Morgan Freeman is an American actor, film director, and narrator. Throughout his career, Morgan Freeman has been in over 90 film and television roles in a span of for over 50 years, he has been nominated for 5 Academy Award and won One Oscar for his role as Trainer Eddie Dupris in Million Dollar Baby, Other Nominations include Street Smart, The Shawshank Redemption, Invictus, and Driving Miss Daisy. Morgan Freeman was born in Memphis, Tennessee, on June 1, 1937. He has three older siblings. Freeman made his acting debut at age nine, playing the lead role in a school play. Morgan Freeman is one of the most highly renowned actors of his generation. Honors include the prestigious American Film Institute Life Time Achievement Award, the inaugural winner of the People’s Choice Movie Icon Award, and the distinguished Cecil B. DeMille Award, an honorary Golden Globe bestowed by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment.”
• Was a mechanic in the Air Force.
• Made Broadway debut in 1968 in an all-black version of Hello, Dolly!, with Pearl Bailey and Cab Calloway.
• Played Easy Reader, Count Dracula and other characters in the PBS children’s series Electric Company.
• Was 50 years old before he got his Hollywood big break in Street Smart (1987).
• Created the role of Hoke Colburn in the 1987 original off-Broadway production of Driving Miss Daisy. Two years later, he reprised the role for the film, for which he won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Oscar.
• Survived a near-fatal car accident in August 2007 and made a full recovery from his injuries.
• Was the subject of an Internet hoax in December 2010, when a Twitter user posted false information that Freeman had died.
• 2010, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama: Nominee
• 2012, Golden Globe — Cecil B. DeMille Award: Winner
• 2004, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role: Winner
• 1994, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
• 1987, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
• 2009, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
• 1995, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama: Nominee
• 1988, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
• 2012, People’s Choice Awards — Favorite Movie Icon: Winner
• 2016, Emmy — Outstanding Informational Series or Special: Nominee
• 1990, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy: Winner
• 2005, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
• 2004, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Winner
• 1978, Tony — Actor (Featured Role-Play): Nominee
• 2010, Critics’ Choice Movie Awards — Best Actor: Nominee
• 2005, Critics’ Choice Awards — Best Supporting Actor: Nominee
• 2009, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
• 2017, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Life Achievement Award: Winner
• 2004, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
• 2009, Critics’ Choice Awards — Best Acting Ensemble: Nominee
• 1988, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Supporting Male: Winner
• 1989, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
• 1994, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
• 2008, Critics’ Choice Awards — Best Acting Ensemble: Nominee
• 1990, Berlin Film Festival — Silver Bear for Best Actor: Winner
1 “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.”
2 “The best way to guarantee a loss is to quit.”
3 “When you have made your choice, it is providence that is your guide. Good, bad, or indifferent. Your fate lies in that.”
4 “I can say that life is good to me. Has been and is good. So I think my task is to be good to it. How do you be good to life? You live it.”
5 “One of the things you can always depend on – this is one of the truths of the universe, and you heard it first from here – whatever we decide we want to do is what we do.”
6 “As long as you feel like a victim, you are one.”
7 “I always tell my kids if you lay down, people will step over you. But if you keep scrambling, if you keep going, someone will always, always give you a hand. Always. But you gotta keep dancing, you gotta keep your feet moving.”
8 “Forgiveness liberates the soul, it removes fear.”
9 “If you live a life of make-believe, your life isn’t worth anything until you do something that does challenge your reality.”
10 “Don’t be different just for different’s sake. If you see it differently, function that way. Follow your own muse, always.”
11 “If you wake up and the snow is knee-deep outside, you are not filled with rage. It’s just something that you’ve got to cope with. If you’re living in a situation it’s the only situation that you know, and you’ve got to deal with it.”
12 “We humans are more concerned with having than with being.”
13 “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.”
14 “I once heard a wise man say there are no perfect men. Only perfect intentions.”
15 “If you want to see a miracle, be the miracle.”
16 “Learning how to be still, to really be still and let life happen – that stillness becomes a radiance.”
17 “How do we change the world? One random act of kindness at a time.”
18 “Never let pride be your guiding principle. Let your accomplishments speak for you.”
19 “Challenge yourself; it’s the only path which leads to growth.”
20 “Very often, you know, you stop walking because you say, ‘Well, I’m tired of climbing this hill. I’m never going to get to the top.’ And you’re only two steps from the top.”