Sidney Poitier


January 24, 2022

Sir Sidney Poitier, KBE (February 20, 1927 Miami, Florida - January 6, 2022 Los Angeles) was an American actor, producer and director. He was the first black actor to win an Oscar and a Golden Globe and become an equal movie star to white actors. He came from a very poor and numerous agricultural family in the American South, growing up in the Bahamas. After graduating from high school, he worked in various manual occupations. During World War II, he served in the US military as a psychotherapist. He began acting professionally after the war in 1945, when he began performing at the Negro Theater in New York. He made his film debut in 1949 in a war documentary film. He was always an actor who embodied the type of black intellectual, character, persevering, intelligent, noble and bold man. In 1963, he received an Oscar for his role as a day laborer in the field Field Lilies. Czech viewers are also familiar with the detective story In the Heat of the Night, where he played a police officer. The film Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, where he performed with Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn, also became a legendary film. From the early 1970s, he also worked as a director and producer at First Artists Productions, which he co-founded with Barbara Streisand and Paul Newman.

Most famous movies

1955 The jungle in front of the blackboard 1958 Escape in Chains 1963 Field Lily (acting awarded an Oscar) 1967 Mr. Teacher with love 1967 Guess who's coming to dinner 1967 In the heat of the night 1972 Buck and the Preacher (here also as film director)


External links

Pictures, sounds or videos about Sidney Poitier on Wikimedia Commons Catalog of the Municipal Library in Prague Sidney Poitier in the Czech-Slovak film database

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