Orolo is familiar...Edit

When reading Anathem, I often pictured Orolo as a somewhat-pudgy white man of average height. However, he seemed like a very familiar character. I searched my memory for a wise, yet fun loving character, and suddenly I could not get the image of Morgan Freeman out of my head - especially his God character from Bruce Almighty, or his Lucius Fox character from the Batman movies. Did anyone else make this connection?