American actor Sidney Poitier dies

Saturday, 08 January 2022
Sidney Poitier, first black actor to win an Academy Award, dies Sidney Poitier, first black actor to win an Academy Award, dies

International vision: The Prime Minister of the Bahamas, Philip Davis, has announced the death of American actor, Sidney Poitier, at the age of 94.

American actor Sidney Poitier, the first black actor to win an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in "Lilies of the Field," inspired a generation of Americans during the civil rights movement's struggle for equality with whites.

American actor, Sidney Poitier, established a distinguished cinematic heritage in one year with three films; It was 1967, when apartheid was prevalent in many parts of the United States; According to what was reported by "Reuters".

In Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, Guess Who Is Coming to the Dinner; He played a black young man who bumps into the family of his white fiancée.

and in the movie "In the Flames of the Night", "The Heat of the Night"; Playing Virgil Tepes, a black police officer who faces racism during a murder investigation.

He also played a teacher at a strict tradition school in London that year in the movie To Sir, With Love.

His historic win was the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in the movie "Lilies of the Field" in 1963, in which he played the role of a laborer who helps nuns build a chapel in the desert.

Five years earlier, Poitier was the first black actor to be nominated for an Academy Award for a leading actor for his role in "The Defiant Ones."

His character Tebes was immortalized in "In the Flames of the Night" in two sequels; They are: “They call me Mr. Tips,” “The Call Me, Mr. Tips,” and “The Organization.”

It also became the basis for the television series "In the Flames of the Night," starring Carol O'Connor and Howard Rollins.

American actor, Sidney Poitier was born in Miami on February 20, 1927, and grew up on a tomato farm in the Bahamas.

The American actor, Sidney Poitier, fought against poverty, illiteracy, and intolerance until he became one of the first black actors to be popular and accepted in the lead roles by a wide audience.

The moment when the American actor, Sidney Poitier, awarded the Medal of Freedom from the former US President, Barack Obama, was one of Poitier's most important moments.

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