How much is Morgan Freeman worth?
|Net Worth:||$250 Million
|Date of Birth:||June 1, 1937|
|Country:||United States of America|
Who Is Morgan Freeman
Morgan Freeman is an esteemed actor who rose to fame after starring in the multi award winning movie, Driving Miss Daisy. The actor has become so prestigious in the industry thanks to starring in some of the most well received movies of all time. He starred in three movies that are in IMDB’s top 20 movies of all time; The Shawshank Redemption, The Dark Knight, and Seven, with two of them even being in the top five, and has featured in many Academy Award winning films such as Invictus, and Million Dollar Baby. Freeman is also known for his prominent role as Luscious Fox in the billion dollar The Dark Knight franchise. But above all else, the actor has banked tens of millions of dollars from narrating dozens of movies, TV shows, and documentaries thanks to his iconic and instantly recognizable voice.
How did Morgan Freeman earn his net worth?
Though a lot of the actor’s salaries are undisclosed, Morgan Freeman is no stranger to massive pay checks. In fact, that seems to be the primary factor when it comes to the actor choosing his movie roles as of late. In an interview when promoting the action movie Olympus Has Fallen, Freeman claimed that the most motivating factor behind starring in the movie was money. The salary must have been amazing as he returned for not one, but two sequels, London Has Fallen and Angel Has Fallen. Not only that, but many of his other movies have also been so successful that they have spawned sequels, such as Now You See Me 2, Ted 2, Evan Almighty, and of course The Dark Knight Trilogy.
It is reported that Freeman’s fee per movie is usually between $5 million and $10 million, though it is also rumored that he negotiates a percentage of back end profits of the movie too. If this is true then Freeman has made some ridiculous deals as his movies do unsurprisingly well at the box office. Besides The Dark Knight movies, the Now You See Me series has made over $700 million, the …Has Fallen franchise has made over $500 million, and Bruce Almighty made close to half a billion alone. Outside of acting, Freeman he has scored several endorsement deals, most notably being an ambassador for Visa.
Why did he become so famous?
Though Freeman is one of the most famous actors alive today and his voice is recognizable from hearing just one word come out of his mouth, the actor didn’t actually start getting major roles until he was in his 50’s. Driving Miss Daisy was released in 1989 when Freeman was at the ripe age of 52, but it was the role of the lifetime as the actor helped the movie win The Best Picture award at the Academy Awards and the actor was even nominated for Best Actor.
Driving Miss Daisy opened up the floodgates for Morgan Freeman as he went on to star in The Shawshank Redemption, the adaptation of the Stephen King novel of the same name, and is currently rated as the greatest movie of all time on IMDB. Since then, throughout the 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s, Freeman has scored dozens of roles, many of which have become classics, such as Unforgiven, Seven, and even Bruce Almighty, the Jim Carrey comedy in which Morgan Freeman plays God.
Most famously, Freeman played Luscious Fox, Batman’s supplier of gadgets in The Dark Knight trilogy, which has become a multi billion dollar franchise. All three of the movies were insanely popular and are often talked about as the greatest Batman movies to date. Each movie achieved better success at the box office than the last. Batman Beginsmade $370 million worldwide, but its two sequels, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises just about joined the billion dollar movie club.
What makes him so successful?
Thanks to his deep syrupy voice, Freeman has gotten not just work as a voice actor but as a narrator too. He has narrated the Steven Spielberg remake of the Tom Cruise starring War of the Worlds, the Mike Myers comedy, The Love Guru, Conan the Barbarian, and Alpha. Freeman has also gone on to host several TV shows such as The Story of God with Morgan Freeman, despite being an atheist.
Above all else, the actor has narrated a countless amount of documentaries, especially ones about the planet and wildlife, seemingly battling it out with David Attenborough for the documentary narrator with the most soothing voice. Most notably, Freeman narrated the documentary March of the Penguins, which had a budget of just $8 million, but went on to make almost $130 million, becoming one of the highest grossing documentaries of all time. The movie’s success is largely due to Freeman’s soothing voice, which was the heavy focus of the film’s trailer and marketing.
Freeman’s voice work has been prevalent all throughout his career and that magical voice box of his has helped his rise to hollywood stardom more than anything else, being the go-to Hollywood guy for all things voiceover. However, on top of that, he more often than not plays characters who are warm, kind, and dignified. Though Freeman occasionally takes roles in comedies and action flicks, the actor finds most success in Oscar-tier films thanks to his manner and attitude.
There’s a reason why Freeman has come to own a 124 acre ranch and multiple private jets. Thanks not only to inheriting his golden voice through genes, but also to being an extraordinarily gifted actor and making the right movie choices, Morgan Freeman has an estimated net worth of $250 million. The actor has a lot of projects in the works that are sure to explode at the box office, with the first being the crime comedy The Comeback Trail, co-starring two other Hollywood heavyweights, Robert De Niro and Tommy Lee Jones. Freeman also has a small role in the Coming To America sequel and the action comedy, The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, with Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson.