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Lobby card from the Lorraine Hansberry drama 'A Raisin in the Sun' (Columbia Pictures), directed by Daniel Petrie and starring Sidney Poitier, Claudia McNeil, Ruby Dee, Diana Sands, Ivan Dixon, Louis Gossett, and Roy Glenn, Chicago, Illinois, 1961. Sidney PoitierSidney Poitier and Sydney Tamiia PoitierSidney Poitier and Sydney Tamiia PoitierAngelina Jolie and Sidney Poitier at event of The 86th Academy Awards (2014)Angelina Jolie and Sidney Poitier at event of The 86th Academy Awards (2014)Angelina Jolie and Sidney Poitier at event of The 86th Academy Awards (2014)Sidney Poitier, Sydney Tamiia Poitier and Lupita Nyong'oSidney Poitier and Lupita Nyong'oSidney PoitierHarry Belafonte and Sidney PoitierHarry Belafonte, Sidney Poitier, Wyclef Jean and CommonHarry Belafonte and Sidney PoitierPeter Fonda and Sidney PoitierSidney PoitierSidney Poitier and Chris RockSidney PoitierMorgan Freeman, Helen Mirren and Sidney PoitierSidney PoitierSidney PoitierStill of Sidney Poitier in Blackboard Jungle (1955)Sidney PoitierStill of Sidney Poitier in A Warm December (1973)Still of Sidney Poitier and Elizabeth Hartman in A Patch of Blue (1965)Still of Sidney Poitier in Blackboard Jungle (1955)Still of Sidney Poitier in Blackboard Jungle (1955)Still of Sidney Poitier and Elizabeth Hartman in A Patch of Blue (1965)Still of Rock Hudson and Sidney Poitier in Something of Value (1957)Still of Sidney Poitier in Blackboard Jungle (1955)Still of Sidney Poitier in Uptown Saturday Night (1974)Still of Rock Hudson and Sidney Poitier in Something of Value (1957)Morgan Freeman and Sidney PoitierClint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman and Sidney PoitierClint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman and Sidney PoitierMatthew Broderick and Sidney PoitierStill of Sidney Poitier and Barbara McNair in They Call Me Mister Tibbs! (1970)Still of Martin Landau and Sidney Poitier in They Call Me Mister Tibbs! (1970)Still of Sidney Poitier in They Call Me Mister Tibbs! (1970)Still of Sidney Poitier in They Call Me Mister Tibbs! (1970)Still of Sidney Poitier in They Call Me Mister Tibbs! (1970)Still of Edward Asner and Sidney Poitier in They Call Me Mister Tibbs! (1970)Sidney PoitierSidney Poitier
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Biography

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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