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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

Sing Your Song
Sing Your Song

Sing Your Song   2012

Release Date: 
2012

Rating: 7.5

genres: 
Documentary
Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project
Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project

Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project   2007

Release Date: 
2007

Rating: 7.7

genres: 
Comedy  /  Documentary
Stars: 
Robert De Niro  /  Martin Scorsese  /  Carl Reiner
The Simple Life Of Noah Dearborn
The Simple Life Of Noah Dearborn

The Simple Life Of Noah Dearborn   1999

Release Date: 
1999

Rating: 7.3

genres: 
Drama  /  Family  /  TV Movie
Stars: 
Dianne Wiest  /  Bernie Casey  /  Frances Bay
David and Lisa
David and Lisa

David and Lisa   1998

Release Date: 
1998

Rating: 6.8

genres: 
Drama  /  Romance  /  TV Movie
Stars: 
Brittany Murphy  /  Lukas Haas  /  Sidney Poitier
The Jackal
The Jackal

The Jackal   1997

Release Date: 
1997

Rating: 6.4

genres: 
Adventure  /  Action  /  Thriller
Stars: 
Bruce Willis  /  Richard Gere  /  Sophie Okonedo
Mandela and de Klerk
Mandela and de Klerk

Mandela and de Klerk   1997

Release Date: 
1997

Rating: 7.1

genres: 
Drama  /  History
Stars: 
Sidney Poitier  /  Michael Caine  /  Tina Lifford

Acting

2012
Sing Your Song

as    Himself

1999
The Simple Life Of Noah Dearborn

as    Noah Dearborn

1998
David and Lisa

as    Dr. Jack Miller

1997
The Jackal

as    Carter Preston

1997
Mandela and de Klerk

as    Nelson Mandela

1995
Children of the Dust

as    Gypsy Smith

1995
Children of the Dust

as    Gypsy Smith

1991
Separate But Equal

as    Thurgood Marshall

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