Sidney Poitier Bio, Age, Wife, Daughter, Net Worth, Movies & Wiki


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About Sidney Poitier

Sidney Poitier is an actor, director, and diplomat well known for being the first black person to have been rewarded the Academy Award for Best Actor. He earned this award for his representation of Homer Smith, an African American employee in the film, Lilies of the Field. This was a very symbolic achievement in the 1960s when discrimination was wanton in the United States. Born to underprivileged Bahamian farmer parents, he got little formal education. As a teenager, he was turning towards roadway crime when his father sent him to the United States to initiate life anew. He collected a huge cultural shock in New York where he watched boundless racism and rift between the classes.

After struggling to make finishes meet as a dishwasher, he followed the American Negro Theater. Through his determination and the hard struggle he soon became a much followed after-theatre artist and soon started receiving film offers. In his debut film No Way Out, he performed as a doctor who manages a white bigot. This appearance got him noticed and he earned certain offers. After establishing himself as a successful actor, he branched into the direction as well. He was called as one of the Greatest Male Stars of All Time by the American Film Institute in 1999.


Birth Name Sir Sidney Poitier KBE
Nick Name Sidney Poitier
Age (as in 2022) 95 years
Religion Christian
Sun Sign/Zodiac Sign Pisces
Birth Place Міаmі, Flоrіdа, Unіtеd Ѕtаtеѕ
Date of Birth 20 February 1927 [1]wikipedia
Nationality Аmеrісаn
Residence Beverly Hills, CA
Home Town Міаmі
Hobbies Not Available

Physical  Stats

Height (Approx.) in centimeters- 189 cm
in meters- 1.89 m
in feet inches- 6’2”
Weight (Approx.) in kilograms- 85 kg
in pounds- 187 lbs

Figure Measurements

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Extra Ordinary Features

Race / Ethnicity Black
Hair Color Salt and Pepper
Eye Color Black
S*xual Orientation Ѕtrаіght
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Mother’s Name Evelyn Poitier
Father’s Name Reginald James Poitier
Brother Cyril Poitier (older)
Sister Not Available
Wife/Spouse Joanna Shimkus (m. 1976)
Juanita Hardy (m. 1950–1965)
Marriage Date January 23, 1976 (with Joanna Shimkus)
April 29, 1950 (with Juanita Hardy)
Children Son- None
Daughters- • Beverly Poitier-Henderson
• Pamela Poitier
• Sherri Poitier
• Gina Poitier
• Anika Poitier
• Sydney Tamiia Poitier

Personal Life

School Actors Studios Inc
College/University None
Educational Qualification He had little formal education.
Profession Actor, director, author, and diplomat
Brands Endorsed Not Available
Career Manager Not Available



Relationship & more

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Favorite Things

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Favourite Actors Not Available
Favourite Colors Not Available
Favourite Sport Not Available
Controversies None

Life Journey

A native of Cat Island, The Bahamas (although born, two months prematurely, in Miami during a visit by his parents), Poitier raise up in poverty as the son of farmers Evelyn (nee Outten) and Reginald James Poitier, who also run a cab.

He had little formal education and at the age of 15 was sent to Miami to live with his brother, in order to forestall a growing tendency toward delinquency. In the U.S., he faces the racial chasm that divides the country, a great shock to a boy coming from a society with a mostly of African descent.

At 18, he went to New York, did tiny jobs, and slept in a bus terminal toilet. A brief stint in the Army as a worker at a veteran’s hospital was followed by more menial jobs in Harlem. A great audition at the American Negro Theatre was rejected so forcefully that Poitier dedicated the next six months to overcoming his accent and improving his performing skills. On his second attempt, he was accepted.

Focused in rehearsal by a casting agent, he won a bit part in the Broadway production of “Lysistrata”, for which he earned good reviews. By the end of 1949, he was having to choose between leading roles on stage and an offer to work for Darryl F. Zanuck in the film No Way Out (1950). His performance as a doctor treating a white bigot got him plenty of notice and led to more roles.

Nevertheless, the characters were still less interesting and prominent than those white actors timely obtained. But seven years later, after turning down several projects he considered demeaning, Poitier got a number of roles that catapulted him into a category rarely if ever achieved by an African American man of that time, that of a leading man.

One of these films, The Defiant Ones (1958), earned Poitier his first Academy Award nomination as Best Actor. Five years later, he won the Oscar for Lilies of the Field (1963), the first African American to win for a leading role.

Money Factor

Sidney Poitier has a net worth of $25 million.

