DEATH OF SIDNEY POITIER. A true pioneer of American cinema, Sidney Poitier died at the age of 94. He is notably known for having been the first black comedian to be awarded the Oscar for best actor in 1964.
- Sidney Poitier is dead at the age of 94, several American media announced this Friday, January 7, 2022. He is a legend of American cinema and a true pioneer who passed away, in circumstances which have not been specified for the moment . The first to completely shake up racial stereotypes in Hollywood, Sidney Poitier was also the first black actor to win the Oscar for best actor: he was awarded for his role in “Le Lys des champs”, in 1964.
- Sidney Poitier was considered a pioneer of black American cinema. In addition to being the first African-American actor to receive the Oscar for Best Actor, he is considered by the American Film Institute to be one of the greatest actors of all time. Among his unmissable films are “La Chaine”, “Un raisin au soleil”, “Le Lys des Champs” or “In the heat of the night”. Also a director, he has made films such as “Buck and his accomplice”, “La folie aux trousses” or “Papa est un fantôme”.
- During his career, Sidney Poitier has received several awards. His performance in “Le Lys des Champs” won him not only the Oscar for Best Actor, but also a Golden Globes and a Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival. He also won other awards for La Chaîne (Silver Bear and Bafta) and his entire career has been crowned with an Honorary Oscar (2002) and a Cecil B. DeMille Award (1982 ). He was also made a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1974.
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[FIN DU DIRECT] – Sidney Poitier has appeared in many films. The Internet user offers you an exhaustive list of films in which this illustrious African-American actor has played:
- 1997: The Jackal
- 1992: The Experts
- 1988: Hike for a Killer
- 1988: Little Nikita
- 1975: The Wind of Violence
- 1971: The Organization
- 1970: Call me mister Tibbs
- 1967: In the heat of the night
- 1967: Angels with clenched fists
- 1967: Guess who’s coming to dinner
- 1966: The Battle of the Devil’s Valley
- 1965: The Greatest Story Ever Told
- 1965: Thirty Minutes of reprieve
- 1965: A Corner of Blue Sky
- 1965: At the combat posts
- 1963: The lily of the fields
- 1962: Pressure Point
- 1961: Paris Blues
- 1958: The Carnival of the Gods
- 1958: The Channel
- 1957: The Man Who Killed Fear
- 1957: The Free Slave
- 1955: Seed of violence
- 1950: The door opens
The illustrious American actor was also a father. Her daughter, Sydney Tamiia Poitier, even starred alongside her father in the 1998 movie “Free of Eden”. But this is not her only feat of arms, since she is well known in the worlds of the big and small screen. She has notably played in “Boulevard de la mort” by Quentin Tarantino and the series “Le retour de K 2000”, “Veronica Mars” and “Chicago Police Department”.
Known as an actor, Sidney Poitier has also made passages behind the camera. He made nine films during his career: the first, in 1972, is “Buck and his accomplice”. Among his best-known titles as a filmmaker, let us also quote “Faut s’faire la malle” (1980), “La folie aux trousses” (1982) or “Papa est un fantôme” (1990). However, it was his acting career that left a greater mark on the minds of the spectators.
To reward him for his entire career, Sidney Poitier received an Honorary Oscar in 2011. 47 years earlier, in 1964, he had been the first African American to be awarded the Oscar for Best Actor.
Sidney Poitier receives for his role in the film “The Chain” a Silver Bear for best actor in 1958 and a Bafta for best actor in 1959. The film “Le Lys des champs” marks his consecration, since he obtains a Bear silver for best actor in 1963, a Golden Globe for best actor in a dramatic film in 1964 and the Oscar for best actor in a dramatic comedy in 1964. In 1967 he received a Golden Apple Award as a male star in the year. At the International Film Festival of …