Morgan Freeman is known for his distinguishing deep voice and several roles in a wide range of film genres. Born in Memphis, Tennessee, US in 1937, Freeman was raised in Mississippi where he began acting in school plays. Although he has been active since 1964, he rose to fame in the 1970s for his role in the children’s TV series The Electric Company.
He had his breakout in Street Smart where he played hustler, which earned him an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actor in 1987. He has since then won several awards and earned himself nominations.
In addition to acting, Freeman is a director and a narrator. He directed the movie Bopha in 1993. He also founded film production company Revelations Entertainment with his business partner Lori McCreary.
The 85 year old actor is one of the few American actors who consistently received roles not specifically written for Black actors, says Britannica Editors. Rotten Tomatoes, in a review of the actor, says “his wise and genial presence made a perfect fit to play president and even gods, Morgan Freeman was a true fan favorite.