As a child I can remember reenacting scenes from my favorite movies of all times, as well as cartoon shows. I can recall myself dancing in front of my television set and watching my favorite performer Michael Jackson moon walking on his music videos and even pretending to preach like my favorite pastor. I always idealized my favorite actors in their signature voice overs like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jim Carey, and Morgan Freeman just to name a few. Morgan Freeman always carried himself with such esteem, grace and swagger. I always admired Freeman’s powerful voice and acting skills and I often mimic his famous movie rolls like ‘Lean On Me’. This movie was a coming-of-age movie in the 1980’s where Mr. Clark, played by Freeman was a principle that did his best to love and provide guidance to the youth of Eastside High School. My Aunt Lavurnia knows the Clarks personally. Mr. Clarks wife passed away not too long ago, near Alachua Florida.
Morgan Freeman is not married but has four amazing children. First there is Alfonso Freeman, he followed in his father’s footsteps in becoming an Actor; next there is Saifoulaye Freeman, there is not much known about his status but he tries to stay out of the spotlight. Next there is Deena Freeman, who is adopted and is a celebrity hairstylist; and last there is Gorgana Freeman, the youngest and she is also an Actor. Morgan Freeman was born on June 1, 1937, in Memphis, Tennessee. He is the youngest of five children born to Barber Morgan Porterfield Freeman, Sr. and a schoolteacher Mayme Edna. Freeman was raised in Chicago and Mississippi. Freeman’s parents endured the tough times of the Jim Crow era and once relocated to Chicago to find work and Freeman often stayed with his grandmother in Charleston, Mississippi. At age six, Freeman lost his grandmother and he moved north to live with his mother, who was separated from her husband. Freeman later moved to Tennessee and eventually back to Mississippi, where Mayme Edna settled her family in Greenwood.
As a youth, Freeman loved all the things that kids like to do like watching movies, where his admiration of actors and love of acting was sparked. Another one of my favorite actors happens to be someone I look up to; Mr. Sidney Poitier. When Freeman was a junior in high school as punishment for pulling out a chair from underneath a girl, he had a crush on, he was ordered to participate in the school’s drama competition. He ended up surprising his school administrators and proving himself to be a natural on the stage while taking top honors in the program. Freeman liked films about flying so much so, that he wanted to become a fighter pilot. After Freeman graduated high school in 1955, he turned down a partial drama scholarship and joined the U.S. Air Force. Freeman was relegated to on-the-ground activity as a mechanic and radar technician; but he quickly realized shooting down other people was not his calling. After Freeman left the Air Force, he moved to Hollywood to see if he could make it as an actor. Freeman often took acting classes and struggled to find work. In the early 1960s, he moved to New York City in hopes of a better acting career, but he was not successful. In 1967, the same year he married Jeanette Adair Bradshaw, Freeman landed a part in an all-African American Broadway production of ‘Hello, Dolly’; movie starred Pearl Bailey. Freeman also started appearing regularly on shows such as ‘The Electric Company’, which is a public television-produced children’s TV show that focused on teaching kids how to read. In 1976, The Electric Company was canceled, and Freeman had dubbed back into television for two years on the cast of the soap opera ‘Another World’.
In 1987, Freeman was cast in the film ‘Street Smart’, which placed the actor on the screen as the volatile pimp Fast Black. The role proved to be huge success for Freeman, earning him an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Freeman’s acting career flourished with movies like 1989’s Driving Miss Daisy, Glory, which was about the 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment. This was the first recognized African American units in the Civil War. During the 1990s and early 2000s he began starring in other roles like ‘The Shawshank Redemption’, ‘Deep’ and my all-time favorite ‘Bruce Almighty’ and its 2007 sequel ‘Evan Almighty’.
I also love to watch his tv shows like “The Story of God: With Morgan Freeman; it really gave me an insight that we are all connected to God spiritually!
Today, Freeman is still making films and once appeared in a Hip Hop album by recording artist 21 Savage; throughout the album Freeman shares his narrations of life lessons on 21 Savages latest album Savage Mode Two.
Morgan Freeman’s hunger for the stage showed best when he opened his mouth and portrayed his characters. Freeman inspired the young and the old and even has a special place for the new generation. Freeman did not have much, but he really dedicated his life to his craft to make a way for himself. Freeman had great teachers and other role models in his life to become the man he is today.