Sir Ko, Pyaar Se: Entertainers and activists pay tribute to Sidney Poitier

Hollywood legend Sidney Poitier

Actor Sidney Poitier stars in “Buck and the Preacher”, a film he also directed in 1972.

Hollywood legend Sidney Poitier

Poitier appears with Glenn Ford in a scene from the film “Blackboard Jungle” in 1955. It was Poitier’s breakthrough role five years after making his film debut in “No Way Out”. Poitier was born in Miami in 1927, but spent most of his childhood in the Bahamas. A heavy Bahamian accent and limited reading ability once landed him an acting job at the American Negro Theater in Harlem, but he worked on his pronunciation by imitating radio announcers and he improved his reading skills by studying newspapers .

Hollywood legend Sidney Poitier

Poitier and Tony Curtis bond together in 1958’s “The Defiant Ones.” Both men were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor. It was the first time a black person had been nominated for the award.

Hollywood legend Sidney Poitier

Poitier and his first wife, Juanita, rest at their home in New York, 1959. They had four daughters before getting divorced in 1965.

Hollywood legend Sidney Poitier

Poitier talks to Dorothy Dandridge in the 1959 musical “Porgy and Bess”. On the right is the Pearl Belly.

Hollywood legend Sidney Poitier

Poitier, center, attends a civil-rights rally near the Statue of Liberty in 1960. Singer and actor Harry Belafonte is on the far left.

Hollywood legend Sidney Poitier

Poitier appears on the talk show “Open End” with actor Tony Franciosa, host David Suskind, singer and actor Harry Belafonte and actress Shelley Winters.

Hollywood legend Sidney Poitier

Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., left, is joined by singer and actor Harry Belafonte, activist Asa Philippe Randolph and Poitier circa 1960. A few years later, Poitier was one of the Hollywood celebrities who attended the 1963 March. on Washington.

Hollywood legend Sidney Poitier

Poitier attended the 1961 Cannes Film Festival in France. He starred in the theatrical version of “A Raisin in the Sun”, which won the Gary Cooper Award at the ceremony.

Hollywood legend Sidney Poitier

Poitier also starred in the stage version of “A Raisin in the Sun”.

Hollywood legend Sidney Poitier

Poitier appears with Diehan Carroll in a scene from the 1961 film “Paris Blues”.

Hollywood legend Sidney Poitier

Poitier appeared with Lilia Scala in the 1963 film Lilies of the Field.

Hollywood legend Sidney Poitier

Poitier won his Best Actor Oscar after winning for “Lilies of the Field.” It was the first time a black man had won the award for Best Actor.

Hollywood legend Sidney Poitier

Poitier signs his name and leaves his handprints at the famous Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood.

Hollywood legend Sidney Poitier

Poitier starred in 1967’s “To Sir, With Love”.

Hollywood legend Sidney Poitier

Poitier appears in a scene from “In the Heat of the Night”. The 1967 film won the Oscar for Best Picture and is also known for one of Poitier’s most famous film quotes: “They call me Mr. Tibbs!”

Hollywood legend Sidney Poitier

Poitier talks with Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn in a scene from another 1967 hit, “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.”

Hollywood legend Sidney Poitier

Poitier appeared in “The Lost Man” with Joanna Shimkus in 1969. The two married in 1976.

Hollywood legend Sidney Poitier

From left, actors Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, Barbra Streisand and Poitier gather at their film production company First Artists in 1972.

Hollywood legend Sidney Poitier

Poitier takes his daughter Anika as his wife, actress Joanna Shimkus, takes their young daughter Sidney to London’s Heathrow Airport in 1974.

Hollywood legend Sidney Poitier

Bill Cosby talks to Poitier during a scene from the movie “Uptown Saturday Night” in 1974.

Hollywood legend Sidney Poitier

Poitier explains a scene to actor Richard Pryor when he directs the 1980 comedy “Stir Crazy.”

Hollywood legend Sidney Poitier

Poitier stands beside President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Clinton at the Kennedy Center Honors in 1995. At left is ballet dancer Jacques d’Ambois, who was also honored that year.

Hollywood legend Sidney Poitier

South African President Nelson Mandela stands next to Poitier at a press conference in Cape Town, South Africa in 1996. Poitier played the role of Mandela in the movie “Mandela and de Klerk”.

Hollywood legend Sidney Poitier

Poitier talks with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before the premiere of the film “Mandela & de Klerk” in 1997.

Hollywood legend Sidney Poitier

Poitier plays with boxing legend Muhammad Ali at an ESPY Awards rehearsal in 1997. Poitier will present the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage to Ali.

Hollywood legend Sidney Poitier

Poitier attended the Screen Actors Guild Awards in 2000 with his wife, Joanna, and their several daughters.

Hollywood legend Sidney Poitier

Poitier is presented with a Hall of Fame tribute at the 2001 NAACP Image Awards.

Hollywood legend Sidney Poitier

Poitier laughs with actor Denzel Washington at an NBA playoff game in Los Angeles in 2002.

Hollywood legend Sidney Poitier

Poitier and Dyhan Carroll present an award at the NAACP Image Awards in 2005.

Hollywood legend Sidney Poitier

Poitier talks to children in Porto Novo, Benin during a 2005 measles vaccination campaign organized by the Red Cross.

Hollywood legend Sidney Poitier

President Barack Obama talks with Poitier after presenting him the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009. “It’s said that Sidney Poitier doesn’t make movies, he makes milestones — milestones of artistic excellence; milestones of America’s progress,” Obama said during the ceremony. , “On screen and behind the camera, in films such as ‘The Defiant Ones,’ ‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,’ ‘Uptown Saturday Night,’ ‘Lilies of the Field’—for which he became the first African American to win a single. Academy Award for Best Actor – Poitier not only entertained, but revealed the power of the silver screen to bring us together, while enlightening, changing perspectives, widening hearts.”

Hollywood legend Sidney Poitier

Poitier attended a tribute to actress Shirley MacLaine in 2012.

Hollywood legend Sidney Poitier

Poitier and actress Angelina Jolie present an Academy Award together in 2014.

Hollywood legend Sidney Poitier

Poitier’s handprints can be seen at the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood in 2020.

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