Legendary Actor And Beekeeper Morgan 'GOD' Freeman Turns 83

Legendary Actor And Beekeeper Morgan 'GOD' Freeman Turns 83

Morgan Freeman was born on June 1st, 1937 in Memphis, Tennessee.

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Morgan Freeman, or GOD, as we know him, turned 83 on 1st June. For as long as one can remember, the actor has looked the same, oozing confidence and charm wherever he goes. It's hard to imagine he's 83 when you take into consideration the level of energy that surrounds him. Throughout his career, he's won several accolades for his stellar performances. Freeman was born in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1937. He always wanted to act, but joined the Air Force after high school to become a fighter pilot, according to Biography. He soon realized his real calling lied in acting and pursued his interest. 


"I had this very clear epiphany," he told AARP Magazine. "You are not in love with this; you are in love with the idea of this." In 1959, Freeman left the Air Force and tried his luck out West, and he moved to Hollywood to see if he could make it as an actor. It wasn't as easy as he thought it would be. He took acting classes but struggled to find work. In the early 1960s, he moved again, this time to New York City, where more petty day jobs and nighttime auditions followed. The same year, he married Jeanette Adair Bradshaw. Freeman got his first big break when he bagged a role in an all African-American Broadway production of Hello, Dolly! starring Pearl Bailey.


He then started appearing on several TV shows, but somehow it wasn't what he wanted. It was far too grueling, and he just couldn't get into movies like he wanted to. The show he was working on, The Electric Company, came to an end in 1976, and Freeman was clueless. His personal life wasn't doing too well, either. His marriage started to fall apart and he began drinking too much. In 1979, he got divorced. A year later, he landed a part as a crazed inmate in the Robert Redford film, Brubaker. But his career didn't take off the way he expected it to, and he was disappointed. 


In 1987, Freeman was cast in the film Street Smart. By the 1990s, Freeman was riding high in his career, starring in several big-budget films as 1994's The Shawshank Redemption, Seven (1995) and Deep Impact (1998). He went on to do several amazing films, and at the 2012 Golden Globes, Freeman received the Cecil B. DeMille Award for "outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment." "I like being eclectic," he has said about his film choices. "The more varied the better; the wider the range. I've been sucked into a kind of mold of a good guy and that's actually almost beyond my ability to control. But other than that, a good story and an interesting character is all I am looking for."


While it may be a late-blooming success, it's nothing he's at all bitter about. "Success comes when it comes," he has said. "I had a career for 30 years; a 30-year career is not bad. I often think I'm probably lucky that I wasn't a wild success early on, coming up through the 1970s. I could have very easily burned out." Apart from being one of the most renowned actors on the planet, the 81-year-old celebrity has time and again raised his incredible voice to call attention to a number of concerning issues. In 2014, he took on the role of a beekeeper. He decided to do so in order to help put an end to the dwindling bee population and do what he can to revive and conserve their presence on earth, as we reported earlier.


The star reportedly explained that he'd taken up the hobby as a result of the mass bee die-offs over the past few years and that he had imported 26 hives full of bees from Arkansas to his ranch, where he now feeds them sugar water. Apparently, the bees have taken a great liking to Freeman as despite not wearing a protective suit while tending to them, he has never once been stung. He said, "I have not ever used the beekeeping hat with my bees. They haven’t stung me yet, as right now I am not trying to harvest honey or anything, but I just feed them…I also think that they understand, ‘Hey, don’t bother this guy, he’s got sugar water here."


Speaking about the bigger picture behind turning his gigantic ranch into a bee sanctuary, Freeman said, "There is a concerted effort for bringing bees back onto the planet…We do not realize that they are the foundation, I think, of the growth of the planet, the vegetation…I have a lot of flowering things, and I have a gardener too. As she takes care of the bees too, all she does is figure out, ‘OK, what would they like to have?’, so we have got acres and acres of clover, and we have some planting stuff like lavender, I have got like, maybe 140 magnolia trees, big blossoms."


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