One of America’s most celebrated Black actors has passed on. He died on Thursday, January 6, 2022. Sidney Poitier broke barriers and paved the way for Black American actors to be recognized and given diverse roles in Hollywood and he’s seen as the most successful African American actor.
Here are 5 things you probably didn’t know about the Bahamian-American thespian.
1) Did you know that Sidney Poitier once shot some parts of a movie, The Mark of the Hawk in Enugu, Nigeria back in 1957? It is said that Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe had to vacate the Premier’s Lodge for some days because some scenes were shot there.
2) Sidney Poitier is the first African-American actor to win an Academy Award for best actor in the movie- Lilies of the Field in 1963.
3) Poitier was born as a premature baby in the United States on the 20th of February 1927 while his parents were visiting.
4) He grew up in Cat Island in the Bahamas and only returned to the US as a teenager after which he enlisted in the US Army during World War II where he served in the medical unit.
5) Poitier’s first credited film was No Way Out where he played Dr Brooks. A Black medical doctor who treats a bigoted white criminal. This was in 1950.
6) He was the Bahamian Ambassador to Japan from 1997 to 2007.
7) Sidney Poitier has a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album in 2001. The album is entitled The Measure of a Man.
8) Former US President Barack Obama awarded Poitier the Presidential Medal of Freedom on August 12, 2009.
9) Poitier wrote 3 Autobiographies in his lifetime; This Life (1980), The Measure of Man: A Spiritual Autobiography (2000), and Life Beyond Measure- Letters to my Great-granddaughter (2008).
10) Poitier has 2 movies made about him- Sidney Poitier: One Bright Light (2000) and Sidney Poitier, an Outsider in Hollywood (2008).
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