Sidney Poitier, the first black actor to win an Oscar for best actor, dies at 94

The actor won the prized award for his performance in the film ‘Lilies of the Valley’ in 1964.

The veteran and acclaimed actor, civil rights activist and the first black actor to win a best actor Oscar, Sidney Poitier, has died at the age of 94. The cause and exact date of death has not yet been reported.

This has been confirmed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Bahamas, Fred Mitchel:

We have lost a great Bahamian and I have lost a friend

Poitier was originally from the Bahamas and at the time worked as the Bahamian ambassador to Japan and Unesco. His acting career began in the early 1950s with roles in films such as Seed of evil, No exit The Cry for the beloved land.

It was in 1964 when he won the Oscar for best actor thanks to his performance in the film Lilies of the valley, thus being the first black actor to win this precious film award since they were inaugurated in 1929.

After winning the Oscar, he starred in other great films such as Guess who’s coming tonight, A man for ivy, Now they call me Mr. Tibbs, A warm december, By profession swindlers, Shoot to kill The The Jackal (Chacal).

His last works focused mainly on television with various tv movies such as Classroom Rebellion 2, Mandela y de Klerk, Escape from eden, The silence of the inocents, The Peaceful Life of Noah Dearborn The the Dream Builder. He also participated in series such as Children of the Plain The faced.

In 2009, President Obama awarded Poitier the Presidential Medal of Freedom, one of the highest civil honors in the United States. He was also awarded an Academy Award in 2002 for his film career and representing the industry with style, intelligence and dignity.