The name Morgan Freeman doesn’t need any introduction. He is a Hollywood legend who has been active in the industry for decades. Whenever we think of Morgan Freeman, we remember his tranquil demeanor and that amazing baritone. When Morgan Freeman talks, you listen. His voice is one of the most notable baritones in Hollywood and he has made quite a good use of it. Over the years, he has appeared in and narrated numerous films, TV series, talk shows, documentaries, and animated ventures.
But do you know before making acting his career, Freeman worked for United States Air Force? Well, he worked as a mechanic between 1955 to 1959 in the Air Force. He was born on June 1, 1937, in Memphis, Tennessee. From childhood, his acting talent was evident. He regularly featured in school dramas, won a statewide competition and also appeared in a radio show. He went ahead with Air Force and after four years, he finally responded to his calling and arrived at Los Angeles. The 60s and 70s were the phases where he struggled the most. He took acting and dance lessons and worked as a clerk at the same time.
Freeman made quite a mark through his theatre performances. After playing quite a handful of roles and receiving awards, he gradually moved towards the big screen. However, his first famous performance was on the small screen. It was in the children’s show ‘The Electric Company’ where he played numerous characters. Apart from that, his first feature film also arrived in 1971 in the form of ‘Who Says I Can’t Ride a Rainbow!’. After that, his career graph only went upwards. He appeared in smaller roles and also in big Broadway shows.
However, the latter part of the 80s finally changed Freeman’s fortune. It all started with ‘Street Smart’ in 1987 that fetched him an Oscar nomination. He played the character named Fast Black in the film. 2 years later, he gave another compelling performance in ‘Driving Miss Daisy’ that earned him his second Oscar nomination. That film established Freeman as a bankable actor. He continued to star in solid films like ‘Glory’ (1989) and Clint Eastwood‘s ‘Unforgiven’ (1992).
But his most famous and critically acclaimed role came in 1994’s ‘The Shawshank Redemption’. He dazzled the audience in the role of prisoner named Red and the film has now become a cult classic. After delivering such a nuanced performance, Freeman struck gold by co-starring with Brad Pitt in David Fincher‘s crime thriller ‘Se7en’ (1995). That film received unanimous praise in all departments. He kept appearing in big films very frequently. At the turn of the century, he played God with his charm and captivating voice in Jim Carrey’s comedy ‘Bruce Almighty’ (2003). He also returned to play God in ‘Evan Almighty’ (2007).
In 2005, Freeman finally got his due. He bagged the Oscar for his breathtaking performance as Eddie Dupris in Clint Eastwood’s masterpiece, ‘Million Dollar Baby’ (2004). Freeman then went on to narrate Steven Spielberg‘s blockbuster ‘War of the Worlds’ (2005) and act as Lucius Fox in Christopher Nolan‘s ‘Batman Begins’ (2005). He also appeared as Lucius Fox in ‘The Dark Knight’ (2008) and ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ (2012). His performance as Nelson Mandela in ‘Invictus’ (2009) was memorable.