Academy Award-winning actor 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. Freeman ranks within the Top 10 worldwide top-grossing actors of all time.
In 2005 Freeman won the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for his role in “Million Dollar Baby.” Freeman also received an Academy Award nomination in 1987 for Best Supporting Actor for “Street Smart,” in 1994 for Best Actor for “The Shawshank Redemption,” and in 2010 for Best Actor for “Invictus.” He also won the Golden Globe for Best Actor for his performance in “Driving Miss Daisy” in 1990. In 2010, Freeman won the National Board of Review Award for Best Actor for his performance as Nelson Mandela in “Invictus.”
The veteran actor was honored with the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award in 2018, recognizing his career achievement and humanitarian accomplishments.
Freeman is the force behind several humanitarian and charitable initiatives. He established the Tallahatchie River Foundation in his home state of Mississippi with his daughter, Morgana Freeman, in order to promote quality early childhood education for underserved youth. In response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Ivan in 2004, he formed the Grenada Relief Fund to help those affected. Since renamed PLANIT NOW, the organization continues to provide resources needed to prepare for natural disasters.
In his spare time, Freeman loves the freedom of both sea and sky; he is a long-time sailor and has earned a private pilot’s license. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Earth Biofuels, a company whose mission is to promote the use of clean-burning fuels. He also supports Artists for a New South Africa and the Campaign for Female Education.
Freeman has been named on the Forbes “Most Trustworthy Celebrities” list each of the five times it has been published since 2006.
Freeman will be seen next in film “The Comeback Trail” alongside Robert De Niro and Tommy Lee Jones, set for a December 2020 release. Lionsgate’s “The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard.”