Knowledge Identifier: +Sidney_Poitier
Category: Movies & TV
Born in 1927.
Countries: United States (75%), United Kingdom (8%), (7%)
Linked to: American Film Institute, The Bedford Incident, HarperCollins, United States Army
At age 10, he moved to Nassau, Bahamas with his family.
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
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
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.
Porgy and Bess - Harry Belafonte declined to play Porgy in the late 1950s film version, so the role went to Sidney Poitier
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"
Ivan Dixon - In 1958, he was a stunt double for Sidney Poitier in "The Defiant Ones"
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
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"
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.
Lulu (singer) - In 1967 she made her film debut in "To Sir, with Love", a British vehicle for Sidney Poitier
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
He has been married to Joanna Shimkus, a Canadian-born former actress of Lithuanian and Irish descent, since January 23, 1976.
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"
Albert Hall (actor) - Hall appeared alongside Sidney Poitier in the 1991 television movie, "Separate but Equal"
From 1998 to 2003 he served as a Member of the Board of Directors of The Walt Disney Company.
Kasi Lemmons - In 2002 Lemmons conceived and helmed the tribute to Sidney Poitier for the 74th Annual Academy *award show
Poitier receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama in 2009.
With the death of Ernest Borgnine in 2012, Poitier became the oldest living man to have won the Academy award for Best Actor