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Sidney Poitier

Sidney Poitier young

Birth Date

February 20, 1927


United States

Sun Sign


Natural hair color

Salt and Pepper

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6 ft 2 in | 188 cm

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78 kg | 173 lbs

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Early acting career First film Breakthrough

Sidney Poitier was born in Miami, Florida, United States, on February 20, 1927, is an Bahamian-American actor. Young Sidney Poitier began his acting career in the theatre. He made his big screen debut in musical film Sepia Cinderella (1947) in uncredited role as night club extra. Poitier's breakthrough performance came as Gregory Miller in drama crime film Blackboard Jungle (1955) opposite Glenn Ford.

Best Movies

He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance as Homer Smith in movie Lilies of the Field (1963). He received an Academy Honorary Award in 2002.

He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as Noah Cullen in drama thriller film The Defiant Ones (1958) with Tony Curtis.

In the Heat of the Night (1967) mystery drama with Rod Steiger

Sneakers (1992) comedy caper with Robert Redford and River Phoenix

Uptown Saturday Night (1974) action comedy crime with Richard Pryor, Bill Cosby and Harry Belafonte

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967) comedy drama opposite Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn

To Sir, With Love (1967) drama opposite Lulu and Judy Geeson

A Raisin in the Sun (1961) drama with Ruby Dee, Diana Sands and Claudia McNeil

The Jackal (1997) political action thriller opposite Bruce Willis and Richard Gere

Shoot to Kill (1988) adventure crime thriller with Tom Berenger and Clancy Brown

A Patch of Blue (1965) drama with Shelley Winters and Elizabeth Hartman

No Way Out (1950) drama crime with Richard Widmark and Linda Darnell

Little Nikita (1988) thriller drama with River Phoenix


He was the first male actor of African descent to win an Oscar.

Poitier was first black actor to place autograph hand, and footprints in the cement at Grauman's Chinese Theatre, on June 23, 1967.

He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, on August 12, 2009.

He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1974.

He was married to Juanita Hardy (1950-1965), they had four daughters.

He married actress Joanna Shimkus in 1976, they have two daughters.


We all suffer from the preoccupation that there exists ... in the loved one perfection.

A person doesn't have to change who he is to become better.

Forgiveness works two ways, in most instances. People have to forgive themselves too. The powerful have to forgive themselves for their behavior. That should be a sacred process.

I was the only Black person on the set. It was unusual for me to be in a circumstance in which every move I made was tantamount to representation of 18 million people.

My autobiography was simply the story of my life.

I sometimes like the photos photographers take of me.

I always wanted to be someone better the next day than I was the day before.

I'm a good person.

In my case, the body of work stands for itself... I think my work has been representative of me as a man.