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Acclaimed actor Sidney Poitier dies at 94

2 years 6 months 1 week ago Friday, January 07 2022 Jan 7, 2022 January 07, 2022 9:48 AM January 07, 2022 in News
Source: New York Post
Sidney Poitier

Hollywood is mourning the loss of legendary actor Sidney Poitier, who died Friday at 94 years of age.

Not only was Poitier known for his incredible acting chops, but for his humility and tenacity.

At only 16, as a young man who could not read well and was simply seeking a dishwashing job, he stumbled into an acting career.

Though initially rejected by casting agencies and audiences due to the way he spoke and an inability to read well, Poitier did not give up on his dream.

After improving his reading with the assistance of a waiter who sat with him every night for several weeks teaching him to read, Poitier eventually went on to become the first Black man to be awarded Best Actor at 1964's Academy Awards and to star in iconic films such as Guess Who’s Coming to DinnerIn the Heat of the Night and Lilies of the Field.

He also played a role in politics when he was appointed ambassador of the Bahamas to Japan in April of 1997, a position he held until 2007. 

And, from 2002 to 2007, he was also the ambassador of the Bahamas to UNESCO.

According to the New York Post, Poitier's cause of death has yet to be confirmed.

The news was announced by Minister of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell and Bahamas Prime Minister Philip Brave Davis is scheduled to hold a press conference in tribute of the late legend on Friday morning, local outlets reported.

Poitier, the youngest of seven children and the son of Bahamian farmers, pushed his way through multiple racial-related challenges in Hollywood and continued to audition despite constant rejection.

His efforts were not in vain as, over the course of his film career, he was nominated for two Oscars, 10 Golden Globes and six BAFTAs, as well as receiving eight Laurel nominations.

When Poitier's death was announced, social media was flooded with tributes from actors and other leading figures in both the entertainment and political arenas.

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