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:

[Gordon is shopping with Selina]
Gordon Ralfe: I almost forgot. I'm out of detergent. Now this is where I really need your help. There's Swish...
Selina D'Arcy: [Quoting advertising slogans] "Keeps your hands soft as velvet."
Gordon Ralfe: Good. Whizz...
Selina D'Arcy: "Retains your girlish skin."
Gordon Ralfe: Marvelous. Jiffy...
Selina D'Arcy: "Jiffy makes you feel like a princess."
Gordon Ralfe: Froth...
Selina D'Arcy: Froth? I never heard that one.
Gordon Ralfe: Froth is just for washing dishes, but that's the one we need.


Mother Maria: [ringing the dinner bell] Schmidt! Schmidt!
Homer Smith: Old Mother gonna feed the slaves?


Mark Thackeray: I lost my temper -- the one thing I swore I would never, never do. God, did I lose my temper. I never would have thought it. Of all of the bull I've taken in my life -- in a few short weeks those kids have got me so steamed up so? so easy, so quickly. I never would have thought it.


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Has an honorary doctorate degree from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania.

Prostate cancer survivor.

While trying to sing with some fellow actors in Off-Broadway theatre he found he was tone deaf.

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