Sidney Poitier’s Life Line


Madilynn Jorgensen, Reporter

Sidney Poitier was an American Actor from 1946-to 2009.  He was born on February 20th, 1927 in Miami Florida, and passed on January 6th, 2022 in Los Angeles, CA. Sidney had a tremendous influence on American Culture, and was given lots of awards for his acting and even for some of his books. 


Sidney Poitier was given lots of awards throughout his career. He got an award in the Hall of Fame in 2001. Some of the Sidneyś awards include the Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album (2001) The Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Autobiography, BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actor (1959), and Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role Lilies of the Field (1964).  Although Sidney has lots of awards, he is known for so much more. He is also famous for his influence on American culture. 

Sidney Poitier was an influence on American Culture by being a Bahamian-American actor. In the early 50’s he was the top and virtually stole African-American film star-the first black actor to become a hero to both black and white audiences. Even Martin Luther King looked up to this guy; he said “He is a man of great depth, a man of great social concern, a man who is dedicated to human rights and freedom.” (1967). After being such a big influence he has inspired lots of people to be just like him.