Hollywood legend and diplomat, Sidney Poitier, who is credited with helping break the color barrier in the film industry in the 1950s and 1960s, has died at the age of 94.
The Foreign Minister of the Bahamas, Fred Mitchell, has confirmed his death.
Poitier, who was born in Miami, Fla., in 1927 but grew up in the Bahamas, was best known as the first black man to win an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in 1964. lily of the field, where he played Army vet Homer Smith, who helps a German nuns order to build a chapel in Arizona.
He did the 1950 film. I made my debut on the big screen No way.
the sun reported that Poitier was granted US citizenship after being born unexpectedly miami He emigrated to America when his Bahamian parents were visiting America when he was 15, and got his first acting role in the 1955 social-comment film. blackboard jungle, where he played the role of Gregory W. Miller.
The Wall Street Journal wrote that Poitier helped guide the conversation about race and equality in America through his career. “The country’s division over issues of race, laid bare by the civil rights movement, was approaching fever-pitch as his career took off in the late 1950s,” written by WSJ,
He served as the Bahamas’ ambassador to Japan. In 2009, President Barack Obama awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom.