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Biography #2 (for Evan Almighty)

Morgan Freeman's extensive feature film credits include Brubaker, Eyewitness, Harry & Son, Teachers, Marie, That Was Then...This Is Now, Street Smart (for which he won the Los Angeles, New York and National Society of Film Critics Awards for Best Supporting Actor of 1987, and was nominated for both Golden Globe and Academy Awards), Clean and Sober, Johnny Handsome, Glory, Driving Miss Daisy (for which Freeman earned his second Academy Award nomination as well as a Golden Globe Award and Silver Bear for Best Actor at the Berlin Film Festival in recreating the role that he created on stage), Chain Reaction and Paramount's adventure Hard Rain. In 1993, Freeman made his feature directorial debut with Bopha!, starring Danny Glover and Alfre Woodard and soon thereafter formed Revelations Entertainment, a production company developing entertainment product in all existing and emerging media that "enlightens, inspires and glorifies the human experience."

The Shawshank Redemption, based on a Stephen King novella, brought Freeman his third Academy Award nomination. He also starred as abolitionist Theodore Joadson in Steven Spielberg's Amistad; as the President of the United States in the box-office hit Deep Impact; and opposite Ashley Judd in the highly successful thriller Kiss the Girls. Neil LaBute's Nurse Betty, which saw Freeman performing with Chris Rock and Renée Zellweger, was released to critical acclaim in 2000. Freeman then reprised his Kiss the Girls role as Alex Cross in Along Came a Spider, which was a box-office smash in the spring of 2001. Freeman again starred with Ashley Judd in Carl Franklin's High Crimes; performed opposite Ben Affleck in the hit action thriller The Sum of All Fears, based on the Tom Clancy novel; starred alongside Billy Bob Thornton, Kirsten Dunst and Holly Hunter in the independent film Levity, which was selected to open the 2003 Sundance Film Festival; performed in Dreamcatcher, also based on a work by Stephen King; and The Big Bounce, a thriller based on a novel by Elmore Leonard. Freeman costarred in Clint Eastwood's Million Dollar Baby, which earned him a Golden Globe nomination, a SAG Award and an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Other recent credits include Luc Besson's Unleashed, opposite Jet Li; An Unfinished Life, opposite Robert Redford and Jennifer Lopez; Batman Begins; and the Academy Award-nominated March of the Penguins, which he narrated. Freeman most recently starred in Lucky Number Slevin, with Bruce Willis and Josh Hartnett; 10 Items or Less, with Paz Vega; and The Contract, with John Cusack. Recently, he finished production on Rob Reiner's The Bucket List, co-starring Jack Nicholson.

Currently, Freeman is filming the fantasy-thriller Wanted for Universal Pictures, with Angelina Jolie and James McAvoy; and will reprise his role as Lucius Fox in the next installment of the Batman series for Warner Bros., The Dark Knight.

Bio courtesy Universal Pictures for "Evan Almighty" (18-Jun-2007)


Biography #3 (for Million Dollar Baby)

Morgan Freeman became known nationally when he created the popular character Easy Reader on the highly praised public television children's show The Electric Company, although he was already known in New York's theater circles for the critical body of work and characters he had created there. Freeman won the Drama Desk Award, the Clarence Derwent Award and received a Tony Award Nomination for his outstanding performance in The Mighty Gents in 1978, and received more acclaim and an Obie Award for his appearance as the Shakespearean anti-hero Coriolanus at the New York Shakespeare Festival.

In 1984, Freeman won an additional Obie for his role as The Messenger in the acclaimed Brooklyn Academy of Music production of Lee Breuer's Gospel at Colonus. In 1985, he was awarded the Dramalogue Award for the same role. The role of Hoke Colburn in Alfred Uhry's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Driving Miss Daisy won him his third Obie Award. His most recent stage appearance was as Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew at the New York Shakespeare Festival's Delacorte Theater, with Tracey Ullman.

Freeman's numerous television credits include, notably, NBC's The Atlanta Child Murders, with Cicely Tyson, and CBS's The Execution of Raymond Graham. Film credits include: Brubaker, Eyewitness, Harry & Sons, Teachers, Marie, That Was Then, This Is Now, Street Smart (for which he won the LA, N.Y., and National Society of Film Critics Awards for Best Supporting Actor of 1987, and was nominated for both a Golden Globe award and an Academy Award), Clean & Sober, Johnny Handsome, Glory, Driving Miss Daisy (for which Freeman won his second Academy Award nomination, a Golden Globe Award and The Silver Bear for Best Actor at the Berlin Film Festival) and Chain Reaction. The Shawshank Redemption, a story of hope based on a Steven King novel, won Freeman his third Academy Award nomination.

