One of the most acclaimed and respected artist in the Hollywood, Morgan Freeman has an inspiring tale behind this fame and glory. The actor had a distressing and struggling early life. He lived with his grandmother while his parents moved to other cities in search of a better life. After his grandmother’s death, he had to live with his mother who had separated from his alcoholic father.
Even in his school days he somehow scraped money to see movies in order to watch legends like Gary Cooper, Spencer Tracy etc. A blessing in disguise was when he was forced to act in a school drama competition as a punishment, which discovered his natural acting talent. He continued with his acting until his graduation and could have pursued a promising career in acting, but he opted for a different path instead. Although he was offered a partial drama scholarship in Jackson State University, which he declined it and instead enlisted in United States Air force to pursue his dream of becoming a fighter pilot. His dreams were shattered when he was consigned to on-ground activities serving as an Automatic Tracking Radar Repairman. All he could make was up to the rank of Airman 1st class, where he finally realized that even if he got better than that he didn’t want to shoot down people anyways.
After leaving air force, he started his struggle to make a career in acting moving to Hollywood. He spent quite some time in taking acting classes, giving auditions, looking for a job to make both ends meet. His appearance in The Electric Company won him fame on the national level, where he was also highly praised for his distinguished voice. He performed as supporting cast in quite a few films, in between switching back to television every now and then.
Breakthrough in acting
Freeman’s major breakthrough was his role as a impulsive pimp in the 1987 film Street Smart. The role also got him an Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor. The next big hit was Driving Miss Daisy that had numerous nominations coming his way. These spectacular performances landed him in roles in big budget films like the Deep Impact and The Shawshank Redemption. Finally he won the Best Supporting Actor award for his role in Clint Eastwood’s blockbuster Million Dollar Baby.
His iconic voice
Other than his captivating acting, his eloquent voice is also a very distinctive feature of his personality. Movies like war of the Worlds have featured his stirring voice for background narration which was highly applauded by the critics as well as the movie lovers. he also had his voice over in the famous award winning documentary March of the Penguins.
Despite his huge success as an actor, Freeman has not confined himself to acting only. A few years back he attained his private pilot’s license, and has owned and still does his private aircrafts. He has also been involved in philanthropic activities and fund raising campaigns.