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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 28 wins & 27 nominations. See more awards »

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 2015 The Edison Language Academy (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1999 The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn (TV Movie)
Noah Dearborn
 1998 David and Lisa (TV Movie)
Dr. Jack Miller
 1998 Free of Eden (TV Movie)
Will Cleamons
 1995 Children of the Dust (TV Movie)
Gypsy Smith
 1988 Little Nikita
Roy Parmenter
 1975 The Wilby Conspiracy
Shack Twala
 1973 A Warm December
Dr. Matt Younger
 1972 Buck and the Preacher
 1971 Brother John
John Kane
 1969 The Lost Man
Jason Higgs
 1968 For Love of Ivy
Jack Parks
 1966 Duel at Diablo
 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
 1957 The Mark of the Hawk
 1957 Band of Angels
 1957 Something of Value
Kimani Wa Karanja
 1957 Edge of the City
Tommy Tyler
 1956 Good-bye, My Lady
Gates Watson
 1952-1955 The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Tommy Tyler
- A Man Is Ten Feet Tall (1955) ... Tommy Tyler
- Parole Chief (1952)
 1955 Ponds Theater (TV Series)
 1955 Blackboard Jungle
Gregory W. Miller
 1954 Go Man Go
Inman Jackson
 1952 Red Ball Express
 1952 CBS Television Workshop (TV Series)
- Careless Love (1952)
 1947 Sepia Cinderella
Night Club Extra (uncredited)
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Other Works:

Album: "Measure of a Man", 2001. Won a Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album. 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


6' 2½" (1.89 m)

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[from Sidney Poitier's speech about Widmark at the D. W. Griffith Award for Life Achievement] The generosity of spirit that lights his way will also warm your heart... See more »


Was named #22 greatest actor on the 50 Greatest Screen Legends by the American Film Institute See more »

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