January 16th, 2012
12:19 PM ET
It doesn't get much more elegant than Sidney Poitier and Helen Mirren presenting Morgan Freeman with a Golden Globes honor, but whomever crafted the highlight reel of Freeman's career included an ingenious little clip to remind us of the actor's beginnings.
Freeman, 74, was this year's esteemed recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille award. As Dame Mirren introduced his varied body of work, which includes everything from playing a president ("Deep Impact") to playing Nelson Mandela ("Invictus") to playing God ("Bruce Almighty"), viewers were treated to the sight of a younger Freeman taking a bath in a casket as a vampire on the '70s kids show "The Electric Company."
Some of you may be old enough to remember Freeman's gig on the series, in which he played Count Dracula, among other credits. Although the clip is a little grainy, Freeman's voice is unmistakeable as he sings of the wonders of a casket bubble bath - obviously teaching youngsters about the letter "c."
Watching his career unfold via that series of snippets on Sunday, Freeman didn't comment on the "Electric Company" clip, but he did remark that he'd realized two things: How many actors he's worked with who he truly admires, and how much fun he's had.
"It’s been said that if you do what you love, you’ll never have to work a day in your life," Freeman told the audience. "So for the past 45 years or so, I’ve never had to work. My passion has always been acting."
Even when he's portraying a vampire who enjoys a good soak in his casket.
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