Sidney Poitier

Poitier in 1968 Sir Sidney Poitier, (; born February 20, 1927) is a Bahamian-American actor and film director.

In 1964, Poitier became the first Bahamian and first black actor to win an Academy Award for Best Actor, and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for his role in ''Lilies of the Field''. He continued to break ground by starring in three successful 1967 films, all of which dealt with issues involving race and race relations: ''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.

Poitier has directed a number of films, including ''Uptown Saturday Night'', ''Let's Do It Again,'' and ''A Piece of the Action'', with Bill Cosby; ''Stir Crazy,'' starring Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder; and ''Ghost Dad,'' also with Cosby. From 1997 to 2007, he served as the Bahamian Ambassador to Japan.

Poitier was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1974. On August 12, 2009, Poitier was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States' highest civilian honor, by President Barack Obama. In 2016, he was awarded the BAFTA Fellowship for outstanding lifetime achievement in film. In 1999, the American Film Institute ranked Poitier 22nd of 25 on their list of Greatest Male Stars of classic Hollywood cinema. 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 Academy Honorary Award, in recognition of his "remarkable accomplishments as an artist and as a human being". Provided by Wikipedia
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