Legendary actor, activist, filmmaker and ambassador Sidney Poitier has died aged 94, a source close to the family said. told NBC News on Friday.
In a pioneering and remarkable film career spanning more than seven decades, Poitier made history as the first Black Man to win the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in the film. “Lilies in the Field”.
Other classics during Poitier’s seven-decade Hollywood career include roles in “Porgy and Bess”, “A Raisin in the Sun”, “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner”, “To Sir, With” Love” and “Uptown Saturday Night.”
His cause of death was not immediately known.
Throughout his career, Poitier was an activist for social and racial justice. He turned down roles he said were based on racist stereotypes, instead creating a long list of compelling roles as he became a major Hollywood star and attract box office revenue.
Born premature in Miami during a family vacation, Poitier grew up in the Bahamas as a dual American-Bahamian citizen, then returned to the United States, where he began his acting career. in New York.
Later, in his role of caretaker, he moved behind the camera to direct a number of films, including Richard Pryor-Gene Wilder’s comedy “Stir Crazy”, the domain’s “Buck and the Preacher”. West – in which he also co-stars Harry Belafonte – and “Uptown Saturday Night.”
In 2009, President Barack Obama awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He was also awarded the Knight’s Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II.
He served as the Bahamas ambassador to Japan for a decade from 1997 to 2007.
Poitier is survived by his wife, Joanna Shimkus, and six daughters. Poitier also has eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements have yet to be announced.
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