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Morgan Freeman was born in Memphis. Tennessee. As a young man, Freeman attended Los Angeles City College before serving in the U.S. Air Force as a mechanic between 1955 and 1959.
Freeman's first exposure to acting was on the stage when he appeared in an all-African American production of Hello, Dolly! He continued his stage work throughout the 1970s, receiving numerous awards and even being nominated for a Tony Award for his performance in the 1978 production of The Mighty Gents.
Freeman has won four Obie Awards, one for creating the role of Hoke Coleburn in Alfred Uhry's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Driving Miss Daisy.
Freeman first appeared on television as several characters including "Easy Reader," "Mel Mounds" and "Count Dracula" on the 1971 Children's Television Workshop (now Sesame Workshop) show The Electric Company.
For most of the 1980s, Freeman appeared in many films and earned his first Academy Award nomination for his portrayal of a hoodlum in the 1987 thriller Street Smart. He earned a second Academy Award nomination for his astounding performance in the 1989 film version of Driving Miss Daisy opposite the late Jessica Tandy. The same year, he starred in the war drama Glory, alongside Denzel Washington and Matthew Broderick. In the 1990s, Freeman’s star rose as he starred in successful movies such as 1991’s Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves with Kevin Costner and Alan Rickman, the 1992 Clint Eastwood-directed western The Unforgiven and 1994’s The Shawshank Redemption, which earned Freeman his third Academy Award nomination. He’s even shown his penchant for comedy playing G-d opposite Jim Carrey and Jennifer Aniston in 2003’s Bruce Almighty.
In honor of his 77th birthday, here is our list of the Top 10 Morgan Freeman movies.
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