Sidney Poitier

Sidney Poitier Brief Biography

Sidney Poitier
Sir Sidney Poitier, KBE ( or ; born February 20, 1927), is an American-born Bahamian actor, film director, author, and diplomat.

In 1963, Poitier became the first black person to win an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in Lilies of the Field. The significance of this achievement was later bolstered in 1967 when he starred in three successful films: To Sir, with Love; In the Heat of the Night; and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, making him the top box-office star of that year. In all three films, issues revolve around the race of the characters Poitier portrays. In 1999, the American Film Institute named Poitier among the Greatest Male Stars of All Time, ranking 22nd on the list of 25.

Sidney Poitier News

• Oprah Winfrey to receive Cecil B. DeMille Award at Golden Globes
• Jerry O'Connell and Sydney Poitier to star in detective procedural
• Broadway's 'Six Degrees of Separation' to close Sunday
• The Almanac for April 13, the 103rd day of 2017

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