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. Other films include The Company of Wolves, Princess Caraboo, Interview With the Vampire, Prêt-à-Porter, Evelyn, FearDotCom, Citizen X, The Musketeer and The End of the Affair. He acted in the first run of "Raisin in the Sun" on Broadway in 1959, and in its Hollywood adaptation in 1961. After appearing on the stage for many years in Ireland and the UK, Rea came to international attention when he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for The Crying Game. His other films include:. Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Rea is a Protestant married to a woman who was a member of the Irish Republican Army. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2002. Stephen Rea (born October 31, 1943) is an Irish actor.

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 was born in Miami, Florida and grew up on Cat Island in the Bahamas. Sidney Poitier (born February 20, 1927) is an American actor. 1958: Foreign: Sidney Poitier for The Defiant Ones.

1958: Sidney Poitier for The Defiant Ones. 1963: Sidney Poitier for Lilies of the Field. 1964: Sidney Poitier, Lilies of the Field. 1992: Sidney Poitier.

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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