Sidney Poitier

Profession: Actor | Director | Writer
Sidney Poitier
Real name: Sidney L. Poitier
Birthdate: February 20, 1927
Age: 93 years
Country: United States United States
Horoscope: Pisces


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Sidney Poitier Nominations & Awards

Academy Awards

 - Academy Honorary Award WINNER
 - Best Leading Actor WINNER
 - Best Leading Actor NOMINATED

Golden Globes Awards

 - Best Leading Actor - Drama WINNER
 - Best Actor in a Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for TV NOMINATED
 - Best Leading Actor - Drama NOMINATED
 - Best Leading Actor - Drama NOMINATED
 - Best Leading Actor - Drama NOMINATED
 - Best Leading Actor - Comedy or Musical NOMINATED
 - Best Leading Actor - Drama NOMINATED


 - Best Foreign Actor WINNER
 - Best Foreign Actor NOMINATED
 - Best Foreign Actor NOMINATED
 - Best Foreign Actor NOMINATED
 - Best Foreign Actor NOMINATED
 - Best Foreign Actor NOMINATED

Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG)

 - Best Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries NOMINATED

Berlin Film Festival

 - Silver Bear - Best Actor WINNER
 - Silver Bear - Best Actor WINNER

San Sebastián Film Festival

 - Silver Shell - Best Actor WINNER


 - Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie NOMINATED
 - Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie NOMINATED
Sidney L. Poitier is an American Actor, Director and Writer. He has won two Academy Awards, an Golden Globes Awards and an BAFTA Awards. He's known for In the Heat of the Night (1967), Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967) and Lilies of the Field (1963).

