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Born February 20, 1927 in Miami (Florida, USA).
African-American actor, screenwriter and director.
Sidney Poitier, the son of a farmer, was born in Florida and grew up in poverty. For fifteen years of delinquency, he was sent to his brother in Miami, where, as expected, he will begin a better life. The struggle against the American system of racial intolerance and slave labor led him to New York. There he held a number of unfortunate and offensive plays that ignited his passion for acting, along with the essential desire to change your focus and get an education. Having overcome these shortcomings, he was finally admitted to the American Negro Theatre, resulting in more professional work on Broadway and finally to the top of Hollywood of the 1950s.
From the moment he reached a series of roles that are perfectly positioned Poitiers from different points of view on how to play the role of African Americans during the struggle for human rights.
For example, it should be noted his memorable starring roles in popular films “Porgy and Bess” (1959), “Defiant Ones” (1958), “blue badge” (1965) and “Lilies of the Field” (1963).
List continue painting “Fire Night” (1967), “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” (1967), after which Poitier began filmmaker career “Saturday evening in the city (1974),” Mad rotation “(1980), and much less likely to appear on screen.
Since 1976 he is married to actress Joanna Shimkus.