Sidney Poitier



Place of birth:

Miami, Florida, USA:


Sir Sidney Poitier, KBE (born February 20, 1927) is a Bahamian American actor, film director, author, and diplomat. In 1963, Poitier became the first black person to win an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in Lilies of the Field. The significance of this achievement was later bolstered in 1967 when he starred in three well-received films—To Sir, with Love; In the Heat of the Night; and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner—making him the top box office star of that year. In 1999, the American Film Institute named Poitier among the Greatest Male Stars of All Time, ranking 22nd on the list of 25. Poitier has directed a number of popular movies such as A Piece of the Action; Uptown Saturday Night, and Let's Do It Again (with friend Bill Cosby), and Stir Crazy (starring Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder). In 2002, 38 years after receiving the Best Actor Award, Poitier was chosen by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to receive an Honorary Award, designated "To Sidney Poitier in recognition of his remarkable accomplishments as an artist and as a human being." Since 1997 he has been the Bahamian ambassador to Japan. On August 12, 2009, Sidney Poitier was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States of America's highest civilian honor, by President Barack Obama.  

Film Credits

Poitier's Walter Lee (2018)
as Himself (archive footage)
Mr. SOUL! (2018)
as Self (archival footage)
Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes / Feeling Heart (2017)
I Am Not Your Negro (2017)
as Various Roles (archive footage)
The Madding Crowd (2017)
as Himself
And the Oscar Goes To... (2014)
Moms Mabley (2013)
as Self
Sing Your Song (2012)
as Himself
Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project (2007)
as Himself
The Last Brickmaker in America (2001)
as Henry Cobb
The Simple Life Of Noah Dearborn (2000)
as Noah Dearborn
Sidney Poitier: One Bright Light (2000)
Scandalize My Name: Stories from the Blacklist (2000)
as Reverend Msimangu (archive footage)
Free of Eden (1999)
David and Lisa (1998)
as Dr. Jack Miller
The Jackal (1997)
as Carter Preston
Mandela and de Klerk (1997)
as Nelson Mandela
Afro Promo (1997)
as Himself (archive footage)
To Sir, with Love II (1996)
as Mark Thackeray
Sneakers (1992)
as Donald Crease
Separate But Equal (1991)
as Thurgood Marshall
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Gregory Peck (1989)
as Self
Little Nikita (1988)
as Roy Parmenter
Shoot to Kill (1988)
as Warren Stantin
The Spencer Tracy Legacy: A Tribute by Katharine Hepburn (1986)
as Himself
Paul Robeson: Tribute to an Artist (1979)
as Narrator (voice)
A Piece of the Action (1977)
as Manny Durrell
Let's Do It Again (1975)
as Clyde Williams
The Wilby Conspiracy (1975)
as Shack Twala
Uptown Saturday Night (1974)
as Steve Jackson
A Warm December (1973)
as Dr. Matt Younger
Nationtime (1972)
as Narrator
Buck and the Preacher (1972)
as Buck
The Organization (1971)
as Virgil Tibbs
Brother John (1971)
as John Kane
They Call Me Mister Tibbs! (1970)
as Virgil Tibbs
The Lost Man (1969)
as Jason Higgs
Black History: Lost Stolen, or Strayed (1968)
For Love of Ivy (1968)
as Jack Parks
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)
as John Prentice
In the Heat of the Night (1967)
as Virgil Tibbs
To Sir, with Love (1967)
as Mark Thackeray
Duel at Diablo (1966)
as Toller
The Strolling '20s (1966)
The Slender Thread (1965)
as Alan Newell
A Patch of Blue (1965)
as Gordon Ralfe
The Bedford Incident (1965)
as Ben Munceford
The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)
as Simon of Cyrene
The Long Ships (1964)
as Aly Mansuh
Lilies of the Field (1963)
as Homer Smith
Pressure Point (1962)
as Doctor
Paris Blues (1961)
as Eddie Cook
A Raisin in the Sun (1961)
as Walter Lee Younger
All the Young Men (1960)
as Sgt. Eddie Towler
Virgin Island (1959)
as Marcus
Porgy and Bess (1959)
as Porgy
The Defiant Ones (1958)
as Noah Cullen
The Mark of the Hawk (1957)
as Obam
Band of Angels (1957)
as Rau-Ru
Something of Value (1957)
as Kimani Wa Karanja
Edge of the City (1957)
as Tommy Tyler
Good-bye, My Lady (1956)
as Gates Watson
Blackboard Jungle (1955)
as Gregory W. Miller
Go Man Go (1954)
as Inman Jackson
The Red Ball Express (1952)
as Robertson
Cry, the Beloved Country (1951)
as Reverend Msimangu
No Way Out (1950)
as Dr. Luther Brooks

Production Credits

Ghost Dad (1990)
Fast Forward (1985)
Hanky Panky (1982)
Stir Crazy (1980)
A Piece of the Action (1977)
Let's Do It Again (1975)
Uptown Saturday Night (1974)
A Warm December (1973)
Buck and the Preacher (1972)
Buck and the Preacher (1972)
For Love of Ivy (1968)
Original Story