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: