Sidney Poitier

Sidney Poitier films and short biography

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:

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


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