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Sidney Poitier

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Actor, movie director, and diplomat who all became the initial BLACK to gain an Oscar after executing in Lilies from the Field. The movies Guess Who’s Arriving at Dinner also to Sir, with Appreciate; In heat of the night time, additionally bolstered his popularity. He spent period working being a dishwasher while his close friends helped him in learning how exactly to read the paper and speak with out a Bahamian accent. The American Film Institute known as him among the 25 Greatest Man Stars ever in 1999. His parents, Evelyn and Reginald, transferred from Cat Isle to Miami to market tomatoes. He provides six daughters, including celebrity Sydney Tamiia Poitier. He aimed Let’s REPEAT along with his friend Costs Cosby in 1975.

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Full Name Sidney Poitier
Date Of Birth February 20, 1927
Place Of Birth Miami, FL
Height 1.89 m
Profession Movie Actor
Nationality Bahamian, American
Spouse Joanna Shimkus, Juanita Hardy
Children Sydney Tamiia Poitier, Anika Poitier, Pamela Poitier, Sherri Poitier, Beverly Poitier-Henderson, Gina Poitier
Parents Reginald James Poitier, Evelyn Poitier
Siblings Cyril Poitier
Awards Academy Award for Best Actor, Academy Honorary Award, AFI Life Achievement Award, Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture – Drama, Kennedy Center Honors, Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award, BAFTA Fellowship, Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award, BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actor, Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album, Golden Globe Henrietta Award for World Film Favorites, NAACP Image Award – Hall of Fame Award, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture, Coretta Scott King Award for Authors
Nominations Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, Tony Award for Best Lead Actor in a Play, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie, Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie, Satellite Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series
Movies Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, In the Heat of the Night, Lilies of the Field, To Sir, with Love, The Defiant Ones, A Patch of Blue, No Way Out, Blackboard Jungle, Uptown Saturday Night, Buck and the Preacher, A Raisin in the Sun, The Jackal, Shoot to Kill, Let's Do It Again, A Piece of the Action, Edge of the City, Stir Crazy, Sneakers, Porgy and Bess, The Bedford Incident, They Call Me Mister Tibbs!, Paris Blues, Mandela and de Klerk, The Lost Man, The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn, Duel at Diablo, The Organization, A Warm December, Ghost Dad, Little Nikita, For Love of Ivy, Something of Value, The Greatest Story Ever Told, Band of Angels, The Slender Thread, Brother John, The Long Ships, All the Young Men, Separate but Equal, The Wilby Conspiracy, The Mark of the Hawk, Red Ball Express, Hanky Panky, Good-bye, My Lady, Fast Forward, The Last Brickmaker In America, Go Man Go, Children of the Dust, Free of Eden, Pressure Point, Virgin Island
TV Shows Children of the Dust
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#Fact
1Was born nearly two months prematurely.
2Became a father for the 6th time at age 46 when his partner, later 2nd wife, Joanna Shimkus gave birth to their daughter Sydney Tamiia Poitier on November 15, 1973.
3Became a father for the 4th time at age 34 when his 1st wife Juanita Hardy gave birth to their daughter Gina Poitier on May 1, 1961.
4Became a father for the 1st time at age 25 when his 1st wife Juanita Hardy gave birth to their daughter Beverly Poitier-Henderson on July 4, 1952.
5Became a father for the 3rd time at age 29 when his 1st wife Juanita Hardy gave birth to their daughter Sherri Poitier on July 12, 1956.
6Became a father for the 2nd time at age 27 when his 1st wife Juanita Hardy gave birth to their daughter Pamela Poitier on April 12, 1954.
7Became a father for the 5th time at age 45 when his partner, later 2nd wife, Joanna Shimkus gave birth to their daughter Anika Poitier on February 29, 1972.
8When Sidney won his Best Actor Oscar for Lilies of the Field (1963), the statuette was presented to him by Anne Bancroft (Santa Monica Civic Auditorium / April 13, 1964).
9With the death of Maximilian Schell on February 1, 2014, he is the earliest surviving actor to have won the Academy Award for Best Actor. He received his award for playing Homer Smith in Lilies of the Field (1963) at The 36th Annual Academy Awards (1964).
10Close friends with Richard Widmark.
11He was the visual inspiration for the original illustrations of superhero Green Lantern/John Stewart (created in 1971), the first Afro-American to be member of the Corps. Poitier was 44 years old at the time.
12Release of his book, "The Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Autobiography". [2000]
13Release of the book, "Sidney Poitier" by Carol Bergman. [1988]
14Release of the book, "Sidney" by William Hoffman. [1971]
15Member of the Board of Directors of The Walt Disney Company. [1998]
16Appointed as ambassador of the Bahamas to Japan (he was born in the United States but is a citizen of the Bahamas). [April 1997]
17Release of the book, "Sidney Poitier" by David Paige. [1976]
18Release of his book, "Life Beyond Measure: Letters to My Great-Granddaughter". [2008]
19Release of the book, "Sidney Poitier: Man, Actor, Icon" by Aram Goudsouzian. [2004]
20Is a long time friend of singer, fellow actor and activist Harry Belafonte. They were born 9 days apart. They met in New York at age 20 before either was in show business.
21Has four grandchildren and two great-granddaughters [2008].
22Prostate cancer survivor.
23Considered for the male lead for The Owl and the Pussycat (1970), opposite Diana Sands, who had played the part of "Doris" on Broadway.
24His role in The Bedford Incident (1965) marked the first time he would play a role in which his character's race was not an issue.
25Received the Screen Actors Guild's Life Achievement Award.
26Along with his name uttered in the lyrics, a photograph of Poitier is held by Busta Rhymes in the 1998 rap video "Gimme Some More".