All Movies of Sidney Poitier

  • Mr. Soul!
    Before Oprah, before Arsenio, there was Mr. Soul. “Soul!” was a U.S. public television arts and chat show that ran from 1968 to 1973 created and hosted by Ellis Haizlip. On the heels of the Civil Rights Movement, one fearless ...
    Character: Self (archive footage)
    United States  2018
  • Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project
    The documentary consists of tape of Don's show (never been filmed before), interviews with Don's contemporaries, (Steve Lawrence, Bob Newhart, Debbie Reynolds, etc.), established comedians (Billy Crystal, Rosanna Barr, Robin Willi...
    Character: Himself
    United States  2007
  • The Last Brickmaker in America (TV)
    A craftsman who makes bricks is grief-stricken over the death of his wife. He meets a 13 year-old boy from a dysfunctional family who helps him find the strength to continue his life's work.
    Character: Henry Cobb
    United States  2001
  • The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn (TV)
    The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn follows the story of small town carpenter and farmer Noah Dearborn (Sidney Poitier), whose family land comes under the scrutiny of greedy land developer (George Newbern). Though his humble characte...
    Character: Noah Dearborn
    United States  1999
  • David and Lisa (TV)
    David and Lisa are emotionally disturbed teenagers who meet in a mental home under the care of Dr Jack Miller. The story that unfolds is both moving and heart-rending and demonstrates the tremendous healing power of love.
    Character: Dr. Jack Miller
    United States  1998
  • The Jackal
    In order to track down the Jackal, a cold-blooded killer (Bruce Willis), the FBI’s Deputy Director (Sidney Poitier) and a Russian officer (Diane Venora), enlist the aid an imprisoned underground operative (Richard Gere). Togethe...
    Character: Preston
    United States  1997
  • Mandela and de Klerk (TV)
    On June 12, 1964, Nelson Mandela, along with a number of political detainees, was sentenced to life imprisonment in what remains the most sensational treason trial in the history of South Africa. The incarceration of Mandela and o...
    Character: Nelson Mandela
    United States  1997
  • To Sir, with Love II (TV)
    After thirty years teaching in London, Mark Thackeray retires and returns to Chicago. There, however, the challenge of reaching kids in an inner city school proves too much to resist.
    Character: Mark Thackeray
    United States  1996
  • Children of the Dust (TV Miniseries)
    Gypsy Smith, is a gunfighter and a bounty hunter. When he leads the US army into a Cheyenne camp to capture a suspected Indian renegade, a long train of events begins that finally lead to that 'good day to die'. White Wolf, only a...
    Character:  Gypsy Smith 2 episodes, 1995
    United States  1995
  • Wild Bill: Hollywood Maverick
    Documentary exploring the life and times of noted film directer William A. Wellman. Wild Bill traces Wellman's extraordinary career, highlighted by interviews with such varied Wellman stars as Robert Mitchum, Robert Redford, Marti...
    Character: Himself
    United States  1995
  • Sneakers
    Two politically-minded whizkids pull off a daring computer caper in the Sixties, but, by a serendipitous twist of fate, only one of them gets caught. Twenty years later, the lucky half of that daring duo has set himself up in busi...
    Character: Crease
    United States  1992
  • Separate But Equal (TV)
    This film follows the true story of the NAACP court court challenge of racial school segregation in the Brown vs. Board of Education. This was the struggle would destroy the legal validity for racial segregation in general and pro...
    Character:  Thurgood Marshall unknown episodes
    United States  1991
  • Little Nikita
    Roy Parmenter is an FBI agent in San Diego; 20 years ago his partner was killed by a Soviet spy, nicknamed Scuba, still at large. Scuba is now trying to extort the Soviets; to prove he's serious, he's killing their agents one by o...
    Character: Roy Parmenter
    United States  1988
  • Shoot to Kill
    A city cop (Sidney Poitier) and a mountain guide (Tom Berenger) reluctantly join forces to capture a killer who is part of a hunting party traversing the Pacific Northwest and which is being led by the guide's unsuspecting girlfri
    Character: Warren Stantin
    United States  1988
  • Hanky Panky
    Gene Wilder stars as Michael Jordon, an architect on the run from false murder charges, who hooks up with Kate Hellman (Gilda Radner), the sister of a recent suicide victim.
    Director of the film
    United States  1982
  • Stir Crazy
    New Yorkers, Skip Donahue and Harry Monroe, have no jobs and no prospects. They decide to flee the city and find work elsewhere, and land jobs as woodpeckers to promote the opening of a bank. When their feathery costumes are stole...
    Director of the film
    United States  1980
  • Paul Robeson: Tribute to an Artist
    An examination of the life of actor and singer Paul Robeson, from his first major triumphs on the stage in the 1920s through his gradually increasing social activism in the 1930s and 1940s, leading to his controversial performance...
    Character: Narrator (voice)
    United States  1979
  • A Piece of the Action
