With the Oscars this month, we wanted to recognize the indomitable spirit and extraordinary talent of Morgan Freeman. As you can read in this week's CelebVet feature, he is a man of deep insight and lives with a sense of purpose. He took what inspired him as a young kid, and made his life a success through persistence, a belief in himself and a sense of importance of giving back.
In many ways, Sidney Poitier - who broke the color barrier and became the first black actor to win the Oscar in 1964 - changed Freeman's life and inspired him to land his breakthrough role in "Driving Miss Daisy" - "It meant that I could (win an Oscar) too. His whole life meant that I could. His whole career informed me," Freeman told Variety Magazine last year.
When we attended the Invictus Games last year in Orlando, I remember how the crowd cheered for Morgan Freeman, an Air Force Veteran, as he narrated part of the opening ceremonies. All I kept thinking was they got the right man for the job. A role model for all. I'm am proud to call him a fellow veteran.