27His performance as Detective Virgil Tibbs in In the Heat of the Night (1967) is ranked #19 on the American Film Institute's 100 Heroes & Villains.
28Along with Gary Cooper, is the most represented actor on the American Film Institute's 100 Most Inspiring Movies of All Time, with five of his films on the list. They are: A Raisin in the Sun (1961) at #65, The Defiant Ones (1958) at #55, Lilies of the Field (1963) at #46, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967) at #35, and In the Heat of the Night (1967) at #21.
29During the early 1980s a man named David Hampton conned his way into the homes of several wealthy and prominent New Yorkers (including a dean at Columbia University) by falsely claiming to be Poitier's son. Playwright John Guare, fascinated by the way the story illustrated the magic that the mere mention of Poiter's name held for people of his generation (especially white people), based his play "Six Degrees of Separation" on Hampton's story. The play was adapted into the movie Six Degrees of Separation (1993) in 1993, with Will Smith as the character based upon Hampton.
30His performance as Virgil Tibbs in In the Heat of the Night (1967) is ranked #20 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.
31His performance as Virgil Tibbs in In the Heat of the Night (1967) is ranked #55 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).
32Future wife Joanna Shimkus encouraged him to direct his first film, Buck and the Preacher (1972), after he and the original director could not agree creatively.
33Was nominated for Broadway's 1960 Tony Award as Best Actor (Dramatic) for "A Raisin in the Sun," a role that he recreated in the film version of the same same, A Raisin in the Sun (1961).
34Was named #22 greatest actor on the 50 Greatest Screen Legends by the American Film Institute
35Premiere Magazine ranked him as #20 on a list of the Greatest Movie Stars of All Time in their Stars in Our Constellation feature (2005).
36First black actor to place autograph, hand, and footprints in the cement at Grauman's Chinese Theatre (June 23, 1967).
37Fluent in Russian.
38Has an honorary doctorate degree from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania.
39In the 1960s, for many of his films, he was paid in a way known as "dollar one participation" which basically means he begins collecting a cut of the film's gross from the first ticket sold.
40Younger brother of Cyril Poitier.
41While trying to sing with some fellow actors in Off-Broadway theatre he found he was tone deaf.
42Of Haitian ancestry from his father's side.
43His Stir Crazy (1980) was the highest grossing film directed by a black filmmaker until Scary Movie (2000), directed by Keenen Ivory Wayans almost 20 years later.
44Appointed an Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1974. Although this is often mistaken to have been an honorary knighthood, it is actually a substantive knighthood, as Poitier is a citizen of The Bahamas, a Commonwealth realm which at the time of his appointment recognized the British Honours System. He is thus entitled to be known as Sir Sidney Poitier, but does not himself use this title.
45Stanley Kramer approached him about co-starring in The Defiant Ones (1958), which made him a bigger star, but admitted that if he did not take the role of "Porgy" in Porgy and Bess (1959) for Samuel Goldwyn it might kill his chances to get the role in The Defiant Ones (1958) as Goldwyn had that much clout in Hollywood.
46Sits on USC School of Cinema-Television's Board of Councilors.
47When he came to New York from the Caribbean to become an actor, he was so impoverished at first that he slept in the bus station. To get his first major role in No Way Out (1950), he lied to director Joseph L. Mankiewicz and told him he was 27, when actually only 22 years old.
48In 1963 he became the first black man to win an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Lead Role for his role as Homer Smith in Lilies of the Field (1963). The first black man to win an Academy Award was James Baskett (although an Honorary Award) for his role in Song of the South (1946).
49Former brother-in-law of light-heavyweight champion Archie Moore.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Last Brickmaker in America2001TV MovieHenry Cobb
The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn1999TV MovieNoah Dearborn
David and Lisa1998TV MovieDr. Jack Miller
Free of Eden1998TV MovieWill Cleamons
The Jackal1997FBI Deputy Director Carter Preston
Mandela and de Klerk1997TV MovieNelson Mandela
To Sir, with Love II1996TV MovieMark Thackeray
Children of the Dust1995TV Mini-SeriesGypsy Smith
Sneakers1992Donald Crease
Separate But Equal1991TV Mini-SeriesThurgood Marshall
Little Nikita1988Roy Parmenter
Shoot to Kill1988Warren Stantin
A Piece of the Action1977Manny Durrell
Let's Do It Again1975Clyde Williams
The Wilby Conspiracy1975Shack Twala
Uptown Saturday Night1974Steve Jackson
A Warm December1973Dr. Matt Younger
Buck and the Preacher1972Buck
The Organization1971Virgil Tibbs
Brother John1971John Kane
They Call Me Mister Tibbs!1970Virgil Tibbs
The Lost Man1969Jason Higgs
For Love of Ivy1968Jack Parks
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner1967John Prentice
In the Heat of the Night1967Virgil Tibbs
To Sir, with Love1967Mark Thackeray
Duel at Diablo1966Toller
A Patch of Blue1965Gordon Ralfe
The Slender Thread1965Alan Newell
The Bedford Incident1965Ben Munceford
The Greatest Story Ever Told1965Simon of Cyrene
The Long Ships1964Aly Mansuh
Lilies of the Field1963Homer Smith
Pressure Point1962Doctor
Paris Blues1961Eddie Cook
A Raisin in the Sun1961Walter Lee Younger
All the Young Men1960Sgt. Eddie Towler
Porgy and Bess1959Porgy
Our Virgin Island1958Marcus
The Defiant Ones1958Noah Cullen
The Mark of the Hawk1957Obam
Band of Angels1957Rau-Ru
Something of Value1957Kimani Wa Karanja
Edge of the City1957Tommy Tyler
Good-bye, My Lady1956Gates Watson
The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse1952-1955TV SeriesTommy Tyler
Ponds Theater1955TV Series
Blackboard Jungle1955Gregory W. Miller
Go Man Go1954Inman Jackson
Red Ball Express1952Robertson
CBS Television Workshop1952TV Series
Cry, the Beloved Country1951Reverend Msimangu
No Way Out1950Dr. Luther Brooks
Sepia Cinderella1947Night Club Extra (uncredited)

