Morgan Freeman, distinguished actor and proud Mississippian, was honored on Thursday, May 5, 2011, with the unveiling of a bronze star in the Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Center’s Walk of Fame. The ceremony took place in front of the MSU Riley Center in historic downtown Meridian.
“This is my second Walk of Fame star and I am as honored to have received it as was the first one,” Freeman said. The first star was on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
A huge crowd gathered to see Freeman and other dignitaries. The actor’s lawyer and business partner, Bill Luckett, introduced Freeman and spoke about their friendship and his character. Freeman’s star became the eighth since the Walk of Fame began in February 2009.
After many years as a working stage, television and film actor, Freeman became a star when he played the chauffeur Hoke in the 1989 movie Driving Miss Daisy. In 2005, he won an Academy Award for his performance as ex-boxer Eddie “Scrap Iron” Dupris in Million Dollar Baby. He also received Oscar nominations for his work in Driving Miss Daisy, Street Smart, The Shawshank Redemption and Invictus (in which he played former South Africa President Nelson Mandela).
Enjoy this humorous interview with Morgan Freeman relating to his beekeeping hobby!