Sidney Poitier Overview:

Legendary actor, Sidney Poitier, was born Sidney L. Poitier on Feb 20, 1927 in Miami, FL. Poitier died at the age of 94 on Jan 6, 2022 in Los Angeles, CA .


Imposingly good-looking black American actor - the first to attract international audiences as a leading man. Although he broke down few actual barriers, he brought dignity to the portrayal of the black man on screen and, more important, played several roles that might have easily been portrayed by a white man. As an actor, most interesting when being less than saintly.

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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)

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


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.

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: For Love of Ivy, Lost Man, Brother John

By 4 Star Film Fan on Feb 10, 2022 From 4 Star Films

In honor of the inimitable , I spent some time revisiting a bevy of his finest films and also some underrated ones that were new to me. Because he was a prominent archetype for a black movie star, when he was often the only one, it’s fascinating to see the roles he chose at diffe... Read full article

The Slender Thread (1965) Connecting and Anne Bancroft

By 4 Star Film Fan on Feb 8, 2022 From 4 Star Films

The Slender Thread feels a bit reminiscent of one of those self-contained film noir from a previous decade like 14 Hours or Dial 1119. It’s not a very ambitious scale, still, within its confines, it’s a rather enjoyable film. But, of course, the main attractions are and An... Read full article

The Defiant Ones (1958): Tony Curtis and

By 4 Star Film Fan on Feb 5, 2022 From 4 Star Films

I can’t have made this up myself, but The Defiant Ones is a testament to the pithy axiom that proximity breeds empathy. Stanley Kramer has very clear intent when he builds the premise of his story out of a white and black prisoner, in the era of Jim Crow, who are chained together for the major... Read full article

To Sir, With Love (1967): As a Mentor

By 4 Star Film Fan on Feb 3, 2022 From 4 Star Films

In the 1950s Blackboard Jungle was one of the early pivotal roles for where he plays a disaffected youth who is ultimately mentored and encouraged by his teacher: Glenn Ford. Thus, it seems fitting, at the height of his own powers in 1967, Poitier left the student behind and graduated... Read full article

Lilies of the Field (1963): Starring

By 4 Star Film Fan on Feb 1, 2022 From 4 Star Films

The ample joys of Lilies of the Field come out of it being a kind of modern-day parable. It’s a modest and simple story, shot over 15 days by director Ralph Nelson, with a source novel gaining inspiration from the passage of the Christian scripture: “Consider the lilies of the field, how... Read full article

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Sidney Poitier Quotes:

Chief Gillespie: You take care, y'hear?
Virgil Tibbs: Yeah.

Noah Cullen: I ain't gettin' mad, Joker. I been mad all my natural life.

Walter Lee Younger: [to George Murchison, Beneatha's date] How come all you college boys wear them faggoty-looking white shoes?

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Poitier was the first black actor to place autograph, hand, and footprints in the cement at Grauman's Chinese Theatre (June 23, 1967).

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Stanley Kramer approached him about co-starring in The Defiant Ones (1958), which made him a bigger star, but admitted that if he did not take the role of "Porgy" in Porgy and Bess (1959) for Samuel Goldwyn it might kill his chances to get the role in The Defiant Ones (1958) as Goldwyn had that much clout in Hollywood.

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