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ghost Dad1990
Fast Forward1985
Hanky Panky1982
Stir Crazy1980
A Piece of the Action1977
Let's Do It Again1975
Uptown Saturday Night1974
A Warm December1973
Buck and the Preacher1972

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 41st Annual Academy Awards1969TV Special performer: "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang"
Lilies of the Field1963performer: "Amen" - uncredited
Porgy and Bess1959performer: "They Pass By Singin'", "I Got Plenty o' Nuttin'", "Bess, You Is My Woman Now", "I Loves You Porgy", "O Bess, O Where's My Bess", "Finale: O Lawd, I'm On My Way"
The Defiant Ones1958performer: "Long Gone"

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Free of Eden1998TV Movie executive producer
Buck and the Preacher1972producer - uncredited
Brother John1971executive producer - uncredited

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
For Love of Ivy1968original story

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Watsons Go to Birmingham2013TV Movie special acknowledgement
Salvation Road2010/IShort special thanks
Vixen Highway 2006: It Came from Uranus!2010special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age2016Documentary post-productionHimself
Scales of Injustice2012Documentary post-productionHimself
The EE British Academy Film Awards2016TV Special documentaryHimself
The Edison Language Academy2015Documentary shortNarrator (voice)
Inside Edition2014TV Series documentaryHimself
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2009-2014TV SeriesHimself - At the Oscars / Himself - Birthday Greeting to Uncle Frank
Live with Kelly and Michael2014TV SeriesHimself
The 86th Annual Academy Awards2014TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Director
The March2013TV Movie documentaryHimself
CBS News Sunday Morning2013TV Series documentaryHimself - Guest
Moms Mabley: I Got Somethin' to Tell You2013DocumentaryHimself
44th NAACP Image Awards2013TV Movie documentaryHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Shirley MacLaine2012TV MovieHimself
Oprah's Master Class2012TV Series documentaryHimself
43rd NAACP Image Awards2012TV SpecialHimself
The 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards2012TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Cecil B. DeMille Award
Islands of Life2011DocumentaryHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Morgan Freeman2011TV MovieHimself
Sing Your Song2011DocumentaryHimself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts2010TV SpecialHimself
Entertainment Tonight2009TV SeriesHimself
Artists of the Bahamas2008Documentary
Stand Up to Cancer2008TV MovieHimself
Tavis Smiley2008TV SeriesHimself
Larry King Live2008TV SeriesHimself
The 80th Annual Academy Awards2008TV SpecialHimself
39th NAACP Image Awards2008TV SpecialHimself
Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project2007DocumentaryHimself
The Oprah Winfrey Show2000-2007TV SeriesHimself
Building a Dream: The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Oprah Winfrey Oscar Special2007TV MovieHimself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts2006TV SpecialHimself
Ali Rap2006TV MovieHimself
2006 BAFTA/LA Cunard Britannia Awards2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Cheers: America's Most Inspiring Movies2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
Legends Ball2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Lew Rudin Way2006DocumentaryHimself
The Black Movie Awards2005TV SpecialHimself
36th NAACP Image Awards2005TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
2005 BAFTA/LA Cunard Britannia Awards2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
Hollywood Legenden2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
Tell Them Who You Are2004DocumentaryHimself
The Making of 'Sneakers'2003Video documentary shortHimself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts2002TV MovieHimself
The Making of 'Changing Lanes'2002Video documentary shortHimself
Gala Paramount Pictures Celebrates 90th Anniversary with 90 Stars for 90 Years2002TV MovieHimself
Corazón, corazón2002TV SeriesHimself
The 74th Annual Academy Awards2002TV SpecialHimself - Honorary Award Recipient
2002 Trumpet Awards2002TV SpecialHimself
Exclusif2002TV SeriesHimself
