The elegance, eloquence and sheer class of Sidney Poitier are unrivaled.
Add his distinguished voice, handsome appearance, and tremendous talent, and it’s no wonder Sidney became one of the screen’s most respected and best loved stars.
A Groundbreaking Path
But it wasn’t easy. It took drive, determination, years of hard work, and boundless faith. Against all odds, Sidney Poitier became the first black leading man.
Along the way, he became the first black man to win the Academy Award for Best Actor, garnered fans of all races, and, through his uplifting films, encouraged people across the world to unite in brotherhood. Sidney changed heart and minds; he made filmgoers reevaluate how they viewed the black community.
Sidney Poitier Podcast Tribute
As we mourn the loss of this great man, Episode 58 of Vanguard of Hollywood pays tribute to Sidney’s incredible life and accomplishments.
Sidney Poitier Podcast Video References
As referenced in Episode 58, watch two of Sidney’s triumphs below.
First, as he wins his groundbreaking Best Actor Oscar for Lilies of the Field (1963).
And second, as he gives his inspiring acceptance speech at the 2002 Academy Awards for his Honorary Oscar.
For more about Sidney, read my Sidney Poitier series here:
Elegance and Eloquence: The Great Sidney Poitier
Blackboard Jungle (1955)
Lilies of the Field (1963)
To Sir, with Love (1967)
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967)
They Call Me Mr. Tibbs! (1970)
A Remarkable Man
With Sidney’s passing, we’ve lost not just one of the great actors of the screen, but a great uniter: through his uplifting films and inspiring example, Sidney Poitier brought people together when the world needed it most.
There will never be another Hollywood star like Sidney. But his remarkable life and work will continue to inspire.
More Inspiration from Sidney Poitier
For more inspiration straight from Sidney, read his autobiography, or his uplifting novel, both available on Amazon [aff. links].
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Or watch one of my favorite Sidney Poitier films, Lilies of the Field (1963), or To Sir, with Love (1967) [aff. links].