At age 79, Morgan Freeman continues to draw the attention of audiences around the world with his radiant voice, gifted performances and unparalleled talent. In an exclusive interview with AARP The Magazine (ATM), Freeman offers a pictorial history of some of his life’s most intimate moments while discussing his early life, his career, and the people and places he’s encountered along the way.
uccess in film came relatively late in life, at age 50, with his Oscar-nominated role in Street Smart and a critically acclaimed performance in the off-Broadway production of Driving Miss Daisy. Until then, Freeman had begun to fear that his career was stagnating after portraying characters like Easy Reader in 700 episodes of The Electric Company. But soon, he’d land his second Oscar nomination for the film version of Daisy, and go on to be nominated twice more, winning the Academy Award for his supporting role in Million Dollar Baby. He’s played God and the President of the United States, and his performances in films such as The Shawshank Redemption, The Bucket List, and Invictus have landed him a place among the most respected figures in modern cinema. His movies have collectively grossed more than $4 billion, ranking him the third-highest-grossing actor of all time. On February 6, 2017, Morgan Freeman will receive Movies for Grownups® highest honor – AARP’s 2017 Movies for Grownups® Career Achievement Award.