Sidney Poitier, the first black winner of the Oscar for Best Actor for his role in Lilies of the Field, recently breathed his last. The Bahamian-American actor has died at the age of 94.
The Bahamian Foreign Ministry’s office confirmed the star’s death to Fox News on Friday. In 1963, Poitier made a film in Lily of the Field, Arizona. The performance marked a major milestone, making him the first black winner of a lead-acting Oscar.
Sidney’s roles were legendary. He starred as Mark Thackeray in To Sir with Love in 1967 and as Detective Virgil Tibbs in In the Heat of the Night. He also starred in Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, which was released the same year.
Sidney was also a tireless civil rights activist. He was awarded the US Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009 by President Obama for his work. A dual citizen of the US and the Bahamas, he served as the Bahamian Ambassador to Japan from 1997–2007.
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