Freeman was then seen in the thriller Kiss the Girls, produced by David Brown. He also starred in the Steven Spielberg production Amistad, as abolitionist Theodore Jackson; the adventure film Hard Rain, opposite Christian Slater; and as the President of the United States in the box office success Deep Impact. Following was Nurse Betty with Chris Rock and Renée Zellweger, which was released to critical acclaim in 2000, and Along Came a Spider, in which Freeman reprised his Kiss the Girls character, Alex Cross. This film was a box office smash in the spring of 2001. High Crimes, with Ashley Judd, was released in April of 2002, and the Tom Clancy thriller The Sum of All Fears, with Ben Affleck, was released in June 2002. Up next was Levity, directed by and co-starring Billy Bob Thornton, and another Steven King premise, Dreamcatcher, followed by Bruce Almighty, with Jim Carrey.

In 1993, Freeman made his film directorial debut with Bopha!, starring Danny Glover and Alfre Woodard, and soon after formed his production company, Revelations Entertainment.

Freeman recently wrapped production on several upcoming films including Unleashed with Jet Li, An Unfinished Life with Jennifer Lopez and Robert Redford, and Edison with Justin Timberlake, LL Cool J and Kevin Spacey.

Bio courtesy Warner Bros. for "Million Dollar Baby" (12-Mar-2005)


Biography #4 (for Dreamcatcher)

Morgan Freeman recently starred with Ben Affleck in the Tom Clancy thriller The Sum of All Fears and with Ashley Judd in High Crimes. Yet to be released are the films Levity, opposite Billy Bob Thornton, Bruce Almighty with Jim Carrey, The Big Bounce with Owen Wilson and Danny the Dog, with Jet Li.

Mr. Freeman received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor for his work in Frank Darabont's adaptation of Stephen King's The Shawshank Redemption, which like Dreamcatcher was made by Castle Rock Entertainment. He received a Golden Globe Award, the Berlin Film Festival's Silver Bear for Best Actor and an Academy Award nomination for his performance in Driving Miss Daisy.

Earlier in his career he won the Los Angeles, New York and National Society of Film Critics Awards and received Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for Best Supporting Actor for his work on Street Smart.

Mr. Freeman's recent work includes Along Came a Spider and Nurse Betty. He played the President of the United States in Deep Impact and abolitionist Theodore Jackson in Steven Spielberg¹s Amistad. His many film credits include The Unforgiven, Kiss the Girls, Bonfire of the Vanities, Lean on Me, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Outbreak, Seven, Brubaker, Eyewitness, Harry & Sons, Teachers, Marie, That Was Then, This Is Now, Clean and Sober, Johnny Handsome, Glory and Chain Reaction.

His television credits include notably NBC's The Atlanta Child Murders with Cicely Tyson and CBS¹ The Execution of Raymond Graham.

Mr. Freeman made his film-directing debut in 1993 with Bopha! starring Danny Glover and Alfre Woodard and soon after formed Revelations Entertainment, a production company developing entertainment product in all existing and emerging media that "enlightens, inspires and glorifies the human experience."

Morgan Freeman became known nationally when he created the popular character Easy Reader on the highly praised public television show The Electric Company, but he was already well known in New York's theatre circles.

He won the Drama Desk Award, the Clarence Derwent Award and a Tony Award nomination for his performance in The Mighty Gents (1978). He won Obie Awards for Coriolanus, at the New York Shakespeare Festival; for The Messenger in the acclaimed Brooklyn Academy of Music production of Gospel at Colonus (1984) and for Hoke Coleburn in Alfred Uhry's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Driving Miss Daisy (1985). His performance in Driving Miss Daisy also won him a Dramalogue Award. Mr. Freeman last appeared on stage in 1991 as Petruchio in the New York Shakespeare Festival's The Taming of the Shrew with Tracey Ullman.

Bio courtesy Warner Bros. for "Dreamcatcher" (03-Mar-2003)


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