Sydney Poitier, 94, Hollywood’s first black actress, has died, the Bahamas government announced on Friday.
Poitier, who held the dual nationalities of the U.S. and the Bahamian citizen, was “an icon, a hero, a mentor, a fighter, a national treasure,” Deputy Prime Minister Chester Cooper said on his official Facebook page.
Thespian became the first black actor to be nominated for an Academy Award in 1958 for his role in The Different Ones, and six years later became the first person to win an Oscar for Best Actor for his performance in “Lilies of the Field”.
During the Great Depression in the United States in the 1950s and 1960s, Poetry gained mainstream popularity through a series of explosive roles.
He balanced success with a sense of duty to choose projects that deal with bigotry and stereotypes, including his 1967 classic “Who’s Coming to Dinner” and “In the Heat of the Night”.
“I was deeply saddened and delighted to learn of Sir Sidney Poitier’s demise,” Cooper said Friday. , But he has a legacy that will never be forgotten. “
Poitier received an honorary Oscar in 2002 for his “extraordinary performances on the silver screen” and for his “dignity, style and intelligence”.