Muhammad Ali's All-Star 60th Birthday Celebration!2002TV SpecialHimself
American Masters2001TV Series documentary
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Barbra Streisand2001TV Special documentaryHimself
32nd NAACP Image Awards2001TV SpecialHimself
Ralph Bunche: An American Odyssey2001DocumentaryNarrator
Bravo Profiles2001TV Series documentaryHimself
The BBC and the BAFTA Tribute to Michael Caine2000TV Movie documentaryHimself
Biography2000TV Series documentaryHimself
6th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2000TV SpecialHimself
ABC 2000: The Millennium1999TV Movie documentary
The Howard Stern Radio Show1999TV SeriesHimself
The Directors1999TV Series documentaryHimself
The Making of 'The Jackal'1998Video documentaryHimself
League of Legends1998TV MovieHimself
The 70th Annual Academy Awards1998TV SpecialHimself - Past Winner (uncredited)
The 49th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1997TV SpecialHimself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts1997TV SpecialHimself
The 68th Annual Academy Awards1996TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Picture
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts1995TV SpecialHimself - Honoree
Wild Bill: Hollywood Maverick1995DocumentaryHimself
CBS This Morning1995TV SeriesHimself
A Century of Cinema1994DocumentaryHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Elizabeth Taylor1993TV Special documentaryHimself
An American Reunion: The People's Inaugural Celebration1993TV MovieHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Sidney Poitier1992TV SpecialHimself - Guest of Honor
Sinatra 75: The Best Is Yet to Come1990TV Special documentaryHimself
7th Annual American Cinema Awards1990TV SpecialHimself
22nd NAACP Image Awards1990TV SpecialHimself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts1989TV SpecialHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Gregory Peck1989TV SpecialHimself
The Princess Grace Foundation Special Gala Tribute to Cary Grant1988TV MovieHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Jack Lemmon1988TV Special documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Cinema 31988TV SeriesHimself
The18th Annual Nosotros Golden Eagle Awards1988TV SpecialHimself
The Annual ACLU Honors: A Salute to Michael Douglas1987TV MovieHimself
The USA Today's 5th Anniversary Gala1987TV MovieHimself
Bopha!1986TV Movie documentaryNarrator (voice)
The 58th Annual Academy Awards1986TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member
The Spencer Tracy Legacy: A Tribute by Katharine Hepburn1986TV Special documentaryHimself
Night of 100 Stars II1985TV MovieHimself
Good Morning America1985TV SeriesHimself
The Third Annual Black Achievement Awards1980TV SpecialHimself
Paul Robeson: Tribute to an Artist1979Documentary shortNarrator (voice)
The 16th Annual Humanitarian Awards Dinner of National Conference of Christians and Jews1979TV SpecialHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1979TV SeriesHimself - Taped Tribute
The American Film Institute's 10th Anniversary Special1977TV MovieHimself
ABC Late Night1975TV SeriesHimself
The New Bill Cosby Show1972TV SeriesHimself
The Dick Cavett Show1972TV SeriesHimself
Film Night1972TV SeriesHimself
King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis1970DocumentaryHimself
The 41st Annual Academy Awards1969TV SpecialHimself - Performer & Co-Presenter: Best Picture
The 40th Annual Academy Awards1968TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Actress in a Leading Role
The Joey Bishop Show1967TV SeriesHimself
The 39th Annual Academy Awards1967TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Actress in a Suporting Role
ABC Stage 671967TV SeriesHimself - Host
The Strolling '20s1966TV MovieHimself
The 37th Annual Academy Awards1965TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Actress in a Leading Role
A Cinderella Named Elizabeth1965Documentary shortHimself
Freedom Spectacular1964TV MovieHimself
The 36th Annual Academy Awards1964TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Best Actor in a Leading Role & Presenter: Best Film Editing
The Jack Paar Tonight Show1962TV SeriesHimself
Cinépanorama1961TV Series documentaryHimself
The 15th Annual Tony Awards1961TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Sunday Showcase1959TV SeriesHimself
From Whence Cometh My Help1949Documentary

