With his instantly recognizable voice, laid back charm, and magnetic presence, Morgan Freeman has established himself as one of the greatest actors working today. From his days as "Easy Reader" on The Electric Company to his Oscar-winning turn in Million Dollar Baby and beyond, Freeman seemed destined for stardom at an early age before nearly throwing it all away. With interviews from family, friends, and contemporaries, we tell the story of this son of an alcoholic barber who began receiving accolades at the age of 12, before making the shocking decision to quit acting and become an Air Force mechanic. We'll learn about his eventual return to acting, and the struggles he went through to make a name for himself, before finally hitting it big in the late 1980s on his way to ingraining himself in our hearts and minds with his memorable roles in Driving Miss Daisy, Unforgiven, and The Shawshank Redemption.
- Friday May 31 at 8:00AM EDT
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When Morgan Freeman went back to visit his parents in Mississippi in the 1950s, he realized the state was the only place that felt like home.
Morgan Freeman has become a Hollywood Icon and with an impressive body of work that includes "Driving Miss Daisy" and "The Shawshank Redemption." He became a key figure in the shift from minor to major roles for African-American actors.
Morgan Freeman describes what inspired him to direct his first film, "Bopha!"