January 19, 2022
Sir Sidney Poitier (February 20, 1927 – January 6, 2022) was an American and Bahamian actor and film director. In 1964 he became the first African-American to win an Academy Award for Best Actor for Lily's Field. He was born in Miami and raised in his parents' homeland, the Bahamas, and moved to New York at the age of 17 to train in acting at the American Negro Theater. He rose to prominence with his 1958 film Black and White, winning the BAFTA Best Actor Award and the Silver Bear Award for Acting at the Berlin International Film Festival. He appeared mainly in films about racial conflict in the United States, including No Way Out (1950), The Blackboard Jungle (1955), The End of the City (1957), The Challenger (1958), and Patch of Blue (1965), Evening Invitation, Into the Heat of the Night (1967). Other appearances include Cry, Dear Motherland (1952), Porgy and Bess (1959), To Sir, with Love (1967), and For Ivy's Love. (1971) et al. His directorial films include Burke and the Preacher (1971) and Stuckage (1980). From 1997 to 2007 he was also Ambassador of the Bahamas to Japan. He died on January 6, 2022 at his home in Los Angeles.