    Sidney Poitier and Bill Cosby are two slick con men who are talked into helping out a group of troubled teens at a community center. James Earl Jones is the ex-cop who tricks the two into doing a good deed.
    Character: Manny Durrell | Movie director
    United States  1977
  • Let's Do It Again
    Clyde Williams and Billy Foster are a couple of blue-collar workers in Atlanta who have promised to raise funds for their fraternal order, the Brothers and Sisters of Shaka. However, their method for raising the money involves tra...
    Character: Clyde Williams | Movie director
    United States  1975
  • Uptown Saturday Night
    Steve Jackson and Wardell Franklin sneak out of their houses to visit Madame Zenobia's: a high-class but illegal nightclub. During their visit, however, the place is robbed and they are forced to hand over their wallets. Steve's w...
    Character: Steve Jackson | Movie director
    United States  1974
  • A Warm December
    Dr. Matt Younger and his daughter arrive for a month-long visit to London for dirt-bike racing and unexpectedly, a new romance for the widowed Dr. Younger. His new love interest is the beautiful and playful Catherine who seems to ...
    Character: Dr. Matt Younger | Movie director
    United Kingdom  1973
  • Buck and the Preacher
    Sidney Poitier made his directing debut with this 1972 action comedy with an edge to it. Made at the height of the Black Power movement in America, the film has an unmistakable militancy in its story of a wagon-train guide and a c...
    Character: Buck | Movie director
    United States  1972
  • The Organization
    After a group of young revolutionaries break into a company's corporate headquarters and steal $5,000,000 worth of heroin to keep it off the street, they call on San Francisco Police Lieutenant Virgil Tibbs for assistance. Tibbs i...
    Character: Virgil Tibbs
    United States  1971
  • Brother John
    A mysterious man John Kane (Sidney Poitier) who, when he returns to his hometown in Alabama for his sister's funeral, is thought to be an outside labor agitator - until it's revealed that he's really a heavenly messenger. The plot...
    Character: John Kane
    United States  1971
  • King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis
    King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery To Memphis is a 1970 American documentary film biography of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., presented in the form of newsreel footage and segments of recordings by Dr. King, framed by celebrity nar...
    Character: Himself
    United States  1970
  • They Call Me Mister Tibbs!
    San Francisco Police Lieutenant Virgil Tibbs is called in to investigate when a liberal street preacher and political candidate is accused of murdering a prostitute. Tibbs is also battling domestic woes, including a frustrated wif...
    Character: Virgil Tibbs
    United States  1970
  • The Lost Man
    Former U.S. Army lieutenant Jason Higgs (Sidney Poitier) who, after becoming a black militant during the 1960s Black Reveolutionary movement, is wounded when he pulls a payroll heist to help imprisoned "brothers" and has...
    Character: Jason Higgs
    United States  1969
  • For Love of Ivy
    A white family has had the same black maid for many years. When she tells them she wants to go back to school and will be leaving soon, the twenty year old son decides what she needs is a change and begins searching for a man to w...
    Character: Jack Parks
    United States  1968
  • To Sir, with Love
    Ideological changes in post-Civil Rights movement America were at the heart of legendary African-American actor Sidney Poitier's films in the late 1960s. One such film is this powerful drama, which stars Poitier as Mark Thackery, ...
    Character: Mark Thackeray
    United Kingdom  1967
  • In the Heat of the Night
    When a prominent local businessman is found murdered in the tiny southern town of Sparta, Mississippi, Virgil Tibbs (Sidney Poitier) gets picked up at the train station as a potential suspect, having essentially three strikes agai...
    Character: Virgil Tibbs
    United States  1967
  • Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
    Joey Drayton brings her fiancé, Dr. John Prentice, home to sunny San Francisco to meet her affluent parents. Their liberal persuasions are now put to the test, for although the young man is an ideal choice (he's highly and intern...
    Character: John Prentice
    United States  1967
  • The Bedford Incident
    An American news writer assigned to interview the captain of the destroyer USS Bedford bears witness to a stunning game of cat and mouse in the frigid waters of the northern Atlantic. A Soviet submarine has been tailing the Bedfor...
    Character: Ben Munceford
    United Kingdom  1965
  • The Slender Thread
    Alan is a Seattle college student volunteering at a crisis center. One night when at the clinic alone, a woman calls up the number and tells Alan that she needs to talk to someone. She informs Alan she took a load of pills, and he...
    Character: Alan Newell
    United States  1965
  • The Greatest Story Ever Told
    George Stevens presents his monumental adaptation of the story of Jesus Christ starring Max von Sydow. The film concentrates on the most familiar episodes of the biblical story, including the birth of Christ in Bethlehem, Herod's ...
