February 20, 1927
95 years old
Salt and Pepper
6 ft 2 in | 188 cm
78 kg | 173 lbs
Sidney Poitier was born in Miami, Florida, United States, on February 20, 1927, is an Bahamian-American actor.
Young Sidney Poitier first started his acting career with the North American Negro Theater.
He landed his Broadway debut in production of "Lysistrata".
He was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actor for his role as Walter Lee Younger in a play "A Raisin in the Sun"( 1960).
He made his big screen debut in musical film Sepia Cinderella (1947) in uncredited role as night club extra.
He got his first credited role as Dr. Luther Brooks in drama crime movie No Way Out (1950).
Poitier's breakthrough performance came as Gregory W. Miller in drama crime film Blackboard Jungle (1955) opposite Glenn Ford.
He made his directorial debut with Western film Buck and the Preacher (1972), he also starred in role as Buck.
He won the Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for his role as Homer Smith in movie Lilies of the Field (1963).
He was nominated for the Academy Award, a BAFTA Award and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for his role as Noah Cullen in drama thriller film The Defiant Ones (1958) with Tony Curtis.
He was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance as Tommy Tyler in drama film Edge of the City (1957).
He was nominated for the Golden Globe Awards and a BAFTA Awards for Best Actor for his performances in movies:
A Raisin in the Sun (1961) drama in role as Walter Lee Younger
A Patch of Blue (1965) drama in role as Gordon Ralfe
In the Heat of the Night (1967) mystery drama in role as Det. Virgil Tibbs
He was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for his role as Porgy in musical film Porgy and Bess (1959).
Sneakers (1992) comedy caper with Robert Redford and River Phoenix
Uptown Saturday Night (1974) action comedy crime with Richard Pryor, Bill Cosby and Harry Belafonte
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967) comedy drama opposite Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn
To Sir, With Love (1967) drama opposite Lulu and Judy Geeson
The Jackal (1997) political action thriller opposite Bruce Willis and Richard Gere
Shoot to Kill (1988) adventure crime thriller with Tom Berenger and Clancy Brown
No Way Out (1950) drama crime with Richard Widmark and Linda Darnell
Little Nikita (1988) thriller drama with River Phoenix
He was nominated for the Golden Globe Award and a Primetime Emmy Award for Best Actor for his performance as Thurgood Marshall in miniseries Separate but Equal (1991).
He was nominated for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor for his role as Gypsy Smith in CBS Western television miniseries Children of the Dust (1995).
He was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor for his role as Nelson Mandela in television drama film Mandela and de Klerk (1997).
He was nominated for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor for his role as Noah Dearborn in television movie The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn (1999).
He was the youngest of seven surviving children.
He was the first male actor of African descent to win an Oscar.
Poitier was first black actor to place autograph hand, and footprints in the cement at Grauman's Chinese Theatre, on June 23, 1967.
He received the Academy Honorary Award in 2002.
He won a NAACP Image Award for Best Director for action crime comedy movie Let's Do It Again (1975), also starred in role as Clyde Williams.
Published three autobiographical books:
This Life (1980)
The Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Autobiography (2000)
Life Beyond Measure – Letters to my Great-Granddaughter (2008)
He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, on August 12, 2009.
He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1974.
Long time friend with Harry Belafonte.
Served as a member of the board of directors of The Walt Disney Company (1995-2003).
He was married to Juanita Hardy (1950-1965), they have four daughters.
He married actress Joanna Shimkus in 1976, they have two daughters.
He dated Joanna Shimkus (1976), Susan Denberg (1967) and Diahann Carroll (1963-1965).