Sidney Poitier, the first black man to win an Oscar as best actor, dies at 94

Legendary actor Sidney Poitier dies at 94. He was the first actor of color to win an Oscar. His death was reported by the Bahamian Minist...

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  • Legendary actor Sidney Poitier dies at 94.
  • He was the first actor of color to win an Oscar.
  • His death was reported by the Bahamian Minister of Foreign Affairs.

According to the Bahamian government sources, Sidney Poitier, the first black actor to win an Oscar as Best Actor in a movie, died this Friday at the age of 94. The Prime Minister’s Office announced on its official Twitter account that Philip Davis will soon make “a statement on the death of Sir Sidney Poitier,” whose family is a native of one of the Bahaman Islands.

Poitier was born on February 20, 1927, in Miami, USA, 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 was also a civil rights activist, won an Oscar for his starring role in the film “Lilies of the Valley” in 1963.

Actor Sidney Poitier dies at 94

Actor Sidney Poitier dies
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Poitier was the second African-American person to win an Oscar, after Hattie McDaniel, who won the Best Supporting Actress award for “Gone with the Wind.” Years earlier, in 1959, he had become the first black American to receive an Oscar nomination for best actor for “Fugitives.”

In his more than 50-year career as an actor, he participated in more than 40 films, with classics such as “Guess Who’s Coming Tonight,” “In the Heat of the Night,” and “Seed of Evil.” In 2002, he received the Oscar of honor, an award that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences gives to film figures who have given a special contribution to the industry. The performer, director, and activist was a true Hollywood idol and served as the Bahamian ambassador to Japan between 1997 and 2007, reported the EFE news agency.

He was the first actor of color to win an Oscar

Actor Sidney Poitier dies
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In the EFE, it is reported that Sidney Poitier, left a trace of rectitude, elegance, and knowing how to be that no other actor has been able to do since.

But above all, and almost beyond his stamp as the first actor of color to win an Oscar (“Lilies of the Valley,” 1964), Poitier was the symbol of Hollywood during the civil rights movement, a period in which he became the biggest star in the American film industry. Filed under: Actor Sidney Poitier Dies

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Bahamas gave the sad news

Actor Sidney Poitier dies
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Poitier’s death has been confirmed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Bahamas in a statement that does not specify the cause of death of the legendary actor. He was born in Miami in 1927. His parents were from the island of Cat.

The American interpreter, director, activist, and diplomat of Bahamian origin was a true Hollywood idol, with 50 films behind him, including “Rebellion in the Classrooms,” “In the Heat of the Night,” and “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner Tonight” released between June and December 1967. These are hits that cemented his iconic status in the American movie industry.

A black actor winning an Oscar helped break down social barriers

US racism helped break down social barriers thanks to award-winning actor
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He helped break down social barriers between African Americans and whites and Poitier became the industry’s first big black star. He did it with talent, conscience, integrity, charisma, and extraordinary charm without preventing his characters from slapping back or demanding respect with angry coldness.

He was someone with the restraint of Martin Luther King in the midst of rebellion and convulsion. His films showed the American division, but also the desire to unite to leave the confrontation behind, a message that was burned into the actor’s impassive face, an image of resistance and a banner of dignity in a time where cinema was crying out for the figure to exemplify the fight for equality, said EFE.

Sidney Poitier sent a strong message to racist people

sent a strong message to racist people
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According to EFE, Poitier not only accepted that role but also stirred people’s conscience. “The blacks that appeared in the movies when I was starting out were always negative stereotypes: clowns, butlers, misfits… I chose not to be part of those clichés. I want my children to be reflected in the cinema,” the actor said in 1967.

That Poitier was born in the United States was fortuitous. Her parents, Bahamian citizens and owners of a tomato farm, traveled to Miami to sell the harvest when the woman went into labor prematurely. Poitier was born on February 20, 1927, but grew up with his six siblings on Cat Island, the humble town in the Bahamas where he spent his first 10 years of life. Filed under: Actor Sidney Poitier Dies

The American and Bahamian actor talked about the attacks on people of color

The American and Bahamian actor verified the attacks on people of color
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He moved to Nassau, and shortly after, he went to Florida to live with one of his older brothers. Only then did he begin to see the racism that existed in the country that was beginning to be his home, where he went with a request from his mother: “Capture them, son. Make them neutral.”

With no studies, with little money but with the firm determination to become an artist, Poitier traveled to New York in search of opportunities, although at first he spent more time washing dishes than learning to read, reported EFE.

The American actor was in a theatrical education program

The American actor was in a theatrical program
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In 1945 he entered a theatrical education program. Five years later he landed his first film role: “A Ray of Light,” directed by a Joseph L. Mankiewicz, who had set out to make films that featured African-American artists. .

His later titles such as “Seed of Evil” (1955), “Where the City Ends” (1957), “Fugitives” (1958), “A Place in the Sun” (1961), and “The Key to the Question, the Borders of the Skin ”(1962), before he won the Oscar, EFE shared. Filed Under: Actor Sidney Poitier Dies.

Sidney Poitier was also a film director

These were some of the movies he was in
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Later, in the 1970s and 1980s, he ventured into directing films, such as “Buck and the Faker” and “Slamming Crazy”—starring Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor—although he continued to appear in works such as “Shoot to Kill,” “Spies without Identity,” “Sneakers (Los nosgones), and “The Jackal (Jackal).”

His last role was in the telefilm “The Last Brickmaker in America” in 2001, a year before the Hollywood Academy awarded him the honorary Oscar presented by Denzel Washington, his great successor in the industry.

Sidney Poitier receiving an Oscar award

He is remembered at the time he received his Oscar award
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Poitier took the stage and, after putting his hand to his heart, said: “I accept this award in memory of all the African-American actors who fought before me in the difficult years,” with the same pose of dignity and composure with which his most remembered characters faced ignorance and hatred.

His last public appearance was at the 86th edition of the Oscars in 2014, where he presented an award with Angelina Jolie. In 2016, he was awarded an honorary BAFTA. All of the above was based on information shared by EFE’s news agency. Filed under: Actor Sidney Poitier Dies

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