10 Incredible Facts About Morgan Freeman
The iconic Morgan Freeman will be celebrating his 81st birthday this year on June 1st. It is quite a milestone for anyone to reach that age and still maintain a career on par with the younger crowd of actors.
Freeman, born and raised in Mississippi, he was no stranger to hardship making his accomplishments that much more amazing. Here are a couple of interesting facts about the fabled Morgan Freeman:
1. He Was in The Air Force
Morgan Freeman had served in the USAF from 1955 to 1959 before he attended LA City College. If you’ve come across the site before, Military.com offers a little background on Freeman’s enlistment: Jackson State University offered a partial drama scholarship, which he turned down in favor of military enlistment.
While I would be more inclined to favor the scholarship myself, I can understand why someone would choose the military.
2. His First Acting Role Was a Form of Punishment
Freeman was no stranger to being a trouble-maker during his junior high years. Being the lady’s man he was, he yanked a seat from a female student as she went to sit. The mistaken attempt at flirting with his female classmate landed him in the drama department for punishment.
Despite the school intending to punish him, it was likely the catalyst that led to his world-renowned career.
3. He Can Speak French Fluently
Learning a new language is difficult, but it was not a problem for Morgan Freeman. During his enrollment at the University of California, Los Angeles, the 80-year-old actor dedicated himself to studying the French language. He is one of the few people who can say he’s fully mastered the ‘language of love.’
According to rocketlanguages.com, it takes a good 8 to 10 years just to reach intermediate fluency, so you’d better get to studying if you want to be on Morgan Freeman’s level.
4. He Broke Academy Award Records
With so many movies being produced by so many different studios, it’s hard for anyone to get an award. That being said, Freeman has managed to be nominated in the Best Picture category three separate times, the only African-American actor to have done so.
The first film was Driving Miss Daisy (1989), the second Unforgiven (1992), and the third and most recent, Million Dollar Baby (2004).
5. He Broke Golf Records, Too
Many actors take to golfing in their off time, and some become quite skilled at the sport. Don Cheadle (Iron Man, Avengers: Endgame), Alfonso Ribeiro (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air), and Tim Allen (Last Man Standing) are all quite fond of hitting their ball across the green.
While Morgan Freeman may share their love of golf, he is the only one on the list to have a ‘first’ in golf. He was the first American golfer to make par on the “Extreme 19th” hole at the Legend Golf and Safari Resort, located in South African.
6. He Founded a Charity Following Hurricane Ivan
Those who keep up with hurricane weather will remember well how the hurricane devastated the nation of Grenada, destroying much of their trees and tearing the roofs away from many homes.
As a way to help, Freeman established what was originally known as the Grenada Relief Fund in 2004, as a way to raise funds to help hurricane victims. You can now find it online as PLANIT NOW, providing “preparedness resources for people living in areas afflicted by hurricanes and severe storms.”
7. He’s Written a Cookbook
Not many actors can claim that on their resume. With recipe contributions from Tom Hanks, Tim Robbins, and Katie Couric, Morgan Freeman compiled a book of recipes in Morgan Freeman & Friends: Caribbean Cooking for a Cause.
If it weren’t obvious from the title, the proceeds for sales of the book went right to supporting hurricane relief through his charity.
8. He Keeps 26 Beehives at His Mississippi Ranch
Beekeeping is not a profession that everyone is meant for, but Freeman shared in a 2014 interview with TV host Jimmy Fallon that it called to him. Freeman shared how he learned of the decline of the bee population over recent years. Feeling that he could make a difference, the actor began his own bee farm on his ranch.
We must all make efforts to ensure bees are kept around, as they are vital to our food’s growth.
9. He Co-Owns a Blues Club
Freeman, along with two close friends, opened the doors to Ground Zero Blues Club back in 2001 in Clarksdale, Mississippi. There are even apartments for rent above the club if you can stand the all-hours music.
10. Special Awards Cabinet
A friend built Freeman a custom awards cabinet back in 1998, confident in their friend’s ability to nab an Academy Award. How convenient, right?