Sidney Poitier Net Worth 2022

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Biography

Sidney Poitier was the youngest of seven children, born to Evelyn and Reginald James Poitier, Bahamian farmers who owned a farm on Cat Island. The family would travel to Miami to sell tomatoes and other produce. Reginald also worked as a cab driver in Nassau, Bahamas.

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At age 15, he was sent to Miami to live with his brother's large family. At 16, he moved to New York City and held a string of jobs as a dishwasher. A waiter sat with him every night for several weeks helping him learn to read the newspaper.

During World War II, in November 1943, he lied about his age and enlisted in the Army. He was assigned to a Veteran's Administration hospital in Northport, New York, and was trained to work with psychiatric patients.

Poitier became upset with how the hospital treated its patients, and feigned mental illness to obtain a discharge. Poitier confessed to a psychiatrist that he was faking his condition, but the doctor was sympathetic and granted his discharge under Section VIII of Army regulation 615-360 in December 1944.

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After leaving the Army he worked as a dishwasher until a successful audition landed him a spot with the American Negro Theater.

His entire family lived in the Bahamas, then still a British colony, but Poitier was born unexpectedly in Miami while they were visiting for the weekend, which automatically granted him American citizenship.

He grew up in the Bahamas, but moved back to Miami aged 15 and to New York when he was 16. He joined the North American Negro Theatre, landing his breakthrough film role as an incorrigible high school student in the 1955 film Blackboard Jungle.

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From 1995 to 2003, Poitier served as a member of the board of directors of The Walt Disney Company.

Personal life

Poitier was first married to Juanita Hardy from April 29, 1950, until 1965. They raised their family in Stuyvesant, New York, in a house on the Hudson River. In 1959, Poitier began a nine-year affair with actress Diahann Carroll.

 He has been married to Joanna Shimkus, a Canadian Ex-actress, since January 23, 1976. He has four daughters with his first wife  Pamela, Sherri, and Gina and two with his second.

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Honors and awards

  • 1958: British Academy Film Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for The Defiant Ones
  • 1958: Silver Bear for Best Actor Berlin Film Festival for The Defiant Ones
  • 1963: Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama for Lilies of the Field
  • 1963: Silver Bear for Best Actor Berlin Film Festival for Lilies of the Field
  • 1964: Academy Award Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Lilies of the Field
  • 1974: Honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE)
  • 1982: Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award
  • 1992: AFI Life Achievement Award
  • 1995: Kennedy Center Honors
  • 1997: Appointed non-resident Bahamian Ambassador to Japan
  • 1999: SAG Life Achievement Award
  • 2000: NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special for The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn
  • 2001: NAACP Image Award - Hall of Fame Award
  • 2001 Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album - Rick Harris, John Runnette (producers) and Sidney Poitier for The Measure of a Man
  • 2002: Honorary Oscar - "For his extraordinary performances and unique presence on the screen and for representing the industry with dignity, style and intelligence"
  • 2009: Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • 2011: Film Society of Lincoln Center Gala Tribute honoring his life and careers
  • 2014: Golden Plate Plate Award of the American Academy of Achievement, presented by Awards Council member Oprah Winfrey
  • 2016: BAFTA Fellowship


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