AFI 2011 : Morgan Freeman honored

April 28, 2011

The American Film Institute (AFI) will pay tribute to Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman with its prestigious 39th Lifetime Achievement Award, America's highest honor for a career in film, on June 9, 2011.
The gala celebration and the show will air on MTV Network's channel TV Land on June 26 at 8 PM ET.

Tom Hanks will attend the event and will be of the actors and directors who will honor actor Morgan Freeman. Other actors and directors to attend are Clint Eastwood, Helen Mirren, Mike Nichols, Jack Nicholson, Brad Pitt, Sidney Poitier, Robert Redford, Tim Robbins, Steven Spielberg, Hilary Swank, Ben Affleck, Jim Carrey, and Denzel Washington.


Tom Hanks and Morgan Freeman co-starred in 1990 for The Bonfire of the Vanities, also starring Bruce Willis and Melanie Griffith, and which was directed by Brian De Palma.

In 2002, Tom Hanks became the youngest actor ever to be honored by the American Film Institute with a Lifetime Achievement Award. He was only 45 years old. You can watch and download the ceremony in our archives.