Actor Sidney Poitier dies at age 94, according to reports
Legendary actor Sidney Poitier has died at the age of 94, according to reports. TMZ said the Bahamian Minister of Foreign Affairs confirmed his death Friday.
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Posted at 8:29 AM, Jan 07, 2022
and last updated2022-01-07 19:51:33-05
Legendary actor Sidney Poitier has died at the age of 94, according to reports.
TMZ said the Bahamian Minister of Foreign Affairs confirmed his death Friday.
In 1964, Sidney Poitier became the first Black man to take home an Academy Award for Best Actor. Poitier won the honor for his portrayal of Homer Smith in the 1963 film, "Lilies of the Field," which was filmed in the Arizona desert.
Poitier was a groundbreaking actor and enduring inspiration who transformed how Black people were portrayed on screen.
Few movie stars had such an influence both on and off the screen. Before Poitier, the son of Bahaman tomato farmers, no Black actor had a sustained career as a lead performer or could get a film produced based on his own star power.
Before Poitier, few Black actors were permitted a break from the stereotypes of bug-eyed servants and grinning entertainers.
The Sidney Poitier New American Film School at ASU would become home to hundreds of aspiring storytellers on multiple campuses. Students will be provided a space to create work that embraces diversity and inclusion.
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