Morgan Freeman is one of our National Treasures for the cinema. He has been in numerous blockbuster movies. He has been on Stage, TV and Film for the last forty years. Morgan was born in 1937 in Tennessee. He spent some time in community college but he spent four years in the Air Force in the 2nd half of the 1950's. In the 1970's he mainly worked the stage. He did work on some children TV shows like "The Electric Company". He made his move to movies in the 1980's and it was in the 1990's that he career would simply just take off. His presence has been felt for about 40's years in the entertainment business and the American psyche. The following is not a best of list it is simply a compilation of what I consider be some of his better movies.
10. Lean On Me (1989) - Principal Joe Clark is sent to a high School where drugs and violence are the norm. Learning is at an all time low. Problem is Joe Clark has some tough ways of dealing with the problem, and some are not happy with it. This film also stars Beverly Todd, Robert Guillaume, and Lynne Thigpen.
9. Glory (1989) - A black regiment in the Union Army has a white Commander. At first it doesn't set well with other whites, or blacks for that matter. When the troops see the their Commander has their back they will follow him where he tells them to go.The cast includes Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, and Cary Elwes.
8. Driving Miss Daisy (1989) - A Jewish widow living in 1950's Atlanta needs some help getting around. Her son insists that she hire a driver because she isn't able. Now Miss daisy is set in her ways and doesn't want a negro driving her around. As time goes on she becomes easier to live with and for the next 20 years they travel the roads. Jessica Tandy, Dan Akroyd, and Esther Rolle also star.
7. The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990) - A financial wizard with a squeaky clean reputation is out with his mistress and a child is hit by his car. The child hit is a black youth and it was his mistress who ran him over. After this his life is turned upside down. Also starring Tom Hanks, Bruce Willis, Melanie Griffith, and Kim Cattrall.
6. Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) - Robin Hood returns to his home in England with an Arab after the crusades. He finds his father dead. His home taken over and his money gone. The prince and the sheriff of Sherwood Forest are to blame for all this. Robin takes his revenge with the help of many. The cast also includes Kevin Costner, Mary Elizabeth, Mastrantonio, Christian Slater, Alan Rickman, and Brian Blessed.
5.Million Dollar Baby (2004) A boxing trainer is estranged from his daughter. It isn't until he takes on a 31 year old woman who works as a waitress but wants to learn boxing, that he learns how to be close to people again and eventually gets to know his own lost daughter. Clint Eastwood, Hillary Swank, and Jay Baruchel round out the cast.
4. The Bucket List (2007) - A Billionaire and a Mechanic are in the hospital both with terminal illnesses. Each makes a list of things they wanted to do in their life but never got around to doing. They embark on the journey of a lifetime, become friends, and learn how to live again. The film stars jack Nicholson, Rob Morrow, Sean Hayes, and Beverly Todd.
3. Invictus (2009) - Nelson Mandela needs to bring his country together after all those years of Apartheid. He joins with the South African Rugby Coach to unite his country behind a lackluster team and turns them into a fighting force to reckoned with on the field. In 1995 they did just that. Cast includes Matt Damon, Tony Kgorage, and Patrick Mofokeny.
2. Dolphin Tale (2011) - A young boy finds a Dolphin all tangled up in a Crab trap. The Dolphin is badly hurt and will lose his tail to stay alive. The young boy thinks that a prosthetic tail could be attached to the Dolphin. A True Story that also stars Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd, Kris Kristofferson, and Nathan Gamble.
1.Oblivion (2013) - The planet Earth is devastated after 60 years of fighting the alien Scavs. One of the last drone repairmen finds evidence that all everyone has been told is simply a lie. He finds it through a drone. The cast includes Tom Cruise, Olga Kurglenko, and Andrea Riseborough.
Morgan Freeman has worked to get everything he has accomplished. He is a black man with a great talent who learned how to use this to achieve his goals, his dreams. If you put your mind to it there is nothing you can't do. He has Academy Awards for some of his work on the screen. He is an American Institution and I for one am very glad for the work he has done, and look forward to more that he will accomplish in the future.