Mother: Mayme Edna (Revere) Freeman, a teacher
Marriages: Myrna (Colley-Lee) Freeman (June 16, 1984-September 15, 2010, divorced); Jeanette Adair (Bradshaw) Freeman (October 22, 1967-November 18, 1979, divorced)
Children: with Jeanette Adair Bradshaw: Deena (adopted by Freeman); Morgana, 1971; Saifoulaye, 1960 (mother's name unavailable publicly); with Loletha Adkins: Alphonso, 1959
Education: Studied acting at Los Angeles City College in the early 1960s
Military service: U.S. Air Force, 1955-1959
Nominated for one Tony Award
and five Academy Awards
; winner of one Academy Award: Best Supporting Actor for "Million Dollar Baby," 2004.
Co-founder of the movie production company Revelations Entertainment.
Has narrated two Academy Award winning documentaries: "The Long Way Home," 1997 and "March of the Penguins," 2005.
Since January 2010, his voice can be heard on the introduction of the CBS Evening News.
1970s - Plays Count Dracula on "The Electric Company."
1990s - Starts the Rock River Foundation for education in Mississippi.
2004 - Wins the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for "Million Dollar Baby," 2004.
Receives the Cecil B. DeMille award for lifetime achievement at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards