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Sidney Poitier

Sidney Poitier

Birthday: 1927-02-20 | Place of Birth: Miami, Florida, USA

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.

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Known For

The Jackal
The Jackal

The Jackal   1997

Release Date: 
1997

Rating: 6.4

genres: 
Adventure  /  Action  /  Thriller
Stars: 
Bruce Willis  /  Richard Gere  /  Sophie Okonedo
Sneakers
Sneakers

Sneakers   1992

Release Date: 
1992

Rating: 7.1

genres: 
Adventure  /  Drama  /  Action
Stars: 
Stephen Tobolowsky  /  Dan Aykroyd  /  River Phoenix
Little Nikita
Little Nikita

Little Nikita   1988

Release Date: 
1988

Rating: 6

genres: 
Drama  /  Action  /  Thriller
Stars: 
River Phoenix  /  Sidney Poitier  /  Caroline Kava
Shoot to Kill
Shoot to Kill

Shoot to Kill   1988

Release Date: 
1988

Rating: 6.8

genres: 
Adventure  /  Action  /  Thriller
Stars: 
Michael Chapman  /  Kirstie Alley  /  Clancy Brown
Let's Do It Again
Let's Do It Again

Let's Do It Again   1975

Release Date: 
1975

Rating: 6.9

genres: 
Action  /  Comedy  /  Crime
Stars: 
Calvin Lockhart  /  Ossie Davis  /  Sidney Poitier
The Wilby Conspiracy
The Wilby Conspiracy

The Wilby Conspiracy   1975

Release Date: 
1975

Rating: 6.4

genres: 
Drama  /  Thriller
Stars: 
Rutger Hauer  /  Persis Khambatta  /  Michael Caine

Acting

1997
The Jackal

as    Carter Preston

1992
Sneakers

as    Donald Crease

1988
Little Nikita

as    Roy Parmenter

1988
Shoot to Kill

as    Warren Stantin

1975
Let's Do It Again

as    Clyde Williams

1975
The Wilby Conspiracy

as    Shack Twala

1970
They Call Me Mister Tibbs!

as    Virgil Tibbs

1967
In the Heat of the Night

as    Det. Virgil Tibbs

1967
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

as    Dr. John Wade Prentice

1967
To Sir, with Love

as    Mark Thackeray

1966
Duel at Diablo

as    Toller

1965
The Bedford Incident

as    Ben Munceford

1965
A Patch of Blue

as    Gordon Ralfe

1964
The Long Ships

as    Aly Mansuh

1963
Lilies of the Field

as    Homer Smith

1961
Paris Blues

as    Eddie Cook

1961
A Raisin in the Sun

as    Walter Lee Younger

1958
The Defiant Ones

as    Noah Cullen

1955
Blackboard Jungle

as    Gregory W. Miller

1953
The Academy Awards

as    Sidney Poitier

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