RIP: Legendary actor Sidney Poitier dies at 94

Sidney Poitier was the first black actor to win an Oscar Award. The Bahamian-American actor and civil rights activist won the award in 1964 for Best Actor. The trailblazing actor passed away on Friday 7 January 2022. His death was confirmed by the Bahamian government. 

SIDNEY POITIER’S DEATH CONFIRMED 

According to Eyewitness News Bahamas, Sidney Poitier passed away on Friday 7 January 2022. The Bahamian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Fred Mitchell confirmed that the legendary actor died at 94 years old.

“A Broadway play about the trailblazing career of the visionary actor was announced last month. Sir Sidney’s death was confirmed by Minister of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell.”

Sidney Poitier is survived by six children, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. 

BREAKING: Beloved Bahamian actor and former ambassador Sir Sidney Poitier has died. He was 94. A Broadway play about the trailblazing career of the visionary actor was announced last month. Sir Sidney’s death was confirmed by Minister of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell. pic.twitter.com/WVJFlog3tC

— Eyewitness News Bahamas (@ewnewsbahamas) January 7, 2022

SIDNEY POITIER’S IMPACT 

Sidney Poitier kicked off his acting career on Broadway before making a switch to on-screen acting. Some of his most iconic movie roles in the 1950s included No Way Out, Edge of the City and The Defiant Ones

These roles led to more and in 1963, Poitier won his first Oscar Award for Lilies of the Field, making him the first black actor to ever win the award.  

In 1994, he received his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2009 Poitier was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by former United States president Barack Obama. 

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DENZEL WASHINGTON PRAISES THE STAR ACTOR 

In 2002, Denzel Washington became the second black actor to win an Oscar Award for Training Day. While accepting the award he praised Sidney Poitier. 

“I’ll always be chasing you, Sidney. I’ll always be following in your footsteps. There’s nothing I would rather do, sir,” said the star actor.  

Eariler this week, Washington expressed his sadness seeing as he never got the opportunity to make a film with the legendary actor.

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