Sat. Mar 6th, 2021

Sidney Poitier in 1964, made history as the first Black man to win an academy award for the Best Actor. He was recognized for his role as a construction worker in the movie “Lilies of the field.” This put the actor on the path to higher levels of success and impact for years to come. Now, the world is honoring the work of the legendary icon as he celebrates his 94th birthday.  

Early days in his career 

During an interview, Sidney shared insights on his success. He said he was lucky to have been in the picture business. Poitier was born on February 20, in Miami, Florida while his parents were visiting from The Bahamas. He grew up on Cat Island in the Bahamas and returned to Miami as a teenager to live with his brother. According to sources he had a hard time finding employment in the US. He decided to join the army, then he applied to join the theatre. There he was rejected due to his accent. 

His work brought about change in the industry 

Poitier is known for breaking down color barriers in the motion-picture industry, gaining recognition as the nation’s first Black movie star who redefined how African Americans were portrayed on television. Poitier became the center of many headlines. The Bahamian actor rose to success as the nation’s biggest film star in 1967, according to Vanity Fair. He dominated the box office.   

Fans wish him well on his birthday 

Over the years, Poitier has made a name for himself as an actor, producer, and director. Although there are still barriers that exist in Hollywood. Poitier has opened the door wider for others to follow. Fans have been congratulating the veteran for turning 94 years. People are remembering his work and re-watching his films to understand his stature. Fans wish him a long and healthy life. 

By Anisha

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