Morgan Freeman to be honored with a SAG Life Achievement Award

Freeman has an extensive list of credits – now nearing 100 films from his breakthrough role in 1987 “Street Smart,” to more popular films that include “The Dark Knight” and the more recent film “Going In Style.”

77TH ACADEMY AWARDSAcademy Award winning actor, producer, voice actor and activist Morgan Freeman has been named the 54th recipient of SAG-AFTRA’s highest tribute: the SAG Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment.

Freeman will be presented the performers union’s top accolade at the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards,which will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. The actor ranks as one of the five worldwide top-grossing actors of all time, with his films having earned over $4.5 billion in cumulative ticket sales.

“I am thrilled to announce Morgan Freeman as this year’s recipient of the SAG Life Achievement Award. Some actors spend their entire careers waiting for the perfect role. Morgan showed us that true perfection is what a performer brings to the part,” said SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris. “He is innovative, fearless and completely unbound by expectations. As a chauffeur, convicted murderer, boxing gym attendant, pimp or president, Morgan fully realized every character baring their souls and showcasing their humanity. It has been a privilege to see his genius at work.”

Freeman first became nationally known and loved in 1971 when he starred in the seminal Children’s Television Workshop (CTW) show “The Electric Company,” for which he created characters including the iconic Easy Reader. Known as the most popular instructional show on television over its six-year run, the series won an Emmy for Outstanding Children’s Series and a Grammy for its soundtrack album.

Freeman has earned four Screen Actors Guild Award nominations and received the SAG Awards Actor for his performance in the Best Picture Oscar winning “Million Dollar Baby,”  and “The Shawshank Redemption” for which he received Best Actor nominations for a SAG Award, Oscar and a Golden Globe.

He has an extensive list of credits – now nearing 100 films from his breakthrough role in 1987 “Street Smart,”  to more popular films that include “The Dark Knight,” “The Bucket List,” “Glory,” “Lean on Me,” “Se7en,”  “Amistad,” “Bruce Almighty,” and “Along Came a Spider” and the more recent “Going In Style,” and “Ben-Hur.”

Nominated and voted on by members of the SAG-AFTRA National Honors and Tributes Committee, the Life Achievement Award is bestowed for outstanding achievement in fostering the best ideals of the acting profession. The recipient of this award is a well- established performer who has contributed to improving the image of the acting profession and has a history of active involvement in humanitarian and public service endeavors.

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