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Hollywood star, Sidney Poitier dies aged 94

BoomRadioNG | January 8, 2022
Sidney Poitier, the first black man to win a best actor Oscar, has died at 94.
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 “epitomized 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”.

Sidney Poitier
John Mathew Smith & www.celebrity-photos.com from Laurel Maryland, USA, CC BY-SA 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

Actor and Academy Award winner, Denzel Washington, said: “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.”
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.
Poitier broke racial barriers in Hollywood. His appearance in The Defiant Ones in 1958 earned him his first Oscar nomination.
Five years later he went one better, taking the glory for Lilies of the Field, in which he played a handyman who helps German nuns to build a chapel in the desert.
Paul Ayorinde

Written by BoomRadioNG

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