Poitier joined the american negro theater, but was rejected by audiences contrary to what was expected of african american actors at the time, poitier's tone deafness made him unable to sing [24. Sir sidney poitier, kbe (born february 20, 1927) is a bahamian-american actor, film director, author, and diplomat he broke through as a star in acclaimed performances in american films and plays, which, by consciously defying racial stereotyping, gave a new dramatic credibility for black actors to mainstream film audiences in the western world. Sidney poitier is a 91-year-old american actor and director of descent, best known for his roles in in the heat of the night or lilies of the field quick facts name : sidney poitier. Sidney poitier is an american actor born on february 20, 1920 to evelyn and reginald james poitier, two bahamian farmers sidney and his family grew up in poverty, he was born in florida when his parents were on a visit, but grew up in bahamas. Sidney poitier is an actor and film director he became the first african-american academy award winner for best actor in 1964 he was born to bahamian parents evelyn and reginald poitier on february 20, 1927 in miami, florida.
After months of mimicking american newscasters in order to lose his accent and of working in exchange for acting lessons, poitier returned to the same theater company and landed a role in days of our youth that began his ascent to becoming one of the most bankable actors of any race. Sidney poitier won the 1963 academy award for best actor it was the first time an african american male won a competitive oscar he won the oscar for his role in lilies of the field. Opportunities for black actors were slowly improving at the end of the '50s, but sidney poitier was the most visible african american star of the era, the first black leading man to gain acceptance in american movies. Sidney poitier is best known for being the first black actor to win an academy award in 1964 (biography) although he was a great actor, director, and revolutionary for his time, he was more than just another star on film.
Award winning actor, director, and author, sidney poitier broke racial barriers and stereotyping in the film industry to become the leading african american male actor of the 20th century in a career that spanned 57 years, poitier was a featured performer or starred in 48 films and directed six. Sir sidney poitier will be presented with the fellowship award at this year's baftas the oscar-winning actor will follow in the footsteps of the likes of dame judi dench, laurence olivier and. Sidney poitier sidney poitier is an african american actor who helped break the color barrier through acting he proved that anyone could improve any skill if they tried, no matter what the color of skin was.
A warm december directed by sidney poitier first artists, 1972 whether he was playing a student or a teacher, a policeman or a prisoner, a polished professional or a desperate working man, a jazz musician or handyman or doctor, sidney poitier, a man of caribbean heritage, was the image and sound of african-american intellect and pride: in the films blackboard jungle, the defiant ones, a raisin. Oscar win proved sidney poitier was second to none in 1964, he became the first african-american to win an academy award for best actor. Sidney poitier is a legendary award-winning bahamian-american actor and director who is best known for starring in films like 'lilies of the field' and 'the defiant ones' his film directing catalog includes movies like 'let's do it again' and 'ghost dad' which both feature bill cosby. Sidney poitier 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.
American-born bahamian actor, film director, author, and diplomat media in category sidney poitier sidney (given name) actors from the united states born in. Sidney poitier's mother died a few weeks before he received the academy award poitier, this life , page 255: evelyn poitier's life had come to an end some weeks short of that april evening. The tall, handsome and gifted sidney poitier was the first african american superstar the first black actor to earn a best actor oscar for 1963's lilies of the field and the first to be the top box-office draw in 1968. Sidney poitier, actor: in the heat of the night a native of cat island, the bahamas (though born in miami during a mainland visit by his parents), poitier grew up in poverty as the son of farmers evelyn (outten) and reginald james poitier, who also drove a cab. News of actor sidney poitier's death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world however the october 2018 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports.
More than an actor (and academy-award winner), sidney poitier is an artist a writer and director, a thinker and critic, a humanitarian and diplomat, his presence as a cultural icon has long been. Poitier spoke those words in in the heat of the night, and both the film and the line have become synonymous with the actor's career sitting at number 16 on the american film institute's 100 years 100 movie quotes list, the rebuke to racist mississippi police chief gillespie (rod steiger) is a thing of beauty. Born in miami, florida, but raised in the bahamas, poitier experienced severe poverty as a boyhis father, a tomato farmer, was the poorest man in the village, the actor recalled in an interview with frank spotnitz for american film. Sidney poitier is an american actor and director, and the first african american to win the academy award for best actor he was born on february 20, 1927 to evelyn and reginald james poitier who were farmers from bahama.
After becoming the first african-american to win an academy award for best actor, sidney poitier's role in the civil rights movement became more visible. Sidney poitier was to hollywood what jackie robinson was to major league baseball: simply put, the man who broke the color barrier an actor, director, and producer, he forever altered the racial. An elegant and quietly commanding personality, sidney poitier became the first african american to win best actor at the academy awards because of his refusal to compromise his principles and his insistence on taking roles that avoided stereotypical depictions of black people poitier earned the.