He was the first black man to receive an Oscar for Best Actor in 1963 for his role in Lilies of the Field.
His career kicked off in 1958 in The Defiant Ones alongside Tony Curtis, with an Oscar nomination.
Mr. Poitier continued with stunning roles - In the Heat of the Night. (1967) "They call me Mr. Tibbs." Classic!!!
A fave of mine was To Sir With Love. (I wanted him to be my teacher)
Also Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? with Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy.
He not only acted, he directed too. In 1995 he received a Kennedy Center Honor. In 2009 he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama. Civil right activist, humanitarian, there really are no words for this man's gifts to the world.
All in all, I just wanted to pay tribute to a very worthy actor and man - Mr. Sidney Poitier. R.I.P.