You will struggle to find an actor that is more loved than Morgan Freeman. The 82-year-old from Memphis, Tennessee, has had a prolific career in film, television and on the stage, breaking through in the ’80s and still going strong today. He has appeared in some of the biggest films of the last 30 years, picking up a number of awards along the way, including an Academy Award (and 4 other nominations). He has shown his versatility through appearing in different genres, and he has a habit of endearing fans through his smooth, deep and immediately recognizable voice.
So without further ado, here are 10 of legendary Morgan Freeman’s greatest performances. Enjoy!
10. Invictus (2009)
Directed by Clint Eastwood, Invictus is a 2009 biographical sports drama film surrounding the events in South Africa both before, and after, the 1995 Rugby World Cup. The World Cup was held in South Africa that year following the dismantling of apartheid, and South Africa famously won the competition, seeing Nelson Mandela sport a Springboks jersey and present the trophy to South Africa captain, Francois Pienaar in what is now an iconic image. If anyone were capable of playing the role of Nelson Mandela, then it is Morgan Freeman, who puts in a brilliant performance which earned him an Academy Award nomination. Matt Damon plays the role of Pienaar, and he was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. It is an inspirational story, and a dream come true for Freeman who had always wanted to do a film based on Mandela.