It was the Morgan Freeman birthday on June 1, 2016, and we couldn’t have been happier for him! The famous actor, narrator, and occasional voice of God might not act like it, but believe it or not, the Morgan Freeman age is actually 79! Chances are there are very few people on Earth who haven’t seen their fair share of Morgan Freeman movies; or they at least have one they know him from. How rich is Morgan Freeman?
Well, in honor of the actor’s birthday, we look deeper into the Morgan Freeman net worth, which is estimated at $150.0 million to $200.0 million.
Morgan Freeman was born on June 1, 1937, in Memphis, Tennessee, and is the son of Mayme Edna, who was a teacher and Morgan Porterfield Freeman, who was a barber. Both of Freeman’s parents are deceased; his father died from cirrhosis. He grew up in a low-income family, is the youngest of four children, and was raised by his maternal grandmother in Charleston, Mississippi, while his parents looked for work.
At the age of six, Freeman’s grandmother died and he moved north to live with his mother, who had already separated from her alcoholic husband (Freeman’s dad). They later moved back to Tennessee and then later Mississippi, where the family eventually settled.
Breakdown of the Morgan Freeman Net Worth
|Salary (2013)||$30.0 million|
|SJ30 Jet||$7.0 million|
|Net Worth||$150.0- 200.0 million|
Freeman has been married and divorced twice. He was married to Jeannette Adair Bradshaw from 1967 to 1979 and Myrna Colley-Lee from 1984 to 2010. He has four children: son Alphonso Freeman, and daughters Saifoulaye Freeman, Deena Freeman (adopted), and Morgana Freeman. Morgan is also currently single, but his four children are the legal heirs to his net worth.
Morgan’s divorce settlement from Colley-Lee included his New York City penthouse apartment and a sum of $400.0 million in cash, which he was ordered to pay by a judge. The divorce settlement was the fifth largest in U.S. history. Colley-Lee initiated divorce proceedings and alleged that Morgan had a long-lasting affair with his adopted step-granddaughter (from his first marriage) E’dena Hines. At the time they briefly reconciled but finalized their divorce in 2010. Sadly, Hines was murdered last year (2015) in New York City.
As a child, Freeman would save up as much money as he could to go to the movies, where he admired actors such as Sidney Poitier, Gary Cooper, and Spencer Tracy. He got into acting by chance when he served out a punishment by participating in his junior high school drama competition. He was shocked to learn how much of a natural he was and received top honors in the program. Clearly that was just the beginning of his successful acting career.
Before he fully pursued acting, Freeman turned down a partial drama scholarship and joined the U.S. Air Force. Though he loved to act, he also loved the idea of being a pilot. But the military wasn’t what he thought it would be. Instead Freeman was assigned to be a mechanic and radar technician and never flew. He learned that he was in love with the idea of being a pilot and left the military to try his luck in Hollywood and pursue his first love: acting. Eventually Freeman did obtain a private pilot’s license and has his own SJ30 jet to dart around in the sky whenever he wants.
After working a series of odd jobs and acting in many Broadway and TV productions, Freeman got his most notable big break when he was 52, as a patient chauffeur in the 1989 classic, Driving Miss Daisy, for which he received an Oscar nomination. He later won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the 2005 drama, Million Dollar Baby, which was directed by Clint Eastwood and co-starred Hilary Swank. Since then, his most famous roles have been as God in Bruce Almighty and its sequel Evan Almighty, and as Lucius Fox in Christopher Nolan’s Batman films. He is also an executive producer on the CBS show, Madam Secretary and also co-starred as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in the premiere episode of the second season.
Aside from acting, Freeman is also widely famous for narrating, due to his deep, smooth voice. He narrates as a GPS for cars (though he doesn’t have a car collection of his own), for the Discovery Channel, and in documentary and Hollywood movies and TV shows.
Freeman’s house is a mansion in Charleston, Mississippi, where he’s surrounded by nothing but acres of land. His home can actually be seen on several mapping sites that give you an aerial view and virtual look of the modest $7.0 million mansion. He also owns an apartment in New York City.
Freeman is also known for his “Morgan Freeman quotes,” which are constantly searched online.
“I always tell my kids if you lay down, people will step over you. But if you keep scrambling, if you keep going, someone will always, always give you a hand. Always. But you gotta keep dancing, you gotta keep your feet moving.” – Morgan Freeman
His quotes are some of the most influential and inspiring words of wisdom and we wish him a Happy belated Birthday!
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