Sidney Poitier, Hollywood trail blazer, dies at 94.

Sidney Poitier, the first black man to win a best actor Oscar, has died at 94.The Bahamian born, Hollywood star’s death was confirmed to the BBC by the office of Fred Mitchell, the Bahamas’ minister of foreign affairs.

Poitier was a trailblazing actor and a respected humanitarian and diplomat. He won the Academy Award for best actor for Lilies of the Field in 1963.

Former US President Barack Obama said Poitier “epitomised dignity and grace” and had “singular talent”.

He added that the actor revealed “the power of movies to bring us closer together” and “opened doors for a generation of actors”.

US broadcaster and journalist Oprah Winfrey also paid tribute, saying: “For me the greatest of the ‘Great Trees’ has fallen,” adding the actor “had an enormous soul I will forever cherish”.

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5 Comments

  1. TeteMorne I From
    January 10, 2022

    Rip, classy one!

  2. Dr Clayton Shillingford
    January 8, 2022

    The world celebrated the legacy of Sidney Poitier another Caribbean man who set himself as model in the US The US also celebrated the legacy of Senator Harry Reed..In both cases these two men came from rags and contributed to society in many ways Poitier was an important supporter of Martin Luther King.. and Harry Reed encouraged Barack Obama to go up for the Presidency There are others who from rags use their time especially in politics to enrich themselves..I am sure you know many of such…in present and past history Often the latter assume authority and dominance in society because of hiders in the bushes who see and know what is wrong but say little until it is too late or join the gang of political acolytes also looking for financial benefit

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  3. Brain Damage
    January 7, 2022

    Mr. Poitier, gone but will be remembered. “To Sir with Love “

  4. Steve Hayden
    January 7, 2022

    A very good actor ——fewer and fewer left . rip

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