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Sidney Poitier


A native of Cat Island, The Bahamas (though born in Miami during a mainland visit by his parents), Poitier grew up in poverty as the son of farmers Evelyn (Outten) and Reginald James Poitier, who also drove a cab. He had little formal education and at the age of 15 was sent to Miami to live with his brother, in order to forestall a growing ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 25 wins & 40 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

In the Heat of the Night
(1967)
The Jackal
The Jackal FBI Deputy Director Carter Preston
(1997)
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
(1967)
Lilies of the Field
Lilies of the Field Homer Smith
(1963)

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 1988 Little Nikita
Roy Parmenter
 1975 The Wilby Conspiracy
Shack Twala
 1973 A Warm December
Dr. Matt Younger
 1972 Buck and the Preacher
Buck
 1971 Brother John
John Kane
 1969 The Lost Man
Jason Higgs
 1968 For Love of Ivy
Jack Parks
 1966 Duel at Diablo
Toller
 1965 The Slender Thread
Alan Newell
 1965 The Bedford Incident
Ben Munceford
 1964 The Long Ships
Aly Mansuh
 1961 Paris Blues
Eddie Cook
 1960 All the Young Men
Sgt. Eddie Towler
 1958 Our Virgin Island
Marcus
 1957 The Mark of the Hawk
Obam
 1957 Band of Angels
Rau-Ru
 1957 Something of Value
Kimani Wa Karanja
 1957 Edge of the City
Tommy Tyler
 1956 Good-bye, My Lady
Gates Watson
 1955 Blackboard Jungle
Gregory W. Miller
 1952 Red Ball Express
Robertson
 1947 Sepia Cinderella
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Other Works:

Lysistrata (1946). Comedy (revival). Written by Aristophanes. Book adapted by Gilbert Seldes. Incidental music by Harry Brandt. Choreographed by Felicia Sorel. Directed by James Light. Belasco Theatre: 17 Oct 1946- 19 Oct 1946 (4 performances). Cast: Olive Ball, Service Bell, Valerie Black, Harry Bolden, C.M. Bootsie Davis (as ... See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 5 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 2 Interviews | 7 Articles | 2 Pictorials | 6 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Sir Sidney Poitier

Height:

6' 2½" (1.89 m)
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We all suffer from the preoccupation that there exists ... in the loved one, perfection. See more »

Trivia:

Has an honorary doctorate degree from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. See more »

Star Sign:

Pisces

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