Sidney Poitier, an actor, activist and filmmaker, has passed away at the age of 94. This is according to a close source. According to NBC News, Friday.
Poitier won the Academy Award for best actor in a remarkable and groundbreaking film career that spanned seven decades. “Lilies in the Field.”
Poitier also had roles in the classic films of his seven-decade Hollywood career, including those in “Porgy and Bess,” “A Raisin in the Sun,” “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” “To Sir, with Love.” “Uptown Saturday Night.”
His cause of death wasn’t immediately known.
Poitier, throughout his entire career, was an activist for racial equality and social justice. As a major Hollywood star, Poitier rejected roles that he felt were based on offensive stereotypes of raciality. Instead, he created a long list compelling roles.
Poitier was prematurely born in Miami on a family holiday. He grew-up in the Bahamas as a dual U.S./Bahamanian citizen and later returned to New York where he began his acting career.
Later, he became a director behind the camera for several films, including the Richard Pryor/Gene Wilder comedy. “Stir Crazy,”The Western “Buck and the Preacher,”He also co-starred in the film with Harry Belafonte “Uptown Saturday Night.”
In 2009, President Barack Obama gave him the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He was also awarded Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire from Queen Elizabeth II.
From 1997 to 2007, he was the ambassador of the Bahamas to Japan.
Joanna Shimkus, Poitier’s wife, and six of his daughters are still with him. Poitier has eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements are still not announced.