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. The golf tournament attracts numerous celebrities with the proceeds split between three local children's charities. He acted in the first run of "Raisin in the Sun" on Broadway in 1959, and in its Hollywood adaptation in 1961. Quaid is an avid golfer and lends his name to the annual "Jiffy Lube/Dennis Quaid Charity Classic" in Austin, Texas. His other films include:. Quaid works with the charity "International Hospital for Children in New Orleans." He makes trips to Central America to help build medical clinics and transport sick children back to the United States for treatment they cannot get locally. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2002. J. Soles.

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 first marriage, from 1978 to 1983, was to actress P. He was born in Miami, Florida and grew up on Cat Island in the Bahamas. They have one child together, Jack Henry (born April 24, 1992). In 2004, he married real estate agent Kimberly Buffington. Sidney Poitier (born February 20, 1927) is an American actor. Quaid was married to actress Meg Ryan from 1991 to 2001 (divorced). 1958: Foreign: Sidney Poitier for The Defiant Ones. Randy Quaid, Dennis' older brother, is also an actor.

1958: Sidney Poitier for The Defiant Ones. Aside from acting, Quaid is also a musician, and plays with his band the Sharks. 1963: Sidney Poitier for Lilies of the Field. Dennis initially had trouble finding work but began to gain notice when he appeared in Breaking Away (1979) and earned good reviews for his role in The Right Stuff (1983). 1964: Sidney Poitier, Lilies of the Field. He dropped out of college before graduating and moved to Los Angeles, California to pursue an acting career. 1992: Sidney Poitier. Quaid studied drama at Bellaire High School in Bellaire, Texas and later in college.

1995: Sidney Poitier. Dennis William Quaid (born April 9, 1954 in Houston, Texas) is an American actor. 2000: Sidney Poitier, The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn. 21, 2004. 2001: Sidney Poitier. Retrieved Sep. Rick Harris, John Runnette (producers) & Sidney Poitier for The Measure of a Man. The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) (http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0000598/).

Grammy Awards of 2001

    . "Dennis Quaid". In the Heat of the Night about a murder investigation in a small Mississippi town. Breaking Away (1979). To Sir, with Love, a fact-based movie about a young teacher in an inner-city neighbourhood. The Right Stuff (1983). A Patch of Blue, about a blind white girl and a black man who is moved to help her to a better life. Innerspace (1987).

    Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, a film about an inter-racial romance and a white liberal's reaction to it. The Big Easy (1987). His on-screen singing voice was provided by opera singer Robert McFerrin, father of Bobby McFerrin. Postcards From the Edge (1990). Porgy and Bess, based on the famous opera, in the title role of Porgy along side Dorothy Dandridge as Bess. Dragonheart (1996). The Defiant Ones, for which he won the British Academy Award for Best Actor in 1958. The Parent Trap (1998).

    Savior (1998). Any Given Sunday (1999). Frequency (2000). Traffic (2000).

    Cold Creek Manor (2003). The Alamo (2004). The Day After Tomorrow (2004). Flight of the Phoenix (2004).

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