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Morgan Freeman is an actor, director and narrator who was born in Memphis, Tennessee in 1937. He was the youngest of five children and grew up in Chicago and Greenwood, Mississippi. He grew up looking up to such actors as Gary Cooper, Spencer Tracy and Sidney Poitier.
Freeman’s interest in acting was the result of being forced to participate in his junior high school’s drama competition after pulling a chair out from underneath a girl he had a crush on. He wound up excelling and received a partial drama scholarship to college. He turned down the scholarship to join the U.S. Air Force. He left the Air Force in 1959 and moved to New York in the early 1960s.
His big break came when he landed a part in the Black Broadway production of Hello, Dolly!. He received national exposure by appearing regularly on a public television produced children’s TV show called The Electric Company.
In 1987, Freeman won an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Street Smart. He went on to receive a second Oscar nomination and a Golden Glove Award for Best Actor for his well known role in Driving Miss Daisy. The 90’s saw him star in such big budget films as The Shawshank Redemption, Seven, and Deep Impact. His role in Million Dollar Baby won him an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in 2005, and he perfected his role as Lucius Fox in Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises.
In 2012, Freeman received the Cecil B. DeMille Award for his distinguished contributions to the entertainment world. In addition to his acting work, he has narrated in films such as War of the Worlds and March of the Penguins.
He’s played everyinthing from a prisoner, to a principal, to the President, and even God. Take a look back at what Mojo thinks are Freeman’s top 10 performances of all time.