Sidney Poitier

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Sir Sidney Poitier, KBE, born February 20, 1927 (age 91), was one of the most famous black entertainers of the 1960s. Born on Cat Island in the Bahamas, he came to New York to seek work as an actor.

He was known for his groundbreaking roles in dramatic film,[1] such as:

His second autobiography is entitled The Measure of a Man - and the measure is not race but character.

Poitier played mostly noble, dignified roles. A more recent film was The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn, in which he plays a man with an intense devotion to his carpentry work; who indeed built most of the buildings in his small rural town; but who becomes the target of a mean-spirited campaign to take his land away from him by having him declared mentally incompetent.


  1. In 1967 three of his movies -- To Sir, With Love, In the Heat of the Night and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? -- led all others at the box office. NY Times