February 20, 1927
January 6, 2022
Salt and Pepper
6 ft 2½ in | 189 cm
77 kg | 170 lbs
11 US | 44 EU
Sidney Poitier was born in Miami, Florida, United States, on February 20, 1927, was 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 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).
He made his television debut in anthology series CBS Television Workshop (1952) in episode "Careless Love", as Performer
Poitier's breakthrough performance came as Gregory W. Miller in drama crime film Blackboard Jungle (1955).
He made his directorial debut with Western film Buck and the Preacher (1972), also starred in role as Buck.
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He won the Academy Award for Best Actor and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama for his role as Homer Smith in movie Lilies of the Field (1963).
He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor, a BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actor and the Golden Globe Award Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama for his role as Noah Cullen in drama thriller film The Defiant Ones (1958).
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 for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama and the BAFTA Awards for Best Foreign Actor for his performances in movies:
A Raisin in the Sun (1961) drama as Walter Lee Younger
A Patch of Blue (1965) drama as Gordon Ralfe
In the Heat of the Night (1967) mystery drama as Det. Virgil Tibbs
He was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for his role as Porgy in musical film Porgy and Bess (1959).
He directed and starred as Clyde Williams in action crime comedy movie Let's Do It Again (1975), for which he won the NAACP Image Award for Best Director.
He was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special for his role as Nelson Mandela in drama film Mandela and de Klerk (1997).
Sneakers (1992) comedy caper as Donald Crease
He directed and starred as Steve Jackson in action comedy crime movie Uptown Saturday Night (1974).
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967) comedy drama as Dr. John Wade Prentice
To Sir, With Love (1967) drama as Mr. Mark Thackeray
The Jackal (1997) political action thriller as FBI Deputy Director Carter Preston
Shoot to Kill (1988) adventure crime thriller as FBI Agent Warren Stantin
No Way Out (1950) drama crime as Dr. Luther Brooks
Little Nikita (1988) thriller drama as Roy Parmenter
He was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film and the Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special for his performance as Thurgood Marshall in miniseries Separate but Equal (1991).
He was nominated for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series for his role as Gypsy Smith in CBS Western television miniseries Children of the Dust (1995).
He was nominated for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie / Miniseries / Dramatic Special for his role as Noah Dearborn in television movie The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn (1999).
Had African-Bahamian ancestry.
He was the youngest of seven surviving children.
He was the first male actor of African descent to win an Oscar.
He was first black actor to place autograph hand, and footprints in the cement at Grauman's Chinese Theatre, on June 23, 1967.
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 received the Academy Honorary Award in 2002.
He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame located on 7065 Hollywood Boulevard in 1994.
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.
He was good friend with Harry Belafonte.
Served as a member of the board of directors of The Walt Disney Company (1995-2003).
Sidney died on January 6, 2022, Beverly Hills, California, United States, at the age of 94.
He was married to:
Juanita Hardy (1950-1965), they had four daughters: Beverly Poitier-Henderson, Pamela Poitier, Sherri Poitier, Gina Poitier
Joanna Shimkus in (1976-2022), they had two daughters, Anika Poitier and Sydney Tamiia Poitier
He dated Joanna Shimkus (1976), Susan Denberg (1967) and Diahann Carroll (1963-1965).