Acclaimed actor Sidney Poitier was born unexpectedly in Miami when his parents were visiting. He was two months early and not expected to survive. He was raised in the Bahamas and went on to be not only an Oscar winning actor but also the Bahamian Ambassador to Japan for over a decade.

Sidney Poitier

Sidney Poitier, (born February 20, 1927, Miami, Florida, U.S.), Bahamian American actor, director, and producer who broke the colour barrier in the U.S. motion-picture industry by becoming the first African American actor to win an Academy Award for best actor (for Lilies of the Field ) and the first Black movie star. He also redefined roles for African Americans by rejecting parts that were based on racial stereotypes.

Early life and work

Poitier was born prematurely in the United States while his parents were visiting from The Bahamas. While some references give his birth year as 1924, most sources, including Poitier himself, indicate that he was born in 1927. He grew up on Cat Island, Bahamas, and returned as a teenager to the Un… Continue Reading (5 minute read)

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  1. MeisterJTF2

    Guess who’s coming to diner is still one the best movies ever produced for its time

  2. UCDent

    He might have survived only because he was born in Miami. Weirdly lucky and unlucky situation.

  3. obiwanconobi

    My only knowledge of this guy is the scene from only fools and horses where Grandad is calling him “Sidney Potter”

  4. Omdren

    I love Sneakers great movie.

  5. Mythril_Zombie

    >Sidney Poitier was born unexpectedly in Miami when his parents were visiting.

    Such good luck they were in the same town on the same day. A few days earlier, and he might have been born in Miami while his parents were back home.

  6. Semujin

    I wonder if, as a kid, he got teased for being American.

  7. tslime

    And protector of the Triangle of Zinthar

  8. Pog-Master

    Interesting. He even has a presidential medal of freedom from 2009.

  9. No-Pizda-For-You

    “They call me Mr. Tibbs!” . Hard to believe he’s in his 90’s. I seem to remember him being a Knight of the OBE or something. And to top it off he got a shoutout by Busta Rhymes in Gimme Some More.

  10. monkeyship

    One of the best actors I’ve seen… They call me Mr Tibbs!

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