Biography

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.  

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.  

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 68

Birthday 1927-02-20

Place of Birth Miami, Florida, USA

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

2017 Sighted Eyes | Feeling Heart
2013 Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley as Himself
2012 Sing Your Song as Himself
2007 Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project as Himself
2001 The Last Brickmaker in America as Henry Cobb
2000 Scandalize My Name: Stories from the Blacklist as Reverend Msimangu (archive footage)
1999 The Simple Life Of Noah Dearborn as Noah Dearborn
1999 Free of Eden
1998 David and Lisa as Dr. Jack Miller
1997 The Jackal as Carter Preston
1997 Mandela and de Klerk as Nelson Mandela
1997 Afro Promo as Himself (archive footage)
1996 To Sir, with Love II as Mark Thackeray
1995 Children of the Dust(2 episodes) as Gypsy Smith
1992 Sneakers as Donald Crease
1991 Separate But Equal as Thurgood Marshall
1988 Little Nikita as Roy Parmenter
1988 Shoot to Kill as Warren Stantin
1986 The Spencer Tracy Legacy: A Tribute by Katharine Hepburn
1979 Paul Robeson: Tribute to an Artist as Narrator (voice)
1978 The Kennedy Center Honors(1 episode)
1977 A Piece of the Action as Manny Durrell
1975 Let's Do It Again as Clyde Williams
1975 The Wilby Conspiracy as Shack Twala
1974 Uptown Saturday Night as Steve Jackson
1973 A Warm December as Dr. Matt Younger
1973 The American Film Institute Salute to ...(1 episode)
1972 Buck and the Preacher as Buck
1971 The Organization as Virgil Tibbs
1971 Brother John as John Kane
1970 They Call Me Mister Tibbs! as Virgil Tibbs
1970 King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis
1969 The Lost Man as Jason Higgs
1968 Black History: Lost Stolen, or Strayed
1968 For Love of Ivy as Jack Parks
1967 Guess Who's Coming to Dinner as Dr. John Wade Prentice
1967 In the Heat of the Night as Det. Virgil Tibbs
1967 To Sir, with Love as Mark Thackeray
1966 Duel at Diablo as Toller
1966 The Strolling '20s
1965 The Slender Thread as Alan Newell
1965 A Patch of Blue as Gordon Ralfe
1965 The Bedford Incident as Ben Munceford
1965 The Greatest Story Ever Told as Simon of Cyrene
1964 The Long Ships as Aly Mansuh
1963 Lilies of the Field as Homer Smith
1962 Pressure Point as Doctor
1961 Paris Blues as Eddie Cook
1961 A Raisin in the Sun as Walter Lee Younger
1960 All the Young Men as Sgt. Eddie Towler
1959 Virgin Island as Marcus
1959 Porgy and Bess as Porgy
1958 The Defiant Ones as Noah Cullen
1957 The Mark of the Hawk as Obam
1957 Band of Angels as Rau-Ru
1957 Edge of the City as Tommy Tyler
1957 Something of Value as Kimani Wa Karanja
1956 Good-bye, My Lady as Gates Watson
1955 Blackboard Jungle as Gregory W. Miller
1953 The Academy Awards(1 episode) as Sidney Poitier
1953 The Academy Awards(7 episodes)
1952 The Red Ball Express as Robertson
1952 Cry, the Beloved Country as Reverend Msimangu
1950 No Way Out as Dr. Luther Brooks
1948 The Philco Television Playhouse(2 episodes)

Directing

1990 Ghost DadDirector
1985 Fast ForwardDirector
1982 Hanky PankyDirector
1980 Stir CrazyDirector
1977 A Piece of the ActionDirector
1975 Let's Do It AgainDirector
1974 Uptown Saturday NightDirector
1973 A Warm DecemberDirector
1972 Buck and the PreacherDirector

Writing

1968 For Love of IvyOriginal Story

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