Actor Morgan Freeman

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on February 18, 2001

Actor Morgan Freeman has had some powerful roles in such movies as Glory, Driving Miss Daisy, and The Shawshank Redemption. Does he have a favorite?
—Ty D., Maryland

Although he has had some of the most memorable roles of the decade, Freeman, a three-time Academy Award nominee, says his favorite is Glory—the true story of a Union regiment of African-American soldiers in the Civil War—because he's a history buff and he felt it was important to get the word out about the participation of African-Americans in American wars. Freeman, 63, born in Memphis, Tenn., but raised in Greenwood, Miss. (pop. 18,117), made his Broadway debut in 1967 with Pearl Bailey in Hello, Dolly, but he became better known nationally for Easy Reader, the character he created for the children's television show The Electric Company. Freeman, who is married and has four children, spent most of his career in New York but now lives in Mississippi.