MEMPHIS, Tennessee (AFP) — Oscar-winning movie actor Morgan Freeman suffered multiple broken bones, but escaped with his life following a serious one-car crash, his representative said.
Freeman was in "good spirits" and confident of making a full recovery after the crash left him with multiple broken bones, his spokeswoman Donna Lee said. Monday
The 71-year-old star, who won an Academy Award for his role in 2004's "Million Dollar Baby," was being treated in hospital in Memphis following the single vehicle accident late Sunday near Ruleville, Mississippi.
Lee told AFP in a statement that Freeman had suffered a "broken arm, elbow and minor shoulder damage" but was talking and in "good spirits" when she spoke to the actor earlier Monday.
"He is having a little bit of surgery this afternoon or tomorrow to help correct the damage," she said. "He says he'll be OK and is looking forward to a full recovery."
A spokesman at the Memphis Regional Medical Center treating Freeman earlier said the actor was in a "serious" condition. The condition of a female passenger traveling with the actor was unknown.
"Mr. Freeman is listed in serious condition but we have no information on the condition of his passenger," hospital spokeswoman Kathy Stringer told AFP.
Freeman, who is currently starring in Batman blockbuster "The Dark Knight" was hospitalized after the car he was driving went off the road and flipped several times reports said, citing the Mississippi Highway Patrol.
Freeman and his passenger were airlifted to hospital.
Freeman was driving a 1997 Nissan Maxima belonging to Demaris Meyer of Memphis, Tennessee, who is a close friend of Freeman's wife, Myrna. Both were wearing seat belts and police said no drugs or alcohol were involved in the accident, said TMZ.com.
The editor of the Sun-Sentinel daily of Charleston, Mississippi, who was at the scene of the accident said Freeman "was lucid, conscious. He was talking, joking with some of the rescue workers at one point."
Freeman won the statuette for best supporting actor for his role as former boxer Eddie "Scrap-Iron" Dupris in Clint Eastwood's boxing drama "Million Dollar Baby," and is famous for his authoritative, calm voice that has been used to narrate documentaries and commercials as well as film roles.
The prolific actor, born in the southern US state of Tennessee, began acting in theater productions in 1967 before moving on to film, where he has carved out a career from playing wise and determined characters.
He played the US president in the disaster flick "Deep Impact" (1997) and portrayed an even more powerful character -- God -- in "Bruce Almighty" (2003), a comedy starring Jim Carrey.
Freeman earned the first of his four Oscar nominations with his 1987 role as a tough pimp in "Street Smart." Although he failed to win best supporting actor, he was rewarded for his role by US film critic associations.
His moving portrayal of a chauffeur in the segregated US South in "Driving Miss Daisy" (1989) won him a Golden Globe in the United States and a Silver Bear at the Berlin film festival. He also earned his second Oscar nomination for the film, this time for best actor.
In the moving 1989 drama "Glory," Freeman played a soldier in the first all-black volunteer company to fight for the North in the US Civil War.
He starred alongside Kevin Costner in "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" (1991) and with Brad Pitt in the crime thriller "Seven" (1995).
The father of four earned his third Oscar nomination, a best actor nod, for his role in "The Shawshank Redemption" (1994), based on a Stephen King novella about a banker who is wrongly convicted of murder.
Freeman is currently working on another collaboration with Eastwood, "The Human Factor," where he is due to play former South African president Nelson Mandela in a film based on the 1995 Rugby World Cup.
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