Keith Bernstein
Jake Perlman
December 05, 2013 AT 12:00 PM EST

Morgan Freeman, who was nominated for an Oscar in 2009 for playing Nelson Mandela in the film Invictus, shared his thoughts on the former South African leader’s passing Thursday.

Today the world lost one of the true giants of the past century.  Nelson Mandela was a man of  incomparable honor, unconquerable strength, and unyielding resolve—a saint to many, a hero to all who treasure liberty, freedom and the dignity of humankind.  As we remember his triumphs, let us, in his memory, not just reflect on how far we’ve come, but on how far we have to go.  Madiba may no longer be with us, but his journey continues on with me and with all of us. 

Take a look at this special video honoring Mandela and the actors who have played him in film below:


Nelson Mandela: His Life in Pictures

Dignitaries and Stars Pay Tribute

Flashback: The Actors Who’ve Portrayed Him

Prince William at ‘Mandela’ Premiere: He Was ‘an Extraordinary and Inspiring Man’

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