Sidney Poitier dies at 94, first actor of color to win Oscar – cvbj


Sidney Poitier, the first black actor to win an Oscar in the leading role of a film, died this Friday at the age of 94, according to government sources from Bahamas.

The Prime Minister’s Office announced on its official Twitter account that the Head of Government, Philippe Davis, will soon “make a statement on the death of Sir Sidney Poitier”, whose family is from one of the Bahamian islands.

The news shocked artists, politicians, activists and athletes; who expressed their regret on social media. hollywood stars love Denzel Washington and the former president Barack obama they expressed their emotional condolences.

“He was a gentle man and he opened doors that were closed to a lot of us,” two-time Oscar winner Denzel Washington said in a statement to.

“Al Sir… with love. Sir Sidney Poitier RIP showed us how to reach for the stars, ”actress Whoopi Goldberg tweeted.

“Great friend, I learned a lot from watching Sidney,” tweeted basketball legend Magic Johnson. “Rest in peace”.

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Who was Sidney Poitier?

Poitier was born February 20, 1927 in Miami but grew up with his six siblings on Cat Island (Bahamas), where he spent the first ten years of his life, until he moved to the capital. , Nassau, then Florida.

With his role in “Fugitives” (1958), he is the first black actor to be nominated for an Oscar. Six years later, fhe was the first black actor to win this golden statuette thanks to his role in “Los lirios del valle” (1963).

By collecting this historical recognition, Poitier, which also stood out as civil rights activist he told a predominantly white audience that he had made “a long trip” to get there.

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He played a number of revolutionary roles during a time of great racial tension in we in the 1950s and 1960s.

He balanced success with a sense of duty, choosing projects that tackled bigotry and stereotypes, including the classics “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner Tonight”, “In the Heat of the Night” and the memorable “To the Master with love “.

On television he played historical figures such as the first black president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, and the first black judge of the Supreme Court of the United States, Thurgood Marshall.

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Poitier was awarded in 2009 by the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian honor, in the hands of the Democratic President himself Barack Obama, the first black president of the United States.

Poitier had been married to his second wife, Joanna, since 1976 and had six children, as well as several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In 1997, he assumed a ceremonial post as Ambassador of the Bahamas to Japan. He received a Honorary oscar in 2002 for his “extraordinary performances” on the big screen and his “dignity, style and intelligence” outside of it.

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Sidney Poitier, the first black actor to win an Oscar in the leading role of a film, died this Friday at the age of 94, according to government sources from Bahamas.

The Prime Minister’s Office announced on its official Twitter account that the Head of Government, Philippe Davis, will soon “make a statement on the death of Sir Sidney Poitier”, whose family is from one of the Bahamian islands.

The news shocked artists, politicians, activists and athletes; who expressed their regret on social media. hollywood stars love Denzel Washington and the former president Barack obama they expressed their emotional condolences.

“He was a gentle man and he opened doors that were closed to a lot of us,” two-time Oscar winner Denzel Washington said in a statement to.

“Al Sir… with love. Sir Sidney Poitier RIP showed us how to reach for the stars, ”actress Whoopi Goldberg tweeted.

“Great friend, I learned a lot from watching Sidney,” tweeted basketball legend Magic Johnson. “Rest in peace”.

PA

Who was Sidney Poitier?

Poitier was born February 20, 1927 in Miami but grew up with his six siblings on Cat Island (Bahamas), where he spent the first ten years of his life, until he moved to the capital. , Nassau, then Florida.

With his role in “Fugitives” (1958), he is the first black actor to be nominated for an Oscar. Six years later, fhe was the first black actor to win this golden statuette thanks to his role in “Los lirios del valle” (1963).

By collecting this historical recognition, Poitier, which also stood out as civil rights activist he told a predominantly white audience that he had made “a long trip” to get there.

PA

He played a number of revolutionary roles during a time of great racial tension in we in the 1950s and 1960s.

He balanced success with a sense of duty, choosing projects that tackled bigotry and stereotypes, including the classics “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner Tonight”, “In the Heat of the Night” and the memorable “To the Master with love “.

On television he played historical figures such as the first black president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, and the first black judge of the Supreme Court of the United States, Thurgood Marshall.

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Poitier was awarded in 2009 by the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian honor, in the hands of the Democratic President himself Barack Obama, the first black president of the United States.

Poitier had been married to his second wife, Joanna, since 1976 and had six children, as well as several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In 1997, he assumed a ceremonial post as Ambassador of the Bahamas to Japan. He received a Honorary oscar in 2002 for his “extraordinary performances” on the big screen and his “dignity, style and intelligence” outside of it.

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