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Morgan Freeman (born June 1, 1937) is an American actor, director, and narrator. He has appeared in a range of film genres portraying character roles and is particularly known for his distinctive deep voice. Freeman is the recipient of various accolades, including an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award.

Born in Memphis, Tennessee, Freeman was raised in Mississippi where he began acting in school plays. He studied theatre arts in Los Angeles and appeared in stage productions in his early career. He rose to fame in the 1970s for his role in the children's television series The Electric Company. Freeman then appeared in the Shakespearean plays Coriolanus and Julius Caesar, the former of which earned him an Obie Award. His breakout role was in Street Smart (1987), playing a hustler, which earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He achieved further stardom in Glory, the biographical drama Lean on Me, and comedy-drama Driving Miss Daisy (all 1989), the latter of which garnered him his first Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. In 1992 he starred alongside Clint Eastwood in the western revenge film Unforgiven; this would be the first of several collaborations with Eastwood. In 1994, Freeman starred in the prison drama The Shawshank Redemption for which he received another Academy Award nomination. Freeman also starred in David Fincher's crime thriller Se7en (1995), and Steven Spielberg's historical drama Amistad (1997). Freeman won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Clint Eastwood's 2004 sports drama Million Dollar Baby. In 2009 he received his fifth Oscar nomination for playing South African President Nelson Mandela in Eastwood's Invictus. Freeman is also known for his performances in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Trilogy (2005-2012).

In addition to acting, Freeman has directed the drama Bopha! (1993). He also founded film production company Revelations Entertainment with business partner Lori McCreary. He is the recipient of the Kennedy Center Honor, the AFI Life Achievement Award, the Cecil B. DeMille Award, and the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award. For his performances in theatrical productions, he has won three Obie Awards, one of the most prestigious honors for recognizing excellence in theatre.

I hate the word homophobia. It's not a phobia. You're not scared. You're an asshole.

--Morgan Freeman

I seldom get into the mood of the story. It's acting. I go in, I act, I quit. I don't take anything away from it.

--Morgan Freeman

I am passionate about what is going on with the oceans, mainly because we are for some idiotic reason, really screwing it up. I mean, we're really killing the ocean. It's like putting out the sun. Without it, there is no us.

--Morgan Freeman

Don't be different just for different's sake. If you see it differently, function that way. Follow your own muse, always.

--Morgan Freeman

The public feels that if it's on the Internet and you can access it, you deserve it. You haven't committed any kind of crime. We may even have to rename piracy. But in any case, we have to confront it.

--Morgan Freeman

I'm not digging tunnels, I'm not building buildings. My work is not hard, my work is refreshing, my work is pleasant. The more the better. Lying around and getting no job is debilitating.

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There's an exercise we do where someone is sat behind you and you're asked to close your eyes and fall backwards. That's acting.

--Morgan Freeman

I have to deal with being famous. Sometimes I have to tell people I don't do autographs, thank you very much. At certain places, I refuse to have my photograph taken.

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From early childhood, my thrust was to get into the movies.

--Morgan Freeman

I'm not a comedian. I don't make things funny if they're not funny. I don't invent funny stuff.

--Morgan Freeman

If you sat down and you wrote a script, you may write something that's way beyond what you've ever seen me do, but if you thought of me to do it, I would be flattered to be asked to do something other than be wise.

--Morgan Freeman

Being blind is as simple as closing your eyes. The blind don't act any different than you or I. You never see a blind person going around saying, 'I'm blind.' So if you want to play blind just close your eyes and keep them closed and fare thee well.

--Morgan Freeman

But I was 22 before I took my first dance class. I had never been athletic, so I was very stiff; I still am. I think what I got mostly from dance was carriage.

--Morgan Freeman

If you dream you've got to dream that it's going to happen. Remember that. If you dream you have to imagine that it will actually happen.

--Morgan Freeman

In growing up, I was a child of the movies. I went to the movies every given opportunity, and that's pretty much what has informed a lot of my choices.

--Morgan Freeman

Working on stage is really a great voice developer.

--Morgan Freeman

Very often, you know, you stop walking because you say, 'Well, I'm tired of climbing this hill. I'm never going to get to the top.' And you're only two steps from the top.

--Morgan Freeman

You know, the ancient Egyptians had a beautiful belief about death. When their souls got to the entrance to heaven, the guards asked two questions. Their answers determined whether they were able to enter or not. 'Have you found joy in your life?' 'Has your life brought joy to others?'

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Your job is always the same if it's a juggernaut or if it's just one of these little jewels of a film that's gonna wind up at the Laemmle or something, so your job doesn't change whatsoever... give it your best shot.

--Morgan Freeman

Which lady would I like to meet? Um, I don't know that there's anybody left that I didn't meet. But the one that I really wanted to meet died and that was Princess Diana. I really wanted to get to know her. I like her.

--Morgan Freeman

If you're not living on the edge then you're taking up a little too much space.

--Morgan Freeman

A scientist sounds like a scientist because the things that come out of their mouth don't stumble, that's all. If they said, And the, um, a microwave, uh, you know, then you don't sound right, but if you can just get it out without stumbling then you're going to sound fine.

