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[[caption-width-right:350:[[Creator/StephenHawking It's Morgan Freeman all the way down!]]]]

->''"It was an honor to be portrayed by the golden-voiced Morgan Freeman. That man could read the phone book and make it sound interesting. ''(reading from a phone book)'' '5-5-5, 3-4-9-2'. Mmmm... just listen to that rich molasses."''
-->-- '''Vitruvius''' (voiced by Morgan Freeman), ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie''

[[AC:You are now reading this entry with my voice, in your head. [[CantUnhearIt Well my my, isn't that something.]]]]

Morgan Freeman (born June 1, 1937) ''[[MemeticBadass is]]'' {{God}} [[note]]After Creator/GeorgeBurns stepped down from the role[[/note]] (yes, literally, see image). His distinctive and authoritative voice and his calm, measured tones lend dignity and gravitas to everything he says. And yes, we DO mean everything. See the page quote if you don't believe us. The [[CozyVoiceForCatastrophes comforting qualities of his voice]] are only equalled by Creator/StephenFry (and maybe Creator/DavidAttenborough). Watching them [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C83pEooe3m4 have a conversation in a blues club]] is exactly as awesome as it sounds.

The quintessential MagicalNegro actor, Freeman is probably best known for his roles as God in ''Film/BruceAlmighty'' and ''Film/EvanAlmighty'', Lucius Fox in ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga'', and was the {{narrator}} of ''Film/MarchOfThePenguins'' and the ''Film/TheWarOfTheWorlds'' remake. Other roles include in ''Film/DrivingMissDaisy'', ''Film/{{Glory}}'', ''Film/TheShawshankRedemption'', ''Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves'', ''Film/{{Unforgiven}}'', ''Film/{{Se7en}}'', and ''Film/MillionDollarBaby'', for which he won the 2004 [[UsefulNotes/AcademyAward Oscar]] for Best Supporting Actor. Considering he spent years trying to live down his roles of "Easy Reader" and "Vincent the Vegetable Vampire" on ''Series/TheElectricCompany1971'', he's not complaining. He also played the President of the United States in ''Film/DeepImpact'', and the President of South Africa (that would be Nelson Mandela) in ''Film/{{Invictus}}''. (Interestingly, South Africa is also the setting of his only film as a director to date, 1993's ''Bopha!''). Since early 2010, he has performed the voice over spiel in the open of the ''[[Creator/{{CBS}} CBS Evening News]]'', replacing a 2006 spiel done by Walter Cronkite, who died a few months prior. He is also voice of Visa in the commercials, most notably those done for the [[UsefulNotes/OlympicGames 2008 Summer Olympics, the 2010 Winter Olympics, the 2012 Summer Olympics]], and the UsefulNotes/SuperBowl. He's the host of ''Through the Wormhole'' on The Science Channel, a show which hopes to tackle some of the greater mysteries of life and existence. If anyone can explain it, it's Morgan Freeman.

In the 2000s on, he has occasionally appeared in films (for example ''Film/{{Wanted}}'') playing a kindly mentor figure who [[PlayingWithCharacterType turns out]] to be [[BrokenPedestal secretly a villain]].

He also participated in Creator/KenBurns' documentary ''[[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar The Civil War]]'', voicing Frederick Douglass and several other Black writers of the era. He also lent his golden voice to ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie'' as Vitruvius, which is his first and only non-narrator voice-over role in an animated film to date. He also executive-produces the 2014 Creator/{{CBS}} GovernmentProcedural series ''Series/MadamSecretary''.

He is now the "voice" of Ride/{{Disney|Theme Parks}}'s Hall of Presidents attraction.

Also, see [[http://xkcd.com/462/ this]] Webcomic/{{xkcd}} comic, as well as [[http://thechive.com/2010/07/22/morgan-freeman-is-the-new-old-spice-man-8-photos/ this]] parody of Advertising/TheManYourManCouldSmellLike. And, according to ''Webcomic/JoeLovesCrappyMovies'', [[EvenTheGuysWantHim even the guys]] [[http://www.digitalpimponline.com/strips.php?title=movie&id=452 want him]].

Not to be mistaken for a relative of [[VideoGame/HalfLife Gordon Freeman]], as awesome and bearded as they both are. (By proxy, [[FanFic/HalfLifeFullLifeConsequences John Freeman]] is also out.) Neither so with [[ComicStrip/TheBoondocks Robert]] [[WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks Freeman]], as much as they fit the description of a CoolOldGuy and a BadassGrandpa. Nor with Creator/MartinFreeman, although seeing these two actors in same film playing long lost relatives would be [[RuleOfFunny awesome]] (What? It's not like that sort of thing hasn't been [[Film/{{Twins}} done before]]). Nor with Creator/CrispinFreeman. Nor with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milton_Friedman Milton Friedman]], although having Morgan Freeman read some of his works would make them a lot easier to get through.

* OldShame: Don't ask Morgan Freeman about playing Easy Reader on ''Series/TheElectricCompany1971''. He doesn't want to talk about it.
* StarDerailingRole: Yes, he actually did have a couple of these. ''Literature/MollFlanders'' and ''Chain Reaction'' bombed at the box office (somewhat averted with the latter, thanks to overseas gross) and were poorly received, resulting in Freeman's star power falling for about seven years after that.