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Sir Sidney Poitier
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BirthplaceMiami, Florida, U.S.
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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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While Poitier was working his magic on screen, in the Bronx, a boy named Reginald Fils-Aim was growing up, the son of Haitian immigrants.
Retrospectively, nearly fifty years from the Oscar recognition, the question can still be posed: to what extent did Poitier participate in the making of a whole character, one who was representative of black male aspirations of the time?
At 64, she's only five years older than Washington, 59, but he notes that a 32-year-old Poitier played Walter Lee opposite 41-year-old Claudia McNeil in the original Broadway production.
Poitier reminisced about his long career, noting that before taking any job, he considered the impact each of his characters would have on the image of African Americans.
Patrick Vignaud, director of Poitier University's Institute of Palaeo-primatology and Human Palaeontology, said that the cats were as big as modern lions.
STARRING: Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Sidney Poitier, Katharine Houghton DIAL M FOR MURDER (1954) Sunday, Channel 5, 12.
Check out: The Sidney Poitier Collection (Warner Bros.
Poitier learned quickly, navigating unfamiliar environments, excelling where no one else had.
Her Poitier kiss (glimpsed in a taxi's rear-view mirror), was cut by one Louisiana theater, wrote Harris, adding: "The Ku Klux Klan planned rallies, protests and even attacks on theaters.
An American icon, Sidney Poitier has written a poignant autobiography in his 70th year.
THE MEASURE OF A MAN: A SPIRITUAL AUTOBIOGRAPHY is an Oprah Book Club pick and a powerful survey of the personality, values and ethics of actor and black man Sidney Poitier, offering up memories from his movie experience and covering his personal views of life.
In some ways he seemed destined to follow the path of Sidney Poitier, who had directed Cotton Comes To Harlem and another Lockhart film, Melinda (1972).