Monday, January 18, 2010
SIR SIDNEY POITIER
Sir Sidney Poitier, February 20, 1927. Bahamian/American actor, film director, author and diplomat. He performed in films and plays showcasing racial stereotypes and giving credibility to black actors. In 1963, Poitier became the first black person to win an Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in, Lilies of the Field. Later in 1967, he starred in three films: To Sir, with Love; In the Heat of the Night and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner.
Poitier directed a number of popular movies such as: Uptown Saturday Night, 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 accomplishments.
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.
Fun Fact: Fluent in Russian.
My top 5 Sidney Poitier movies:
Cry The Beloved Country (1951)
A Raisin in the Sun (1961) (pictured above)
To Sir With Love (1966)
Guess who is coming to Dinner (1967)
They call me Mr. Tibbs (1970)