Sir Sidney Poitier, actor and activist, dies aged 94

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Sir Sidney Poitier has died that the age of 94, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell has confirmed (by The Replicate).

The actor, activist, director and ambassador turn out to be the first Black man to be awarded Top doubtless Actor at the Academy Awards in 1964 for Lilies of the Field.

Over the course of his illustrious film occupation, Poitier used to be nominated for a extra two Oscars, 10 Golden Globes and six BAFTAs, apart from receiving eight Laurel nominations.

He’s remembered for his roles in Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner and Within the Warmth of the Evening.

As soon because the sad files used to be launched, tributes to the actor flooded Twitter.

No Time To Die actor Jeffrey Wright paid tribute, writing: “What a landmark actor. One in every of a form. What a handsome, suitable, warm, if truth be told regal man. RIP, Sir. With adore.”

Sidney Poitier. What a landmark actor. One in every of a form. What a handsome, suitable, warm, if truth be told regal man. RIP, Sir. With adore.

(📷Sam Falk/NYT) pic.twitter.com/5ZaKxxPdxw

— Jeffrey Wright (@jfreewright) January 7, 2022

Handbook LaKeshia Myers tweeted: “To Sir Sidney Poitier, with Like. What we now appreciate lost, the ancestors appreciate received. Thank you for all you did for us.”

Oldschool United States Ambassador to South Africa Patrick Gaspard known as Poitier a “handsome man”, announcing: “It’s next to realize no longer attainable to deserve to describe the significance of Sidney Poitier to millions. It’s like making an strive to point to the realizing that of gravity.

“He used to be our ground and had a seismic impact on shadowy representation. We knew and liked him like a family member.”

It’s next to realize no longer attainable to deserve to describe the significance of Sidney Poitier to millions. It’s like making an strive to point to the realizing that of gravity. He used to be our ground and had a seismic impact on shadowy representation. We knew and liked him like a family member. RIP handsome man pic.twitter.com/1PuoAAXxB4

— Patrick Gaspard (@patrickgaspard) January 7, 2022

Joseph Gordon-Levitt additionally paid tribute on social media, writing: “Sidney Poitier. An absolute tale. One in every of the greats.”

Sidney Poitier. An absolute tale. One in every of the greats. pic.twitter.com/jd2Xd7vmIJ

— Joseph Gordon-Levitt (@hitRECordJoe) January 7, 2022

Poitier grew up in the Bahamas however moved to Florida as a teen.

It used to be in the US that he joined a theatre, landing his first film characteristic as a highschool student in 1955’s Blackboard Jungle.

He later starred alongside Tony Curtis in The Defiant Ones, a characteristic which earned him an Oscar nomination.

Upon turning into the 2d Black man to steal the Top doubtless Actor award at the Oscars in 2001, Denzel Washington paid tribute to Hollywood icon and trailblazer Poitier.

“I’ll consistently be chasing you, Sidney. I’ll consistently be following for your footsteps. There’s nothing I would rather form, sir,” he acknowledged.

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