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Sidney Poitier (1927–2022)

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Born in Miami 1927 and raised in the Bahamas, Poitier began acting after the war, and soon made his debut in Hollywood with No Way Out. He became the first black actor to win an Academy Award for Best Actor. In 1968 he was knighted by H.M. Queen Elizabeth II and is the recipient of four honorary vis mere doctorate degrees, the last from New York University. He has starred in over forty films, directed nine, and written four. He has received three Golden Globe Awards; an American Film Institute Lifetime Achievement Award; the Kennedy Center Lifetime Achievement Award; and the Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award, among many other awards and honors. In April 1997 Poitier was named the Ambassador to Japan from the Bahamas. Sir Poitier is currently president and CEO of Verdon Cedric Productions. He is married, has six daughters, four grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Sidney Poitier was the first black actor to win the Academy Award for best actor for his performance in Lilies of the Field in 1963. His landmark films include The Defiant Ones, A Patch of Blue, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, and To Sir, With Love. Poitier is the author of two autobiographies: This Life and the New York Times bestseller The Measure of a Man. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre

Værker af Sidney Poitier

The Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Autobiography (2000) — Forfatter — 1,795 eksemplarer
This Life (1980) 108 eksemplarer
Montaro Caine: A Novel (2013) 61 eksemplarer
Stir Crazy [1980 film] (1980) — Instruktør — 41 eksemplarer
Family Favorites: 10 Movie Collection [DVD] — Instruktør — 37 eksemplarer
Ghost Dad [1990 film] (2005) — Instruktør — 13 eksemplarer
Buck and the Preacher [1972 film] (1972) — Instruktør — 11 eksemplarer
Uptown Saturday Night [1974 film] (1974) — Instruktør; Actor — 9 eksemplarer
Hanky Panky [1982 film] (1994) — Instruktør — 5 eksemplarer
A Piece of the Action [1977 film] (1977) — Instruktør — 4 eksemplarer
Let's Do It Again [1975 film] (1975) — Instruktør — 3 eksemplarer
Mark of the Hawk 3 eksemplarer
A Warm December [1973 film] — Instruktør — 2 eksemplarer

Associated Works

D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths (1962) — Fortæller, nogle udgaver5,258 eksemplarer
Sneakers [1992 film] (1992) — Actor — 268 eksemplarer
The Greatest Story Ever Told [1965 film] (1965) — Actor — 178 eksemplarer
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner [1967 film] (1967) — Actor — 166 eksemplarer
In the Heat of the Night [1967 film] (1967) — Actor — 155 eksemplarer
The Jackal [1997 film] (1997) — Actor — 147 eksemplarer
A Raisin in the Sun [1961 film] (1961) — Actor — 115 eksemplarer
To Sir, with Love [1967 film] (1967) — Actor — 97 eksemplarer
Brotherman: The Odyssey of Black Men in America (1995) — Bidragyder — 90 eksemplarer
Lilies of the Field [1963 film] (1963) 69 eksemplarer
The Defiant Ones [1958 film] (1996) 31 eksemplarer
Blackboard Jungle [1955 film] (1955) 30 eksemplarer
Shoot to Kill [1988 film] (1988) — Actor — 29 eksemplarer
No Way Out [1950 film] (1950) — Actor — 22 eksemplarer
Separate But Equal [1991 TV mini series] (1991) — Actor — 15 eksemplarer
Porgy and Bess: Original 1959 Motion Picture Soundtrack (1959) — Performer — 15 eksemplarer
A Patch of Blue [1965 film] (1965) 14 eksemplarer
The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn [1999 TV movie] (1999) — Actor — 11 eksemplarer
Paris Blues [1961 film] (1994) 11 eksemplarer
The Long Ships [1964 film] (2003) 10 eksemplarer
Porgy and Bess [1959 film] (1959) — Actor — 9 eksemplarer
Duel At Diablo [DVD] (1966) 9 eksemplarer
For Love of Ivy [1968 film] (1968) 8 eksemplarer
Little Nikita [1988 film] (1988) — Actor — 8 eksemplarer
Edge of the City [1957 film] (1957) — Actor — 7 eksemplarer
The Organization [1971 film] (1971) — Actor — 7 eksemplarer
Band of Angels [1957 film] (1957) — Actor — 7 eksemplarer
The Slender Thread [1965 film] (1965) — Actor — 7 eksemplarer
Something of Value [1957 film] (1957) 5 eksemplarer
The Wilby Conspiracy [1975 film] — Actor — 4 eksemplarer
Children of the Dust [1995 TV Mini-Series] (1995) — Actor — 4 eksemplarer
Cry, the Beloved Country [1951 film] — Actor — 3 eksemplarer
Mandela and De Klerk [1997 film] (1997) 3 eksemplarer
Red Ball Express [1952 film] (2017) 2 eksemplarer
David and Lisa [1998 TV movie] (1998) 1 eksemplar
Good-Bye, My Lady [1956 film] (1956) — Actor — 1 eksemplar
The Sidney Poitier DVD Collection (2006) — Actor — 1 eksemplar

