Sidney Poitier

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Sidney Poitier

Bahamian American actor, film director, author, and diplomatadd

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1927.

Countries: United States (75%), United Kingdom (8%), (7%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Marlon Brando, Harry Belafonte, Lilies of the Field (1963 film)

Linked to: American Film Institute, The Bedford Incident, HarperCollins, United States Army

 

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Sidney Poitier was born in 1927 add something


1937

At age 10, he moved to Nassau, Bahamas with his family. add something


1940

Harry Belafonte - At the end of the 1940s, he took classes in acting at the Dramatic Workshop of The New School in New York with the influential German director Erwin Piscator alongside Marlon Brando, Tony Curtis, Walter Matthau, Bea Arthur and Sidney Poitier, while performing with the American Negro Theatre


1944

Christian Roberts (actor) - "'Christian Roberts"' is an English actor, best remembered for his role as the rebellious Denham in the 1967 film "To Sir, with Love" starring Sidney Poitier and Judy Geeson


1949

By the end of 1949, he had to choose between leading roles on stage and an offer to work for Darryl F. Zanuck in the film No Way Out. add something


1950

Poitier was first married to Juanita Hardy from April 29, 1950 until 1965. add something

 

Canada Lee - At the height of the Hollywood blacklist, Lee managed to find work in 1950 as the star of a British film "Cry, The Beloved Country", for which both he and Sidney Poitier were smuggled into South Africa as indentured servants in order to play their roles as African ministers

 

Porgy and Bess - Harry Belafonte declined to play Porgy in the late 1950s film version, so the role went to Sidney Poitier

 

Ossie Davis - He made his film debut in 1950 in the Sidney Poitier film "No Way Out"

 

Roy Glenn - His other film credits include "The Jackie Robinson Story" , "Carmen Jones" , "Porgy and Bess" , "A Raisin in the Sun" , with Sidney Poitier, Ruby_Dee and Claudia McNeil, and a memorable turn as Mr. Prentice in the 1967 feature film "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner"


1951

Robert Alan Aurthur - One of his four 1951-55 plays for "Philco Television Playhouse" was the Emmy-nominated "A Man Is Ten Feet Tall" , with Don Murray and Sidney Poitier, which was adapted two years later as the theatrical film, "Edge of the City" with Poitier and John Cassavetes


1955

Bix Beiderbecke - In "Blackboard Jungle", a 1955 film starring Glenn Ford and Sidney Poitier, Beiderbecke's music is briefly featured, but as a symbol of cultural conservatism in a nation on the cusp of the rock and roll revolution


1956

Basenji - The book was made into a movie of the same name in 1956, with a cast that included Brandon deWilde, Walter Brennan, and Sidney Poitier


1957

Yvonne De Carlo - American Civil War - The 1957 film "Band of Angels" featured her opposite Clark Gable in an American Civil War story, along with Sidney Poitier and Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. The actress worked steadily for the next several years, although many of the films failed to advance her career

 

Robert F. Simon - In 1957, he appeared as George Nordmann in the feature film "Edge of the City", starring John Cassavetes and Sidney Poitier


1958

Ivan Dixon - In 1958, he was a stunt double for Sidney Poitier in "The Defiant Ones"


1959

He acted in the first production of A Raisin in the Sun on Broadway in 1959, and later starred in the film version released in 1961. add something

 

Pearl Bailey - In 1959, she played the role of Maria in the film version of "Porgy and Bess", starring Sidney Poitier and Dorothy Dandridge


1963

Curtis Mayfield - Their hit "Amen," , an updated version of an old gospel tune, was included in the soundtrack of the 1963 MGM film "Lilies of the Field", which starred Sidney Poitier

 

Lilies of the Field (1963 film) - "'Lilies of the Field"' is a 1963 film adapted by James Poe from the 1962 novel with the same name by William Edmund Barrett, and stars Sidney Poitier, Lilia_Skala, Stanley Adams, and Dan Frazer

 

Marlon Brando - In August 1963, Brando participated in the March on Washington along with fellow celebrities Harry Belafonte, James Garner, Charlton Heston, Burt Lancaster, and Sidney Poitier.

 

James Baldwin - Baldwin made a prominent appearance at the Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C. on August 28, 1963, with Belafonte and long time friends Sidney Poitier and Marlon Brando


1964

James Baskett - In 1964 Sidney Poitier became the first black male actor to win a "competitive" Academy *award, for Best Actor for his performance in "Lilies of the Field"

 

Elizabeth Hartman - In the early autumn of 1964, she was offered a leading role in "A Patch of Blue", opposite Sidney Poitier and Shelley Winters


1965

Shana Alexander - Another Life magazine article, about a suicide hot line worker's efforts to keep a caller from killing herself, was turned into the 1965 film, "The Slender Thread", which starred Sidney Poitier and Anne Bancroft


1966

Bibi Andersson - Her intense portrayal of the nurse Alma in the 1966 film "Persona" led to an increase in the number of cinematic roles offered her, and she appeared that same year opposite James Garner and Sidney Poitier in the violent western "Duel at Diablo"


1967

In 1967, he was the most successful draw at the box office, the commercial peak of his career, with three successful films, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner; To Sir, with Love and In the Heat of the Night. add something

