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Sidney Poitier

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Birthday
20, 1927
Birthplace
Miami, FL
Birth Sign
Pisces
Birthday
20, 1927 (age 92)
Birthplace
Miami, FL

About

Actor, director, and diplomat who became the first African American to win an Oscar after performing in Lilies of the Field. The films Guess Who's Coming to Dinner and To Sir, with Love; In the Heat of the Night, additionally bolstered his fame.

Before Fame

He spent time working as a dishwasher while his friends assisted him in learning how to read the newspaper and speak without a Bahamian accent.

Trivia

The American Film Institute called him one of the 25 Greatest Male Stars of All Time in 1999.

Family Life

His parents, Evelyn and Reginald, moved from Cat Island to Miami to sell tomatoes. He has six daughters, including actress Sydney Tamiia Poitier.

Associated With

He directed Let's Do It Again with his friend Bill Cosby in 1975.