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. His silver screen career usually involved him being cast as the quintessential villain in such films as: Mad Dog Coll (1961), Cape Fear (1962), Birdman of Alcatraz (1962), The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965), Battle of the Bulge (1965), Genghis Khan (1965), Beau Geste (1966), The Dirty Dozen (1967), The Assassination Bureau (1969), On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), Kelly's Heroes (1970), Escape to Athena (1979), and Beyond the Poseidon Adventure (1979). He acted in the first run of "Raisin in the Sun" on Broadway in 1959, and in its Hollywood adaptation in 1961. Telly's brother George played the recurring role of Detective Stavros. His other films include:. Telly portrayed Kojak in the following shows;. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2002. Theo Kojak was a bald New York detective who had a fondness for lollipops and whose trademark line was, "Who loves ya, baby?" Reportedly the lollipop gimmick was added in lieu of having the character smoke, a habit that fell out of vogue among TV series in the 1970s.

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. Lt. He was born in Miami, Florida and grew up on Cat Island in the Bahamas. Undoubtably Savalas' most famous role was that of the tough detective Kojak on television. Sidney Poitier (born February 20, 1927) is an American actor. He was also the godfather of Friends star Jennifer Aniston, with whom he shared Greek roots. 1958: Foreign: Sidney Poitier for The Defiant Ones. In the early 1990s, Savalas contracted bladder cancer, ultimately succumbing to the disease in 1994, only a day after he turned 70, in Universal City, California.

1958: Sidney Poitier for The Defiant Ones. Telly maintained that style for the rest of his life. 1963: Sidney Poitier for Lilies of the Field. He eventually decided to shave off the remaining hair when he began playing in movies. 1964: Sidney Poitier, Lilies of the Field. Up until the mid-1960s, he had what his family termed a halo - a ring of hair along the back and sides of his head. 1992: Sidney Poitier. Telly was well known for being totally bald.

1995: Sidney Poitier. It was not until he was in his thirties that he decided to turn to acting. 2000: Sidney Poitier, The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn. During the early 1950s, Savalas worked for ABC radio and eventually became the executive producer of his own popular talk show, "Telly's Coffee House". 2001: Sidney Poitier. He was honourably discharged with a Purple Heart disability. Rick Harris, John Runnette (producers) & Sidney Poitier for The Measure of a Man. He served in World War II after he dropped out of Columbia University, where he was studying psychology.

Grammy Awards of 2001

    . Savalas was born in Garden City, New York to Greek parents, Nicholas and Christina Savalas. In the Heat of the Night about a murder investigation in a small Mississippi town. He was best known for his work on the Kojak television series, and for playing Ernst Stavro Blofeld in the James Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret Service. To Sir, with Love, a fact-based movie about a young teacher in an inner-city neighbourhood. Telly Savalas (born Aristotle Savalas) (January 21, 1924 - January 22, 1994) was a Greek-American actor. A Patch of Blue, about a blind white girl and a black man who is moved to help her to a better life. Kojak: Flowers for Matty (1990) (TV).

    Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, a film about an inter-racial romance and a white liberal's reaction to it. Kojak: It's Always Something (1990) (TV). His on-screen singing voice was provided by opera singer Robert McFerrin, father of Bobby McFerrin. Kojak: None So Blind (1990) (TV). Porgy and Bess, based on the famous opera, in the title role of Porgy along side Dorothy Dandridge as Bess. Kojak: Fatal Flaw (1989) (TV). The Defiant Ones, for which he won the British Academy Award for Best Actor in 1958. Kojak: Ariana (1989) (TV).

    Kojak: The Price of Justice (1987) (TV). Kojak: The Belarus File (1985) (TV). "Kojak" (1973-78) TV Series. The Marcus-Nelson Murders (1973) (TV) The Pilot for the Kojak TV series.

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