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Sidney Poitier, the legendary actor, pioneer, trailblazer, and activist who broke many racial and color barriers in the entertainment industry, starring some of Hollywood’s most iconic movies ever, has passed away at 94. Sidney Poitier was the first black actor to win an Academy Award for Best Actor in 1964 for his starring role in “Lilies of the Field” in 1963. Mr. Poitier’s death was confirmed by Minister of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell, however, the circumstances surrounding his death have not yet been revealed.
Poitier was a dual citizen of both the U.S. and the Bahamas and served as the Bahamian Ambassador to Japan from 1997-2007.
Sir Poitier, a beyond great man, and activist was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009 by President Barak Obama for his outstanding work and contributions.
Poitier’s career includes two Academy Award nominations, ten Golden Globes nominations, two Primetime Emmy Awards nominations, six BAFTA nominations, eight Laurel nominations, and one Screen Actors Guild Awards nomination. His legacy will forever continue to live on as his contributions, work, battles, fights and perseverance to gave Black and colored people the fighting chance to find success in the entertainment world at large, as we know it today.
Poitier is survived by his wife, Joanna of 45 years, and 6 beautiful daughters.
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Sidney Poitier Dead at 94, First Black Man to Win Oscar was originally published on classixphilly.com