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. Shepard currently lives with his common-law wife, actress Jessica Lange. He acted in the first run of "Raisin in the Sun" on Broadway in 1959, and in its Hollywood adaptation in 1961. Among his other works for the stage are Curse of the Starving Class in 1978, True West in 1980 and A Lie of the Mind in 1985. His other films include:. Among his many works, Buried Child is considered one of his most prominent and received a Pulitzer Prize in 1979. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2002. Shepard is also a well respected actor of stage and motion pictures.

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 works are known for being especially frank and often absurd, and particularly for having an authentic sense of the style and sensibility of the gritty modern American west. He was born in Miami, Florida and grew up on Cat Island in the Bahamas. He was born Samuel Shepard Rogers in Fort Sheridan, Illinois. Sidney Poitier (born February 20, 1927) is an American actor. Sam Shepard (born November 5, 1943) is an American playwright, writer and actor. 1958: Foreign: Sidney Poitier for The Defiant Ones. 2004 The God of Hell.

1958: Sidney Poitier for The Defiant Ones. 2000 The Late Henry Moss. 1963: Sidney Poitier for Lilies of the Field. 1993 Simpatico. 1964: Sidney Poitier, Lilies of the Field. 1985 A Lie of the Mind. 1992: Sidney Poitier. 1980 True West.

1995: Sidney Poitier. 1978 Curse of the Starving Class. 2000: Sidney Poitier, The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn. 1979 Buried Child. 2001: Sidney Poitier. 1971 Mad Dog Blues. Rick Harris, John Runnette (producers) & Sidney Poitier for The Measure of a Man. 1969 Oh! Calcutta! (contributed sketches).

Grammy Awards of 2001

    . 1967 La Turista. In the Heat of the Night about a murder investigation in a small Mississippi town. 1964 Cowboys. 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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