in Bruce Almighty, the bucket list, wanted, the dark knight, and Invictus were some of his major works. He finally won an Oscar award for Best Supporting Actor in Million Dollar Baby (2004).
Further, he shined with success in The Dark Knight Rises, Olympus has fallen, Oblivion, last knights, and Ted 2. Some of his most reputed roles are redeemed convict Red in The Shawshank Redemption and the South African president Nelson Mandela.
There is no significant information about his dating life. But some reports claim that he has two children from an extramarital affair. He married Jeanette Adair Bradshaw in 1967 and divorced her after 14 years.
After that, he got married to Myrna Colley-lee. They were considered a lovely couple. They were married for 23 years, but then they divorced. They didn’t have kids together, but they adopted Freeman’s stepdaughter from a previous marriage. His children are Alfonso Freeman, Saifoulaye Freeman, Deena Freeman, and Morgana Freeman.
Once, he met with a major road accident in Mississippi. He was badly injured and taken to the hospital by helicopter. He took a long time to recover. It was claimed that he was drunk while driving the car.
Net Worth & Salary in 2020/in 2019
As an actor, director, and narrator, Morgan Freeman has a net worth of $250 to $280 million in 2020. He has also known for his Academy award-winning role in Million Dollar baby. Most of his salaries are unknown, but it is sure that he earns huge amounts. He even claimed that his motivation for acting and working in films comes from money. He has said the only way to end racism is to stop talking about it as a different entity from American History.
Salary and Earnings
It is reported that he earns between $5 million to $10 million from a film. He even negotiates for profit from his successful films. He has acted in some major commercial hits like the Now you see me series that earned over 700 million dollars and the fallen franchise that earned $500 million. Morgan Freeman is ranked 4th highest in the box office, with a gross income of more than $4.316 billion. Regarding regular earnings from each film, Freeman earns around $74.4 Million.
Earnings From Other Projects
It is reported that the Oscar-winning actor earns between $1 million to $2 million to be the voice of the big brand Visa. He even endorses Ground Zero blues club. He supports the charities of the American Red Cross, Artists for a New South America, and 21-century leaders. He supports causes like Adoption, HIV and Aids, Children, cancer, and animals.
Morgan Freeman’s Significant Quotes
Some significant quotes from Morgan Freeman are:
- “As long as you feel like a victim, you are one.”
- “I can say that life is good for me. Has been and is good. So I think my task is to be good to it. How do you be good to live? You live it.”
- “If your life turns out to be good and you have a tremendous amount of luck in your life, it’s a good thing to turn around and make it work for others.”
- “The best way to guarantee a loss is to quit.”
- “Was I always going to be here? No, I was not. I was going to be homeless at one time, a taxi driver, truck driver, or any kind of job that would get me a crust of bread. You never know what’s going to happen.”
- “When you have made your choice, it is providence that is your guide. Good, bad, or indifferent. Your fate lies in that.”
Awards & Achievements
Morgan Freeman has received an Oscar nomination and an Academy Award for the best supporting actor in Million Dollar baby. His role in The Shawshank Redemption is considered one of his best roles. He won a critics award for his role in the film. Apart from that, he has been listed on various occasions.
- Full name: Morgan freeman
- Height: 1.88 m
- Weight: 79 kg
- Gender: Male
- Nationality: American
- Marital status: Divorced
- Age: 83 years