Morgan Freeman to receive prestigious lifetime achievement award

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.

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