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. Reiser has written two books: Couplehood, about the ups and downs of being in a committed relationship, and Babyhood, about the toils and joys of having a baby. He acted in the first run of "Raisin in the Sun" on Broadway in 1959, and in its Hollywood adaptation in 1961. Reiser married Paula Ravets in 1988; they have one son together, Ezra (born 1995). His other films include:. He was active in campus theater productions, but it was during the summers between college, when he performed in New York City comedy clubs, that he found his calling. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2002. Reiser graduated from Stuyvesant High School in New York City and earned his bachelor's degree at Binghamton University, where he majored in music (piano, composition).

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. Reiser and Baker performed the song together while appearing on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, with Reiser accompanying the songstress on the piano. He was born in Miami, Florida and grew up on Cat Island in the Bahamas. The most famous version of the song is the one recorded by Anita Baker prior to the 1997 season. Sidney Poitier (born February 20, 1927) is an American actor. Reiser co-wrote Mad About You's theme song, entitled "Final Frontier", with Don Was. 1958: Foreign: Sidney Poitier for The Defiant Ones. The show was so successful that, in the final 1999 season, he and Hunt were paid $1 million per episode for the show.

1958: Sidney Poitier for The Defiant Ones. Despite enjoying a somewhat successful film career—most notably in James Cameron's 1986 Aliens, as a treacherous company executive—Reiser is most well-known for his role in Mad About You, a long running sit-com co-starring Helen Hunt. 1963: Sidney Poitier for Lilies of the Field. Reiser's TV credits include My Two Dads and an acclaimed performance in the British TV drama My Beautiful Son. 1964: Sidney Poitier, Lilies of the Field. Though known mostly for his starring television roles, he started his career as a stand-up comedian. 1992: Sidney Poitier. Paul Reiser (born March 30, 1957) is an American actor.

1995: Sidney Poitier. Diner (1982). 2000: Sidney Poitier, The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn. Beverly Hills Cop (1984). 2001: Sidney Poitier. Odd Jobs (1984). Rick Harris, John Runnette (producers) & Sidney Poitier for The Measure of a Man. Aliens (1986).

Grammy Awards of 2001

    . Beverly Hills Cop II (1987). In the Heat of the Night about a murder investigation in a small Mississippi town. Cross My Heart (1987). To Sir, with Love, a fact-based movie about a young teacher in an inner-city neighbourhood. Crazy People (1990). A Patch of Blue, about a blind white girl and a black man who is moved to help her to a better life. The Managing Man (1991).

    Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, a film about an inter-racial romance and a white liberal's reaction to it. 3 1/2 Blocks From Home (1992). His on-screen singing voice was provided by opera singer Robert McFerrin, father of Bobby McFerrin. Family Prayers (1993). Porgy and Bess, based on the famous opera, in the title role of Porgy along side Dorothy Dandridge as Bess. Bye Bye, Love (1995). The Defiant Ones, for which he won the British Academy Award for Best Actor in 1958. Get Bruce (1999).

    The Story of Us (1999). Pros and Cons (1999). One Night at McCool's (2001). Purpose (2001).

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