Sidney Poitier

Actor + Director + Author
Born Feb 20, 1927

Sir Sidney Poitier, KBE is a Bahamian 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 successful 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.… Read More

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1927 Birth Born on February 20, 1927.


1943 16 Years Old He lied about his age and enlisted in the Army during WWII in 1943. … Read More


1949 22 Years Old By the end of 1949, he had to choose between leading roles on stage and an offer to work for Darryl F. Zanuck in the film No Way Out (1950). … Read More
1950 23 Years Old Poitier was first married to Juanita Hardy from April 29, 1950, until 1965. … Read More


1959 32 Years Old He acted in the first production of A Raisin in the Sun on Broadway in 1959, and later starred in the film version released in 1961. … Read More
1966 39 Years Old …  For instance, in 1966, he turned down an opportunity to play the lead in an NBC production of Othello with that spirit in mind. … Read More


1967 40 Years Old In 1967, he was the most successful draw at the box office, the commercial peak of his career, with three popular films, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner; To Sir, with Love and In the Heat of the Night.


1985 58 Years Old …  Poitier directed the first popular dance battle movie, Fast Forward in 1985. … Read More


1995 68 Years Old From 1995 to 2003, he served as a member of the board of directors of The Walt Disney Company.
1997 70 Years Old In April 1997, Poitier was appointed ambassador of the Bahamas to Japan, a position he held until 2007.
2002 75 Years Old From 2002 to 2007, he was concurrently the ambassador of the Bahamas to UNESCO.
2009 82 Years Old …  On August 12, 2009, Poitier was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States' highest civilian honor, by President Barack Obama.
2013 86 Years Old Poitier wrote the novel Montaro Caine, released in May 2013.
2014 87 Years Old 1 More Event
On March 2, 2014, Poitier appeared with Angelina Jolie at the 86th Academy Awards, to present the Best Director Award.
2016 89 Years Old In 2016 he was awarded the BAFTA Fellowship for outstanding lifetime achievement in film. … Read More
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