Sidney Poitier

Sidney Poitier

Highest Rated: 100% Deadly Pursuit (1988)

Lowest Rated: 6% Ghost Dad (1990)

Birthday: Feb 20, 1927

Birthplace: Miami, Florida, USA

As elegant and quietly commanding a personality as ever graced motion pictures, Sidney Poitier came to the fore of American culture in the 1950s and 1960s as a fine actor, and as an ambassador of America's long-delayed civil rights movement. While other actors and actresses of color made impact before and after him, Poitier in his time leveraged his mesmerizing screen presence into a culture-changing force. His very first film set off a chain of events that freed his native Bahamas of British colonial rule, and from there he not only became the first black Best Actor Oscar winner - for "Lilies of the Field" (1963) - but was the number-one box-office draw in 1967 in a triumvirate of movies: "In the Heat of the Night" (1967), "To Sir, with Love" (1967) and "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?" (1967). The regal Poitier's influence as an admirable role model of any color could not be underestimated. As he phased himself out of entertainment, his worldwide prestige would allow his native Bahamas to call on him to take on the new role of diplomat and representative to the United Nations. Simply put, Sidney Poitier became a beloved national treasure and symbol of a struggle almost as old as the United States itself.

Highest rated movies

Deadly Pursuit
Nationtime
Sing Your Song
In the Heat of the Night
A Raisin in the Sun
Lilies of the Field
The Defiant Ones
To Sir, With Love

Photos

Filmography

Movies

Credit
100% 100% Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me Self - 2017
100% No Score Yet Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart Self - 2017
95% 79% Sing Your Song Unknown (Character) $47.7K 2011
No Score Yet 65% The Last Brickmaker in America Henry Cobb (Character) - 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ralph Bunche: An American Odyssey Narrator - 2001
No Score Yet 100% Free of Eden Will Cleamons (Character),
Executive Producer
- 1999
No Score Yet 85% The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn Noah Dearborn (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet 67% David and Lisa Dr. Jack Miller (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet 68% Mandela and de Klerk Nelson Mandela (Character) - 1997
23% 52% The Jackal Carter Preston (Character) $54.9M 1997
No Score Yet 60% To Sir, With Love II Mark Thackeray (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet 74% A Good Day to Die Gypsy Smith (Character) - 1995
79% 80% Sneakers Donald Crease (Character) $50.6M 1992
83% 78% Separate But Equal Unknown (Character) - 1991
6% 32% Ghost Dad Director $20.9M 1990
100% 64% Deadly Pursuit Warren Stantin (Character) $29.3M 1988
57% 45% Little Nikita Roy Parmenter (Character) $1.5M 1988
No Score Yet 83% Fast Forward Director - 1985
40% 31% Hanky Panky Director - 1982
67% 75% Stir Crazy Director - 1980
No Score Yet 71% Paul Robeson: Tribute to an Artist Narrator - 1979
No Score Yet 82% A Piece of the Action Manny Durrell (Character),
Director
- 1977
67% 45% The Wilby Conspiracy Shack Twala (Character) - 1975
63% 86% Let's Do It Again Clyde Williams (Character),
Director
- 1975
67% 81% Uptown Saturday Night Steve Jackson (Character),
Director
- 1974
No Score Yet 58% A Warm December Dr. Matt Younger (Character),
Director
- 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Nationtime: Gary Narrator - 1972
100% No Score Yet Nationtime Narrator (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet 60% Buck and the Preacher Buck (Character),
Director
- 1972
No Score Yet 56% Brother John John Kane (Character) - 1971
29% 28% The Organization Virgil Tibbs (Character) - 1971
50% 36% They Call Me Mister Tibbs! Virgil Tibbs (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet 57% The Lost Man Jason Higgs (Character) - 1969
43% 52% For Love of Ivy Jack Parks (Character) - 1968
90% 88% To Sir, With Love Mark Thackeray (Character) - 1967
72% 85% Guess Who's Coming to Dinner Dr. John Wade Prentice (Character) - 1967
95% 92% In the Heat of the Night Virgil Tibbs (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet 57% Duel at Diablo Toller (Character) - 1966
83% 73% The Slender Thread Alan Newell (Character) - 1965
89% 91% A Patch of Blue Gordon Ralfe (Character) - 1965
85% 75% The Bedford Incident Ben Munceford (Character) - 1965
50% 39% The Long Ships Aly Mansuh (Character) - 1964
92% 86% Lilies of the Field Homer Smith (Character) - 1963
No Score Yet 76% Pressure Point Doctor (Character) - 1962
95% 87% A Raisin in the Sun Walter Lee Younger (Character) - 1961
67% 68% Paris Blues Eddie Cook (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet 43% All the Young Men Sgt. Eddie Towler (Character) - 1960
73% 77% Porgy and Bess Porgy (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Virgin Island Marcus (Character) - 1959
91% 88% The Defiant Ones Noah Cullen (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet 73% The Mark of the Hawk Obam (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet 74% Edge of the City Tommy Tyler (Character) - 1957
50% 54% Something of Value Kimani Wa Karanja (Character) - 1957
40% 65% Band of Angels Rau-Ru (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet 90% Goodbye, My Lady Gates (Character) - 1956
74% 78% Blackboard Jungle Gregory W. Miller (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet Go, Man, Go! Inman Jackson (Character) - 1954
89% 71% Cry, the Beloved Country Reverend Msimangu (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet 50% Red Ball Express Robertson (Character) - 1952
86% 82% No Way Out Dr. Luther Brooks (Character) - 1950

TV

Credit
No Score Yet 50% 20/20 Guest 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Children of the Dust Unknown (Character) 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Dick Cavett Show Guest 1972