Morgan Freeman.Along Came a Spider. (the Profile)

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Morgan Freeman.Along Came a Spider. (the Profile)


Breathwaite, John, New African


Morgan Freeman, who plays Alex Cross in the recently released Along Came A Spider (made by his own production company, Revelations Entertainment, in association with Paramount Pictures), has established himself as of America's most admired actors.

His breakthrough performance in Street Smart in 1982 earned him the first of three Academy Award nominations, leading to a string of memorable film roles. He was nominated for "best actor" in The Shawshank Redemption, and in the multi-Oscar winning Driving Miss Daisy which eventually won him a Golden Globe award.

A diverse career spanning more than 30 years, Freeman's is a consistent mix of theatrical film roles, stage work, TV specials and narration (The Long Way Home), and last year starring in Nurse Betty.

He has also starred in a series of feature films, including Deep Impact, Hard Rain, Amistad, Kiss the Girls, Chain Reaction, Outbreak, Seven, Unforgiven, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Glory, and Leon on Me.

Last year, he starred in Under Suspicion, the first feature film release from his own Revelation Entertainment. Freeman made his debut as director with the critically acclaimed Bopha for Paramount Pictures, starring Danny Glover.

On stage, Freeman's performances in Driving Miss Daisy, Corialanus and Gospel at Colonus all earned him Obie Awards, and his work in Mighty Gents brought him a Tony Award nomination. In 1991, he teamed with Tracey Ullman for a stage production of The Taming of the Shrew.

In Along Came A Spider, a psychological suspense thriller adapted from James Patterson's first highly acclaimed novel, Freeman (as Alex Cross) reprises his role as the Washington DC police detective and psychologist who is through playing mind games with criminals - that is until a methodical predator, Gary Soneji (Michael Wincott) commits a daring kidnapping and lures Cross into the case. …

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