Sidney Poitier

Age: 87
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, USA

Sir Sidney Poitier, KBE (born February 20, 1927) is a Bahamian American 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 well-received 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 1999, the American Film Institute named Poitier among the Greatest Male Stars of All Time, ranking 22nd on the list of 25. Poitier has directed a number of popular movies such as A Piece of the Action; Uptown Saturday Night, and Let's Do It Again (with friend Bill Cosby), and Stir Crazy (starring Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder). In 2002, 38 years after receiving the Best Actor Award, Poitier was chosen by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to receive an Honorary Award, designated "To Sidney Poitier in recognition of his remarkable accomplishments as an artist and as a human being." Since 1997 he has been the Bahamian ambassador to Japan. On August 12, 2009, Sidney Poitier was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States of America's highest civilian honor, by President Barack Obama.  

Movie Character Year
Ftagjb14khdsuyiklyakvqujfzo No Way Out Dr. Luther Brooks 1950
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Hxyc6bhpommuf49q8g6s3cg8jbq Blackboard Jungle Gregory W. Miller 1955
Arh6p4c2xswwr2lwsakwxdgoyad Edge of the City Tommy Tyler 1957
39sbfvlicj5keteqfwexqk6aox1 Band of Angels Rau-Ru 1957
Lozosswpdz8xdbmhwo45lgwqei6 A Raisin in the Sun Walter Lee Younger 1961
Wmc1kwc9wlmqhfmy678udq2duvl Paris Blues Eddie Cook 1961
C30qqdtznvubmoqxtcscxu4ckbr Duel at Diablo Toller 1966
Wremo9bdhsvaqlw5w93bw1iwxun To Sir, with Love Mark Thackeray 1967
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Fmhegwwvbb7obdzwytlzvg8urz6 The Lost Man Jason Higgs 1969
V0da8jpbifcafk65zcnolyt3pvc Brother John John Kane 1971
Xyeorfaxwjg51wqzwtwum7pnfxz Buck and the Preacher Buck 1972
3ocu2q3rcjpv3htxfjyv0yy4wql A Piece of the Action Manny Durrell 1977
2leicni8zpneacqars8ml0axzb2 Shoot to Kill Warren Stantin 1988
Twl8kucdz5mbe7dlm8ybxentusq Little Nikita Roy Parmenter 1988
Hjm5edwglxkwo5fk81skdjjf7jj Separate But Equal Thurgood Marshall 1991
Vizuvvochgmbqrgkdti3fetfts9 Sneakers Donald Crease 1992
6hh2rogtrkdbufexvvv5fnhmxk3 The Jackal Carter Preston 1997
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