I couldn't hold back the tears. He was one of the first actors that I came to know and love. I grew up watching him on the Electric Company as a child, he had the most amazing voice, as he narrated episodes of Spider Man on that show. Those episodes were actual still images of the Spider Man comic book drawings with his voice reading the dialogue in the "thought bubbles", decades before the Marvel Studios explosion that we have now. I've followed his work and been inspired by him my whole life. When I do voice over work and narration, I hear him in my head. He also showed me the value in growing with your craft and your passion for for the long haul. The big roles did not come to him in his 20's or 30's or even his 40's. It was middle age that opened a wealth of opportunities for Morgan Freeman to shine. I will always maintain, that his work as an actor is directly responsible for the election of President Barack Obama. When Mr. Freeman played an African American president in a major Hollywood movie, and the scene had nothing to do with him being black, but everything to do with the character being leader with the necessary gravitas, able to steady a nation facing eminent doom, I knew our country was ready. Morgan Freeman, national treasure.