They called him Mister Tibbs: Acting legend Sidney Poitier is dead

He had made Hollywood history back in the 1960s and paved the way for numerous actors. At the age of 94, Sidney Poitier can now rest in peace.

Before African American stars such as Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Angela Basset and Halle Berry conquered Hollywood, Sidney Poitier’s charm and talent were convincing in times when racial segregation (also known as the “Jim Crow era”) prevailed in the USA. As early as 1959 he made the impossible possible: for his performance in “Escape in Chains” he was the first African American to be nominated in the “Best Actor” category. Five years later he was able to take home the coveted trophy with “Lilien auf dem Felde” – he was the first black actor to whom this honor was due.

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Sidney Poitier: Pionier in Hollywood

However, his Oscar is not the only honor that made the legendary actor a pioneer. In 1967, three years after receiving his Academy Award, he became the first African American actor to inaugurate his place on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His following years were marked by further special honors. In the mid-1970s he was made an Honorary Knight by the Queen. But Poitier’s greatest achievements were still on the screen.

In the romantic dramedy “Guess who’s coming for dinner?” He surprised Katherine Hepburn as the future son-in-law and broke racist prejudice. In the cult classic “In the Heat of the Night”, which won five Oscars, Poitier played Virgil Tibbs, a detective who is supposed to solve a murder case in a racist town in Mississippi.

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