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Who Is Morgan Freeman?

Morgan Freeman is a notable American film narrator and actor who has a net worth of $280 million. He is an icon in the movie industry and has won many awards. Some of his most famous movies include The Million Dollar Baby, Invictus, Wanted, Red, Lucy, and Now You See Me. Some classic movies that Freeman starred in include The Shawshank Redemption, Glory, Seven, Amistad, Driving Me Daisy, and Lean on Me.

Personal Details

Celebrity Name: Morgan Freeman
Full Name: Morgan Freeman
Gender: Male
Birth Date: June 1, 1937
Birth Place: Memphis, Tennessee, US
Age: 83
Height: 1.88m
Weight: 79 kilos
Nationality: American
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Status: Divorced
Wife: Jeanette Adair Bradshaw, married 1967 to 1979; Myrna Colley-Lee, married 1984 to 2010
Children: Morgana Freeman, Deena Freeman, Saifoulaye Freeman, Alfonso Freeman
Profession: American movie narrator and actor
Net Worth: $280 million

Early Life

Morgan Freeman was born on June 1, 1937, in Memphis, Tennessee, to parents Morgan Portfield Freeman and Mayme Edna. His father was a barber who passed away in 1961 due to cirrhosis. Meanwhile, his mother was a teacher who passed away in 2000. He has three other siblings and came from African ancestry.

While he was still an infant, Freeman was sent to his grandparents and while growing up, he had to move often. He first went to Charleston, Mississipi, then to Greenwood, Mississipi, and Gary, Indiana, and finally settled in Chicago, Illinois.

He was only nine when he began acting. At 12, he was the winner of a drama competition. He went to Broad Street High School and graduated there in 1955. When he was 16, he suffered severely from pneumonia and almost died from the sickness.

Wanting to be enlisted in the United States Air Force, Freeman turned down a scholarship offered by Jackson State University. When he was at the Air Force, he worked as an automatic tracking radar repairman. After serving four years in the military, he went to LA and took acting lessons. At the same time, he worked as a transcript clerk at the LA City College to make ends meet.

Morgan Freeman’s Net Worth

Personal Life

While he was young, he has two children outside of his marriage and Alfonso Freeman is one of them. In October 1967, he married Jeanette Adair Bradshaw. The couple ended their relationship in November 1979.

A few years later, he met Myrna Colley-Lee and married her in June 1984. The two got separated in 2007 with their divorce finalized in 2010. While they were still together, Morgan and Myrna adopted Morgan’s step-granddaughter, E’dena Hines, and raised her together. Sadly, Hines was murdered in New York. She was 33 years old.

In 2004, Freeman was one of the people who formed the Grenada Relief Fund to help people who were affected by Hurricane Ivan.


After moving to Los Angeles, Morgan took acting and dancing lessons as he was motivated to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. After completing his classes, he joined a theatre group and worked with a touring company.

Freeman made his debut in Broadway in the “The Niggers Play.” Right after, he also appeared in an all-black version of Hello, Dolly. Because of this, his acting talents were discovered, particularly by producers and directors in the mainstream business.

He was then given a role in an educational program for children, where he eventually became a regular. The TV show ran for six seasons and had received positive reviews. His acting career started to look promising but he mostly got minor roles.

The breakthrough of his acting career happened when he starred in Street Smart. He was praised for his performance in this movie and since then, was given a lot of projects over the years.

Some of his early movies include Brubaker, Marie, That Was Then… This Is Now, Glory, Lean on Me, Johnny Handsome, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Unforgiven, The Shawshank Redemption, Outbreak, Seven, and Deep Impact.

His later movies include Evan Almighty, Gone, Baby, Gone, Wanted, The Dark Knight, RED, The Dark Knight Rises, Olympus Has Fallen, Oblivion, Now You See Me, Lucy, London Has Fallen, Now You See Me 2, Just Getting Started, and The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.

Awards and Achievements

Morgan Freeman has been nominated for several Grammy, Academy, and SAG Awards. He also won several awards and received various honors during his career. Some of them are:

  • Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor on Million Dollar Baby
  • Golden Globe Award for Best Actor with Driving Miss Daisy
  • Screen Actors Guild Award for Million Dollar Baby
  • Lifetime Achievement Award from Mississippi’s Best Awards
  • 2008 Kennedy Center Honoree
  • 2011 AFI Life Achievement Award 
  • 2012  Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award
  • 2017  54th recipient of the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award

Morgan Freeman Total Net Worth

To date, Morgan Freeman has a net worth of $280 million. He is one of the most respected and successful actors in Hollywood. He is considered an icon, with many of his movies are critically acclaimed. Most of his wealth comes from the many movies that he starred in. Apart from that, he is the owner of Ground Zero, a blues club in Clarksdale, where he also receives a stable income. He currently lives in  New York and Charleston, Mississippi.