Morgan Freeman

Morgan Freeman plays the character of Ellis Boyd Reading (Red) in the Shawshank Redemption movie. Freeman is an Academy Award winning actor, film director and a regular film narrator.

Film career

Freeman's first credited film appearance was in the 1971 movie Who Says I Can't Ride A Rainbow? He first became known in the American media through roles on the soap opera Another World and the PBS show The Electric Company.

During the '80s Freeman started playing prominent roles in feature films. He earned a reputation for playing wise characters. He played the chauffeur Hoke in Driving Miss Daisy, and Major Rawlins in Glory. In 1994 he played Red in The Shawshank Redemption. He later appeared in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Sev7en and Deep Impact.

Freeman has done much narration, with his distinctive voice. He has narrated War of the Worlds and March of the Penguins.

Morgan Freeman founded the movie production company Revelations Entertainment, in 1997.

Early years

Born on 1st June 197 in Clarksdale, Mississippi, Freeman has three older siblings. Whilst growing up Freeman also lived in Indiana and Chicago, USA. Whilst at school Freeman made his acting debut, playing the lead role in a school play, aged eight. He won a state-wide drama competition, whilst at high school aged twelve, and performed in a radio show based in Nashville, Tennessee. He turned down a partial drama scholarship, in 1955. Instead choosing to work as a mechanic in the United States Air Force.

Moving to Los Angeles in the early 1960s, he worked as a transcript clerk at the Los Angeles Community College. He also worked as a dancer in New York City at the 1964 World's Fair, during the same time. In San Francisco he was a member of the Opera Ring music group. Freeman's acting debut was in a touring company version of The Royal Hunt of the Sun. He appeared as an extra in the 1965 film The Pawnbroker. In 1967 Freeman made his off-Broadway debut with Viveca Lindfors in The Niggerlovers. He debuted on Broadway in the 1968 Hello, Dolly!.

Personal life

Morgan Freeman has been married twice, and has several children. He lives in Charleston, Mississippi, and New York City. He has a private pilots licence. He co-owns a restaurant and a blues club in Clarksdale, Mississippi.

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