Morgan Freeman

Morgan Freeman

Timeline of Morgan Freeman, a legendary actor known for his captivating performances across a wide range of roles. His iconic portrayals often exude wisdom, warmth, and a magnetic charisma that has earned him widespread acclaim and admiration.


June 01, 1937


Memphis, Tennessee, United States




Los Angeles City College, but he dropped out. He pursued his passion for acting through various theater and television roles, ultimately establishing himself as one of the most revered actors in Hollywood, despite not completing a formal degree.


01 June 1937

Birth of Morgan Freeman

Morgan Freeman was born on June 1, 1937, in Memphis, Tennessee, and grew up in Mississippi where he developed an early interest in acting.


20 March 1987

Release of 'Street Smart'

Morgan Freeman gained wider recognition and acclaim for his role as fast-talking pimp 'Fast Black' in 'Street Smart', for which he received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor.


15 December 1989

Release of 'Driving Miss Daisy'

Freeman's portrayal of Hoke Colburn in 'Driving Miss Daisy' cemented his status as a top-tier actor in Hollywood and earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor.


03 August 1992

Release of 'Unforgiven'

Morgan Freeman starred in 'Unforgiven', a Western directed by Clint Eastwood. The film was critically acclaimed and won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture.


23 September 1994

Release of 'The Shawshank Redemption'

Freeman played Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding in the critically acclaimed film 'The Shawshank Redemption'. The film is highly regarded and was nominated for multiple Academy Awards.


05 December 2004

Release of 'Million Dollar Baby'

Morgan Freeman landed a significant role in the film 'Million Dollar Baby', directed by Clint Eastwood. His performance won him the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.


27 February 2005

Academy Award Win

On February 27, 2005, Morgan Freeman won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in 'Million Dollar Baby' at the 77th Academy Awards.


15 June 2005

Release of 'Batman Begins'

Freeman played Lucius Fox in 'Batman Begins', a high-profile role in Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy. This film re-introduced Batman to a new generation and was a box office success.


19 October 2007

Release of 'Gone Baby Gone'

Morgan Freeman was featured in Ben Affleck's directorial debut, 'Gone Baby Gone', a film based on the novel by Dennis Lehane. His role as Captain Jack Doyle was critically noted.


11 December 2009

Release of 'Invictus'

Freeman portrayed South African President Nelson Mandela in the film 'Invictus' directed by Clint Eastwood. Freeman's performance was lauded, earning him an Oscar nomination for Best Actor.


18 March 2013

Release of 'Olympus Has Fallen'

Morgan Freeman appeared in the film 'Olympus Has Fallen', an action-thriller where he played the role of Speaker Trumbull. His performance contributed to the film's commercial success.


19 May 2013

Honoring through Degree

On May 19, 2014, Morgan Freeman was honored by Boston University with an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters for his contributions to the arts and his distinguished acting career.


12 September 2014

Release of 'Dolphin Tale 2'

In 'Dolphin Tale 2', a sequel to the 2011 film, Freeman reprised his role as Dr. Cameron McCarthy. The film was warmly received by audiences, particularly for its family-friendly themes.


22 August 2017

SAG Life Achievement Award

Morgan Freeman was announced the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award recipient on August 22, 2017, recognizing his career achievements and humanitarian accomplishments.

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