2001 Regular Session
By: Representative Reynolds, Cameron, Huddleston, Bailey, Baker, Blackmon, Bowles, Broomfield, Clarke, Coleman (65th), Compretta, Cummings, Davis, Dedeaux, Denny, Eads, Eakes, Eaton, Fillingane, Fleming, Ford, Franks, Gadd, Gibbs, Grist, Guice, Henderson, Holland, Holloway, Howell, Ishee, Jennings, Livingston, Malone, Maples, Mayo, McBride, McCoy, Middleton, Miles, Moak, Montgomery (15th), Moore (60th), Morris, Moss, Myers, Peranich, Perkins, Reeves, Robertson, Robinson (63rd), Rotenberry, Ryals, Scott (17th), Smith (59th), Stevens, Taylor, Thomas, Wallace, Ward, Warren, Weathersby, West, Whittington, Woods, Wells-Smith, Espy
House Resolution 18
(As Adopted by House)
A RESOLUTION COMMENDING MR. MORGAN FREEMAN FOR HIS OUTSTANDING CAREER AS AN ACTOR.
WHEREAS, Mr. Morgan Freeman, a native of Mississippi, is one of the most successful and highly respected actors in the entertainment industry; and
WHEREAS, Mr. Freeman, born in Memphis, Tennessee, on June 1, 1937, graduated from high school in Greenwood, Mississippi, in May of 1955; and
WHEREAS, after graduating from high school, Mr. Freeman moved to California to study dance and theatre arts at Los Angeles City College; and
WHEREAS, in 1967, Mr. Freeman made his Broadway debut with Pearl Bailey in "Hello Dolly!"; and
WHEREAS, Mr. Freeman became nationally known when he created the popular character, "Easy Reader" on the highly praised children's show, "The Electric Company"; and
WHEREAS, throughout his career, Mr. Freeman has received many awards for many of his performances including a Tony Award, the Clarence Derwent Award, Drama Desk Award, Obie Award, the Dramalogue Award and many others; and
WHEREAS, Mr. Freeman has not only been successful in television and the theatre, but has a long list of film credits which include movies such as "Brubaker," "Eyewitness," "Harry & Sons," "Teachers," "Clean & Sober," "Johnny Handsome," "Glory," and "Chain Reaction"; and
WHEREAS, Mr. Freeman won the Los Angeles, New York and National Society of Film Critics Awards for best supporting actor and was nominated for an Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for his performance in "Street Smarts"; and
WHEREAS, Mr. Freeman also starred in the popular movie, "Driving Miss Daisy," for which he won his second Academy Award nomination, won the Golden Globe Award and The Silver Bear for best actor at the Berlin Film Festival; and
WHEREAS, Mr. Freeman was seen in the David Brown production and thriller, "Kiss the Girls"; starred in the Steven Speilberg production, "Amistad," as abolitionist Theodore Jackson; took the lead in Paramount's adventure film "Hard Rain," opposite Christian Slater; played the President of the United States in the box office hit, "Deep Impact"; and starred in "Nurse Betty" along with Renee Zellweger and Chris Rock; and
WHEREAS, in November 2000, Mr. Freeman began shooting his next thriller, "High Crimes" with Ashley Judd in San Francisco, California; and
WHEREAS, in 1993, Mr. Freeman made his film directorial debut with "Bopha!," starring Danny Glover and Alfre Woodard, and soon after formed Revelations Entertainment, a production company developing entertainment product in all existing and emerging media; and
WHEREAS, most recently, Mr. Freeman has partnered with Bill Luckett in the restaurant business as the two opened the upscale restaurant called Madidi in the old 8000 square foot Landry's building located in downtown Clarksdale, Mississippi; and
WHEREAS, it is the policy of this Legislature to recognize and commend outstanding Mississippians such as Mr. Freeman, whose long and distinguished career brings great pride to the State of Mississippi:
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI, That we do hereby commend and congratulate Mr. Morgan Freeman upon his successful career as an actor and express our heartiest wishes for continued success in all his future endeavors.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That copies of this resolution be furnished to Mr. Morgan Freeman and to the members of the Capitol Press Corps.