 

Lulu (singer) - In 1967 she made her film debut in "To Sir, with Love", a British vehicle for Sidney Poitier

 

Scott Wilson (actor) - In his debut film, Wilson played a murder suspect in 1967's "In the Heat of the Night", which starred Sidney Poitier, Rod_Steiger and Warren Oates

 

United Artists - UA released another Best Picture Oscar winner in 1967, "In the Heat of the Night", starring Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger, and a nominee for Best Picture, "The Graduate", an Embassy production that UA distributed overseas


1969

Barbra Streisand - Along with Paul Newman, Sidney Poitier and later Steve McQueen, Streisand formed First Artists Production Company in 1969, so the actors could secure properties and develop movie projects for themselves

 

F. L. Green - The novel was used as the basis of the 1969 Sidney Poitier movie "The Lost Man"


1970

Bill Cosby - Also during the 1970s, Cosby and other African-American actors, including Sidney Poitier, joined forces to make some successful comedy films that countered the violent "blaxploitation" films of the era


1974

Prunella Gee - Her first film role was in 1974, alongside Sidney Poitier and Michael Caine in "The Wilby Conspiracy"

 

Richard Wesley - Wesley earned a substantial amount of money writing the screenplays for the 1974 film "Uptown Saturday Night" and the following year's "Let's Do It Again", both of which starred Bill Cosby and Sidney Poitier


1975

Joe de Graft - The 1975 film depicted the escape from a top-security South African prison of Wilby, the leader of anti-apartheid struggle, with the help of freedom fighter Sidney Poitier and reluctant Englishman Michael Caine, while pursued by relentless South African official Nicol Williamson


1976

He has been married to Joanna Shimkus, a Canadian-born former actress of Lithuanian and Irish descent, since January 23, 1976. add something

 

Joanna Shimkus - She married actor Sir Sidney Poitier, K.B.E., in 1976, and has two daughters with Poitier, Anika and Sydney Tamiia, who is an actress


1980

Gene Wilder - In 1980, Sidney Poitier and producer Hannah Weinstein persuaded Wilder and Richard Pryor to do another film together.

 

Stir Crazy (film) - "'Stir Crazy"' is a 1980 American comedy film directed by Sidney Poitier and starring Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor as down-on-their-luck friends who are given 125-year prison sentences after being framed for a bank robbery


1985

Poitier directed the first popular dance battle movie Fast Forward in 1985. add something


1990

Bobby McFerrin - For a few years in the late 1990s, he toured a concert version of "Porgy and Bess", partly in honor of his father, who sang the role for Sidney Poitier in the 1959 "film version", and partly "to preserve the score's jazziness" in the face of "largely white orchestras" who tend not "to play around the bar lines, to stretch and bend"


1991

Albert Hall (actor) - Hall appeared alongside Sidney Poitier in the 1991 television movie, "Separate but Equal"


1992

Sneakers (1992 film) - "'Sneakers"' is a 1992 caper film directed by Phil Alden Robinson, written by Robinson, Walter Parkes, and Lawrence Lasker and starring Robert Redford, Dan Aykroyd, Ben Kingsley, Mary McDonnell, River Phoenix, Sidney Poitier, and David Strathairn


1997

In April 1997, Poitier was appointed Ambassador of the Bahamas to Japan, a position he currently holds. add something

 

The Jackal (1997 film) - "'The Jackal"' is a 1997 American spy action thriller film directed by Michael Caton-Jones, and starring Bruce Willis, Richard Gere, and Sidney Poitier


1998

From 1998 to 2003 he served as a Member of the Board of Directors of The Walt Disney Company. add something


2000

Denzel Washington - When Washington won a Golden Globe award for Best Actor in a Dramatic Movie in 2000, as he noted: "No African-American has won best actor in the Golden Globes since Sidney Poitier, until I did".


2001

In 2001, Poitier received an Honorary Academy Award for his overall contribution to American cinema. add something


2002

Kasi Lemmons - In 2002 Lemmons conceived and helmed the tribute to Sidney Poitier for the 74th Annual Academy *award show


2008

Life Beyond Measure – letters to my Great-Granddaughter (2008, an Oprah's Book Club selection). add something


2009

Poitier receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama in 2009. add something

 

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 add something


2010

Louis Jourdan - In 2010, Jourdan was *awarded "Légion d'Honneur" in Los Angeles , which he received, accompanied by friends, including Sidney Poitier and Kirk Douglas

 

Louis Jourdan - In July 2010, Jourdan was made an Officier de la Legion d'honneur, which he received, accompanied by friends, including Sidney Poitier and Kirk Douglas


 

With the death of Ernest Borgnine in 2012, Poitier became the oldest living man to have won the Academy award for Best Actor add something


2013

Poitier wrote the novel "Montaro Caine", released in May 2013 add something


 

On March 2, 2014, Poitier appeared with Angelina Jolie at the 86th Academy awards, to present the Best Director award add something

 

Both his youngest daughters are expecting as of November 2014 add something


 

In 2016 he was awarded the BAFTA Fellowship for outstanding lifetime achievement in film add something