Sir Sidney Poitier dead at 94

Sir Sidney Poitier dead at 94: First black man to win Oscar passes away as tributes flood in

  • Sir Sidney Poitier has died at 94
  • His death has been confirmed by Minister of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell
  • Poitier was the first black actor to win an Academy Award for Best Actor in 1964 
  • He was awarded a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II in 1974
  • In 2009, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Barack Obama 

Sir Sidney Poitier has died at 94.

The Hollywood actor’s death has been confirmed by Minister of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell, according to Eyewitness News Bahamas.    

His cause of death is not yet known. 

Poitier was the first black actor to win an Academy Award for Best Actor in 1964.  

RIP: Oscar-winning Hollywood star Sir Sidney Poitier has died at 94

His trailblazing acting career saw him earn two further Academy Award nominations, ten Golden Globes nominations, two Primetime Emmy Awards nominations, six BAFTA nominations, eight Laurel nominations, and one Screen Actors Guild Awards nomination. 

In 2016, Poitier was awarded a BAFTA fellowship, but did not attend the event due to ill health. 

Actor Jeffrey Wright lead tributes on Friday, tweeting: ‘Sidney Poitier. What a landmark actor. One of a kind. What a beautiful, gracious, warm, genuinely regal man. RIP, Sir. With love.’ 

Poitier received the Kennedy Center Honor in 1995 and an received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Barack Obama in 2009. 

He was also awarded an Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II in 1974. 

Legendary career: Poitier with Pearl Bailey in 1959’s Porgy and Bess

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