Sidney Poitier, a trailblazing actor, and filmmaker who opened the doors to many modern black actors today has passed away.
He was the first Black actor to win the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1964 for his performance in ‘Lilies of the Field.’
Sidney Poitier was known for Hollywood films like Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, In the Heat of the Night, and Lilies of the Field, for which he became the first Black man to win a Best Actor Oscar.
He starred in three films that addressed the issue of race relations, To Sir, with Love, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, and In the Heat of the Night, which was directed by Norman Jewison in 1967.
When did Sidney Poitier pass away?
Sir Sidney Poitier passed away on Thursday, January 6, 2022, at the age of 94. He passed away in Los Angeles, California sometime after 7 pm on Thursday.
Actor and close friend to Poitier, Cedric Scott confirmed Friday morning.
The cause of his death is yet unknown.