Fast Facts

  • Grew up in the Bahamas. 
  • Made his Broadway debut in the 1946 all-black production of Lysistrata. 
  • Appeared as Walter Lee in the 1959 Broadway play A Raisin in the Sun; reprised the role in the 1961 film adaptation.  
  • Switched artistic gears in 1972, making his directorial debut with Buck and the Preacher. 
  • Was appointed a Knight of the British Empire in 1974; awarded the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award in 1992; honored by the Kennedy Center in 1995; and appointed as Bahamian ambassador to Japan in 1997.
  • Was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009.
  • Has written a number of books, including 2008's Life Beyond Measure: Letters to My Great-Granddaughter.

Awards

  • 1964, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Winner
  • 1961, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Foreign Actor: Nominee
  • 1992, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 1958, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2001, Oscar — Honorary Award: Winner
  • 1997, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: Nominee
  • 2000, Grammy — Best Spoken Word Album: Winner
  • 1962, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 1999, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Life Achievement Award: Winner
  • 1960, Tony — Actor (Dramatic): Nominee
  • 1971, Golden Globe — Henrietta Award (World Film Favorites): Winner
  • 1982, Golden Globe — Cecil B. DeMille Award: Winner
  • 1958, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Foreign Actor: Winner
  • 1959, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 1968, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 1966, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 1960, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1970, Golden Globe — Henrietta Award (World Film Favorites): Winner
  • 1991, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Special: Nominee
  • 1997, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Special: Nominee
  • 1957, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Foreign Actor: Nominee
  • 1964, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Foreign Actor: Nominee
  • 1963, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Winner
  • 1969, Golden Globe — Henrietta Award (World Film Favorites): Winner
  • 1966, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Foreign Actor: Nominee
  • 1967, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Foreign Actor: Nominee

Relationships

  • Cyril Poitier — Brother
  • Anika Poitier — Daughter
  • Gina Poitier — Daughter
  • Joanna Shimkus — Wife
  • Pamela Poitier — Daughter
  • Beverly Poitier Henderson — Daughter
  • Evelyn Outten Poitier — Mother
  • Reginald James Poitier — Father
  • Sherri Poitier — Daughter
  • Juanita Hardy — Ex-wife
  • Sydney Tamiia Poitier — Daughter

Details

  • Birth Name: Sir Sidney Poitier
  • Birth Place: Miami, FL
  • Birthday: February 20, 1927, Pisces
  • Profession: Actor, Director
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