Sidney Poitier, the first black actor to win an Oscar for best actor, died at the age of 94.
The Bahamas’ minister of foreign affairs, Fred Mitchell. Verified to the BBC that the deceased celebrity died as stated by her publicist’s office.
His responsibilities as a pioneering actor and humanitarian, as well as his diplomatic career, were among his many accomplishments. In 1963, he received the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in Lilies of the Field.
Former US President Barack Obama praised Poitier as an example of “epitomized dignity and grace” and a “singular talent”
Sidney Poitiers’s friend’s statement
Denzel Washington, Sidney Poitier’s friend, said, “It was a privilege to call Sidney Poitier my friend.”. He was a generous man who enabled all of us to gain access to previously inaccessible opportunities. I’m hoping for the best for him and his family.”
Poitier was reared on a tomato farm in the Bahamas before moving to New York
During the 1950s and 1960s, he briefly served in the military and worked odd jobs. While taking acting classes before ascending to popularity on stage and cinema.
Poitier was the first to break down racial barriers in Hollywood. In 1958, he became the first black actor to be nominated for an Academy Award for his performance in The Defiant Ones.
Then, in Lilies of the Field. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as a handyman. While he assists German nuns in establishing an outpost in the desert.
During a live Facebook stream on Friday, Bahamas Prime Minister Philip Davis remarked, “Our entire Bahamas grieves.” In the midst of our grief, we remember and honor the life of a remarkable Bahamian.”
Also, the way he planned and handled his life’s path, as well as his moral fortitude and commitment to stand up and be counted.
He was a young man who not only taught himself to read and write, but also dedicated his life to communicating himself through words, thoughts, and feelings.”
Following Patch of Blue (1965), he starred in Heat of the Night and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1966), both of which portrayed an African American man and his white fiancée during an age of American racial segregation.
In the film Heat of the Night, he played a black police officer who encountered discrimination while investigating a murder.
Among his other famous Broadway performances were The Blackboard Jungle and A Raisin in the Sun. The Broadway production based on his life and work was announced last month.