Sidney Poitier Dies: Who Was The First Black Actor To Win The First Oscar As A Lead?

Sidney Poitier, the first black actor to win an award Oscar as the protagonist of a movie, He passed away this Friday at the age of 94, according to governmental sources of the Bahamas.

The Prime Minister’s Office announced on its official Twitter account that the Head of Government, Philip Davis, will make soon “a statement on the death of Sir Sidney Poitier”, whose family is a native of one of the islands of the Bahamas.

For his part, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism, Chester Cooper, said he was “stunned by the great sorrow” for the loss of a man whom he defined as “an icon and a hero”, although he did not offer details about the causes. of death.

Who was Sidney Poitier?

Poitier was born on February 20, 1927 in Miami but grew up with his six siblings on Cat Island (Bahamas), where he spent his first ten years of life, until he moved to the capital, Nassau, and later to Florida.

The actor, who is also stood out as a civil rights activist, he won the Oscar in 1964 for his starring role in the film “Lillies of the Field.”

Five years earlier, in 1959, Poitier had also established himself as the first black American to receive a Best Actor Oscar nomination for the film “The Defiant Ones.”

Poitier was also the second black person to win an Oscar, after Hattie McDaniel, who won the Best Supporting Actress award for “Gone with the Wind.”

In his more than 50-year acting career, he has participated in more than 40 films, with classics such as “Guess Who`s Comming to Dinner”, “In the Heat of the Night” and “Blackboard Jungle”.

In 2002, he received the Oscar of honor, a prize awarded by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to those film stars who have had a special weight in the industry.

The performer, director and activist He was a true Hollywood idol He also served as the Bahamian ambassador to Japan between 1997 and 2007.



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