Sidney Poitier

Sidney Poitier was a Bahamian and American actor, film director, and diplomat. In 1964, he was the first black actor and first Bahamian to win the Academy Award for Best Actor. He received two Golden Globe Awards and a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and a Grammy for a Best Spoken Word Album.

In 1958, he was nominated for an Oscar for, “The Defiant Ones.” He won an Oscar in 1963 for, “Lilies of the Field,” and was for the first Black actor to win an Oscar. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama in 2009.

He was nominated for two Primetime Emmy Awards, one Screen Actors Guild Award (SAG), ten Golden Globes and one Tony Award. He won one Oscar, one BAFTA and two Golden Globe Awards. and won two Golden Globes.

Poitier’s incredible career spanned from 1947 to 2008.

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