Morgan Freeman to receive prestigious lifetime achievement award

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Morgan Freeman is adding another lifetime achievement prize to his mantelpiece.

AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) said the actor will receive its Movies for Grownups Career Achievement Award at a gala ceremony next year.

The 79-year-old actor has already received the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award, the Golden Globes' Cecil B. DeMille Award and a National Medal of the Arts from President Barack Obama.

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Morgan Freeman (Nick Wagner AP/PA)

"At a certain point in life, if you've had some success, awards start to fall from the sky. But this one really means something," Morgan said in a statement.

"I started my movie career at 50 and some of the best years happened since then."

He will accept the AARP honour at a dinner on February 6 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Morgan Freeman with his Academy Award (Ian West/PA)

Previous recipients of the Movies for Grownups Career Achievement Award include Michael Douglas, Susan Sarandon, Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone and Robert Redford.

Morgan won an Academy Award for 2004´s Million Dollar Baby and has received four other nominations. His most recent film credits are Ben-Hur and Now You See Me 2.