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Freeman calls his star on Walk of Fame a gift

Morgan Freeman said it felt like "high cotton" as he unveiled his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

"This is not something you expect in life. This is a gift. This is serendipity," the 65-year-old actor said Tuesday of star No. 2,220, on Hollywood Boulevard. "If you wait around for it you may die waiting."

Freeman, a three-time Oscar nominee for his roles in "Street Smart," "Driving Miss Daisy" and "The Shawshank Redemption," expressed surprise when told he's already appeared in 47 movies.

He starred as a reforming high school principal in "Lean on Me," and has had major roles in "Glory," "Unforgiven" and "Amistad."

His upcoming films include "Dreamcatcher," which opens Friday.