9 Fascinating Facts About Morgan Freeman

Morgan freeman was born on June one, 1937 in Memphis, Tennessee. he’s the son of Mayme Edna (née Revere; 1912–2000), a teacher, and Morgan Porter field freeman, a barber who died on Gregorian calendar month twenty seven, 1961, from cirrhosis of the liver. He has 3 older siblings. in keeping with a deoxyribonucleic acid analysis, a number of his ancestors were from Niger. freeman was sent as an child to his paternal granny in Charleston, Mississippi.He moved frequently during his childhood, living in forest, Mississippi; point of entry, Indiana; and at last Chicago, Illinois.

Freeman made his acting debut at age nine, playing the lead role in a school play. He then attended Broad Street High School, a building which serves today as Thread gill Elementary School, in Greenwood, Mississippi. At age 12, he won a statewide drama competition, and while still at Broad Street High School, he performed in a radio show based in Nashville, Tennessee. In 1955, he graduated from Broad Street, but turned down a partial drama scholarship from Jackson State University, opting instead to enlist in the United States Air Force and served as an Automatic Tracking Radar Repairman, rising to the rank of Airman 1st Class.

After four years in the military, he moved to Los Angeles, California, where he took acting lessons at the Pasadena Playhouse and dancing lessons in San Francisco in the early 1960 and worked as a transcript clerk at Los Angeles City College. During this period, Freeman also lived in New York City, working as a dancer at the 1964 World’s Fair, and in San Francisco, where he was a member of the Opera Ring musical theater group. He acted in a touring company version of The Royal Hunt of the Sun, and also appeared as an extra in the 1965 film The Pawnbroker. Freeman made his off-Broadway debut in 1967, opposite Viveca Lindfors in The Nigger Lovers about the Freedom Riders during the American Civil Rights Movement), before debuting on Broadway in 1968’s all-black version of Hello, Dolly! which also starred Pearl Bailey and Cab Calloway.

He continued to be involved in theater work and received the Obie Award in 1980 for the title role in Coriolanus. In 1984, he received his second Obie Award for his role as the preacher in The Gospel at Colonus. Freeman also won a Drama Desk Award and a Clarence Derwent Award for his role as a wino in The Mighty Gents. He received his third Obie Award for his role as a chauffeur for a Jewish widow in Driving Miss Daisy, which was adapted for the screen in 1989.

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9. DNA TEST

 According to a DNA analysis, some of his ancestors were from Niger.

8. Academy Award record breaker.

He is the first African American actor to have been in 3 Academy Award Best Picture winners.

7. Fluent French.

Freeman learned to speak French at UCLA, and has become fluent in the language.

6. Beekeeper.

At his home in Mississippi, Freeman houses 26 beehives. In his humanitarian work, he understands the importance of bees and wanted to have his own, including learning how to care for them. He also says he never wears special protection and that he has yet to be stung.

5. The role of a boxing coach in three separate films

In three of his film roles, Freeman played a character who was teaching someone how to box. These films were, The Power of One, Kiss the Girls, and Million Dollar Baby.

4. Against Black History Month

He has been known to criticize Black History Month and has said, “You’re going to relegate my history to a month? I don’t want Black History Month. Black history is American history.”

3. Struggled for years until he caught his big break.

Freeman starred in several Broadway and Off-Broadway productions and films throughout the 70’s and 80’s, but it wasn’t until the 1987 film Street Smart that he got his big break. He earned his first Oscar nomination that year for Best Supporting Actor. He is a great example of being persistent and never giving up on your dreams!

2. Discovered acting from a school punishment.

When Morgan Freeman was in junior high, he pulled a chair out from under a girl (who he says he had a crush on). As a punishment, he was ordered to participate in the school’s drama program and discovered his love for the craft.

1. Military

Morgan Freeman was in the United States Air Force from 1955 to 1959.  In fact, he declined a scholarship to study drama at Jackson State University to join the military. It was after he left the military that he began studying acting at a collegiate level at LA City College in the early 60’s.

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