Sir Sidney Poitier

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Sir Sidney L. Poitier

Current Location:: Beverly Hills, Los Angeles County, California, United States
Birthplace: Miami, Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Reginald James Poitier and Evelyn Poitier
Husband of Private and Joanna Shimkus
Ex-husband of Private
Father of Private; Beverly Poitier-Henderson; Pamela Poitier; Private; Private and 2 others
Brother of Cyril Morton Poitier; George Poitier; Private; Private; Private and 3 others

Occupation: Actor, director, author, diplomat
Managed by: Private User
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About Sir Sidney Poitier

Sir Sidney Poitier, KBE is a Bahamian-American actor, film director, author, and diplomat.

In 1964, Poitier became the first Bahamian and first African-American to win an Academy Award for Best Actor, for his role in Lilies of the Field. The significance of these achievements was bolstered in 1967, when he starred in three successful films, all of which dealt with issues involving race and race relations: 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 classic Hollywood cinema, ranking 22nd on the list of 25.

Poitier has directed a number of films, including A Piece of the Action, Uptown Saturday Night, Let's Do It Again, with Bill Cosby; Stir Crazy, starring Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder; and Ghost Dad, also with Cosby. In 2002, thirty-eight years after receiving the Best Actor Award, Poitier was chosen by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to receive an Academy Honorary Award, in recognition of his "remarkable accomplishments as an artist and as a human being."

From 1997 to 2007, he served as the non-resident Bahamian ambassador to Japan. On August 12, 2009, Poitier was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States' highest civilian honor, by President Barack Obama. In 2016 he was awarded the BAFTA Fellowship for outstanding lifetime achievement in film.

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Sir Sidney Poitier's Timeline

February 20, 1927
Miami, Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States
July 4, 1952
United States
April 12, 1954
United States
February 29, 1972
New York, New York County, New York, United States
November 15, 1973
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States