Oscar-winning actress Sidney Poitier has died at the age of 94.
The news has also been published in several news media, including TMZ, Daily Mail and the Huffington Post. TMZ writes that they have the death confirmed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Bahamas.
Poitier is best known for the 1967 film “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner”, in which he starred alongside Katharine Hepburn.
Poitier won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Homer Smith in “The Lilies of the Field” (1963).
He was the first black actor to win an Oscar for Best Actor.
Poitier had a career that spanned 71 years and is also known for his role as Porgy in the film Porgy and Bess (1959) and as police investigator Virgil Tibbs in the film It was night (1967), where he had Rod Steiger as an opponent.
– Meant a lot to us
Poitier died in the Bahamas and Deputy Prime Minister Chester Cooper made the following statement today, quoted in the Guardian Nassau.
– It’s sad he is not here so we can tell him how much he means to us. But we should celebrate that he did so much to show the world that even those who come from the most modest conditions can change the world, he says.
The late actor, director and activist starred in over 50 films during his career, and was knighted by Queen Elisabeth II in 1974.
Poitier was both a U.S. citizen and a Bahamian citizen. From 1997 to 2007, he worked as the Bahamas’ ambassador to Japan.
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