Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman will become the 54th recipient of the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment on Sunday night.

Freeman will be presented with the SAG-AFTRA performers union’s highest tribute, which is given annually to an actor who fosters the “finest ideals of the acting profession,” during the 24th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.

“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,” SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris said. “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, 80, received a best supporting actor Oscar for his performance in “Million Dollar Baby,” a role that also garnered him a SAG Award.

His other film credits include “Unforgiven,” “The Shawshank Redemption,” “Glory,”  and “Invictus,” in which he portrayed South African anti-apartheid activist and former President Nelson Mandela.

—City News Service

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