Morgan Porterfield Freeman, Jr. was born on June 1, 1937 in Memphis, Tennessee (USA) to a working class family and was sent, as an infant, to live with his paternal grandmother in Mississippi. He got his first taste of acting in a school play and even took High School drama courses, but opted out on an acting scholarship to do a stint in the US Air Force as a mechanic. Later, thankfully, Morgan Freeman returned to his love of acting. He started out on a kid’s TV show, The Electric Company, back in the early ‘70s. He went from there to star on stage and in films, earning no less than three Academy Award nominations for Best Actor and an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the modern classic, Million Dollar Baby. His ability to project a calm, almost stoic face and speak in such a deep, clear voice makes him stand out.
Unafraid to play a black man in a typically white world, Morgan Freeman was Jessica Tandy’s driver in the acclaimed film, Driving Miss Daisy in 1989. Ironically, twenty years later he went on to play one of the most powerful and complex black political figures in the world, Nelson Mandela, in the film Invictus. There can be no doubt that Morgan Freeman has the range required to play nearly any part.
While he has the range to play almost any role, Morgan admits he’s getting a bit old for some parts. Still, his stunning speaking voice has attracted more than enough “speaking” part and narration opportunities. Maybe we won’t be seeing him as much, but we will always recognize that voice.
In addition to his Best Support Actor Oscar for Million Dollar Baby, Morgan has also won a SAG Award for Best Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting role for the same film. He also took home a Golden Globe for Best Actor for his role in Driving Miss Daisy
Even if the film is a dud, you can be certain that Morgan Freeman’s acting will be worth watching. My suggested top ten films featuring Morgan Freeman so you can get a glimpse of the talent are:
- Driving Miss Daisy
- The Shawshank Redemption
- Million Dollar Baby
- The Big Bounce
- Kiss The Girls
- Along Came a Spider