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
And the Oscar Goes To...2014TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 85th Annual Academy Awards2013TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Governors Awards
B.B. King: The Life of Riley2012DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Too Young to Die2012TV Series documentary
Lulu: Something to Shout About2011TV Movie documentaryMark Thackeray (uncredited)
The Loving Story2011DocumentaryJohn Prentice - Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
Moguls & Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood2010TV Mini-Series documentaryJohn Prentice Virgil Tibbs
Founding Fathers: Sir Stafford Sands2009
Sidney Poitier, un outsider2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
The O'Reilly Factor2008TV SeriesDet. Virgil Tibbs (scene from 'In the Heat of the Night')
Cámara negra. Teatro Victoria Eugenia2007TV Short documentaryHimself
Bicentennial Nigger2006ShortAly Mansuh
Budd Boetticher: A Man Can Do That2005TV Movie documentaryCpl. Andrew Robertson
TV in Black: The First Fifty Years2004Video documentary
Century of Black Cinema2003Video documentaryHimself
American Dreams2003TV SeriesHimself
Playboy: Inside the Playboy Mansion2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
American Masters2000-2001TV Series documentaryHimself
Playboy: The Party Continues2000TV Movie documentaryHimself
Omnibus2000TV Series documentaryHimself
Classified X1998TV Movie documentaryHimself
Scandalize My Name: Stories from the Blacklist1998DocumentaryReverend Msimangu
Small Steps, Big Strides: The Black Experience in Hollywood1998TV Movie documentaryHimself
20th Century-Fox: The First 50 Years1997TV Movie documentaryActor 'No Way Out' (uncredited)
Biography1995TV Series documentaryActor 'No Way Out'
100 Years at the Movies1994TV Short documentaryHimself
Black Hollywood1984TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
America at the Movies1976DocumentaryWalter Lee Younger
Film Night1971TV SeriesHimself
Black History: Lost Stolen, or Strayed1968TV Movie documentaryHimself / Dr. John Wade Prentice (uncredited)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016Academy FellowshipBAFTA AwardsBAFTA Film
2012CinEuphoriaCinEuphoria AwardsCareer - Honorary Award
2011Gala TributeFilm Society of Lincoln Center
2009OFTA Film Hall of FameOnline Film & Television AssociationActing
2006Britannia AwardBAFTA/LA Britannia AwardsLifetime Contributions to International Film
2002Honorary AwardAcademy Awards, USA

