RIP, Sir With Love

Monday, January 10, 2022

Sidney Poitier, whose role in films like “To Sir With Love,” “In the Heat of the Night” and “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” established him as Hollywood’s first Black idol and helped open the door for Black actors in the film industry, died on Thursday night at his home in Los Angeles. He was 94  
His death was confirmed by Eugene Torchon-Newry, acting director general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Bahamas, where Mr. Poitier grew up. No cause was given
Groundbreaking actor Sidney Poitier dies at 94 - WBBJ TV
Born in Miami, Poitier grew up on a tomato farm in the Bahamas and moved to New York aged 16
He signed up for a short stint in the army and did several odd jobs while taking acting lessons, en route to becoming a star of the stage and screen in the 1950s and 60s
The first Black performer to win the Academy Award for best actor, for “Lilies of the Field
and, along with Harry Belafonte, was a pioneering Black presence in mainstream Hollywood cinema
Hollywood figures paid tribute to Poitier’s achievements 
Oprah Winfrey posted a photo of herself with Poitier, adding: “The utmost, highest regard and praise for his most magnificent, gracious, eloquent life. I treasure him. I adored him. He had an enormous soul I will forever cherish. Denzel Washington, the second Black actor to win the best actor Oscar, said in a statement: “It was a privilege to call Sidney Poitier my friend. He was a gentle man and opened doors for all of us that had been closed for years. God bless him and his family

Sidney Poitier was an actor, director, activist and ambassador. He was best known for his groundbreaking and trailblazing work in the 1950s and 1960s. His breakthrough performances in film include The Defiant Ones (1958), Porgy and Bess (1959), A Raisin in the Sun (1961), Paris Blues (1961), Lilies of the Field (1963), A Patch of Blue (1965), To Sir, With LoveIn the Heat of the Night and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (all 1967) 



Year Title Role Notes
1947 Sepia Cinderella Extra Uncredited
1949 From Whence Cometh My Help Himself Documentary
1950 No Way Out Dr. Luther Brooks  
1951 Cry, the Beloved Country Reverend Msimangu  
1952 Red Ball Express Cpl. Andrew Robertson  
1954 Go Man Go Inman Jackson  
1955 Blackboard Jungle Gregory W. Miller  
1956 Good-bye, My Lady Gates Watson  
1957 Edge of the City Tommy Tyler  
1957 Something of Value Kimani Wa Karanja  
1957 Band of Angels Rau-Ru Ponce de Leon  
1957 The Mark of the Hawk Obam  
1958 Virgin Island Marcus  
1958 The Defiant Ones Noah Cullen  
1959 Porgy and Bess Porgy  
1960 All the Young Men Sgt. Eddie Towler  
1961 A Raisin in the Sun Walter Lee Younger  
1961 Paris Blues Eddie Cook  
1962 Pressure Point Doctor (Chief Psychiatrist)  
1963 The Long Ships Aly Mansuh  
1963 Lilies of the Field Homer Smith  
1965 The Bedford Incident Ben Munceford  
1965 The Greatest Story Ever Told Simon of Cyrene  
1965 A Patch of Blue Gordon Ralfe  
1965 The Slender Thread Alan Newell  
1966 Duel at Diablo Toller (contract horse dealer)  
1967 To Sir, with Love Mark Thackeray  
1967 In the Heat of the Night Det. Virgil Tibbs  
1967 Guess Who's Coming to Dinner Dr. John Wade Prentice  
1968 For Love of Ivy Jack Parks  
1969 The Lost Man Jason Higgs  
1970 King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis Narrator Documentary
1970 They Call Me Mister Tibbs! Lt. Virgil Tibbs  
1971 Brother John John Kane  
1971 The Organization Lt. Virgil Tibbs  
1972 Buck and the Preacher Buck  
1973 A Warm December Matt Younger  
1974 Uptown Saturday Night Steve Jackson  
1975 The Wilby Conspiracy Shack Twala  
1975 Let's Do it Again Clyde Williams  
1977 A Piece of the Action Manny Durrell  
1979 Paul Robeson: Tribute to an Artist Narrator Short subject
1988 Shoot to Kill Warren Stantin  
1988 Little Nikita Roy Parmenter  
1991 Separate but Equal Thurgood Marshall  
1992 Sneakers Donald Crease  
1994 A Century of Cinema Himself Documentary
1996 Wild Bill: Hollywood Maverick Himself Documentary
1997 The Jackal FBI Deputy Director Carter Preston  
2001 Ralph Bunche: An American Odyssey Narrator Documentary
2004 Tell Them Who You Are Himself Documentary
2008 Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project Himself Documentary


Year Title
1972 Buck and the Preacher
1973 A Warm December
1974 Uptown Saturday Night
1975 Let's Do it Again
1977 A Piece of the Action
1980 Stir Crazy
1982 Hanky Panky
1985 Fast Forward
1990 Ghost Dad


Year Title Role Notes
1952 CBS Television Workshop Performer Episode: Careless Love
1952 Omnibus Performer Episode: The Trial of Anne Boleyn
1962 The Jack Paar Tonight Show Himself 1 episode
1969 The Mike Douglas Show Himself 1 episode
1972 The Dick Cavett Show Himself 1 episode
1972 The New Bill Cosby Show Himself 1 episode
1975 The Merv Griffin Show Himself 1 episode
1979 The Mike Douglas Show Himself 1 episode
1991 Separate but Equal Thurgood Marshall Television movie
1995 Children of the Dust Gypsy Smith 2 episodes
1996 To Sir, with Love II Mark Thackeray Television movie
1997 Mandela and de Klerk Nelson Mandela Television movie
1998 David and Lisa Dr. Jack Miller Television movie
1999 The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn Noah Dearborn Television movie
1999 Free of Eden Will Cleamons Television movie
2000-07 The Oprah Winfrey Show Himself 5 episodes
2001 The Last Brickmaker in America Henry Cobb Television movie
2008 Larry King Live Himself 1 episode
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