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Morgan Freeman

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Born Memphis, TennesseeHandsome, lanky, and blessed with an immediately recognizable voice, Morgan Freeman is one of the most distinguished contemporary actors of both stage and screen. He won early plaudits in the plays Coriolanus (1980) and Driving Miss Daisy; he reprised his role in the latter in the 1989 movie adaptation. Freeman’s transition to film was seamless—he has also worked in television—and he was nominated several times for an Academy Award before winning an Oscar for his role in Million Dollar Baby (2004). Freeman works almost constantly, and among his more notable roles are as an African American soldier in the Civil War drama Glory (1989) and as the convict “Red” in the cult classic The Shawshank Redemption (1994), in which he also provides the narration. Freeman’s great pipes have made him a sought-after narrator of cartoons and documentaries. In 2007 he achieved a longtime dream by making a bio-pic about Nelson Mandela.The artist
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