Sidney Poitier

An actor who made a history and became the first black man to gain an Academy Award for Best actor. The gifted actor, film director, author and diplomat; name is Sidney Poitier. He was born on February 20, 1927. He is a Bahamian-American actor, who followed to change the rule and proved the capacity of black by starting a culture from the black side to appear in the screen. As a result he made his first screen broadway debut in 1964. He began to gain success from his film, which was made to address about the race issues, the movie called Guess Who’s coming to Dinner and To Sir, with Love; in the Heat of the Night made him top box office star of that year.

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His parents were the Bahamian farmers; they were Rehinald James Poitier and Evelyn. They had a farm at Cat Island. In Nassau, Bhahamas, his father offered his service as a cab driver. His birth was two months earlier than his date and he was not hoping to alive. Therefore, his parents stayed 90 days in Miami to cure his health. He spent his small days in Cat Island. Later, he went to Nassau. Poitier, subsequently moved to Miami to live with his brother, at that time he was only 15 years old.

He became successful to place his name among the Greatest Male stars of All Times, in which he was ranked 22nd on the list of 25. As, he is a great director, he directed several famous moves, some of the famous films are Uptown Saturday Night, A Piece of the Action, Stir Crazy, Gene Wilder and Let’s Do It Again.

He aroused his acting intuition by attending American Negro Theater. But, he was cancelled by the audiences. But, he knew that he has really the capacity to do something in acting. Later, he made lots of hardwork to be expert in theater. When he was performing his role in theater, he was noticed and offered in the Brodway production Lysistrata. And, he started to play more main role in the movies. He has appeared in the movie A Raisin in the Sun in 1959. He as well gave his best performance in The Bedford Incident in 1965.

He is very active and versatile personality, he engaged with many field, he made his album along with the composer Fred Katz. He is a good diplomat also. He served as an Ambassador of the Bahamas to Japan and this is the positing that he is now holding. He is also the Ambassador of UNESCO.

For the first time, he got married with Juanita Hardy, they stayed together from April 29, 1950 to 1965. Poitier again married to Joanna Shimkus, who is a Canadian actress. He has altogether 6 daughters with his two wives. His daughters are Anika, Gina, Beverly, Pamela, sherri and Sydney Tamiia.

He is an actor, who received many awards and nomination.  President Barack Obama gave him the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009. He receive honorary Oscar in 2002.

His full name at birth is Sidney L. Poitier and other names are Sir Sidney Poitier and Kbe. His age is 87. He has a good height and it is about 6 feet and 2, 1/2 inches, which is approximately 189cm. Salt and Pepper, hair color Poitier star sign is Pisces. His sexuality is straight. Poitier received his educational degree from the university called American Negro Theatre, NY. Oscar for Lilies of the Field of 1963 is his claim of fame.

He is till the date very energetic and active personality. He has a net worth of $ 25 million. His fan can catch him at twitter and Facebook, Or they can visit his official site, and His life story can be found at wiki and

Quick Facts
Birth Date: 20 Feb, 1927
Age: 93 yrs
Citizenship: United States of America
The Bahamas
Birth Place: Miami
Education: Actors Studio
Gender: Male
Description: American-born Bahamian actor, film director, author, and diplomat
Spouse: Joanna Shimkus [M. 1976]
Net Worth 2021: 20 million
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Last Modified: Mar 13 2023
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