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Sidney Poitier

Sidney Poitier

Birthdate: February 20, 1927

Sir Sidney Poitier, KBE (born February 20, 1927) is a Bahamian American actor, film director, author, and diplomat. In 1963, Poitier became the first black person to win an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in Lilies of the Field. The significance of this achievement was later bolstered in 1967 when he starred in three well-received films—To Sir, with Love; In the Heat of the Night; and Guess Who's Coming ... ...detailed bio


The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn (1999)

The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn is a 1999 made-for-television film, first broadcast on 9 May 1999 on CBS. This movie stars Sir Sidney Poitier as the title character, a rural Georgia carpenter, Noah Dearborn. George Newbern plays a developer trying to force Dearborn off his land; he tries to enli...

David and Lisa (1998)

It was adapted as a stage play in 1967, and was remade as a television movie in 1998 starring Lukas Haas, Sidney Poitier and Brittany Murphy.

The Jackal (1997)

A joint mission of the American FBI and the Russian MVD leads to the death of the younger brother of an Azerbaijani mobster (David Hayman). In retaliation, the mobster hires an enigmatic assassin known only by the pseudonym "The Jackal" (Willis) to kill an unseen target. Meanwhile, the MVD captur...

To Sir, with Love II (1996)

Mark Thackeray (Sidney Poitier) is a West Indian, who in the 1967 film had taken teaching in a London East End school. He spent twenty years teaching and ten in administrative roles. He has taught the children of his former pupils, but is now retiring. Thackeray's former students Pamela Dare (Jud...

Children of the Dust (1995)

In the Oklahoma Territory of the late 1880s, Gypsy Smith (Poitier) is a bounty hunter of African American and Cherokee descent. Smith helps African American homesteaders to settle the territory under the specter of Jim Crow. Meanwhile, a young Native American raised by Whites (Wirth) must choose ...

Sneakers (1992)

In 1969, students Martin Brice and Cosmo are hacking into computer networks using university equipment, to redistribute conservative funds to various liberal causes. The police burst in and arrest Cosmo while Martin is out getting pizza, and Martin goes on the run. In the present day, Martin, no...

Ghost Dad (1990)

Elliot Hopper (Bill Cosby) is a workaholic widower who is about to land the deal of a lifetime at work, which he hopes will win him a promotion and a company car. After he forgets his daughter Diane's birthday, Elliot attempts to make it up to her by promising her she can have his car when he sec...

Little Nikita (1988)

Jeffrey Nicolas Grant (River Phoenix), a brash hyperactive high school student lives in a San Diego suburb with his parents, who own a successful garden centre. Keen to fly, he has applied for entry to the Air Force Academy. During a routine background check on Jeff, FBI agent Roy Parmenter (Poit...

Shoot to Kill (1988)

A man is discovered breaking into his own jewellery shop in the dead of night. Questioned closely, it is discovered that his wife is being held hostage at their home by Steve (Clancy Brown), a brutal extortionist who demands the diamonds in the shop's safe in exchange for the woman's life. After ...

Fast Forward (1985)

The story revolves around "The Adventurous Eight," a group of teenagers from Sandusky, Ohio who crave stardom so badly that they spend their spare time rehearsing their home-made songs and dance routines in a locked up old building every day after school. A reluctant promise of an audition from a...

Hanky Panky (1982)

An architect (Wilder) accidentally gets caught up in a web of intrigue and murder when he ends up on the run on false murder charges. Kate (Gilda) is a woman out to find her brother's killer. The two team up, but not before first thinking the other is the killer. The duo end up on a wild cross-co...

Stir Crazy (1980)

Writer Skip Donahue (Wilder) and actor Harry Monroe (Pryor) are fired from their jobs in New York, and leave for Hollywood. Along the way, they take odd jobs to make ends meet. In one such job, Skip and Harry dress up as two woodpeckers, performing a song and dance routine as part of a promotion ...

A Piece of the Action (1978)

Dave Anderson (Cosby) and Manny Durrell (Poitier) are two high-class sneak thieves who have never been caught. Joshua Burke (Jones) is a retired detective who has enough evidence on the both of them to put them behind bars. Instead, he offers to maintain his silence if the crooks will go straight...

The Wilby Conspiracy (1975)

In apartheid-era South Africa, Shack Twala (played by Sidney Poitier), a black revolutionary who had served time on Robben Island, is freed by Rina van Niekerk, his Afrikaner defence attorney, because he would be a victim of retroactive legislation. Rina, estranged from her husband Blane, is havi...

Let's Do It Again (1975)

Set in Atlanta, it follows Clyde Williams (Poitier) and Billy Foster (Cosby) as a pair of blue-collar workers who are trying to raise funds for the Brothers and Sisters of Shaka. They decide to rig a boxing match in New Orleans. They use hypnotism to convince underdog boxer Bootney Farnsworth (Ji...

Uptown Saturday Night (1974)

Steve Jackson (Sidney Poitier), a blue-collar worker at a steel mill, has just begun a two-weeks-long vacation. He is convinced by his friend Wardell Franklin (Bill Cosby) to go to a party that Saturday night at Madam Zenobia's, an uptown nightclub. While the two are at the party, the club is rob...

A Warm December (1973)

A Warm December is a 1973 film directed by Sidney Poitier and starring him in the lead role as Dr. Matt Younger. It also starred Jamaican actress Esther Anderson as Catherine, Matt's love interest. Anderson's role of an African princess won her a NAACP Image Award for Best Actress in 1973.A Warm ...

Buck and the Preacher (1972)

Buck and the Preacher opens with deep rhythm and blues soundtrack reminiscent of a modern John Wayne Western that was given deep soul and harmony from the 1970s. The camera then switches scenes into a camp of African Americans who were just freed from slavery and are traveling West for a better l...

Brother John (1971)

His arrival into town this time is clouded by unrest at the local factory when workers seek to unionize, and local authorities wrongly suspect John as a fomenter in that cause. The suspicions of the police and Doc Thomas' son, a lawyer for the company, grow as they uncover John's passport filled ...

The Organization (1971)

After a break-in at the headquarters of a company, the police are called in. One of the executives has been murdered, and the watchman has been bludgeoned. It is not a simple robbery, the man was killed by shots from two different guns, there are several unexplained facts and nothing was stolen. ...