“Learning how to be still, to really be still and let life happen – that stillness becomes a radiance.”
One of the most famous lines by perhaps the most influential actor in Hollywood with an equally influential and unforgettable voice.
Here are 10 unusual facts about this legendary star.
1.ACTING FIRST CAME TO HIM AS A PUNISHMENT
In Junior High, Freeman was head over heels for a girl named Barbara and to grab her attention he pulled her chair out from underneath her. His teacher took him to another room where a drama was being prepared for a tournament, where he was to participate. He ended up winning “Best Actor” for his part in the tournament.
2. PART TIME DANCER
Freeman is an example of how life lifts you up in the most amazing ways. His first professional gig was as a part-time dancer at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York.
3.HE HAS PUBLISHED A COOKBOOK
Yes, Morgan Freeman is into cooking but cooking for a cause!
“Morgan Freeman and Friends: Caribbean Cooking for a Cause” was produced to raise money for victims of Hurricane Ivan.
4.FLEW AWAY FROM FLYING
After graduating from school, Freeman attended Los Angeles City College and then joined the U.S. Air Force in 1955, hoping it would lead to a career in the skies. But after four years of working as a mechanic, he decided not to re-enlist. “I had this very clear epiphany,” he told AARP Magazine. “You are not in love with this; you are in love with the idea of this.” He left the Air Force and moved to Hollywood to pursue his dream of acting.
5. LET THINGS BEE
Freeman is a beekeeper with more than two dozen hives. After hearing about the decline of honeybees and its impact on the environment, in 2014 Freeman turned his 124-acre ranch in Mississippi into a beekeeping sanctuary.
In this narcissistic world, who doesn’t like to talk about or watch themselves? But Morgan definitely does not fall into that category.
“I find it difficult to watch myself… I find it boring,” he once told an interviewer.
7. WENT TO PRISON WITH NO REGRETS
Morgan Freeman was put in prison while serving in the Air Force because he insisted on sticking with his friend. Now that’s the kind of friendship which should qualify as “GOALS”.
Morgan is the first American to record a par on “Extreme 19th” hole at the Legend Golf & Safari Resort in South Africa. It is the longest and highest par 3 hole in the world. He is great at his work and sports! That’s every parent’s dream for their child.
Following the Best Picture win for Million Dollar Baby in 2004, Morgan became the only African-American actor to have appeared in three separate winning films for that category.
The other films include Driving Miss Daisy and Unforgiven.
10. STARTED FROM TELEVISION
Don’t tell me this doesn’t remind you of SRK’s journey from TV to Bollywood.
Morgan’s big break was on Television with a kids show on PBS called, The Electric Company. It was one of public television’s most popular children’s programs.
Admit it, this man deserves all the respect in the world.
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