Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee
A movie industry veteran who has evolved from sturdy character actor to engaging leading man, he received Academy Award nominations for his roles in Street Smart (1987), The Shawshank Redemption (1994), and, most famously, Driving Miss Daisy (1989), for which he won the Golden Globe for Best Actor. Freeman is one of the few African-American actors who has been given wide-ranging Hollywood roles portraying people of power, such as that of the President of the United States in Deep Impact (1998) and the commanding general in Outbreak (1995). More recent films include Amistad (1997), as detective Alex Cross in both Kiss the Girls (1997) and Along Came a Spider (2001), Nurse Betty (2000), and as God in Bruce Almighty (2003). He was also the narrator in the U.S. version of the surprise 2005 hit documentary March of the Penguins.