Sidney Poitier Overview:

Legendary actor, Sidney Poitier, was born Sidney L. Poitier on Feb 20, 1927 in Miami, FL. As of December 2020, Sidney Poitier was 93 years old.

HONORS and AWARDS:

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Sidney Poitier was nominated for two Academy Awards, winning one for Best Actor for Lilies of the Field (as Homer Smith) in 1963. He also won one Honorary Award in 2001 in recognition of his remarkable accomplishments as an artist and as a human being .

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1958Best ActorThe Defiant Ones (1958)Noah CullenNominated
1963Best ActorLilies of the Field (1963)Homer SmithWon

Academy Awards (Honorary Oscars)

YearAwardDescription
2001Honorary Awardin recognition of his remarkable accomplishments as an artist and as a human being

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He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures. Sidney Poitier's handprints and footprints were 'set in stone' at Grauman's Chinese Theater during imprint ceremony #134 on Jun 23, 1967.

BlogHub Articles:

Book Review: ‘This Life’ by

By Virginie Pronovost on Oct 22, 2020 From The Wonderful World of Cinema

Three weeks ago, I went back to the library to return the book?Jean Arthur: The Actress Nobody Knew?by John Oller. I then took the opportunity to borrow another one. My choice was ’s autobiography This Life which was initially published in 1980. I chose this book because, 1- Poit... Read full article


On Blu-ray: and in A Patch of Blue (1965)

By KC on Sep 4, 2019 From Classic Movies

Though awarded and appreciated in its time, I’ve never felt that A Patch of Blue (1965) has gotten the attention it deserves. As a showcase for a pair of and Shelley Winter’s best performances, a wonderful debut for the delicate Elizabeth Hartman, and a tribute to the pow... Read full article


James Garner and Host a Duel at Diablo

By Rick29 on Sep 2, 2019 From Classic Film & TV Cafe

James Garner as Jess. From the opening strains of Neal Hefti's guitar-driven theme, it's apparent that Duel at Diablo (1966) wants to break from the conventional Western movie mold. Its acting credits confirm that, with an eclectic cast headed by James Garner, (in his first Western),... Read full article


March Madness #20:

By Kat_Selby on Mar 20, 2018 From All Good Things

Welcome to Day #20 of MARCH MADNESS! Every day in March, ALL GOOD THINGS will highlight a Classic film Super-star, you know, the type renowned for really, really B.A.D. to sweetest-dearest-most darling! DAY #19 results: VIVIEN LEIGH swept the day with 70% of the fans voting for sweet gentle MYRA fro... Read full article


TCMFF Prefunc: 10 Reasons I Dig

By KC on Mar 30, 2017 From Classic Movies

As film fans, many of us get so wrapped up in the idea of being a pioneer, because of the advances he has made for actors of color, that I think we forget that he is also one of the greatest film actors of all time. There's no part that is beyond his abilities and he's also a huge mov... Read full article


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Sidney Poitier Quotes:

Noah Cullen: [to John] Go on, tell me all that big talk about Charlie Potatoes, when the chains off and nobody chasing you. Come on. You can't, can you? You can't because you're nothing. You're not even a man! You're a monkey on a stick. That cracker mob back there, they pull the string and you jump.
[John punches him]


Ben Munceford: I've heard a lot about you, Commodore, but I never expected I'd meet you.
Commodore Schrepke: Is that so?
Ben Munceford: Not aboard an American destroyer.
Commodore Schrepke: (Is) that so surprising in these times?
Ben Munceford: I guess not, if one can make the switch mentally. But I, uh... I still connect you with... Hitler's navy.
Commodore Schrepke: Your pardon: Admiral Dönitz's navy, sir.


[Splashing himself with water outside]
Homer Smith: Oh! Why couldn't they have asked me to build a bathtub? With nice, *hot* water?


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From 1998 to 2003 Sidney Poitier served as a Member of the Board of Directors of The Walt Disney Company.

In 2002, Sidney 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."

His performance as Detective Virgil Tibbs in In the Heat of the Night (1967) is ranked #19 on the American Film Institute's 100 Heroes & Villains.

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