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Actor Morgan Freeman 'cried' seeing 1969 Moon landing

Published on Jul 19, 2014 6:49 AM
Executive producer Morgan Freeman of the new drama series "Madam Secretary' participates in a panel during CBS network's portion of the 2014 Television Critics Association Cable Summer Press Tour in Beverly Hills, California on July 17, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - American actor Morgan Freeman said on Friday he became teary-eyed when he watched US astronauts set foot on the Moon for the first time, 45 years ago.

“I cried,” said Freeman, 77, at a US space agency event to commemorate the 1969 Moon landing when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin hopped out of the Apollo 11 and walked on the lunar surface.

Armstrong famously described the moment as “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Freeman was 32 years old on July 20, 1969 when he and countless others around the world saw televised images of white-clad American astronauts becoming the first humans to step on the Moon.

“I was in my apartment in New York, lying on the couch, watching this. I cried, yeah,” said Freeman.

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