Sidney Poitier, the groundbreaking actor and enduring inspiration who transformed how Black people were portrayed on screen, and became the first Black actor to win an Academy Award for best lead performance and the first to be a top box-office draw, has died. He was 94.
Poitier, 1964 winner of the Oscar for the best actor. “Lilies of the Field,”According to Latrae Rahming, director of communications for the Prime Minster of Bahamas, he died Thursday at his Los Angeles home. Harry Belafonte, his close friend and great contemporary, released a statement Friday to remember their remarkable times together.