PHILADELPHIA - Legendary Actor Sidney Poi Tier, 94, has passed away. He was the first Black actor to win the Academy Award for best lead performance for his role in "Lilies of the Field." In 2001, the Academy awarded him an honorary Oscar. Born in Miami, Poitier grew up in the Bahamas and worked in the movie industry. He won four Academy Awards, including the best actor award in 1964 for his role in "Silver Linings."
Actor Sidney Poitier Dead at 94
He was best known for his roles in movies like "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" and "A Patch of Blue." His role in the romantic comedy was very memorable. Later, he appeared in "Sneakers" and "The Jackal," opposite Bill Cosby. In his later years, he stepped out of the screen and became an activist, launching his career as an actor. He was also a former ambassador of the Bahamas to Japan.
Born in the Bahamas, Sidney Poitier rose to fame as an actor. His first big break came in the 1960s when he starred in the romantic comedy "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner." In the following decade, he starred in films like Sneakers, and The Jackal, a movie opposite Bill Cosby. He also had a short stint as the Bahamas' ambassador to Japan.