Morgan Freeman, an American actor, made international headlines on Sunday by hosting the opening ceremony of the Qatar 2022 World Cup. The veteran Hollywood actor has established himself as one of the most talented actors to ever appear on the big screen.
The octogenarian, whose deep, distinct voice is one of his most distinguishing features, has amassed a massive fan base as well as a massive fortune. According to Celebrity Net Worth, he has a net worth of $250 million, but it could have been much higher. This is why.
Mayme Edna and Morgan Porterfield Freeman gave birth to Freeman on June 1, 1937, in Memphis, Tennessee. He was the fifth and youngest of five children. After his parents relocated to Chicago for work, he was raised by his maternal grandmother in Charleston, Mississippi. However, after his grandmother died, he later joined his mother in Chicago, around the same time his parents divorced.
Freeman graduated from Street High School in 1955. He was later drafted into the United States Air Force. After serving in the military, he relocated to Los Angeles and enrolled in acting classes at the Pasadena Playhouse.
His stage career began in the mid-1960s, when he appeared in an off-Broadway production of The Niggerlovers and Pearl Bailey in an all-African-American Broadway production of Hello, Dolly!
In 1971, he made his film debut in Who Says I Can’t Ride a Rainbow! He has appeared in a number of high-profile films since then, including Street Smart, Seven, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Deep Impact, and Unforgiven. His performance in The Shawshank Redemption, however, catapulted him to A-list stardom.
Throughout his acting career, he has received numerous awards. He won an Obie Award for his performance in Coriolanus in 1980. He also received an award for his performance as the lead in Driving Miss Daisy. Fast Black received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor in the 1987 film Street Smart. At the 77th Academy Awards, he won Best Supporting Actor for his work in Clint Eastwood’s Million Dollar Baby.
Morgan Freeman has been married and divorced several times. He divorced his first wife, Jeanette Adair Bradshaw, in 1979. In 1984, he married Myrna Colley-Lee, with whom he divorced in September 2010.
According to celebrity net worth, Freeman’s net worth could have been more than $250 million if he hadn’t been forced to pay his ex-wife a $100-200 million divorce settlement in 2010.