Morgan Freeman: Career in pictures
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Morgan Freeman: Career in pictures

Morgan Freeman: Career in pictures
Morgan Freeman has played the president of the United States, a driver, a soldier, Nelson Mandela, a boxing trainer and God -- twice. He has been honored with numerous awards, including an Oscar, a Golden Globe an AFI Lifetime Achievement Award. Here’s a look at some of his many roles. (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)
‘The Electric Company’ (1971-77)
Morgan Freeman first came into most people’s consciousness on screen through his involvement (1971-77) with the kids television show “The Electric Company.” With Rita Moreno, Jim Boyd, Mel Brooks and more, Freeman was in 780 episodes of the show in numerous roles, including Count Dracula. (PBS)
‘Driving Miss Daisy’ (1989)
Jessica Tandy and Freeman starred in the raved-about “Driving Miss Daisy” in 1989. The film won numerous awards, including Academy Awards for best picture and lead actress for Tandy as well as an Oscar nomination and Golden Globe win for Freeman. (Warner Bros.)
‘Glory’ (1989)
Denzel Washington won his first Oscar starring alongside Freeman in 1989’s “Glory.” (Tri-Star Pictures)
‘Unforgiven’ (1992)
In what would become an Oscar-winning duo, Morgan Freeman co-stars as Ned Logan with Clint Eastwood as Bill Munny in the 1992 western “Unforgiven.” (Warner Bros.)
‘The Shawshank Redemption’ (1994)
Freeman and Tim Robbins in 1994’s “The Shawshank Redemption,” for which Freeman received a lead actor Oscar nomination. (Michael Weinstein / Castle Rock)
‘Se7en’ (1995)
As Brad Pitt‘s Det. David Mills begins his career and Freeman’s Det. Lt. William Somerset eyes retirement, a serial killer intervenes in “Se7en.” (Peter Sorel / New Line Cinema)
‘Amistad’ (1997)
Freeman plays an abolitionist in Steven Spielberg’s 1997 film “Amistad.” (Andrew Cooper / DreamWorks Pictures)
‘Nurse Betty’ (2001)
Chris Rock and Freeman in the tragically funny “Nurse Betty.” (Bruce Birmelin / Universal Pictures)
‘Along Came a Spider’ (2001)
Freeman starred as Det. Alex Cross in the thriller “Along Came a Spider.” (Joseph Lederer / Paramount)
‘Dreamcatcher’ (2003)
Tom Sizemore and Freeman in the thriller “Dreamcatcher.” (Doane Gregory / Warner Bros.)
‘Million Dollar Baby’ (2004)
Clint Eastwood and Freeman in “Million Dollar Baby,” for which Freeman won a supporting actor Oscar as a former boxer. (Merie W. Wallace / Warner Bros.)
Morgan Freeman at the Oscars
Morgan Freeman holds his Oscar for supporting actor for his performance in “Million Dollar Baby.” The award was his first Oscar win. He was nominated previously for 1987’s “Street Smart,” 1989’s “Driving Miss Daisy,” 1994’s “The Shawshank Redemption” and 2010’s “Invictus.” (Brian Vander Brug / Los Angeles Times)
‘March of the Penguins’ (2005)
Freeman lent his very recognizable voice to the Oscar-winning documentary “March of the Penguins.” (Jerome Maison / Warner Independent)
‘Batman Begins’ (2005)
Morgan Freeman plays Lucius Fox, the supplier of many of Batman’s (seen here as Bruce Wayne played by Christian Bale) gadgets, weapons and vehicles. He reprised the role in 2008’s “The Dark Knight” and 2012’s “The Dark Knight Rises.” (David James / Warner Bros.)
‘An Unfinished Life’ (2005)
Robert Redford and Freeman in “An Unfinished Life.” (Doane Gregory / Miramax)
‘Evan Almighty’ (2007)
Morgan Freeman plays God to Steve Carell‘s Evan in “Evan Almighty.” Freeman also played God in 2003’s “Bruce Almighty.” (Universal Studios)
‘Gone Baby Gone’ (2007)
Morgan Freeman, Casey Affleck and Michelle Monaghan in the Oscar-nominated, multi-award-winning film “Gone Baby Gone.” (Claire Folger / Miramax Films)
‘The Bucket List’ (2007)
Oscar winners Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman try to fulfill their wish lists in “The Bucket List.” (Sidney Baldwin / Warner Bros.)
‘Wanted’ (2008)
Freeman took on a graphic novel adaptation in the movie “Wanted.”(Universal Pictures)
‘Invictus’ (2009)
Freeman was told by Nelson Mandela himself that he was the right actor to portray the South African leader after seeing Freeman star in 2009’s “Invictus.” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
‘Red’ (2010)
The actor proved he was still excellent spy material as he, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren (not pictured) and Bruce Willis starred in the action / comic book adaptation “Red.” (Frank Masi / Summitt Entertainment)
‘Through the Wormhole’ (2011)
In one of his latest endeavors, Freeman is actor and host for a second season (beginning June 8) of the show “Through the Wormhole” on the Science Channel(Michael Hrizik / Science Channel)
Morgan Freeman and Clint Eastwood
Eastwood and Freeman are friends, making the films they’ve done together -- “Million Dollar Baby,” “Unforgiven” and “Invictus” -- special productions. Of Eastwood, Freeman told the Associated Press: “I think he’s hellbent on becoming another (Akira) Kurosawa, if he isn’t already.” (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
‘Lucy’ (2014)

Morgan Freeman stars alongside Scarlett Johansson in the action-thriller “Lucy.”

 (Jessica Forde / Universal Pictures)
‘Dolphin Tale 2' (2014)

From left, Cozi Zuehlsdorff as Hazel Haskett, Harry Connick Jr., as Dr. Clay Haskett and Morgan Freeman as Dr. Cameron McCarthy in the family adventure movie “Dolphin Tale 2.”

 (Wilson Webb / Warner Bros.)
‘Transcendence’ (2014)
Morgan Freeman played opposite Cillian Murphy, Rebecca Hall and Johnny Depp in Alcon Entertainment’s sci-fi thriller “Transcendence.” (Peter Mountain / Warner Bros. Pictures)
‘5 Flights Up’ (2014)

Diane Keaton and Morgan Freeman star in “5 Flights Up.”

 (Focus World)
‘The Lego Movie’ (2014)
Freeman returned to voice acting to help help make “The Lego Movie” one of 2014’s biggest films. In it, he voices Vitruvius, a wise and sarcastic Lego wizard trying to save the world. (Warner Bros. Pictures)
‘Last Knights’ (2015)

Morgan Freeman plays Bartok and Clive Owen is Raiden in “Last Knights.”

 (Larry Horricks)
‘Ben-Hur’ (2016)

Morgan Freeman as Ilderim and Jack Huston as Judah Ben-Hur in “Ben-Hur." 

 (Philippe Antonello / Paramount Pictures)