Sidney Poitier was ‘the most dignified man I’ve ever met,’ says Bog Iger — entertainers, politicians pay tribute to the actor

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Sidney Poitier is being remembered not only as a man who charted the future course for actors of color—”Hollywood’s first black matinee idol,” the New York Times dubbed him—but as a man who Same as, which created a “symbol of dignity and grace”. In the words of Barack Obama,

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The former US president was among those to post tributes on social media honoring Poitier, whose death was announced on Friday at the age of 94.

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People from the entertainment sector in particular were quick to share their condolences.

Oprah Winfrey Said that “the biggest ‘great trees’ have fallen.” She said it was her “honor that I loved her as a mentor. Friend. Brother. Confidant. Wisdom teacher.”

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tyler perry spoken in personal terms, recalling a trip to South Africa with Poitier and Cicely Tyson, who died last year. “Selfishly, I wanted to captivate them both for the hours-long journey because I literally sat at their feet and listened to their wisdom and experiences,” Perry said.

Similarly, Viola Davis recalled a lunch she and her husband had with Poitier, Davis said: “You told us, ‘If your dreams don’t scare you, they’re not big enough.'”

Several Black actors pointed out that, without Poitier, they might not have the careers they are today.

take burton Poitier as his “North Star and guiding light”. Saying that “without Sydney Poitier, quite simply, there would be no LeVar Burton.”

blair underwood Poitier praised To give her “guidance, wisdom, inspiration, hope and much more”. You once said that you expect twice as much from me as you do of yourself. I’ll keep pursuing it for the rest of my days.”

David Alan Grier put his thoughts in the most straightforward way. “Shame!” They said In a Twitter post that links to an obituary by Poitier.

Tributes also come from executives in the entertainment world. Bob Iger, longtime Disney dis,
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chief who recently stepped down, noted that Poitier was a board member of the company, “Sydney Poitier was the most iconic person I’ve ever met. Huge … gentle … passionate … bold … kind … utterly special,” Iger said.

And politicians weighed in, too. Andrew Holness, Prime Minister of Jamaica noticed that he grew up with such Poitier films As in “Guess who’s coming for dinner” and “In the heat of the night”. Holness said that Poitier “was part of my education and contributed to my understanding of racial discrimination and prejudice.”

“May his soul rest in peace,” concluded Holness.

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