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Sidney Poitier Height, Weight, Age, Facts, Biography

Sidney Poitier Quick Info
Height 6 ft 2½ in
Weight 77 kg
Date of Birth February 20, 1927
Zodiac Sign Pisces
Date of Death January 6, 2022

Sidney Poitier was an American actor, film director, producer, activist, and ambassador who became the first Black person and first Bahamian to win the Academy Award for “Best Actor” in 1964. He gained acclaim for his work in movies like A Raisin in the Sun, A Patch of BlueThe Defiant Ones, Porgy and BessParis Blues, Guess Who’s Coming to DinnerIn the Heat of the Night, Lilies of the Field, and To Sir, With Love. In 1974, Sidney Poitier was granted a knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II and he received the Kennedy Center Honor in 1995. In recognition of his “remarkable accomplishments as an artist and as a human being”, he received the Academy Honorary Award in 2002. Moreover, he served as the Bahamian Ambassador to Japan from 1997 to 2007.

Born Name

Sidney L. Poitier

Nick Name

Sidney

Sidney Poitier in 2013
Sidney Poitier in 2013 (United States Department of the Interior National Park Service / U.S. Federal Government / Public Domain)

Age

He was born on February 20, 1927.

Died

On January 6, 2022, he passed away at the age of 94 at his home in Los Angeles, California, United States.

Sun Sign

Pisces

Born Place

Miami, Florida, United States

Residence

He resided in Los Angeles, California, United States.

Nationality

American

 

Occupation

Actor, Film Director, Producer, Activist, Ambassador

Family

  • Father – Reginald James Poitier (Farmer, Cab Driver)
  • Mother – Evelyn (née Outten) (Farmer)
  • Siblings – Cyril Poitier (Older Brother) (Actor). Sidney Poitier had 5 more older siblings.
  • Others – March Poitier (Paternal Grandfather), Emma Jane “Emily” Evans (Paternal Grandmother), Timothy Outten/Outen (Maternal Grandfather), Virginia Farrington/Farington (Maternal Grandmother)

Manager

Poitier was signed with Verdon-Cedric Productions, Production Company, Los Angeles, California, United States.

Net Worth

According to CelebrityNetWorth.com, his net worth had been $20 Million.

Build

Slim

Sidney Poitier as seen while receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama on August 12, 2009
Sidney Poitier as seen while receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama on August 12, 2009 (The White House / United States Government / Public Domain)

Height

6 ft 2½ in or 189 cm

Weight

77 kg or 170 lbs

Girlfriend / Spouse

Sidney Poitier had dated –

  1. Juanita Hardy (1950-1965)​ – On April 29, 1950, Sidney Poitier got married to Juanita Hardy but the duo eventually divorced in 1965. They were blessed with 4 daughters – Beverly Poitier-Henderson (b. July 5, 1952), Pamela Poitier (b. April 12, 1954), Sherri Poitier (b. July 12, 1956), and Gina Poitier (b. May 1, 1961).
  2. Diahann Carroll (1959-1968) – In the year 1959, he became romantically involved with actor Diahann Carroll. Their affair lasted for around 9 years and ended in 1968.
  3. Susan Denberg (1967) – Poitier had a short-termed affair with German model and actor Susan Denberg between May 1967 and June 1967.
  4. Joanna Shimkus (1976-2022) – On January 23, 1976, he married Canadian actor Joanna Shimkus and they remained together until his death in 2022. On February 29, 1972, they welcomed their first child together, a daughter named Anika Poitier. Their 2nd daughter (and Sidney Poitier’s 6th daughter), Sydney Tamiia Poitier, was born on November 15, 1973.

Race / Ethnicity

Black

Sidney Poitier was of African-Bahamian descent.

Hair Color

Salt and Pepper

Eye Color

Dark Brown

Sexual Orientation

Straight

Distinctive Features

Deep-set eyes

Brand Endorsements

He appeared in a “Stand Up To Cancer Dot Org” commercial in 2008.

Religion

He grew up a Catholic but later became an agnostic, with views closer to deism.

Sidney Poitier c. 2000
Sidney Poitier c. 2000 (John Mathew Smith & www.celebrity-photos.com / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0)

Sidney Poitier Facts

  1. His parents were Bahamian farmers who owned a farm on Cat Island.
  2. His entire family lived in the Bahamas but as he was born unexpectedly in Miami, he was automatically granted U.S. citizenship.
  3. He was born 2 months premature.
  4. In 1956, he became a resident of Mount Vernon in Westchester County, New York.
  5. Sidney Poitier co-starred as Homer Smith in the 1963 comedy-drama film Lilies of the Field, a role for which he won the Academy Award for “Best Actor” and Golden Globe Award for “Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama”.
  6. In 1997, he portrayed the character of Nelson Mandela, a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, political leader, and philanthropist, in the made-for-television drama film Mandela and de Klerk. This performance got Poitier nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for “Outstanding Actor in a Limited Series or Movie” and Screen Actors Guild Award for “Outstanding Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie”.
  7. Sidney Poitier received the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1982 and the BAFTA Fellowship for outstanding lifetime achievement in film in 2016.

Featured Image by United States Department of the Interior National Park Service / U.S. Federal Government / Public Domain

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