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Sidney Poitier

Film Director / Diplomat / Film Producer / Writer / Author / Actor / Theatre Director | * 02/20/1927 (92) | Miami, Florida, USA
Sidney Poitier, (born February 20, 1927) is a Bahamian-American actor and film director. He received two nominations for the Academy Award for Best Actor, winning one, the first black actor to win that award. He was also nominated six times for each of the Golden Globe for Best Actor and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award (BAFTA) for Best Foreign Actor, winning each once. From 1997 to 2007, he served as the Bahamian Ambassador to Japan. His family lived in the Bahamas but Poitier was born in Miami while they were visiting, thereby acquiring American citizenship. He grew up in the Bahamas, moving to New York when he was 16. He joined the North American Negro Theatre landing his breakthrough film role in 1950 as an incorrigible high school student in Blackboard Jungle (1955). In 1958, Poitier starred with Tony Curtis in the critically acclaimed The Defiant Ones as chained-together convicts who escape and must cooperate. Each received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor, with Poitier's being the first for a black actor, as well as nominations for the BAFTAs, which Poitier won. In 196... ()
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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.  .

Most frequent genres for this person: Drama | Comedies | Action

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Awards & Nominations for Sidney Poitier

Knight Commander of The Order of The British Empire Presidential Medal of Freedom Marian Anderson Award Grammy Award Henrietta Award Academy Award for Best Actor Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama Golden Globe Cecil B. Demille Award AFI Life Achievement Award Kennedy Center Honors Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special NAACP Image Award – Hall of Fame Award Academy Honorary Award Spingarn Medal Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame Paul Robeson Award Commandeur Des Arts Et Des Lettres‎ Fellow of The American Academy of Arts and Sciences Order of The British Empire Academy Awards Silver Bear 2x Academy Award for Best Actor Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy 5x Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama 3x Henrietta Award Golden Globe Cecil B. Demille Award 2x NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series 2x Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie 3x NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-series or Dramatic Special Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie 2x Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album

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Movies with Sidney Poitier as Actor(61)

as himself2012 Sing Your Song
as Reverend Msimangu (archive footage)2000 Scandalize My Name: Stories from the Blacklist
as Dr. Jack Miller1998 David and Lisa
as Carter Preston1997 The Jackal
as Nelson Mandela1997 Mandela and de Klerk
as Himself (archive footage)1997 Afro Promo
as Mark Thackeray1996 To Sir, with Love II
as Donald Crease1992 Sneakers
as Thurgood Marshall1991 Separate But Equal
as Warren Stantin1988 Shoot to Kill
as Roy Parmenter1988 Little Nikita
as Narrator (voice)1979 Paul Robeson: Tribute to an Artist
as Manny Durrell1977 A Piece of the Action
as Clyde Williams1975 Let's Do It Again
as Shack Twala1975 The Wilby Conspiracy
as Steve Jackson1974 Uptown Saturday Night
as Dr. Matt Younger1973 A Warm December
as John Kane1971 Brother John
as Virgil Tibbs1971 The Organization
as Virgil Tibbs1970 They Call Me Mister Tibbs!
as Jason Higgs1969 The Lost Man
as Jack Parks1968 For Love of Ivy
as Mark Thackeray1967 To Sir, with Love
as Det. Virgil Tibbs1967 In the Heat of the Night
as Dr. John Wade Prentice1967 Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
as Toller1966 Duel at Diablo
as Gordon Ralfe1965 A Patch of Blue
as Simon of Cyrene1965 The Greatest Story Ever Told
as Alan Newell1965 The Slender Thread
as Ben Munceford1965 The Bedford Incident
as Aly Mansuh1964 The Long Ships
as Homer Smith1963 Lilies of the Field
as Doctor1962 Pressure Point
as Eddie Cook1961 Paris Blues
as Walter Lee Younger1961 A Raisin in the Sun
as Sgt. Eddie Towler1960 All the Young Men
as Porgy1959 Porgy and Bess
as Marcus1959 Virgin Island
as Noah Cullen1958 The Defiant Ones
as Kimani Wa Karanja1957 Something of Value
as Rau-Ru1957 Band of Angels
as Tommy Tyler1957 Edge of the City
as Gates Watson1956 Good-bye, My Lady
as Gregory W. Miller1955 Blackboard Jungle
as Inman Jackson1954 Go Man Go
as Robertson1952 The Red Ball Express
as Reverend Msimangu1951 Cry, the Beloved Country
as Dr. Luther Brooks1950 No Way Out

TV Shows/Series with Sidney Poitier as Actor(3)

Movies with Sidney Poitier as Crew(10)

Directing/Director1990 Ghost Dad
Directing/Director1985 Fast Forward
Directing/Director1982 Hanky Panky
Directing/Director1980 Stir Crazy
Directing/Director1977 A Piece of the Action
Directing/Director1975 Let's Do It Again
Directing/Director1974 Uptown Saturday Night
Directing/Director1973 A Warm December
Directing/Director1972 Buck and the Preacher
Writing/Original Story1968 For Love of Ivy

Full Name: Sidney Poitier
Born: Sunday, 02/20 1927 (February) in Miami (current age: 92 years + 363 days)
Zodiac sign: Pisces (Chinese zodiac sign: Rabbit)
Languages: English (EN)
Educated at: Actors Studio
Employer: United Nations
Member of: American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Spouses (current/former): Joanna Shimkus
Sidney Poitier frequently works together with these people:
Melville Tucker (8x, Crew)
Bill Cosby (7x, Actor)
Ruby Dee (7x, Actress)
Harry Belafonte (7x, Actor)
Quincy Jones (7x, Actor)
Lynn Stalmaster (7x, Crew)
Richard Widmark (6x, Actor)
Stanley Kramer (6x, Crew)
Whoopi Goldberg (5x, Actress)
Charlton Heston (2x, Actor)
Paul Newman (2x, Actor)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:3304, Added: 03/23/2018, Last updated: 02/09/2020