Sidney Poitier news: Mark Ruffalo, Barack Obama and Whoopi Goldberg lead tribute after actor dies 94

Sidney Poitier wins Oscar for best actor in 1964

Tributes are pouring in for Sidney Poitier, who has passed away at the age of 94.

The Bahamian-American actor – best known for his films Guess who’s coming to eat and In the dead of night – was the first black man to win an Oscar for Best Actor.

Poitier took home the award for his role as Homer Smith in the 1963 drama Lilies of the field.

Following the news of his passing, announced by Bahamian Secretary of State Fred Mitchell, fans and co-stars are beginning to remember Poitier on social media.

the independentGeoffrey Macnab paid tribute to Poitier, an extraordinary actor whose profound influence and legacy will be forever.

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Sidney Poitier Dead: First Black Man To Win Best Actor Oscar Dies Aged 94

Sidney Poitier has died aged 94, Secretary of State Fred Mitchell has announced.

The Hollywood star was known for films including: Guess who’s coming to eat, In the dead of night and Lilies of the field, for which he became the first black man to win an Oscar for Best Actor.

Annabel NugentJanuary 7, 2022 3:21 PM

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Westworld star Jeffrey Wright recalls ‘landmark actor’ as ‘one of a kind’

Emmy-winning actor Jeffrey Wright paid tribute to Poitier in a touching Twitter post.

“Sidney Poitier. What a historical actor. One of a kind. What a beautiful, gracious, warm, real royal man,” Wright wrote. “RIP, sir. With love.”

Wright is best known for his role as Belize in Tony Kushner’s Broadway production Angels in America and the critically acclaimed 2003 HBO adaptation. The American actor was last seen in No time to die, starring Daniel Craig’s James Bond.

Annabel NugentJanuary 7, 2022 3:28 PM

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An official Twitter account of the late musician Louis Armstrong remembers Poitier as a “legendary actor”.

In a tribute post, the account — which is operated by the Louis Armstrong House Museum — shared a photo of Poitier alongside Armstrong and Paul Newman in the 1961 film Paris Blues.

The film starred Poitier as jazz saxophonist Eddie Cook and Newman as trombonist Ram Bowen.

Annabel NugentJanuary 7, 2022 3:32 PM

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An official Twitter account of the late musician Louis Armstrong remembers Poitier as a “legendary actor”.

In a tribute post, the account — which is operated by the Louis Armstrong House Museum — shared a photo of Poitier alongside Armstrong and Paul Newman in the 1961 film Paris Blues.

The film starred Poitier as jazz saxophonist Eddie Cook and Newman as trombonist Ram Bowen.

Annabel NugentJanuary 7, 2022 3:32 PM

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Piers Morgan paid tribute to Poitier in a Twitter post.

The former Good morning Great Britain host wrote: “As an illiterate young man, when he answered an ad for actors, the theater owner sneered: ‘Go become a dishwasher.’

“Sidney was already a dishwasher. Goaded by the jibe, he vowed to prove otherwise. He became the first black man to win the Best Actor Oscar.”

Annabel NugentJanuary 7, 2022 3:36 PM

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Denzel Washington became the second black man to win the Academy Award for Best Actor for his 2001 film Training day.

During his acceptance speech, Washington praised Poitier.

“I’ll always be chasing you, Sidney. I will always follow in your footsteps. There’s nothing I’d rather do, sir,” he said.

At the same ceremony, Poitier received an Honorary Academy Award for his contribution to American cinema. As of 2012, following the death of Ernest Borgnine, Poitier became the oldest living Best Actor winner in history.

Annabel NugentJanuary 7, 2022 3:42 PM

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George Takei says Poitier ‘will be mourned by so many to whom he opened the doors of Hollywood’

Star Trek actor George Takei has paid tribute to “trailblazer” Sidney Poitier.

Takei wrote on Twitter: “Sidney Poitier, the first black man to win an Oscar, has died aged 94.

“The star of Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner and Lilies of the Field, for which he won Best Actor, was a pioneer who will be mourned by so many to whom he opened the doors of Hollywood.”

Annabel NugentJanuary 7, 2022 3:48 PM

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Colman Domingo thanks Poitier for ‘paving great path for thespians like me’

Euphoria star Colman Domingo paid tribute to Poitier in an emotional Twitter post.

‘Until I can praise him properly later. Heart-broken. I am thanks to him,” Domingo wrote.

“He paved a great path for artists like me. I am forever grateful. Standing O for this giant.”

Domingo is best known for his roles in the hit HBO series Euphoria, like Fear the walking dead. He recently starred in Nia DaCosta’s reboot of the 1992 horror film candy man and the A24 movie Zola.

Annabel NugentJanuary 7, 2022 15:56

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Former Disney CEO Bob Iger calls Poitier ‘the most worthy man I’ve ever met’

Ex-Walt Disney executive chairman Robert “Bob” Iger has paid tribute to Poitier, a former Disney board member.

“Earlier @disney board member Sidney Poitier was the most worthy man I have ever met,” wrote Iger, who left his position as CEO in 2020.

“Towering…soft…passionate…daring…kind…completely special.”

Annabel NugentJanuary 7, 2022 16:06

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Netflix star Aimee Carrero calls Poitier ‘a light like no other’

Netflix and Disney star Aimee Carrero remembers Poitier as a “once in a generation of talent”.

Carrero – who most recently starred opposite Margaret Qualley in Netflix’s critically acclaimed drama series Domestic help – paid tribute to the actor in a Twitter post.

“A once in a generation talent, a light like no other. He changed everything. Thank you, Sir Sidney Poitier,” Carrero wrote.

Annabel NugentJanuary 7, 2022 16:11

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