Estimated Net Worth in 2022 (Approx) $25 Million
Estimated Net Worth in 2021 (Approx) Under Review
Annual Salary Under Review
Income Source Actor, Director, Author, and Diplomat

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 Movies And TV Shows

  • Poitier made his Hollywood debut in the 1950 feature film No Way Out, and he followed in 1951 with Cry, the Beloved Country, a drama set in South Africa during the time of apartheid.
  • He loved a career breakthrough in 1955 with the popular Blackboard Jungle, portraying a troubled but gifted student at an inner-city school.
  • Poitier’s success as an actor reached new heights when he scored an Academy Award nomination for the 1958 crime drama The Defiant Ones, with Tony Curtis.
  • The following year, he lit up the screen as a leading man in the musical Porgy and Bess, co-starring with Dorothy Dandridge. Both this film and his impressive turn in the 1961 film adaptation of A Raisin in the Sun helped make the actor a top star.
  • In 1964, Poitier claimed the Best Actor Academy Award for his performance in Lilies of the Field (1963)—the first win by an African-American actor in this category.
  • In 1967, Poitier delivered three very different yet equally strong performances. He played Philadelphia detective Virgil Tibbs in the Southern crime drama In the Heat of the Night. In Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, he played a black man engaged to a white woman in this groundbreaking look at interracial marriage.
  • While he helped break down the color barrier in film and brought dignity to the portrayal of noble and intelligent characters, Poitier found himself under fire for not being more politically radical in the late 1960s.
  • He was especially upset by a harsh article about him in The New York Times and decided to step out of the spotlight, choosing to live in the Bahamas for a time before making his return to Hollywood.
  • In 1972 Poitier made his directorial debut and co-starred with his friend Harry Belafonte in the Western Buck and the Preacher. The pair also appeared together in the 1974 comedy Uptown Saturday Night, the first of several Poitier-directed efforts that featured Bill Cosby.
  • In 1980, Poitier helmed the Richard Pryor–Gene Wilder comedy Stir Crazy, which became the highest-grossing film by an African-American director for many years.
  • After a roughly 10-year absence from the big screen as an actor, in 1988 Poitier returned with a pair of dramas—Shoot to Kill and Little Nikita. Other notable later films include Sneakers (1992) and One Man, One Vote (1997).
  • On the small screen, Poitier earned accolades for portraying some of history’s famous men. He played U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall in Separate but Equal in 1991 and opposite Michael Caine as South African leader Nelson Mandela in Mandela and De Klerk in 1997.

Movies List

1947 Sepia Cinderella
1949 From Whence Cometh My Help
1950 No Way Out
1951 Cry, the Beloved Country
1952 Red Ball Express
1954 Go, Man, Go!
1955 Blackboard Jungle
1956 Good-bye, My Lady
1957 Edge of the City
Something of Value
Band of Angels
The Mark of the Hawk
1958 Vi*gin Island
The Defiant Ones
1959 Porgy and Bess
1960 All the Young Men
1961 A Raisin in the Sun
Paris Blues
1962 Pressure Point
1963 The Long Ships
Lilies of the Field
1965 The Bedford Incident
The Greatest Story Ever Told
A Patch of Blue
The Slender Thread
1966 Duel at Diablo
1967 To Sir, with Love
In the Heat of the Night
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
1968 For Love of Ivy
1969 The Lost Man
1970 King: A Filmed Record… Montgomery to Memphis
They Call Me Mister Tibbs!
1971 Brother John
The Organization
1972 Buck and the Preacher
1973 A Warm December
1974 Uptown Saturday Night
1975 The Wilby Conspiracy
Let’s Do it Again
1977 A Piece of the Action
1979 Paul Robeson: Tribute to an Artist
1988 Shoot to Kill
Little Nikita
1992 Sneakers
1994 A Century of Cinema
1996 Wild Bill: Hollywood Maverick
1997 The Jackal
2001 Ralph Bunche: An American Odyssey
2004 Tell Them Who You Are
2008 Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project

TV Shows & Serials List

1962 The Jack Paar Tonight Show
1969 The Mike Douglas Show
1972 The Dick Cavett Show
The New Bill Cosby Show
1975 The Merv Griffin Show
1979 The Mike Douglas Show
1991 Separate but Equal
1995 Children of the Dust
1996 To Sir, with Love II
1997 Mandela and de Klerk
1998 David and Lisa
1999 The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn
Free of Eden
2000-2007 The Oprah Winfrey Show
2001 The Last Brickmaker in America
2008 Larry King Live   [2]IMDB

Some unknown facts about

  1. Nominated for two Academy Awards and won one. Also received an honorary Oscar.
  2. Nominated for two Grammy Awards and won one.
  3. Nominated for two Primetime Emmy Awards.
  4. Grew up on Cat Island in the Bahamas. The family later moved to Nassau. His parents sent him to live with relatives in Miami at age 14. After an encounter with the Ku Klux Klan, he left Miami at age 16 and moved to New York.
  5. Lying about his age, he joined the Army at age 16. He feigned insanity to obtain a discharge after nine months, and later admitted the ruse in his book, “The Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Autobiography.”
  6. A heavy Bahamian accent and limited reading ability cost him an acting job at Harlem’s American Negro Theater. He overcame the accent by imitating radio announcers and improved his reading skills by studying newspapers.
  7. Has dual citizenship in the United States and the Bahamas.


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