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2001GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Spoken Word AlbumFor "The Measure of a Man"
2001Hall of FameImage Awards
2001Governors' AwardSociety of Camera Operators
2000Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Television Movie/Miniseries/Dramatic SpecialThe Simple Life of Noah Dearborn (1999)
2000Life Achievement AwardScreen Actors Guild Awards
1994Career Achievement AwardNational Board of Review, USA
1994Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 1 February 1994. At 7065 Hollywood Blvd.
1992Life Achievement AwardAmerican Film Institute, USA
1982Cecil B. DeMille AwardGolden Globes, USA
1976Image AwardImage AwardsBest DirectorLet's Do It Again (1975)
1969Henrietta AwardGolden Globes, USAWorld Film Favorite - Male
1969Fotogramas de PlataFotogramas de PlataBest Foreign Performer (Mejor intérprete de cine extranjero)Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)
1968Prize San SebastiánSan Sebastián International Film FestivalBest ActorFor Love of Ivy (1968)
1967Golden AppleGolden Apple AwardsMale Star of the Year
1964OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Leading RoleLilies of the Field (1963)
1964Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actor - DramaLilies of the Field (1963)
1963Silver Berlin BearBerlin International Film FestivalBest ActorLilies of the Field (1963)
1959BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Foreign ActorThe Defiant Ones (1958)
1958Silver Berlin BearBerlin International Film FestivalBest ActorThe Defiant Ones (1958)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2011Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsLife Achievement (Performer)
2010Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsLife Achievement (Performer)
2008Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsLife Achievement (Performer)
2007Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsLife Achievement (Performer)
2000Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsNetwork/Cable - Best ActorThe Simple Life of Noah Dearborn (1999)
1998Blockbuster Entertainment AwardBlockbuster Entertainment AwardsFavorite Supporting Actor - SuspenseThe Jackal (1997)
1998Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Television Movie or Mini-SeriesMandela and de Klerk (1997)
1998Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for TelevisionMandela and de Klerk (1997)
1998ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a TV Movie or MiniseriesMandela and de Klerk (1997)
1997Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a SpecialMandela and de Klerk (1997)
1997CableACECableACE AwardsActor in a Movie or MiniseriesMandela and de Klerk (1997)
1996Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-SeriesChildren of the Dust (1995)
1995Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Motion PictureSneakers (1992)
1992Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionSeparate But Equal (1991)
1991Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a SpecialSeparate But Equal (1991)
1974Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Motion PictureA Warm December (1973)
1971Henrietta AwardGolden Globes, USAWorld Film Favorite - Male
1971Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Motion PictureThe Organization (1971)
1970Henrietta AwardGolden Globes, USAWorld Film Favorite - Male
1970Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsMale Star7th place.
1968Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actor - DramaIn the Heat of the Night (1967)
1968BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Foreign ActorIn the Heat of the Night (1967)
1967BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Foreign ActorA Patch of Blue (1965)
1967Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsAction PerformanceDuel at Diablo (1966)
1966Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actor - DramaA Patch of Blue (1965)
1966Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsDramatic Performance, MaleA Patch of Blue (1965)
1965BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Foreign ActorLilies of the Field (1963)
1962Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actor - DramaA Raisin in the Sun (1961)
1962BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Foreign ActorA Raisin in the Sun (1961)
1960Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actor - Comedy or MusicalPorgy and Bess (1959)
1959OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Leading RoleThe Defiant Ones (1958)
1959Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actor - DramaThe Defiant Ones (1958)
1958BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Foreign ActorEdge of the City (1957)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1968Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsMale Star
1968Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsMale Dramatic PerformanceIn the Heat of the Night (1967)
1963NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActorLilies of the Field (1963)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1964Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Male Dramatic PerformanceLilies of the Field (1963)
1959Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Male New Personality
1959Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Male Dramatic PerformanceThe Defiant Ones (1958)

TitleSalary
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)$200,000 and % of the gross profits
In the Heat of the Night (1967)$200,000 + 20% of the gross profits
Porgy and Bess (1959)$75,000
No Way Out (1950)$3,000

#Quote
1[from Sidney Poitier's speech about Widmark at the D. W. Griffith Award for Life Achievement] The generosity of spirit that lights his way will also warm your heart...
2[re writer/director Richard Brooks ] He was both intense and very feeling, very human. He had a wonderful, wonderful sense of other people. He was not particularly enamored of himself. He was the kind off guy who had a sense of fairness, and he employed that sense in his life, and in his work, so that some people were surprised at him, some people deeply loved him, and some people were just put off by him.
3I decided in my life that I would do nothing that did not reflect positively on my father's life.
4We all suffer from the preoccupation that there exists ... in the loved one, perfection.


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