Sidney Poitier

Sidney Poitier

  • Born on
    • February 20th, 1927
Sir Sidney Poitier, KBE (born February 20, 1927) is a Bahamian American actor, film director, author, and diplomat. In 1963, Poitier became the first black person to win an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in Lilies of the Field. The significance of this achievement was later bolstered in 1967 when he starred in three well-received films—To Sir, with Love; In the Heat of the Night; and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner—making him the top box office star of that year. In 1999, the American Film Institute named Poitier among the Greatest Male Stars of All Time, ranking 22nd on the list of 25. Poitier has directed a number of popular movies such as A Piece of the Action; Uptown Saturday Night, and Let's Do It Again (with friend Bill Cosby), and Stir Crazy (starring Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder). In 2002, 38 years after receiving the Best Actor Award, Poitier was chosen by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to receive an Honorary Award, designated "To Sidney Poitier in recognition of his remarkable accomplishments as an artist and as a human being." Since 1997 he has been the Bahamian ambassador to Japan. On August 12, 2009, Sidney Poitier was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States of America's highest civilian honor, by President Barack Obama.  


Acting (47 Credits)

2016I Am Not Your Negro as Various Roles (archive footage)
2014And the Oscar Goes to...
2001The Last Brickmaker in America as Henry Cobb
1999The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn as Noah Dearborn
1998David and Lisa as Dr. Jack Miller
1997Mandela and de Klerk as Nelson Mandela
1997The Jackal as Carter Preston
1996To Sir, with Love II as Mark Thackeray
1995Children of the Dust as Gypsy Smith
1992Sneakers as Donald Crease
1991Separate But Equal as Thurgood Marshall
1988Little Nikita as Roy Parmenter
1988Shoot to Kill as Warren Stantin
1977A Piece of the Action as Manny Durrell
1975Let's Do It Again as Clyde Williams
1975The Wilby Conspiracy as Shack Twala
1974Uptown Saturday Night as Steve Jackson
1973A Warm December as Dr. Matt Younger
1972Buck and the Preacher as Buck
1971The Organization as Virgil Tibbs
1971Brother John as John Kane
1970They Call Me Mister Tibbs! as Virgil Tibbs
1968For Love of Ivy as Jack Parks
1967To Sir, with Love as Mark Thackeray
1967In the Heat of the Night as Virgil Tibbs
1967Guess Who's Coming to Dinner as John Prentice
1966Duel at Diablo as Toller
1965A Patch of Blue as Gordon Ralfe
1965The Slender Thread as Alan Newell
1965The Bedford Incident as Ben Munceford
1965The Greatest Story Ever Told as Simon of Cyrene
1964The Long Ships as Aly Mansuh
1963Lilies of the Field as Homer Smith
1962Pressure Point as Doctor
1961A Raisin in the Sun as Walter Lee Younger
1961Paris Blues as Eddie Cook
1960All the Young Men as Sgt. Eddie Towler
1959Porgy and Bess as Porgy
1958The Defiant Ones as Noah Cullen
1957Edge of the City as Tommy Tyler
1957Band of Angels as Rau-Ru
1957Something of Value as Kimani Wa Karanja
1956Good-bye, My Lady as Gates Watson
1955Blackboard Jungle as Gregory W. Miller
1952Red Ball Express as Robertson
1951Cry, the Beloved Country as Reverend Msimangu
1950No Way Out as Dr. Luther Brooks

Himself (1 Credits)



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