Morgan Freeman is a multi-awarded actor, director, and narrator. He was born on June 1, 1937. His hometown is the city of Memphis, Tennesse, in the United States of America. Young Morgan Freeman initially had no plans of venturing into acting. He initially wanted to become a fighter pilot. After graduating from high school, he signed up for the Air Forces of the United States. He kept his post as a mechanic and radar technician until 1959 and decided to change his career.
Morgan Freeman Young and Determined:
After leaving the Air Forces, he was encouraged to venture into acting. He initially started doing theatre productions. In the 1970s, he manages to land a role in an educational program for kids. He had a good run with the show. Moving on from his television series job, he started taking jobs in feature films and dramas.
In the late 1970s, he once again participated in stage performances. His passion earned him a Drama Desk Award and an Obie Award. Progressing to the 1980s, he got more stable roles both in television dramas and film. Then he had his Hollywood breakthrough in 1989. And from then on, there was no stopping him.
Morgan Freeman’s Early Days as An Actor:
In 1989 Morgan Freeman participated in many different films. He earned praise for his roles in Glory and Driving Miss Daisy. During this year, he earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. It was for his formidable performance in Driving Miss Daisy.
In the 1990s, he took on a variety of roles that enhanced his portfolio. He played a brave moor, an outlaw, a boxing coach, and an inmate. His remarkable role in the film The Shawshank Redemption earned him another Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. Among his fans, Morgan’s portrayal of Red is one of the most memorable and compelling. It earned him the hearts of many and contributed a lot to his popularity.
Morgan Freeman as an A-list Actor and Narrator:
In the late 1990s, Morgan Freeman, thanks to his deep voice, was cast as a narrator for the documentary The Long Way Home. It was the first of the many documentaries and productions he was narrating.
His film career remains lucrative as he took part in phenomenal productions like Amistad, Nurse Betty, Deep Impact, Bruce Almighty, Sum of All Fears, and Million Dollar Baby. It was in 2004, after his fourth-best supporting Academy Award nomination, that he finally won. It is credited to his work in Million Dollar Baby.
In the 2000s, he continued to make movies that were box office hits. He was a part of the Dark Knight Trilogy, Red, Invictus, and Angel Has Fallen. In the film Invictus, he got to play the role of President Nelson Mandela. It was an honor for him. Morgan Freeman has always been interested in and admired the late South African President. It is often talked about that the two have similar facial features. It was an advantage as his portrayals became more believable.
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