Sidney Poitier: First Black Actor to Win Oscar Dies at 94

Sidney Poitier, pioneer actor and inspiration to many, who transformed the way black people were portrayed on screen and it became the first black actor to win an Academy Award in a leading role passes away at the age of 94.

Pointer, Oscar winner in 1964 by “Lilies of the Field” (“The lilies of the valley”) passed away this Thursday in Bahamas, according to reports Eugene Torchon-Newry, acting director general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Bahamas.

Sidney Poitier: Before and After

Beyond the colors few are the actors achieve the influence that Pinter obtained on and off screen. Pointer, son of Bahamian tomato farmers, never I had seen black actors starring or having a movie produced because of their power in the middle.

Before Pointer turned things around, few black actors were allowed out of the box. stereotypes fearful servants or cheerful edges, and practically it was never about telling the story of a black person.

Pointer’s rise reflects the profound changes that America had in the 1950s and 1960s, for as racial attitudes progressed for the better, during the era of civil rights and segregation laws almost recently outlawed, Pointer was the actor the industry called cautious to tell stories about progress.

Sidney Poitier: His big step in the industry

It was the deep black convict who befriends a racist white prisoner (Tony Curtis) in “The Defiant Ones” (“Escape from chains”). Too gave life to the handsome office worker who falls in love with a blind white girl in “A Patch of Blue” (“When only the heart sees”). Incarnated in the theater to an ambitious young father who has dreams that run counter to those of other family members in “A Raisin in the Sun” by Lorraine Hansberry.

Worth remembering all the trajectory that the great actor made, because it marked a before and after in the industry and insurance in society that I needed to progress to the right side.



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