Like Oprah, Morgan grew up in rural Mississippi and had big dreams at an early age. He says he knew he wanted to act by age 13, and his teachers encouraged him to pursue his passion.
After leaving home, Morgan moved to New York City to study dance and acting. For two decades, he struggled to make his mark while performing in plays and musicals. Then, in the early 1970s, the future four-time Oscar® nominee became a familiar face on television as "Easy Reader" on The Electric Company.
Morgan is best known for his touching portrayals of a convict named Red in The Shawshank Redemption, Miss Daisy's loyal chauffeur in Driving Missy Daisy, a Civil War soldier in Glory and an ex-boxer in Million Dollar Baby. He's even played God...twice!
To his family, Morgan is simply a husband, father of four and grandfather to 13 grandchildren.