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Sidney Poitier’s The Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Autobiography is a moral force. Born in Miami, but raised early in his life on Cat Island, Bahamas, he benefited tremendously from the values of a rural community. Poitier’s family was poor farmers that instilled basic human moral and cultural attributes in him. At harvest time they travelled by boat to transport their tomato crop for sale to the mainland. This was until Florida clamped down on such sales.
Eventually, his family relocated to Nassau, where life was more difficult. Poitier at a young age went to live with his brother in Miami. Living in Florida he was subjugated to the whims of a racist society. This he could not understand coming from the Bahamas where the population was predominantly Black. He therefore tried adjusting to the rules of the land, but decided to immigrate to New York. There he would have different experiences living in Harlem.
Because Poitier’s reading level was poor, he endeavored to better himself. He had only an elementary education, and mainly found jobs as a dishwasher. In Harlem he auditioned for an African American theater, but was rejected because of his reading skills. Yet, he managed to be hired as a porter at the company, and succeeded in the role of an actor when he thought he had failed. With some income, he opened a fast-food restaurant that did not do well.
Sidney again found work at another restaurant in Manhattan where a Jewish colleague helped him develop his reading skills. With better learning acting opportunities opened. Poitier went on to star in groundbreaking films like Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, Lillies of the Field, A Patch of Blue, Porgy and Bess, The Defiant Ones, and To Sir, with Love. In the 1960s and 70s, some Black activists would question his roles, and labeled him an Uncle Tom. Poitier though, brought dignity to the profession as an African American actor by insisting his portrayal was positive.
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erwinkennythomas | 44 andre anmeldelser | Feb 19, 2024 |
N.B. In my personal history, this review is dated—this was actually towards the end of my Episcopalian period, now over—but I have to give Past Ted some credit, and I understand both how he desired, and felt capable of, integrating Sidney into his world view.


It’s a pretty good book.

I’m an Episcopalian, but when I first started exploring things that I allowed that I didn’t understand at about 27, (2016), I went to a TEC place just because it was the closest spiritual center to my house. (And I stay largely because they’re not politically or morally objectionable, and because they’re not too weird or whatever to me personally, although they can be a little funny at times, since they certainly march to the beat of a more classical drum, you know.) I feel like Sidney would relate to that—the spiritual center closest to me, that’s where I go.

I’m reading The Green Bible now, an edition of the Good Book, you know, that highlights the scripture passages that relate to nature, and has essays in the front about religion and the environment. There are a surprising number of green passages. Of course, not all animals are vegetarian, as they should be—👌—but there is a certain goodness in nature. (Sidney actually alludes to the order in the apparent badness too.) It actually makes sense that there’s a lot of nature in the Bible; people were very connected back then, you know, and were until pretty recently, at least in some ways. Until industrialization—which happened as late as the 20th century in many areas— people were very close to the heart of the earth, like Sidney was in his childhood in the rural Bahamas in the early 20th century.

Of course, he does talk about racism some, but he also talks about how he had it better than many American Blacks—being born pretty far away from cities and white people, way out in the islands, you know. He was certainly poor, but it was a poverty unknown to industry, advertising, jealousy, right.

I don’t know what to say about him except that he certainly had healthy roots, right; and he showed that you can make movies and still have your values.
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goosecap | 44 andre anmeldelser | Jan 10, 2023 |
Interesting insights into his values and how he developed them over the years. I would have liked more on his family but this is a great read that makes you contemplate life.
kslade | 44 andre anmeldelser | Dec 8, 2022 |



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