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Actor Sidney Poitier passes away

Date: 10 January 2022 Tags: Obituaries
  • Sidney Poitier, who broke through racial barriers as the first Black winner of the best actor Oscar for his role in Lilies of the Field, has died at age 94.
  • In 1992, Poitier was given the Life Achievement Award by the American Film Institute, the most prestigious honor after the Oscar.
  • The actor was knighted by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II in 1974 and served as the Bahamian ambassador to Japan and to UNESCO.