“The only advice I have for any actor is, keep acting. Just keep working. And keep your mind on what you want. It’s bound to happen if you keep working.”
Morgan Freeman’s incredible commitment to each role he takes is only surpassed by his incredible commitment to the craft of acting. Freeman once said that if he never became famous, he would still continue to act in local theaters or wherever he could find work.
Actor Anthony Mackie has credited Freeman for advising him to turn down high-paying roles that did not add to his growth as an actor and, instead, to take roles that help develop his craft. According to Mackie, Freeman’s advice is the best advice he received in the early stages of his career.
Morgan Freeman is one of the greatest and most prolific actors of his generation. It’s not just his numerous Oscar, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild award nominations that set him apart. It’s also the sheer volume and variety of work he has amassed over the course of his 50-plus year career.
Freeman, an American actor from Memphis, Tennessee, began his acting career in the mid-sixties and gained his earliest success in theater, on the kid’s show, Electric Company, and on the television soap opera, Another World. But his first true breakout role came in 1987, when he was cast as “Fast Black” in the film, Street Smart, starring Christopher Reeve.
His fame continued to grow in the 80’s and 90’s, with memorable roles like “Hoke” in Driving Miss Daisy (1989), “Sergeant Major Rawlins” in Glory (1989) and as “Red” in Shawshank Redemption (1994), Unforgiven (1992), Seven (1995) and Deep Impact (1998). In 2005, Freeman won his first Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as “Eddie ‘Scrap Iron’ Dupris” in Million Dollar Baby.