Why is the American actor Morgan Freeman a preferred choice for narration of films and documentaries?
Morgan Freeman (born 1937) is an American actor, director and preferred narrator, noted for his distinctive deep voice. It is considered iconic and recognizable, which frequently makes him the choice for narration in films and documentaries.
One journalist wrote that his “deeply reassuring voice with its mellifluous tones and authoritative presence, is why an entire generation still hear his trademark tones when they think of the almighty”.
Freeman acknowledges that his voice developed in this way while taking speech classes in college; he found that most people speak in a voice either too fast or too high. He developed a commanding voice by speaking in a lower octave and enunciating each word.
Freeman has played a variety of roles in his career spanning over five decades while accumulating multiple accolades, including an Academy Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a Golden Globe Award. He has been active since 1964, beginning his acting in school plays. He studied theatre arts in Los Angeles and appeared in stage productions in his early career. He rose to fame in the 1970s for his role in the children’s TV series ‘The Electric Company’ and then moved on to perform in Shakespearean plays.
His break-out role was in ‘Street Smart’ (1987), playing a hustler, which earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.