Sidney Poitier

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  • Birth Name: Sir Sidney Poitier
  • Birth Place: Miami, FL
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 02/20/1927, Pisces
  • Profession: Actor; director
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Sidney Poitier 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.
  • Sidney Poitier Relationships:
  • Juanita Hardy - Ex-wife
  • Joanna Shimkus - Wife
  • Pamela Poitier - Daughter
  • Anika Poitier - Daughter
  • Gina Poitier - Daughter
  • Beverly Poitier Henderson - Daughter
  • Evelyn Outten Poitier - Mother
  • Reginald James Poitier - Father
  • Sherri Poitier - Daughter
  • Cyril Poitier - Brother
  • Sydney Tamiia Poitier - Daughter
  • Sidney Poitier Awards:
  • 1970 Golden Globe: Henrietta Award (World Film Favorites) - Winner
  • 1958 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Foreign Actor - Winner
  • 1966 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Foreign Actor - Nominee
  • 1967 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Foreign Actor - Nominee
  • 1959 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama - Nominee
  • 1964 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama - Winner
  • 1968 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama - Nominee
  • 1962 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama - Nominee
  • 1992 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television - 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
  • 1971 Golden Globe: Henrietta Award (World Film Favorites) - Winner
  • 1963 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role - Winner
  • 1991 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Special - Nominee
  • 1958 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role - Nominee
  • 2001 Oscar: Honorary Award - Winner
  • 1982 Golden Globe: Cecil B. DeMille Award - Winner
  • 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
  • 1961 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Foreign Actor - Nominee
  • 1999 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Life Achievement Award - Winner
  • 1997 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries - Nominee
  • 1969 Golden Globe: Henrietta Award (World Film Favorites) - Winner
  • 2000 Grammy: Best Spoken Word Album - Winner
  • 1960 Tony: Actor (Dramatic) - Nominee

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