--Morgan Freeman

In my home, who is my boss? If you ask my wife she'll say certainly not her. She claims that she can't make me do anything and so she's not my boss. I am. I'm pretty sure, maybe.

--Morgan Freeman

Nobody is trying to save energy. We're trying to shift our use of fuel. Forget saving energy; if we get the right kind of energy, there are endless amounts.

--Morgan Freeman

I'm easy going for the most part but sometimes in the morning if I didn't sleep well I can be kind of grumpy. But my grumpiness doesn't have that much to do with my dissatisfaction with my station in life.

--Morgan Freeman

They're talking about kids who have grand mal seizures, and they've discovered that marijuana eases that down to where these children can have a life. That right there, to me, says, 'Legalize it across the board!'

--Morgan Freeman

I'm making a great effort because sometimes life is not enjoyable. Sometimes it's painful and sometimes it's stressful, sometimes it's agonizing even, so I think once you get around those humps: strive for pleasure and peace.

--Morgan Freeman

If I stay at home, I'm not famous. I'm only famous when I'm out in the streets, so I don't go out on the streets much.

--Morgan Freeman

I just wanted to be an actor. It's better to be well-rounded.

--Morgan Freeman

Is listening important? I can't think of a single walk of life where it wouldn't be.

--Morgan Freeman

I don't need any more press. I get enough when I work, but environmental causes is one place where you can get me to open my mouth. And put my foot in it if necessary. I think the only thing I do that gives me any bragging rights in terms of energy conservation is sailing. Just using wind power.

--Morgan Freeman

Even through my good-looking youth, I wasn't called on for any romantic parts, which is okay. What I was called on to do, I enjoyed doing. The funny thing about life is that if you live long enough, I think, you'll get every wish you ever had. It'll all come true.

--Morgan Freeman

I was always ambitious. I always wanted to be more than I was....I always wanted to be a movie actor.

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I know people are saying they like you. I'm not being insulted or pushed around or anything. People are coming up because they like me. Nevertheless, I can't be everybody's...none of us can. I hate saying no to people.

--Morgan Freeman

I want to be up there, being lauded and applauded and given all these and on the red carpet, waving at the hordes of people.

--Morgan Freeman

The surest way to lose at any endeavor is to quit.

--Morgan Freeman

Playing is no challenge; every time that you get a role you get to go play with other people in the sandbox and so there is no challenge, real challenge. The challenge, the major challenge is getting the work, finding the sandbox.

--Morgan Freeman

I believe it doesn't really matter where you work as long as you work. Keep sharpening your teeth.

--Morgan Freeman

It's just the stupidest law possible... You're just making criminals out of people who aren't engaged in criminal activity. And we're spending zillions of dollars trying to fight a war we can't win! We could make zillions, just legalize it and tax it like we do liquor. It's stupid.

--Morgan Freeman

These walls are funny. First you hate 'em, then you get used to 'em. Enough time passes, you get so you depend on them. That's institutionalized.

--Morgan Freeman

Marketing only really works with word of mouth.

--Morgan Freeman

I've never had any intimate relationships with a dolphin.

--Morgan Freeman

I don't do cold. My reaction to cold is drastic. I'm a southern boy.

--Morgan Freeman

I've always been really hot on westerns. All my life growing up, cowboy, cowboy, cowboy.

--Morgan Freeman

If your life turns out to be good and you have a tremendous amount of luck in your life, it's a good thing to turn around and make it work for others.

--Morgan Freeman

I have four children and nine grandchildren. I'm presently wearing out my second wife.

--Morgan Freeman

Donald Trump is the Honey Boo Boo of rich people.

--Morgan Freeman

My earrings are worth just enough to buy me a coffin if I die in a strange place. That was the reason why sailors used to wear them.

--Morgan Freeman

I always wanted to be a fireman, a cop, an Indian chief, a doctor, a lawyer. I always wanted to be all these things, so I am drawn to these kinds of characters.

--Morgan Freeman

I once heard a wise man say there are no perfect men. Only perfect intentions.

--Morgan Freeman

If we don't save the oceans, if we don't do something about what we're doing to the oceans, as well as the planet at large, we're going to be really sorry.

--Morgan Freeman

I'm a firm believer that things happen as they should. The universe unfolds just as it's supposed to.

--Morgan Freeman

Attacking People With Disabilities is the Lowest Display of Power I Can Think Of.

--Morgan Freeman

We humans are more concerned with having than with being.

--Morgan Freeman

As long as you feel like a victim, you are one.

--Morgan Freeman

You measure yourself by the people who measure themselves by you.

--Morgan Freeman

Literacy could be the ladder out of poverty.

--Morgan Freeman

Learning how to be still, to really be still and let life happen -- that stillness becomes a radiance.

--Morgan Freeman

If you want to see a miracle, be the miracle.

--Morgan Freeman

Challenge yourself; it's the only path which leads to growth.

