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Morgan Freeman appears in a promotional video for his Science channel series Through The Wormhole, which returns for a second season on Jun 8, 2011. - Provided courtesy of Science Channel

Morgan Freeman to get AFI Life Achievement Award, 'Through The Wormhole' returns for season 2

06/06/2011 by Corinne Heller

Morgan Freeman is set to be honored with an AFI Life Achievement Award at a ceremony on Thursday, June 9.

The Oscar-winning actor is known for his film work and also hosts "Through the Wormhole," a Science Channel series that "explores the deepest mysteries of existence." Freeman, 74, poses questions such as "What do aliens look like?," Can we live forever?" and "Is there life after death?" Its second season premieres on Wednesday, June 8, at 10 p.m. ET.

Clint Eastwood, Helen Mirren, Sidney Poitier, Matthew Broderick and Rita Moreno are among the stars who will pay tribute at the American Film Institute's event honoring Freeman in Los Angeles. The ceremony will air on June 19 on TV Land at 9 p.m. ET

Freeman is known for his roles in movies such as "Million Dollar Baby," which earned him his only Oscar, and plays God in "Bruce Almighty" and its sequel "Evan Almighty." Freeman is also known for his iconic voice, which is heard in Visa credit card commercials.

Eastwood directed Freeman in the 2004 film "Million Dollar Baby," while Mirren starred alongside the actor in the 2010 action film "Red."

Freeman has also been nominated for Oscars for his performances in "The Shawshank Redemption," "Driving Miss Daisy," "Street Smart" and the 2009 film "Invictus," which saw him playing South African leader Nelson Mandela alongside Matt Damon, last year's recipient of the AFI Life Achievement Award.

Freeman and Broderick starred together in the 1989 Civil War film "Glory" and both had parts in the 2003 mini-series "Freedom: A History of Us."

Rita Moreno starred with Freeman in PBS' "The Electric Company," which was Freeman's breakout role in television. Mike Nichols, who received the AFI Life Achievement Award last year, directed Freeman on Broadway in "The Country Girl" in 2008.

Freeman has called Poitier, star of films such as "The Jackal," one of his biggest inspirations and attended the 1992 ceremony that honored him with a AFI Life Achievement Award.

Check out a promo video for the second season of Freeman's series, "Throught The Wormhole."

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