Actor Sidney Poitier, Hollywood’s first great African-American icon and Oscar winner, died at the age of 94.
This was announced today by Chester Cooper, Deputy Prime Minister of Bahamaswhose nationality he also possessed.
“He was an icon, a hero, a mentor, a fighter, a national treasure,” Cooper said of Facebook.
The Bahamas confirmed that the African American symbol of Hollywood has died, but without disclosing the causes of Sidney Poitier’s death.
The actor was born in Miami in 1927, but his parents had made it on Cat Island, Bahamas.
Poitier starred in fifty films that made him an icon of the African American community.
Outstanding are his appearances in “To Sir, with Love”, “In the Heat of the Night” and “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner”.
In addition, Poitier was the country’s interpreter, director, activist and diplomat.
The actor was just conquering when the African American civil rights movement was at its height.
His appearances, speaking more or less of racism in the US, helped to break down the social barriers between African Americans and whites.
Poitier had an extraordinary charm, which he consolidated with talent, conscience, integrity and a lot of charisma.
He became an icon while Martin Luther King filled the streets with passion with Afro-Americans, Poitier did so from the movies.
His films showed the American split, but also the desire and longing to come together to leave the confrontation behind.
“The blacks who appeared in the films when I started were always negative stereotypes: clowns, dragged butlers, outsiders… I chose not to be part of those clichés. I want my children to be reflected in the cinema, ”he said in 1967.
Sidney Poitier, the late African American symbol
Poitier was born in Miami by chance. His parents, farmers, had come from the Bahamas to sell their tomatoes.
There, his mother went into labor and the actor was born on February 20, 1927.
He spent his first 10 years with his family in the Bahamas, on Cat Island.
Then he moved to Florida with one of his older brothers and the rest was a wonderful story.
Rest in peace, Sidney Poitier.
Reference from lanoticia