Sidney Poitier

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Sir Sidney Poitier
BirthplaceMiami, Florida, U.S.
Actor, director, writer, diplomat

Poitier, Sidney

(1924–  ) movie actor; born in Miami, Fla. Raised in the Bahamas, he joined the American Negro Theater and appeared on Broadway in 1946. He helped to break the race barrier in Hollywood, beginning with No Way Out (1950), and became the number one African-American actor in movies such as In the Heat of the Night (1967) and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967); he was the first African-American to win an Academy Award, as best actor in Lilies of the Field (1963). He later directed a number of movies.
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ALTHOUGH I was thrilled that actor Sidney Poitier was awarded a lifetime achievement Oscar at the awards ceremony, I think it is wrong that his co-star, actor Glenn Ford, who starred with Poitier in Blackboard Jungle, was once again overlooked by the film industry.
What's more, Washington's latest role indicates how much he's learned from his predecessor, Sidney Poitier, about maintaining his viability as a leading black actor.
Lardner admitted only to working on Virgin Island (an interracial drama for Sidney Poitier, too censored to be meaningful), The Cardinal (which portrayed a bravely anti-racist American cleric), and the lightweight sex-comedy A Breath of Scandal.
Here's a truly shocking fact: Sidney Poitier is the only black man to have ever won an Oscar for best actor in a leading role - and that was back in 1963 (for A Raisin in the Sun).
With great aplomb, the film's main character, Paul "Poitier" (played by Will Smith), claiming to be the son of actor Sidney Poitier, endears himself to the parents of several boarding school friends, armed with inside information received in return for sexual favors for one of their homosexual classmates.
The play's premise concerns a young man who claims to be the son of Sidney Poitier in order to insinuate himself into an affluent urban household, which, as a result of his intrusion, is politely but irrevocably shattered.
Gossett first gained recognition with his prestigious Broadway role opposite Sidney Poitier in A Raisin in the Sun and as star in the film version of the play.