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MORGAN FREEMAN – The Narrator

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The concept of the narrator in movies today has taken another dimension in making movies interesting, and we can only thank those with the deep voice-over that makes it a creative concept.

Today’s story is about Morgan Freeman, a prominent American actor, narrator, and director; and has a reputation for his deep narrating voice. Morgan is the youngest of five children of Morgan Porterfield Freeman Sr., and Mayme Edna, Freeman, a school teacher and he born on Jun 1, 1937. He attended a Broad Street High School that is now Threadgill Elementary High School, in Greenwood, Mississippi. He won a statewide drama competition and would go on to discover music and theatre while settling into school.

Freeman faced the struggle every black child faced in his time while growing up in American society, his parents struggled to make ends meet under the tough conditions of Jim Crow South. While his parent struggled for job opportunities, he stayed with his grandmother who died when he was 6. Thus, Freeman grew up under the tough conditions African-Americans faced; the biggest struggle was his rejection and exclusion from the movie role despite his qualifications.

After quitting the United States Air Force in 1959, he took a job as a dancer in 1964 World’s Fair, became a member of Opera Ring musical theatre group, and acted in “The Royal Hunt of the Sun” which kick-started his career. This was his eureka moment which gave him the zeal to pursue his acting career. He went to appear in a drama titled “The Pawnbroker,” “The Nigga Lovers, “Hello, Dolly!” and performed stage plays. His profile began to boom in 1971, after starring in “The Electric Company, a PBS children television show, he made his first appearance in mainstream television “Who Says I can’t Ride a Rainbow” in 1971. In the same year, he starred in the theatre production of Purlie, appeared in two-stage production “The Might Gents in 1978,” which landed him a Drama Desk award, and “White Pelicans.” Furthermore, he featured in the Shakespearean trades Coriolanus and was awarded Obie Award for the title role including Julius Caesar.

In 1989, Freeman finally got his deserved Hollywood breakthrough when he featured as Sergeant Major John Rawlins in the movie “Glory,” which garnered five nominations of Academy Awards and won three. He featured again in the comedy-drama “Driving Miss Daisy alongside Dan Aykroyd and Jessica Tandy. Alfred Uhry’s play he featured achieved commercial success and grossed US$145 million worldwide. He went on to produce a biographical drama “Lean On Me’ which earned him a positive rating from a worldwide movie critic, and played an officer role in the crime drama “Johnny Handsome.”

Other movies that recorded success is “The Shawshank Redemption,” which he narrated, “Bopha,” “Outbreak,” “Seven”, “Long Way from Home,” also played as narrator, and many more. His hard work earned him Oscar awards, Academy Awards, Screen Actor Guild Award, and other accolades. In the specialization of narrating role, Morgan Freeman will forever be idolized.  

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