His performance in the Shawshank Redemption was emphatic. The movie was based on the 1994 Steven King’s classic novel “Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption” and established him as a character who gave great emphasis on the roles he played, and what it meant for the success of the film. Morgan Freeman was born in Memphis on June 1st, 1937 and made his film debut in 1980. He waited a long time for his career to emerge, until he gave quite the performance in the movie Seven (1995), where he portrayed a troubled detective. In 1992, he starred in the western movie “The Unforgiven” with Clint Eastwood and won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the movie “Million Dollar Baby”.
Freeman had been nominated for an Oscar four more times, three of which were for Best Actor in the films: Driving Miss Daisy in 1989, the Shawshank Redemption in 1994, Invictus in 2009, as well as for Best Supporting Actor in the movie Street Smart in 1988. He is without a doubt, a celebrity who has left a unique mark in the movie hall of fame.
In 2004, Freeman formed the Grenada Relief Fund along with the help of others, in order to support people that were affected by Hurricane Ivan on the island of Grenada. The Fund was later renamed PLANIT NOW, an organization that seeks to provide resources for people living in areas that have been stricken by hurricanes and severe storms. He has also worked on narrating small clips for global organizations such as One Earth, whose goal is to raise awareness on environmental issues.
In 2005, Freeman expressed his view on racism by criticizing the celebration of Month of Black History by saying: “I don’t want a black history month. Black history is American history”. He said that the only way to end racism is to stop talking about it, stating that there was no “white history month”.