Ten fun facts about Sidney Poitier


Fact 1
Sidney Poitier won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role of Homer Smith in the 1963 film “Lilies of the Field.” He was the first African American actor to win this award.

Fact 2
In 2005 he was ranked number twenty by Premiere Magazine in their “Greatest Movie Stars of All Time” list.

Fact 3
He moved from the Caribbean to New York in order to get started in acting and slept in a bus station until he got his first role in the 1950 film “No Way Out.”


Fact 4
The American Film Institute ranked Sidney Poitier number twenty-two on their list of the “50 Greatest Screen Legends.”

Fact 5
Sidney Poitier is well known for being a survivor of prostate cancer. Today he regularly donates large amounts towards cancer research.

Fact 6
Sidney Poitier was appointed as a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the year 1974.

Fact 7
He seriously considered getting involved in Off Broadway productions until he discovered that he was tone deaf.

Fact 8
Sidney Poitier speaks Russian fluently.

Fact 9
He is most recognized for his role of Virgil Tibbbs in the 1967 film “In the Heat of the Night.”

Fact 10
Sidney Poitier grew up in abject poverty with his father being a dirt farmer.


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Is an American born Bahamian actor, author, director and diplomat.

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