SIDNEY POITIER BIOGRAPHY & PERFORMANCE LIST
Sir Sidney Poitier born February 20, 1927 Bahamian-American actor, film director, author, and diplomat. In 1964, 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 successful films, all of which dealt with issues involving race: 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, Let's Do It Again, (with friend Bill Cosby), Stir Crazy (starring Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder) and Ghost Dad (also with Cosby). In 2002, thirty-eight 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 (source: wikipedia.org)
List of all the movies with Sidney Poitier 1947 Sepia Cinderella 1949 From Whence Cometh My Help 1950 No Way Out 1951 Cry, the Beloved Country 1952 Red Ball Express 1954 Go, Man, Go! 1955 Blackboard Jungle 1956 Good-bye, My Lady 1957 Edge of the City 1957 Something of Value 1957 Band of Angels 1957 Mark of the Hawk, TheThe Mark of the Hawk 1958 Virgin Island 1958 Defiant Ones, TheThe Defiant Ones 1959 Porgy and Bess 1960 All the Young Men 1961 Raisin in the Sun, AA Raisin in the Sun 1961 Paris Blues 1962 Pressure Point 1963 Long Ships, TheThe Long Ships 1963 Lilies of the Field 1965 Bedford Incident, TheThe Bedford Incident 1965 Greatest Story Ever Told, TheThe Greatest Story Ever Told 1965 Patch of Blue, AA Patch of Blue 1965 Slender Thread, TheThe Slender Thread 1966 Duel at Diablo 1967 To Sir, with Love 1967 In the Heat of the Night 1967 Guess Who's Coming to Dinner 1968 For Love of Ivy 1969 Lost Man, TheThe Lost Man 1970 King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis 1970 They Call Me MISTER Tibbs! 1971 Brother John 1971 Organization, TheThe Organization 1972 Buck and the Preacher 1974 Warm December, AA Warm December 1974 Uptown Saturday Night 1975 Wilby Conspiracy, TheThe Wilby Conspiracy 1975 Let's Do it Again 1977 Piece of the Action, AA Piece of the Action 1979 Paul Robeson: Tribute to an Artist 1988 Shoot to Kill 1988 Little Nikita 1992 Sneakers 1994 Century of Cinema, AA Century of Cinema 1996 Wild Bill: Hollywood Maverick 1996 To Sir, with Love II 1997 Jackal, TheThe Jackal 2001 Ralph Bunche: An American Odyssey 2004 Tell Them Who You Are 2008 Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project
TELEVISION 1991 Separate But Equal 1995 Children of the Dust 1996 To Sir, with Love II 1997 Mandela and de Klerk 1998 David and Lisa 1999 Simple Life of Noah Dearborn, TheThe Simple Life of Noah Dearborn 1999 Free of Eden 2001 Last Brickmaker in America, TheThe Last Brickmaker in America
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