Legendary Actor Sidney Poitier Has Passed Away At The Age Of 94
A legendary actor and activist has died.
Bahamian-American actor Sir Sidney Poitier has died at the age of 94.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell reportedly confirmed the legendary actor’s death.
Poitier rose to fame during Hollywood’s Golden Age and went on to have a 71-year career.
Throughout his career, he earned an Oscar and starred in more than 50 films. In addition to winning an Oscar, Poitier became the first black man to win an Academy Award for Best Actor.
He first appeared on-screen in 1947 as an extra in Sepia Cinderella. His most notable roles include The Defiant Ones, Porgy and Bess, Paris Blues, To Sir, With Love, In the Heat of the Night, and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. He portrayed Walter Lee Younger in the 1961 film adaption of A Raisin in the Sun, one of the most famous black stories to ever be told.
The actor also spent some time behind the camera, directing films from the early ’70s to the early ’90s. He also made television appearances on CBS Television Workshop and Omnibus.
Poitier lived to hear the announcement of a Broadway play about his outstanding life and career. The play was announced just last month. His family has reportedly agreed to allow the show to go on.
Sidney Poitier will forever be remembered for his remarkable talent, along with his ability to break racial barriers in the film industry.
His official cause of death has not yet been determined.
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