Freeman won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Clint Eastwood's 2004 sports drama "Million Dollar Baby". Freeman is now known for performing various roles within a wide variety of film genres. Throughout his career spanning over 5 decades, he has received multiple accolades, including an Academy Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a Golden Globe Award. Besides working as an actor, he has also held jobs as a director, film narrator, and voice actor.

Born in Memphis, Tennessee, Freeman grew up in Mississippi where he began acting in school plays. He studied theatre arts in Los Angeles and was in stage productions early in his career. He rose to fame in the 1970s for his role in the kid's TV series "The Electric Company".

The film "Million Dollar Baby" focuses on Frankie Dunn (Eastwood), a veteran Los Angeles, CA boxing trainer who keeps almost everyone at arm's length, except his old friend and associate Eddie "Scrap Iron" Dupris (Freeman). When Maggie Fitzgerald (Hilary Swank) arrives in Frankie's gym seeking his expertise, he is reluctant to train her, a transplant from working-class Missouri. Eventually, he relents, and the two form a close bond that will irrevocably change them both.

This film was produced by Eastwood, Albert S. Ruddy, Tom Rosenberg, and Paul Haggis. The screenplay written by Paul Haggis, based on short stories by F.X. Toole, the pen name of boxing trainer Jerry Boyd. This film in every way was a major success.

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