Sidney Poitier

Sidney Poitier (born February 20, 1927) is an American actor. He was born in Miami, Florida and grew up on Cat Island in the Bahamas. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in the 1963 film Lilies of the Field and was the first African-American actor to win this award. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2002.

His other films include:

  • The Defiant Ones, for which he won the British Academy Award for Best Actor in 1958.
  • Porgy and Bess, based on the famous opera, in the title role of Porgy along side Dorothy Dandridge as Bess. His on-screen singing voice was provided by opera singer Robert McFerrin, father of Bobby McFerrin.
  • Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, a film about an inter-racial romance and a white liberal's reaction to it
  • A Patch of Blue, about a blind white girl and a black man who is moved to help her to a better life
  • To Sir, with Love, a fact-based movie about a young teacher in an inner-city neighbourhood
  • In the Heat of the Night about a murder investigation in a small Mississippi town.

He acted in the first run of "Raisin in the Sun" on Broadway in 1959, and in its Hollywood adaptation in 1961.

In addition to authoring This Life (1980) and The Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Autobiography (2000), Poitier has also served as the Bahamian ambassador to Japan since April of 1997.

Awards and recognition

Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album
  • Grammy Awards of 2001
    • Rick Harris, John Runnette (producers) & Sidney Poitier for The Measure of a Man
NAACP Image Award - Hall of Fame Award
  • 2001: Sidney Poitier
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
  • 2000: Sidney Poitier, The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn
Kennedy Center Honors
  • 1995: Sidney Poitier
AFI Life Achievement Award
  • 1992: Sidney Poitier
Golden Globe Awards: Film, Best Actor, Drama
  • 1964: Sidney Poitier, Lilies of the Field
Academy Award for Best Actor 
  • 1963: Sidney Poitier for Lilies of the Field
  • 1958: Sidney Poitier for The Defiant Ones
BAFTA Award for Best Actor
  • 1958: Foreign: Sidney Poitier for The Defiant Ones

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In addition to authoring This Life (1980) and The Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Autobiography (2000), Poitier has also served as the Bahamian ambassador to Japan since April of 1997.
. He acted in the first run of "Raisin in the Sun" on Broadway in 1959, and in its Hollywood adaptation in 1961. In February 2003, Russell and Hawn moved to Vancouver so their son, Wyatt, could play hockey. His other films include:. He claims that he was often an outcast in Hollywood because of his Libertarian beliefs and so moved to an area outside Aspen, Colorado to live and try writing (he co-wrote Escape From L.A.). He received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2002. Russell is a prominent member of the United States Libertarian Party.

He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in the 1963 film Lilies of the Field and was the first African-American actor to win this award. The couple have never married but have a son, Wyatt. He was born in Miami, Florida and grew up on Cat Island in the Bahamas. Russell married actress Season Hubley, whom he had met on the set of Elvis, in 1979 and they had a son, Boston. In 1983, during the middle of his divorce from Hubley, Russell met his longtime companion, Goldie Hawn, on the set of the film Swing Shift. Sidney Poitier (born February 20, 1927) is an American actor. He was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (1984) for the film Silkwood. 1958: Foreign: Sidney Poitier for The Defiant Ones. Russell was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Special (1979) for the made for television movie Elvis.

1958: Sidney Poitier for The Defiant Ones. The injury forced his retirement from baseball in 1973 and he returned to acting. 1963: Sidney Poitier for Lilies of the Field. The collision tore the rotator cuff in one of Russell's shoulders. 1964: Sidney Poitier, Lilies of the Field. During a play, he was hit in the shoulder by another player running to second base. 1992: Sidney Poitier. He led his league in hitting with a .563 batting average.

1995: Sidney Poitier. In the early 1970s, Russell played second base for the minor league franchise of the California Angels (now the Anaheim Angels). 2000: Sidney Poitier, The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn. Russell also had a baseball career (Russell's father had also been a baseball player for a while). 2001: Sidney Poitier. He starred in many Disney films such as Follow Me, Boys! (1966), The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1969), and The Strongest Man in the World (1975). Rick Harris, John Runnette (producers) & Sidney Poitier for The Measure of a Man. Russell started his film career at the age of 10 in an uncredited part in the movie It Happened at the World's Fair and was soon signed to a ten year contract with the Walt Disney Company, reportedly by Walt Disney himself.

Grammy Awards of 2001

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