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 had divorced Peters in 1948 and married entertainer, singer, and noted beauty Fran Jeffries in 1965, his second marriage produced a daughter and lasted until his death. He acted in the first run of "Raisin in the Sun" on Broadway in 1959, and in its Hollywood adaptation in 1961. After an extended period of depression and poor health he committed suicide in his Los Angeles home. His other films include:. Fu Manchu (1980). He received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2002. His final work was on Peter Sellers' The Prisoner of Zenda (1979), although he was briefly part of the crew for another Sellers film - The Fiendish Plot of Dr.

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. His output fell in the 1960s and in the 1970s he made only three disappointing films. He was born in Miami, Florida and grew up on Cat Island in the Bahamas. He also produced such films as the William Holden / Audrey Hepburn comedy Paris When it Sizzles (1964). Sidney Poitier (born February 20, 1927) is an American actor. His most successful films came in the late 1950s, including Operation Madball (1957), Bell, Book and Candle (1958), Strangers When We Meet and The World of Suzie Wong both 1960. 1958: Foreign: Sidney Poitier for The Defiant Ones. After WW II he tried directing, first as co-producer and co-director on Leather Gloves (1948), with William Asher, before his first solo effort on the musical The Sunny Side of the Street (1951).

1958: Sidney Poitier for The Defiant Ones. During the war he served in the US Coast Guard, marrying the actress Susan Peters in November of 1943. 1963: Sidney Poitier for Lilies of the Field. He began his acting career aged eleven on Broadway, and appeared in his first film in 1934 - John Ford's The World Moves On. 1964: Sidney Poitier, Lilies of the Field. He was born in Detroit, Michigan. 1992: Sidney Poitier. Richard Quine (November 12, 1920 - June 10, 1989) was an American stage, film, and radio actor and film director.

1995: Sidney Poitier. 2000: Sidney Poitier, The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn. 2001: Sidney Poitier. Rick Harris, John Runnette (producers) & Sidney Poitier for The Measure of a Man.

Grammy Awards of 2001

    . In the Heat of the Night about a murder investigation in a small Mississippi town. To Sir, with Love, a fact-based movie about a young teacher in an inner-city neighbourhood. A Patch of Blue, about a blind white girl and a black man who is moved to help her to a better life.

    Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, a film about an inter-racial romance and a white liberal's reaction to it. His on-screen singing voice was provided by opera singer Robert McFerrin, father of Bobby McFerrin. Porgy and Bess, based on the famous opera, in the title role of Porgy along side Dorothy Dandridge as Bess. The Defiant Ones, for which he won the British Academy Award for Best Actor in 1958.

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