Sidney Poitier

20 Feb 1927

Actor, Director

Sir Sidney Poitier, KBE (born February 20, 1927) is a Bahamian American actor, film director, author, and diplomat. In 1963, Poitier became the first black person to win an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in Lilies of the Field. The significance of this achievement was later bolstered in 1967 when he starred in three well-received films—To Sir, with Love; In the Heat of the Night; and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner—making him the top box office star of that year. In 1999, the American Film Institute named Poitier among the Greatest Male Stars of All Time, ranking 22nd on the list of 25. Poitier has directed a number of popular movies such as A Piece of the Action; Uptown Saturday Night, and Let's Do It Again (with friend Bill Cosby), and Stir Crazy (starring Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder). In 2002, 38 years after receiving the Best Actor Award, Poitier was chosen by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to receive an Honorary Award, designated "To Sidney Poitier in recognition of his remarkable accomplishments as an artist and as a human being." Since 1997 he has been the Bahamian ambassador to Japan. On August 12, 2009, Sidney Poitier was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States of America's highest civilian honor, by President Barack Obama.

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Filmography (45 titles)

Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Henry Cobb)
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Noah Dearborn)
(movie, 1998)
···David and Lisa
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Dr. Jack Miller)
(movie, 1998)
···Free of Eden
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Will Cleamons)
(movie, 1997)
···The Jackal
Genre: Action, Thriller, Adventure, Crime
Role: Actor (as Carter Preston)
(movie, 1997)
···Mandela and de Klerk
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Nelson Mandela)
(movie, 1996)
···To Sir, with Love II
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Mark Thackeray)
(movie, 1995)
···Children of the Dust
Genre: Western
Role: Actor (as Gypsy Smith)
(movie, 1992)
···Sneakers
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Role: Actor (as Donald Crease)
(movie, 1991)
···Separate But Equal
Genre: Drama, History
Role: Actor (as Thurgood Marshall)
(movie, 1990)
···Ghost Dad
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Family
Role: Director
(movie, 1988)
···Shoot to Kill
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Warren Stantin)
(movie, 1988)
···Little Nikita
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Roy Parmenter)
(movie, 1982)
···Hanky Panky
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Role: Director
(movie, 1980)
···Stir Crazy
Genre: Comedy
Role: Director
(movie, 1977)
···A Piece of the Action
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Role: Actor, Director
(movie, 1975)
···Let's Do It Again
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
Role: Actor, Director
(movie, 1975)
···The Wilby Conspiracy
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Shack Twala)
(movie, 1974)
···Uptown Saturday Night
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
Role: Actor, Director
(movie, 1973)
···A Warm December
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Actor, Director
(movie, 1972)
···Buck and the Preacher
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Western
Role: Actor, Director
(movie, 1971)
···The Organization
Genre: Drama, Action, Thriller, Crime
Role: Actor (as Virgil Tibbs)
(movie, 1971)
···Brother John
Genre: Drama, Science Fiction
Role: Actor (as John Kane)
(movie, 1970)
···They Call Me MISTER Tibbs!
Genre: Drama, Action, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Virgil Tibbs)
(movie, 1969)
···The Lost Man
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Jason Higgs)
(movie, 1967)
···Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Dr. John Wade Prentice)
(movie, 1967)
···In the Heat of the Night
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Det. Virgil Tibbs)
(movie, 1967)
···To Sir, with Love
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Mark Thackeray)
(movie, 1966)
···Duel at Diablo
Genre: Action, Western
Role: Actor (as Toller)
(movie, 1965)
···The Greatest Story Ever Told
Genre: Drama, History, Family
Role: Actor (as Simon of Cyrene)
(movie, 1965)
···A Patch of Blue
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Gordon Ralfe)
(movie, 1965)
···The Bedford Incident
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Ben Munceford)
(movie, 1965)
···The Slender Thread
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Alan Newell)
(movie, 1963)
···Lilies of the Field
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Role: Actor (as Homer Smith)
(movie, 1962)
···Pressure Point
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Doctor)
(movie, 1961)
···A Raisin in the Sun
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Walter Lee Younger)
(movie, 1959)
···Porgy and Bess
Genre: Drama, Musical, Romance
Role: Actor (as Porgy)
(movie, 1959)
···Virgin Island
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Marcus)
(movie, 1958)
···The Defiant Ones
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Noah Cullen)
(movie, 1957)
···The Mark of the Hawk
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Obam)
(movie, 1956)
···Good-bye, My Lady
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Gates Watson)
(movie, 1954)
···Go Man Go
Genre: Drama, Sport
Role: Actor (as Inman Jackson)
(movie, 1951)
···Cry, the Beloved Country
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Reverend Msimangu)
(movie, 1950)
···No Way Out
Genre: Drama, Film-Noir
Role: Actor (as Dr. Luther Brooks)