Honoring: Mr. Morgan Freeman
Born during the time of the second worst stock market crash, Morgan Freeman entered this world on June 1, 1937 in Memphis, Tennessee. Although times were hard for so many, Morgan managed to grow up without any ill feelings of his childhood.
From a very young age his life had been surrounded with challenges. Morgan's parents had six children to feed and they could not make ends meet working in a hospital. His family needed to relocate north to Chicago where they would have better opportunities and could take proper care of their children. Morgan did not move with his family to Chicago, but instead he relocated to Charleston Mississippi where he lived with his grandparents.
In the summers, Morgan would travel to Chicago to spend time with his family while exploring his new found love at the cinema. Even with money being tight, Morgan was very resourceful and spent his days searching for empty bottles to return for the deposit. The cost of the show was measured out to two soda pop bottles and a beer bottle. Morgan was determined and he would usually to find enough for admission.
Growing up, Morgan had become a fan of war movies with aeroplanes. Upon turning 18, he went to the recruiting office and he joined the Air Force. When he signed up, he felt he had made the right choice, but after spending a year learning to be a pilot, it only took a few minutes in a cockpit for him to realize there was no real glory to being shot out of the sky. Another thing that influenced his decision to find a different career was the drowning of his brothers, whom was serving with the Marine Corps at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. While waiting for his service time to end, he became a mechanic to repair planes rather than to fly them.
In the late fifties, he was out of service and for Morgan, it was his time of reckoning. Having made the decision to become an actor, he moved to California, penniless but steadfast. He was very fortunate when he first arrived in California as a family had helped him till he was to get on his feet. Although it may not have seemed to be as much of a blessing, luck did kiss him on the cheek when he landed the job as a transcript clerk at the LA?s City College. His earnings were not all that impressive but, he was able to get free dancing, acting and singing lesson while employed at the college.
Morgan?s acting career compares to a roller coaster ride. After moving to New York, he got his first acting debuts in an off Broadway production of ?The Nigger Lovers? and also in an all African American production of, ?Hello Dolly?. Like most actors in the sixties, he struggled. California seemed to have more to offer an actor at that time but under the advice of his manager, he remained in New York accepting any role that was available.
Mr. Freeman may not have realized the valuable work he did in the 70?s but, while a regular performer on the famous children?s TV series, The Electric Company, he was a role model for many children, especially negro children. He encouraged children to reach for more, while he filled the capacity as an educator. The seventies was a building time for people and actors served a major role for personal growth and development. After 780 episodes, the series came to an end and once again, Morgan was an actor seeking work.
Robert Redford, also a great performer, did approach Morgan to work with him in the well known movie, Brubaker. This was an uphill projection for his career but like all roller coaster rides, you have the ups and downs. From obie winner for his on-stage performance of Coriolanus and Mother Courage, to the 1989 film Glory, the eighties was a roller coaster ride with hills, bumps and winds that would have tired out many actors. Determination did pay off, for it took Hollywood many years to realize just how talented and valuable Mr. Freeman is.
To Hollywood, Morgan Freeman is like a very fine bottle of wine ? more valuable with age. Although he turned seventy years old on June 1, 2007, he is filming movies and it looks like there are more in the near future.
There is so much to reveal with regards to Mr. Freeman and not just about his career in films or his family life. September 2005, Mr. Freeman was named one of the newest members on the board of directors for Earth Bio Fuels. When he isn?t being a star, being a husband and father, or tending to environmental issues with Bio Fuels, he finds time to spend in the Caribbean, on his sail boat (a Shannon 43).
Once again, I sit here and wonder, which film I would name my favorite. Mr. Freeman is a star and his performances have been astonishing to say the least. He has given many award winning performances and although I was very fond of Driving Miss Daisy, Lean on Me and The Shawshank Redemption, I would have to say he dazzled me with his performance as Dr. Alex Cross in Kiss The Girls.
To my readers ?. I hope you enjoyed this article and maybe even found new information that you were not aware of. Thank you for taking the time to read this and I hope you return frequently to find more new tributes.
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