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Sidney Poitier

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Net worth 2018: $25 Million
Industry: Writers
Residence: Miami, Florida, U.S.
BirthDay: 20 February 1927
Sigh: Pisces
Height: 1.89 m
Education: New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, Stella Adler Studio of Acting

Sidney Poitier was bornon 20 February 1927 in Miami, Florida, U.S., Bahamian, American. Sir Sidney Poitier is an actor, director and diplomat best known for being the first black person to have been awarded the Academy Award for Best Actor. He won this award for his portrayal of Homer Smith, an African American worker in the film, ‘Lilies of the Field’. This was a very significant achievement in the 1960s when racism was rampant in the United States. Born to poor Bahamian farmer parents, he received little formal education. As a teenager he was turning towards street crime when his father sent him to the United States to start life anew. He received a huge cultural shock in New York where he witnessed widespread racism and chasm between the classes. After struggling to make ends meet as a dishwasher, he joined the American Negro Theater. Through his determination and hard work he soon became a much sought after theatre artist and soon stared receiving film offers. In his debut film ‘No Way Out’ he played a doctor who treats a white bigot. This role got him noticed and he received several offers. After establishing himself as a successful actor, he branched into direction as well. He was named as one of the Greatest Male Stars of All Time by the American Film Institute in 1999.


$25 Million


He was appointed the Ambassador of the Bahamas to Japan in April 1997, a position he currently holds


After this movie he went on direct several other successful movies including the comedy �€˜Stir Crazy�€™ in 1980


He married actress Joanna Shimkus in 1976 with whom he has two daughters


He made his directorial debut in 1972 with the western film �€˜Buck and the Preacher�€™ in which he also starred as a trail guide


The movie was followed by two sequels �€˜They call me MISTER Tibbs!�€™ in 1970 and �€˜The Organization�€™ in 1971 �€” he reprised the role in both the films


In 1967 he appeared in the dramatic mystery film �€˜In the Heat of the Night�€™ He played the police officer Virgil Tibbs who becomes involved in a murder investigation in a racist small town


He appeared in the super hit film �€˜A Patch of Blue�€™ in 1965 which was about the relationship between a black man and a blind white girl, and the challenges they face when they fall in love in a racially segregated America


He starred along with Ruby Dee, Claudia McNeil, Diana Sands and Roy Glenn in the 1961 drama film �€˜A Raisin in the Sun�€™ which was based on the play of the same name by Lorraine Hansberry


In 1958 he played Noah Cullen, an escaped prisoner, in the movie �€˜The Defiant Ones�€™


After playing supporting roles in several other films during the early 1950s, he got his breakthrough role in the 1955 social commentary, �€˜Blackboard Jungle�€™, a film based on a novel of the same name by Evan Hunter

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