Biden and Harris join tributes to ‘once-in-a-generation’ actor Sidney Poitier

The leaders paid tribute to Poitier’s talent as an actor as well as his work to advance dialogue on race and civil rights.

Biden and Harris join tributes to ‘once-in-a-generation’ actor Sidney Poitier (Ian West/PA) / PA Wire

US President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have hailed Sidney Poitier for changing the world “on and off the screen” following his death at the age of 94.

The leaders paid tribute to Poitier’s talent as an actor as well as his work to advance dialogue on race and civil rights.

The Bahamian-American actor was known for films including In The Heat Of The Night, Blackboard Jungle and Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner – and was the first black man to win the Oscar for best actor.

In a statement shared by the White House, President Biden lamented the loss of the “once-in-a-generation” actor, who helped “open the hearts of millions”.

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