    Character: Simon of Cyrene
    United States  1965
  • A Patch of Blue
    A young blind woman, living with her prostitute mother and sheltered inside most of her life, meets a black man, who, resisting family pressures, falls in love with her, puts her into a school for the blind, and promises to marry
    Character: Gordon Ralfe
    United States  1965
  • The Long Ships
    There is a legend about a great bell, called "The Mother of Voices," made of pure gold, three times the size of a man, made by monks many years ago... This is the story told in the marketplace by a Viking called Rolfe. T...
    Character: Aly Mansuh
    United Kingdom  1963
  • Lilies of the Field
    Sidney Poitier--who would later star in such unforgettable films as TO SIR, WITH LOVE; GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER and IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT--won an Academy Award for best actor for his standout performance in this modest, bea...
    Character: Homer Smith
    United States  1963
  • Pressure Point
    An African-American prison psychiatrist (Sidney Poitier) finds the boundaries of his professionalism sorely tested when he must counsel a disturbed inmate (Bobby Darin) with bigoted Nazi tendencies.
    Character: Doctor
    United States  1962
  • A Raisin in the Sun
    Walter Lee Younger (Sidney Poitier) is a young man struggling with his station in life. Sharing a tiny apartment with his wife, son, sister and mother, he seems like an imprisoned man. Until, that is, the family gets an unexpected...
    Character: Walter Lee Younger
    United States  1961
  • Paris Blues
    Two jazz musicians deal with romantic problems in Paris. Ram Bowen and Eddie Cook are two expatriate American jazzmen working in a Left Bank nightclub in Paris. Ram is there hoping to attain stature as a musician, and Eddie has co...
    Character: Eddie Cook
    United States  1961
  • All the Young Men
    During the Korean War, the lieutenant in charge of a Marine rifle platoon is killed in battle. Before he dies, he places the platoon's sergeant, who's black, in charge. The sergeant figures on having trouble with two men in his pl...
    Character: Sgt. Eddie Towler
    United States  1960
  • Porgy and Bess
    In this legendary Gershwin opera set among the black residents of a fishing village in 1912 South Carolina, Bess - a woman with a disreputable history - tries to break free from her brutish lover Crown after he becomes wanted for ...
    Character: Porgy
    United States  1959
  • Virgin Island
    Evan and Tina want to live their lives differently. They go to live on an island. Tina's mother is concerned about her daughter's future. There is smuggling going on on the island.
    Character: Marcus
    United Kingdom  1958
  • The Defiant Ones
    This 1958 variation on Huck Finn's adventures with Jim finds a white convict (Tony Curtis) chained to a black convict (Sidney Poitier) as they both escape their captors. With each man literally stuck with the other, racial conflic...
    Character: Noah Cullen
    United States  1958
  • Band of Angels
    Based on a novel by Robert Penn Warren, this Southern potboiler stars Yvonne DeCarlo as Amantha Starr, the daughter of a wealthy Louisiana plantation owner. When her father unexpectedly dies, Amantha discovers that her father was ...
    Character: Rau-Ru
    United States  1957
  • Edge of the City
    Two New York City longshoremen Axel Nordmann (John Cassavetes), with a mysterious past, and Tommy Tyler (Sidney Poitier), an easy-going freight car loader who's growing friendship is threatened by Charles Malik (Jack Warden), a no...
    Character: Tommy Tyler
    United States  1957
  • Something of Value (Africa Ablaze!)
    Even though Peter and Kimani grow up together, Kimani soon finds that different races are treated differently. After the father of Kimani is jailed for following tribal customs, Kimani joins a band of rebels that wants all non-Ken...
    Character: Kimani Wa Karanja
    United States  1957
  • Good-bye, My Lady
    An old man and a young boy who live in the Georgia swamps are brought together by the love of a dog.
    Character: Gates Watson
    United States  1956
  • The Blackboard Jungle
    Richard Dadier earns a teaching assignment at a tough high school, where the teenagers make the rules and the staff meekly accept the fact that they've lost control. When Dadier tries exerting his authority, he receives much hosti...
    Character: Gregory W. Miller
    United States  1955
  • Red Ball Express
    A racially integrated platoon fights to overcome their differences during World War II.
    Character: Robertson
    United States  1952
  • Cry The Beloved Country
    In the back country of South Africa ruled by the Afrikáans, black minister Stephen Kumalo (Canada Lee) journeys to the city to search for his missing son, only to find his people living in squalor and his son a criminal. Reverend...
    Character: Reverend Msimangu
    United Kingdom  1951
  • No Way Out
    The Biddle brothers, shot while robbing a gas station, are taken to the prison ward of the County Hospital; Ray Biddle, a rabid racist, wants no treatment from black resident Dr. Luther Brooks. When brother John dies while Luther ...
    Character: Dr. Luther Brooks
    United States  1950