Celebrate Morgan Freeman's Birthday With His Most Iconic Roles

Mandela, As Told by Hollywood

Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman celebrates his 77th birthday today. To celebrate, we're looking at some of his most iconic roles, whether as the narrator or the president.

PHOTO: Publicity still of Morgan Freeman in Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
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Driving Miss Daisy

In "Driving Miss Daisy," Freeman played Hoke Colburn, a chauffeur to Jessica Tandy's character, Daisy Werthan. The Oscar-winning film covers more than 20 years of the pair's life together as they slowly become friends.

PHOTO: Still of Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins in The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
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Shawshank Redemption

As beloved character Ellis "Red" Redding, Freeman narrates the sprawling tale about a prisoner Andy, played by Tim Robbins, who is wrongly accused of his wife's murder.

The decades-spanning film tracks Red and Andy as they become best friends and manage to make the best of serving a life sentence behind bars.

PHOTO: Still of Morgan Freeman in Se7en (1995)
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Freeman starred alongside Brad Pitt in the dark and disturbing film "Se7en." The two played police detectives tracking a serial killer who used the seven deadly sins as his modus operandi.

Although Brad Pitt's frantic line "What's in the box!" is often quoted, it's Freeman's haunted face that sticks with you long after the movie is over.

PHOTO: Still of Morgan Freeman in Deep Impact (1998)
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Deep Impact

In "Deep Impact," Freeman plays President Tom Beck, who's tasked with telling the American people that a comet is on a collision course with Earth. We won't ruin the ending for you.

PHOTO: Still of Morgan Freeman in The Sum of All Fears (2002)
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The Sum of All Fears

Freeman gets demoted from President to CIA Director William Cabot in "The Sum of All Fears."

His character recruits Ben Affleck, playing a whiz-kid analyst, to investigate the disappearance of three Russian scientist, eventually leading them to a planned nuclear attack on the U.S.

PHOTO: Still of Morgan Freeman in Bruce Almighty (2003)
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Bruce Almighty

Freeman's deep authoritative voice works perfectly for his role as "God" in "Bruce Almighty." The actor starred in the film alongside Jim Carrey. As God, Freeman gives Carrey almighty powers after he complains too much so that he can see how hard it is to run the world.

Freeman got to play God a second time in sequel "Evan Almighty" with Steve Carrell, where he advises Carrell it's time to build an ark.

PHOTO: Still of Morgan Freeman in Million Dollar Baby (2004)
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Million Dollar Baby

Freeman has been nominated for an Academy Award five times, but he took home the gold only once, for his role in Clint Eastwoods' "Million Dollar Baby."

Freeman narrates the film from beginning to end as Scrap, a former boxer who serves as the caretaker of the gym where Hillary Swank's character trains and Clint Eastwood's character coaches.

PHOTO: Still of Morgan Freeman and Christian Bale in Batman Begins (2005)
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Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises

Don't forget, Batman wouldn't be Batman without Morgan Freeman.

In Christopher Nolan's "Batman" trilogy, Freeman plays Lucius Fox, who supplies Christian Bale's Bruce Wayne with suits and gadgets he can use to save Gotham City as Batman.

Freeman as Fox also has the important duty of giving Batman his very first Batmobile in the first film.

PHOTO: Still of Morgan Freeman in Invictus (2009)
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After playing a fictional American president, Freeman portrayed legendary South African President Nelson Mandela during his first term in "Invictus." The story follows Mandela as he enlists the white captain of the country's rugby team to help unite the country after the fall of apartheid.

The role earned Freeman his fifth Academy Award nomination.

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