Sidney Poitier, The First Black Male To Be Named Best Actor At The Academy Awards, Passes Away At Age 94.

Sidney Poitier, the first black man to win the best actor Oscar, has died aged 94 after a lifetime on the big screen.

The US-born star was nominated for seven Oscars during his career and won twice – for his leading roles in 1963’s “Lilies of the Field” and 1964’s “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner”. Born in Miami, Florida, he was the son of a construction worker and picked fruit to help support his family. His early jobs included picking beans and driving trucks for a mining company before he joined the army.

The actor’s career began on stage before he made his big-screen debut in the 1950 film “No Way Out” in 1950.

<p>Sidney Poitier and Katharine Houghton in 1967 film ‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner’ </p>

Sidney Poitier, the first black man to win the best actor Oscar, has died aged 94 after a lifetime on the big screen.

The US-born star was nominated for seven Oscars during his career and won twice – for his leading roles in 1963’s “Lilies of the Field” and 1964’s “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner”.

Born in Miami, Florida, he was the son of a construction worker and picked fruit to help support his family. His early jobs included picking beans and driving trucks for a mining company before he joined the army.

The actor’s career began on stage before he made his big-screen debut in the 1950 film “No Way Out” in 1950.

You may have heard earlier that the great Sidney Poitier passed away on February 25 at the age of 94 in his home in Los Angeles, California after a lifetime of acting. He suffered from an undisclosed illness for some time.  

Sidney Poitier is the only Black man to win an Oscar for Best Actor, first in 1963 for his role as Homer Smith in Lilies of the Field, and again in 1964 for his role as Matt Drayton in Stanley Kramer’s Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.  

His other film credits include:

<p>Sidney Poitier as Mr Virgil Tibbs in 1967 film ‘In the Heat of the Night’ </p>

The Defiant Ones (1958) – he was the escaped convict, and Tony Curtis was the sheriff who goes after him.  

In The Heat of the Night (1967) – Rod Steiger and Sidney Poitier were two very unlikely cops that solved a murder.  

A Patch of Blue (1965), Odds Against Tomorrow (1959), and They Call Me MISTER Tibbs! (1970) – Sidney Poitier played a detective, police officer, and bank robber in these films.  

To Sir With Love (1967) – He played a young and hip teacher who goes to teach at an inner-city high school.  

In the movie Uptown Saturday Night (1974), he played a con artist who double-crossed his partners, but they came back to get their revenge.  

The original title for this film was Seven Thieves, but it was changed to avoid confusion between The Dirty Dozen, which also had the title Seven Thieves.  


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