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Morgan Freeman Fast Facts

By CNN Library
updated 6:51 PM EDT, Sat May 31, 2014

(CNN) -- Here is a look at the life of actor Morgan Freeman.

Personal:
Birth date: June 1, 1937

Birth place: Memphis, Tennessee

Birth name: Morgan Porterfield Freeman, Jr.

Father: Morgan Porterfield Freeman, Sr., a barber

Mother: Mayme Edna (Revere) Freeman, a teacher

Marriages: Myrna (Colley-Lee) Freeman (June 16, 1984-September 15, 2010, divorce); Jeanette Adair (Bradshaw) Freeman (October 22, 1967-November 18, 1979, divorce)

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

Other Facts:
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.

Timeline:
1970s - Plays Count Dracula on "The Electric Company".

1990s - Starts the Rock River Foundation for education in Mississippi.

2008 - Receives Kennedy Center Honors.

2011 - Receives the American Film Institute's 39th Lifetime Achievement Award.

2012 - Receives the Cecil B. DeMille award for lifetime achievement at the 69th annual Golden Globe awards.

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