A Hollywood star with an iconic voice
Throughout the decades, the well-known actor, producer, and narrator, Morgan Freeman, has starred in several famous films. Some of his most popular hits have included roles in ‘Million Dollar Baby,’ ‘Seven,’ and as the voice of God in ‘Bruce Almighty.’
Apart from his performances in countless critically-acclaimed hits, Freeman is known for his work as a commentator, narrator, and voice actor for many various programs. His iconic deep, soothing voice has become one of his most revered traits.
He has received several accolades and won five Academy Awards for Best Actor and Supporting Actor for various roles in his films. On average, the star racks up an average of $71.5 million for each of his movies.
Freeman was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. His first acting debut was at age 9, landing the lead role in the school play. He continued pursuing theater in school, and even won a statewide drama competition at the age of 12. Freeman showed the skills of a promising actor and a narrator from early childhood. He studied at Broad Street High School, during which he lent his voice to a Nashville radio show.
Morgan Freeman’s career can be summed up into one word: versatile
He has portrayed a plethora of different roles, like Lucius Fox in ‘The Dark Knight’ series, Thaddeus Bradley in the ‘Now You See Me’ series,’ Ellis Boyd in the ‘The Shawshank Redemption,’ and Hoke Colburn in ‘Driving Miss Daisy.’ He has also acted in many TV series and mini-series, including ‘The Electric Company,’ ‘Death of a Prophet,’ and others.
Further more, his distinct voice has been sought out by movie producers on numerous occasions. He has narrated and hosted numerous films, TV series, and documentaries. He was the narrator for ‘The Shawshank Redemption,’ ‘The Story of God with Morgan Freeman,’ ‘War of the Worlds,’ and many others.
Although currently single, Freeman has been married on two occasions in the past. His first wife was Jeanette Adair Bradshaw, the two were married between 1967–1979. After their divorce, Freeman met Myrna Colley-Lee and married her in 1984. Freeman and Colly-Lee separated in 2010. He has two extramarital children.
The Star Talks About Racism
In 1955, he had joined the army. In the first episode of ‘The Story of Us with Morgan Freeman,’ he says: “When I was 18, I joined the Air Force. And I did well enough on my tests to qualify as an electronics countermeasures operator. But, I was told I couldn’t take that job. Apparently, no black man could fly with the Strategic Air Command.”
President Truman had banned segregated units in 1938 and inculcated African-American servicemen. By the time Freeman had joined, all posts were open to African-Americans. Nevertheless, Morgan still faced racism issues during his stint with the Air Force despite the President’s efforts to prohibit segregation.
His work with the Air Force helped him earn a private pilot’s license later in life, and at present, the star owns at least three private aircraft.
During an interview with ‘60 Minutes’ in 2005, he said: “I don’t want a black history month. Black history is American history.”
Sexual Harassment Allegations
Earlier in the year, the actor was bestowed with the SAG Life Achievement Award by the Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. This is the top award granted by SAG-AFTRA. However, there were criticisms that he should return the award after accusations of several sexual harassment cases arose from eight different women in the wake of the #metoo movement.
Most of the women claimed that he had made inappropriate comments to them. Even after issuing an apology, Freeman maintained that he never “crossed the line,” insisting that he made the comments in jokingly, to help people “feel appreciated and at ease around” him.
Later, SAG said that Freeman could keep the award after the union had conducted a probe into the allegations.
Freeman has been dedicated to many causes and contributions to various charities. He was the co-founder of the Grenada Relief Fund, which aimed to provide relief to people affected by Hurricane Ivan. The fund has now expanded into PLANIT NOW, and works towards providing relief and aid for people living in hurricane-affected areas.
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