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The latter won him an Academy Award in for best supporting actor. Freeman has won several other awards and award nominations. Time correspondent Janice C. Simpson said Freeman's performances "are so finely calibrated that [the] characters emerge as men of true heft and substance.
The actor observed in Ebony that "once you become a movie star, people come to see you. You don't have to act anymore. And, to me, that's a danger. The big screen has brought Freeman to a wider audience, but he has long been a figure in New York theater, appearing only in Broadway and off-Broadway plays that suit his very particular tastes.
As early as he held a part in the Broadway cast of Hello, Dolly, that starred Pearl Bailey, but the bulk of his work has come in nonmusical, intensely serious dramas that relate various aspects of the African-American experience.
It's just that nobody knows it. The fourth child in the family, he was born on June 1,in Clarksdale, Mississippi. While still an infant, he was sent to live with his maternal grandmother. She died when Freeman was six years old, and he spent the next several years traveling with his mother from Chicago to Nashville, Tennessee, and finally to Greenwood, Mississippi, where they settled down.
Like most youngsters of his generation, Freeman loved the movies. Soda and beer bottles were worth 2 cents. If you were diligent, you could come up with movie money every day.
At first, drama served mainly as a pastime until he could enter the armed services. Freeman's acting hobby began in junior high school. He was trying to gain the attention of a girl named Barbara by pulling her chair out from beneath her.
His teacher grabbed him and took him to a room where they were preparing for a drama tournament.
Freeman recalled to New York"Well, we do this play 'bout a family with a wounded son just home from the war—I play his kid brother. We win the district championship, we win the state championship, and dadgummit, I'm chosen as best actor. All 'cause I pull this chair out from under Barbara. After graduating from high school in Greenwood he entered the U.
Air Force, hoping to become a pilot. Aptitude tests showed that he had the ability, but he was instead assigned duties as a mechanic and a radar technician. I had a sergeant who interposed himself between me and the casual barracks [stockade]—I was insolent. I called a horse's ass a horse's ass, even if it was wearin' brass.
The whole thing in the service, you're supposed to look down. Never could do that. He left the service in and headed straight for Hollywood. Once there, he looked up the address of Paramount Studios in the telephone book and went over to apply for a job. Only when he noticed that the questions on the application concerned familiarity with office machinery and typing did it dawn upon him that he would not be hired as an actor on the spot.
He opted to follow a more conventional route, taking acting classes at Los Angeles City College while supporting himself as a clerk. He also took dancing lessons, becoming good enough to land a part-time job performing at the World's Fair in New York.
By his own admission, Freeman did not gain much insight from his acting classes. I go with what I feel. It doesn't do me any good to intellectualize about it. At one point he even served as a counter man in a Penn Station doughnut stand.
His first important part came in an off-Broadway play called The Nigger-Lovers, which opened and closed quickly in Freeman's brief experience in The Nigger-Lovers was valuable, however, because it helped him land a role in the all-black cast of Hello, Dolly, that opened on Broadway in When the show closed, he moved on to a series of off-Broadway and repertory plays in New York and elsewhere.The film features Djimon Hounsou (Cinque), Morgan Freeman (Theodore Joadson), Anthony Hopkins (John Quincy Adams) and Matthew McConaughey (Baldwin).
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