--Morgan Freeman

I was raised in Mississippi, so heat and humidity is my bread and butter. It keeps me going. I can't stand cold weather.

--Morgan Freeman

How do we change the world? One random act of kindness at a time.

--Morgan Freeman

All my life, all my life that I can, as far back as I can remember, I saw my first movie when I was six years old. And since then I wanted to do that. I wanted to be a part of that.

--Morgan Freeman

I don't know what my favorite film of mine is... But I think the most important film I was in was 'Glory.'

--Morgan Freeman

Man is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance.

--Morgan Freeman

I like the character roles. Somewhere back there I really came to the conclusion in my mind that the difference between acting and stardom was major. And that if you become a star, people are going to go to see you. If you remain an actor, they're going to go and see the story you're in.

--Morgan Freeman

I find it difficult to watch myself... I find it boring.

--Morgan Freeman

Dr. Martin Luther King is not a black hero. He is an American hero.

--Morgan Freeman

And some places you been before are so great that you don't ever mind going back. Some places you been before you don't ever want to go back, you know, like Montreal in the Winter.

--Morgan Freeman

I like the blues a lot. I grew up on it.

--Morgan Freeman

Let me be the first to tell you, drinking alcohol is the worst thing to do in cold weather. Hot soup is the best because the process of digesting food helps to warm you up.

--Morgan Freeman

If you live a life of make-believe, your life isn't worth anything until you do something that does challenge your reality. And to me, sailing the open ocean is a real challenge, because it's life or death.

--Morgan Freeman

I don't want a Black History Month. Black history is American history.

--Morgan Freeman

As you grow in this business, you learn how to do more with less.

--Morgan Freeman

I want to thank everybody and anybody who ever had anything to do with the making of this picture.

--Morgan Freeman

I'm not intimidated by lead roles. I'm better in them. I don't feel pressure. I feel released at times like that. That's what I'm born to do.

--Morgan Freeman

This kid came up with Napster, and before that, none of us thought of content protection.

--Morgan Freeman

It's what I learn from the great actors that I work with. Stillness. That's all and that's the hardest thing.

--Morgan Freeman

Most of the time it's the role. Sometimes it's the story and sometimes it just the paycheck. It's the little movies that come out as stories or the fact that I have work to go out, you know what I'm saying, you can only be out so long without work, you start getting antsy.

--Morgan Freeman

I knew at an early age I wanted to act. Acting was always easy for me. I don't believe in predestination, but I do believe that once you get where ever it is you are going, that is where you were going to be.

--Morgan Freeman

I've been living with myself all of my life, so I know all of me. So when I watch me, all I see is me. It's boring.

--Morgan Freeman

The best way to guarantee a loss is to quit.

--Morgan Freeman

Martin Luther King Jr. is remembered as our prince of peace, of civil rights. We owe him something major that will keep his memory alive.

--Morgan Freeman

When I was doing theater, I was very successful at believing that I was great, God's gift to the theater.

--Morgan Freeman

I joined the air force. I took to it immediately when I arrived there. I did three years, eight months, and ten days in all, but it took me a year and a half to get disabused of my romantic notions about it.

--Morgan Freeman

I do know there are a lot of people who seem to be in my corner, and that's, of course, wonderful. I'm really more interested in the nomination than in the award, because I think the nomination just puts you within a group of outstanding actors.

--Morgan Freeman

Not only do I have to live, right, I have to get some cash for my troubles -- it's a scary thing, and people need to start to think about the messages that they send in the movies.

--Morgan Freeman

Life doesn't offer you promises whatsoever so it's very easy to become, 'Whatever happened to... ?' It's great to be wanted. I spent a few years not being wanted and this is better.

--Morgan Freeman

I am going to stop calling you a white man and I'm going to ask you to stop calling me a black man.

--Morgan Freeman

It can have an enormous effect because big budget movies can have big budget perks, and small budget movies have no perks, but what is the driving force, of course, is the script, and your part in it.

--Morgan Freeman

My parents were working in a hospital in Memphis. But I didn't live there for any length of time that I remember. The first thing I remember is the town in Mississippi that I live in now, Charleston.

--Morgan Freeman

I feel fine, I don't care who the director is. All you have to do is know what your doing -- all of us -- everybody in the business -- that's all you ask anyone -- you know your job, I know mine, let's go do it.

--Morgan Freeman

And that if you become a star, people are going to go to see you. If you remain an actor, they're going to go and see the story you're in.

--Morgan Freeman

Give me something interesting to play and I'm happy.

--Morgan Freeman

Was I always going to be here? No I was not. I was going to be homeless at one time, a taxi driver, truck driver, or any kind of job that would get me a crust of bread. You never know what's going to happen.

--Morgan Freeman

I can only be so long without work before I start getting antsy.

--Morgan Freeman

People hear that and say I'm being modest, but I am not a modest person, but I have to be truthful about what I'm doing and what I'm doing is channeling.

--Morgan Freeman

I don't get off on romantic parts. But I often think if I had had my dental work done early on, well, maybe.

--Morgan Freeman

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