Sidney Poitier has died at the age of 94.
Hollywood Star was known for films including tell me who is coming for dinner, in the heat of the Night And lily of the field, for which he became the first black and Bahamian person to win an Oscar for Best Actor.
The news was announced by the Bahamian Foreign Minister Fred Mitchell to draw tributes from the entertainment world.
Bahamian-American star Poitier was automatically granted US citizenship after being unexpectedly born in Miami while his parents were visiting in February 1927.
He grew up in the Bahamas but moved to America at the age of 15, making his first lead film role just a year later in 1955. blackboard jungle,
His first experience of award recognition came defiant people (1958), which earned him a Best Actor nomination, co-starring Tony Curtis.
Six years later, he won the Best Actor Oscar for his performance in the historical lily of the field,
Denzel Washington praised Poitier when he became the second black man to win the Best Actor award for the 2001 film training Day, saying: “I will always follow you, Sydney. I will always follow in your footsteps. I would do nothing instead, sir.”
At the same ceremony, Poitier received an Honorary Academy Award for his contribution to American cinema. By 2012, following the death of Ernest Borgnine, Poitier became the oldest surviving Best Actor winner in history.
In an interview published on Thursday (January 6), Washington reported Diversity He would have liked to star in a film with Poitier, who retired from acting in 2001.
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“God bless him – he’s still here, but yes, I missed that opportunity,” said the actor.
In 1967, Poitier starred in three films that addressed the issue of race relations: to Sir With Love, tell me who is coming for dinner And in the heat of the Night, which was directed by Norman Jewson.
Later, he plays Virgil Tibbs, a black Philadelphia police detective who becomes involved in a murder investigation in a small town in Mississippi. It became so famous for Poitier’s line of dialogue, “They call me Mr. Tibbs”, that a sequel (stylized) was named after the quote. They call me Mr Tibbs!) came in 1970.
In the 1980s, he directed several films, but had the most success with the Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder comedy shake fast (1980).
His other film credits include Pori and Bess (1959), paris blues (1961), a patch of blue (1965), sneakers (1992) andthe Jackal (1997).
The actor also worked as a diplomat. In 1997, he was named Ambassador of the Bahamas to Japan. He remained in this position till 2007.
Poitier was married twice, first to Juanita Hardy from 1960 to 1965. Poitier married Canadian actor Joanna Shimkus in 1976, after a nine-year affair with actor and singer Dyhann Carol. They remained together for the rest of their lives.
Poitier’s family consists of six children, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
He last appeared at the Oscars in 2014 for Best Director Present alongside Angelina Jolie. Attendees gave him a standing ovation, with Holly telling him: “We are in debt to you.”
An overwhelmed Poitier told the crowd to “continue the wonderful work”.
done by And no time to die Actor Jeffrey Wright paid tribute to Poitier, writing on Twitter: “Sydney Poitier. What a milestone actor. One of his kind. What a handsome, graceful, warm, truly majestic man. RIP, sir. With love.”