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. Saxon has also appeared in many Italian films, mainly in the "Spaghetti Western" and police thriller genres. He acted in the first run of "Raisin in the Sun" on Broadway in 1959, and in its Hollywood adaptation in 1961. He appeared mostly in supporting roles, but was top-billed in his most famous film Enter the Dragon (1973), which actually starred Bruce Lee. His other films include:. In his early career, Saxon worked with many notable directors including Vincente Minnelli, Blake Edwards, John Huston, Frank Borzage, and Otto Preminger, but despite this, never developed into a major star. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2002. He studied acting with famous acting coach Stella Adler and broke into films in the mid-50s, playing teenage roles.

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 Carmine Orrico the son of Antonio and Anna Orrico, in Brooklyn, New York. He was born in Miami, Florida and grew up on Cat Island in the Bahamas. John Saxon (born August 5, 1935) is an Italian-American actor. 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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