Moment in History
Sidney L. Poitier
First Black Bahamian-American Actor
Born in Miami, Florida, U.S. Sidney L. Poitier KBE (/ˈpwɑːtieɪ/; born February 20, 1927) is a Bahamian-American retired actor, film director, activist, and ambassador.
Sidney Poitier was a Bahamian-American actor known for his appearances on the stage and screen. He became the first Black male and Bahamian actor to win the Academy Award for Best Actor for Lilies of the Field (1963). He also received a Grammy Award, two Golden Globe Awards and a British Academy Film Award.
Poitier received numerous honors during his lifetime including the Academy Honorary Award for his lifetime achievement in film in 2001. In 1992, he received the AFI Life Achievement Award. In 1994, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 1981, he received the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award and in 2016 he received the BAFTA Fellowship.
In 1995, Poitier received the Kennedy Center Honor and in 2009, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Barack Obama. He was also awarded as Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II in 1974.
One of the greatest African American actors our times, Sidney Poitier!
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