Morgan Freeman is described as one of the best actors of his generation. A true hero and multiple award winner, Freeman was born on this day in 1937 in Tennessee. As a boy, he exuded talent in acting with his usual diminutive and calm style, mixed with a floorless approach and eloquence.
No doubt, he was born for the silver screen. Freeman began garnering the awards at age 12 after starting off his career at 9. He was well known in the college system and was later rewarded with a win in a statewide drama competition.
Despite the prospect of a successful career, instability at home posed a threat to him, more especially, after the death of his father. Growing up in Nashville, TN wasn’t ideal for young Freeman, who also almost died of pneumonia at age 16.
He survived all the setbacks and began appearing as extras in movies. America noticed Freeman through roles on the soap operas Another World and the PBS kids’ show The Electric Company in 1971.
His rise and journey to success has been steady and consistent. In a career that has spanned almost six decades, Freeman has spent most part of it featuring in some of the best movies you can think of.
In commemoration of his 83rd birthday, we cast the spotlight on 10 of his biggest movies.
1. Million Dollar Baby (2004)
2. Seven (1995)
3. Invictus (2009)
4. Olympus Has Fallen (2003)
5. The Bucket List (2007)
6. The Dark Knight (2008)
7. Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)
8. Batman Begins (2005)
9. Deep Impact (1998)
10. Dark Knight Rises (2012)