Morgan Freeman won an Academy Award® for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Clint Eastwood's Million Dollar Baby for which he also won a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award® and received a Golden Globe nomination. The film Invictus (Nelson Mandela / Executive Producer) marked his second collaboration with director Clint Eastwood, following Freeman's role in the Oscar®-winning Best Picture Unforgiven.
Freeman has been honored with three additional Oscar® nominations, the first for his chilling performance in the 1987 drama Street Smart which also brought him Los Angeles, New York, and National Society of Film Critics Awards, and an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actor, as well as his first Golden Globe Award nomination. He earned his second Oscar® nomination and won Golden Globe and National Board of Review Awards for Best Actor for the 1989 film Driving Miss Daisy, in which he recreated his award-winning off-Broadway role. He gained his third Oscar® nod, as well as Golden Globe and SAG Award® nominations, for his performance in Frank Darabont's 1994 drama The Shawshank Redemption.
His more recent film work includes starring roles in Christopher Nolan's blockbusters The Dark Knight and Batman Begins; Rob Reiner's The Bucket List, opposite Jack Nicholson; Robert Benton's Feast of Love; Ben Affleck's Gone Baby Gone; Lucky Number Slevin; Lasse Hallström's An Unfinished Life, with Robert Redford and Jennifer Lopez; the Jet Li actioner Unleashed, written by Luc Besson; and the comedy Bruce Almighty and its sequel, Evan Almighty. He also lent his distinctive voice to Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds and the Oscar®-winning documentary March of the Penguins.
Freeman's earlier film credits include The Sum of All Fears, High Crimes, Along Came a Spider, Nurse Betty, Deep Impact, Hard Rain, Steven Spielberg's Amistad, Kiss the Girls, Se7en, Glory, Lean on Me, Clean and Sober, Marie, Teachers, Harry & Son and Brubaker.
In 1993, Freeman made his film directorial debut with Bopha! and soon after formed Revelations Entertainment. The company's most recent production was the Brad Silberling comedy 10 Items or Less, in which Freeman starred with Paz Vega.
The Memphis-born actor began his career on New York stages in the early 1960s, following a stint as a mechanic in the Air Force. A decade later, he became a nationally known television personality when he created the popular character Easy Reader on the popular children's show "The Electric Company."
Throughout the 1970s, he continued his work on stage, winning Drama Desk and Clarence Derwent Awards and receiving a Tony Award nomination for his performance in The Mighty Gents in 1978. In 1980, he won Obie Awards for his portrayal of Shakespearean anti-hero Coriolanus at the New York Shakespeare Festival and for his work in Mother Courage and Her Children. Freeman won another Obie in 1984 for his performance as The Messenger in the acclaimed Brooklyn Academy of Music production of Lee Breuer's The Gospel at Colonus and, in 1985, won the Drama-Logue Award for the same role. In 1987, Freeman created the role of Hoke Coleburn in Alfred Uhry's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Driving Miss Daisy, which brought him his fourth Obie Award. In 1990, Freeman starred as Petruchio in the New York Shakespeare Festival's "The Taming of the Shrew," opposite Tracey Ullman. Returning to the Broadway stage in 2008, Freeman starred with Frances McDormand and Peter Gallagher in Clifford Odett's drama The Country Girl, directed by Mike Nichols.