10 Memorable Scenes to celebrate Morgan Freeman’s 84th Birthday

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Happy Belated Birthday,
Morgan Freeman!

The Memphis-born, Oscar- winning thespian just turned 84 years old yesterday, as he was born on June 1st, 1937. IMDb somehow did NOT include him in the list of birthdays on its homepage yesterday, so I thought I’d do a post to honor Mr. Freeman’s towering cinematic achievements.

I love his distinctive deep voice, which instantly gives such gravitas to any role he does. I actually first saw Freeman in Street Smart (1987) Christopher Reeve where Reeve plays a New York journalist who wrote a fake story of a pimp describing his life and crimes. According to IMDb trivia, most of the characters he has played are not written specifically for an African-American actor. Apparently, watching Gary Cooper’s films in his youth inspired him to become an actor, and listed High Noon as one of his favorite films.

Now, Freeman is not only massively talented, he’s also incredibly prolific. Ever so versatile, he can juggle dramas, thrillers, comedies with such ease. He’s believable in a wide variety of roles, from pimps to presidents; convicted murder felons to astute detectives… whatever the role, he always understands the assignment. He’s got 134 projects to his credit (listed on IMDb, so naturally there are a ton of his films I have not seen. So obviously these are far from being a comprehensive list of his memorable performances, and let me preface this that I still have not seen some of his best work, including his Oscar-nominated role in Million Dollar Baby.

Now, not every one of his movies are good, but then again, few actors have spotless resume. Regardless of the movie’s quality, it’s always fun to watch his performance. In any case, here are 10 memorable performances that showcase his amazing talent and versatility:

Morgan Freeman with Christopher Reeve in STREET SMART

These are just a small sampling of Mr. Freeman’s memorable scenes.

Feel free to supply your own favorite Morgan Freeman scenes!

11 thoughts on “10 Memorable Scenes to celebrate Morgan Freeman’s 84th Birthday

  1. OK, this is a cheat and even though it wasn’t really Morgan Freeman but seeing a crab with Morgan Freeman’s voice in Barb & Star Go to Vista del Mar is still one of the strangest things I had ever seen. Ever. I really wish he would be in better movies right now instead of working with no-talent hacks like George Gallo in these awful straight-to-VOD films with John Travolta.

    1. There’s Morgan Freeman’s voice in Barb & Star Go to Vista del Mar?? I really should watch that movie! It looks silly but that’s ok sometimes, not every movie has to be serious or sensible if it’s enjoyable, ahah.

      Yeah, even the best actors have been in some ridiculously awful straight-to-VOD stuff, I mean even Gary Oldman is not exempt from those duds. I think only Daniel Day Lewis who have always been in consistently good movies, but that guy is super selective!

      1. Silly is really an understatement of what that film is. In reality, it’s the most insane fucking thing in cinema. I’m talking Bunuel, Jodorowsky, David Lynch type of insanity but way fucking out there. It’s a film that isn’t meant to be taken seriously at all and I found my jaw-dropping throughout the entirety of the film as I had no idea what I fucking saw but I love it.

  2. Ted Saydalavong

    I’ve seen Morgan Freeman in so many films that I feel like I’ve known him personally for a long time. Ha ha!

    Out of the top of my head, my favorite films and characters he played are UNFORGIVEN, SE7EN, THE DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY, GLORY, JOHNNY HANDSOME & MILLION DOLLAR BABY.

    1. He is really prolific isn’t he? Same with Samuel L Jackson who is in everything!

      Goodness I really should see Unforgiven already, I forgot Freeman is in it too. I know that’s one of your faves, Ted. I’m not sure I wanna see Million Dollar Baby given the euthanasia subject matter though.

    1. It’s such a good film with a good redemptive quality. I almost included his scenes in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves but couldn’t find a good clip. That movie is one of my guilty pleasures!

    1. That blackmail clip is one of my fave scenes in TDK!! The expression on that dude’s face is priceless, gotta love Lucius Fox!

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