he Electric Company, Shawshank Redemption, The Story of God — what these three entirely different, yet iconic TV show / films have in common is one man — the Hollywood icon, Morgan Freeman.

Today, the actor Morgan Freeman is celebrating his 84th birthday! When Freeman first stood on a stage, he was an 8-year-old playing Little Boy Blue in a pageant. That’s when he knew he wanted to be an actor.

More than seven decades later, Freeman’s career includes his Oscar-winning performance in Million Dollar Baby and The Academy Award winning documentary, The Long Way Home. He has also received an Oscar nomination four other times, including his work in The Shawshank Redemption and Driving Miss Daisy. He has also won a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award.

Early life + career

Born on June 1, 1937, in Memphis, Tennessee, he joined the Air…

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