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Sidney Poitier

Actor Sidney Poitier
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Profession: Actor

United States of America

Why Famous: The Defiant Ones, Lilies of the Field and A Patch of Blue.

Born: February 20, 1927
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, USA
Age: 94 years old

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rabbit
Star Sign: Pisces

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Married Life

  • 1950-04-29 Actor Sidney Poitier (23) weds model Juanita Hardy
  • 1976-01-23 Actor Sidney Poitier (48) weds actress Joanna Shimkus

Historical Events

  • 1964-03-11 21st Golden Globes: The Cardinal, Sidney Poitier, & Leslie Caron win
  • 1964-04-13 36th Academy Awards: "Tom Jones", Best Film, Patricia Neal and Sidney Poitier win Best Actor/Actress, Poitier first black actor to win
  • 1967-06-14 British film "To Sir, with Love" directed by James Clavell and starring Sidney Poitier is 1st released in the US
  • 1967-08-02 "In the Heat of the Night" directed by Norman Jewison, based on John Ball's novel of the same name, starring Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger premieres in New York (Academy Awards Best Picture 1968)
  • 1967-12-11 "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner", directed by Stanley Kramer, starring Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier and Katharine Hepburn, premieres in NYC (Hepburn - Academy Award for Best Actress 1968)

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