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What can you say about Morgan Freeman? There's a dignity about him, you don't often see in Hollywood anymore. I mean - the man has played the President - and God twice!
Morgan was born in Memphis, and by the time he was twelve, he knew he wanted to act. He moved to L.A. in the Fifties, hit a brick wall, so he took off to New York and did theatre for years.
In the late Sixties and Seventies, he got some movie and TV roles, including one on the kids show 'The Electric Company.' But getting work wasn't easy, and by the Eighties, Morgan almost quit.
Then, everything changed. He did 'Driving Miss Daisy' on Broadway, then, the film afterward - and the hits kept coming. 'Lean on Me', 'Robin Hood', 'Unforgiven', 'Seven' - and, of course - 'The Shawshank Redemption.' Morgan got an Oscar nod for that - his third nomination.
Then, at age sixty-seven, he won an Academy Award - best supporting actor for 'Million Dollar Baby.' Oh, and who can forget his voice in another Oscar winner - 'March of the Penguins.' Now, Morgan is set to play Nelson Mandela in the Clint Eastwood film 'Invictus.' And he's involved in a documentary about race in the American south. It's called 'Prom Night in Mississippi.'