Tributes are pouring in for Sidney Poitier, who was the first African-American to win the Oscar for Best Actor, who has died at the age of 94.
Hollywood heavyweights pay tribute to Sidney Poitier, the revolutionary cinema icon who paved the way for a generation of African-American actors, who has died at the age of 94.
The Hollywood star was known for films including Guess who’s coming to dinner, In the heat of the Night and Field lilies, for which he became the first black man to win the Oscar for Best Actor.
Oprah Winfrey was among the first to pay tribute to the well-respected actor.
“My honor to have loved him as a mentor. Friend. Brother. Confidant. Teacher of wisdom, ”she posted on Instagram.
“The greatest consideration and praise for her most magnificent, gracious and eloquent life. I cherished it. I loved it. He had a huge soul that I will cherish forever.
Former US President Barack Obama, who presented Poitier with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009, spoke of the actor’s legacy in a moving article.
Actor Morgan Freeman described Poitier as “my inspiration, my guide, my friend”.
TV personality and actor Whoopi Goldberg tweeted: “If you wanted the sky I would write across the sky in letters that would rise a thousand feet high: To Sir… with Love.
“Sir Sidney Poitier RIP He showed us how to reach for the stars.”
News of Poitier’s death was announced by Foreign Minister Fred Mitchell.
“We have lost a great Bahamian and I have lost a personal friend,” he said.
Poitier, who held dual American and Bahamian citizenship, was “an icon, a hero, a mentor, a fighter, a national treasure,” Deputy Prime Minister Chester Cooper said on his official Facebook page.
“I was in conflict with great sadness and a sense of celebration when I learned of the passing of Sir Sidney Poitier,” said Mr Cooper. “Sadness that he’s no longer here to tell him how much he means to us, but celebration that he did so much to show the world that those from the humblest beginnings can change the world.
“He will be sorely missed, but he is a legacy that will never be forgotten.”
Bahamian-American star Poitier was automatically granted U.S. citizenship after being unexpectedly born in Miami while her parents were visiting.
He grew up in the Bahamas but moved to the United States at the age of 15, scoring his first film role in the 1955s. Jungle blackboard.
His first Oscar nomination for Best Actor came for The provocateurs (1958), alongside co-star Tony Curtis.
It wasn’t until six years later that he won the Oscar for Best Actor for his performance in Field lilies.
Denzel Washington praised Poitier when he became the second black man to win Best Actor for the 2001 film Training day, saying, “I will always chase you, Sidney.” I will always follow in your footsteps. There is nothing I prefer to do, sir.
In 1967, Poitier starred in three films which addressed the issue of race relations: To sir, with love, guess who’s coming to dinner and In the heat of the Night.
Perhaps his most famous lineage was from In the heat of the Night – where he worked alongside a racist policeman to solve a murder – and said: “Call me Mr. Tibbs!” “.
Poitier married twice, the first time to Juanita Hardy from 1960 to 1965.
After a nine-year affair with actor and singer Diahann Carol, Poitier married Joanna Shimkus in 1976. They remained together for the rest of her life.
Poitier is survived by six children, eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Poitier received an Honorary Oscar in 2002 for his “extraordinary performances” on the big screen and his “dignity, style and intelligence” out of it.
In 2000, he told Oprah Winfrey he felt “enormous responsibility” when he became the first black man to win the Oscar for Best Actor.
“I accepted it and lived in a way that showed how much I respected this responsibility. I had to. In order for others to come behind me, there were certain things I had to do.
Poitier’s death comes a week after the loss of television icon Betty White, who was 99 years old.
Tributes flow from near and far for the actor.
Whoopi Goldberg quoted the song’s lyrics to sir with love, which made the soundtrack of the Poitier film in 1967.
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