Bee Man Freeman

Born in 1938,  Morgan Freeman is 79 years old today, June 1, 2017. (Happy Birthday!) You know him as the actor (Driving Miss Daisy; Shawshank Redemption; Million Dollar Baby) with the resonating voice. But did you know that Freeman resonates among the bees, too? A couple of years ago, he turned his 124-acre ranch into a “sanctuary” for honey bees, starting with 26 bee hives. (Most beekeepers start with just two or three!)

I’ve long admired Freeman as an actor, but I really began to appreciate him when I started watching his series of science documentaries on Discovery, the astrophysics lectures called Through the Wormhole. Respect for the actor is deep – he was born in Tennessee, grew up in rural Mississippi, yet became comfortable in Hollywood. To top it off, at age 65 he earned his pilot’s license and he flies a Cessna 414.  It seems almost natural that he decided to become a beekeeper a couple years ago. As you”ll see on these clips, he actually knows a little about bees.

Here are a couple of clips of Freeman the beeman on late night TV:

More bee talk, with Stephen Colbert:



About Ron Miksha

Ron Miksha is a bee ecologist working at the University of Calgary. He is also a geophysicist and does a bit of science writing and blogging. Ron has worked as a radio broadcaster, a beekeeper, and Earth scientist. (Ask him about seismic waves.) He's based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
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4 Responses to Bee Man Freeman

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  2. Ashley King says:

    I love that he actually knows what he’s talking about. Not just someone who put a bunch of hives on their property and hired someone to take care of them (not that there’s anything wrong with that; I’m taking applications if anyone wants to pay me to take care of their bees). Another person that really surprised me with actual knowledge of beekeeping is James Hetfield from Metallica.

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    • Ron Miksha says:

      Morgan does actually have big support from his neighbouring beekeepers who generally look after the bees because he’s on the road a lot. However, it’s pretty cool that he does get out there to resonate and he knows what’s going on!
      On Metallica’s Hetfield, you might have seen my little post on the guy from a few weeks ago. He says he finds that a little beekeeping before a tour helps him prepare.


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