On June 9, the American Film Institute will honor Morgan Freeman for his lifetime of achievment. TV Land will air the tribute to the Oscar champ on June 26. The cablecaster has shown the two most recent of these salutes which date back to 1973 when four-time Oscar winner John Ford was feted.
Over the years, Freeman has starred in three Best Picture winners: “Driving Miss Daisy” (1989), “Unforgiven” (1992) and “Million Dollar Baby” (2004). He won the Best Supporting Actor award for his role in the last of those. Freeman first contended for that prize back in 1987 for “Street Smart.” He also has reaped three Best Actor bids: “Driving Miss Daisy” (1989), “The Shawshank Redemption” (1994) and “Invictus” (2009).
The evening will take place on Stage 15 of the Sony Pictures Studios in Los Angeles. Among the famous faces on the benefit committee are six former recipients of this award: Sidney Poitier (1992), Jack Nicholson (1994), Steven Spielberg (1995), Clint Eastwood (1996), Tom Hanks (2002) and Mike Nichols (2010). Other committee members include: Ben Affleck, Jim Carrey, Ashley Judd, Helen Mirren, Brad Pitt, Robert Redford, Tim Robbins, Hilary Swank, Denzel Washington and Alfre Woodard.