'RIP, Sir. With love': Sidney Poitier is honored by stars Whoopi Goldberg, Viola Davis and Jeffrey Wright as they lead tributes to 'la
‘RIP, Sir. With love’: Sidney Poitier is honored by stars Whoopi Goldberg, Viola Davis and Jeffrey Wright as they lead tributes to ‘landmark actor’ after his death at 94
- Legendary actor has passed away at 94 it has been confirmed
- Sidney Poitier was the first black man to win a best actor Oscar in 1964
- Whoopi Goldberg, Viola Davis, and Jeffrey Wright lead tributes on Friday
Tributes poured in Friday morning following the death of legendary Hollywood actor Sidney Poitier at age 94.
Poitier – the first black man to win a best actor Oscar – left behind a trailblazing career which many celebrated in their messages of condolences.
His passing was confirmed by the Bahamas’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Fred Mitchell, on Friday morning. His cause of death is not yet known.
‘RIP, Sir. With love’: Sidney Poitier is honored by stars Whoopi Goldberg and Jeffrey Wright leading tributes to ‘landmark actor’ after his death at 94 (Pictured in 1964)
Golden Globe and Emmy-winning actor Jeffrey Wright lead the tributes, tweeting: ‘Sidney Poitier. What a landmark actor. One of a kind. What a beautiful, gracious, warm, genuinely regal man. RIP, Sir. With love.’
Oscar-winner Whoopi Goldberg tweeted a touching message, reciting the lyrics to the theme song from Poitier’s 1967 film To Sir, with Love.
‘If you wanted the sky I would write across the sky in letters that would soar a thousand feet high.. To Sir… with Love,’ she wrote, adding: ‘Sir Sidney Poitier R.I.P. He showed us how to reach for the stars.’
Outpouring: Tributes poured in Friday morning following the death of legendary Hollywood actor Sidney Poitier at age 94
The 1967 British drama film dealt with social and racial issues in an inner city school, with Poitier playing teacher Mr Mark Thackeray.
Star of Dreamgirls and Tony winner Anika Noni Rose tweeted: ‘RIP Sidney Poitier. Thank you for being so kind, for every door you broke down and every slap you gave in return.’
‘This is a big one,’ said Oscar-winner Viola Davis. ‘No words can describe how your work radically shifted my life.’
To Sir With Love: Oscar winner Viola Davis posted a tribute on Instagram
‘The dignity, normalcy, strength, excellence and sheer electricity you brought to your roles showed us that we, as Black folks, mattered!!! It was an honor for my husband and I to share lunch with you at Spagos.’
‘You told us,“If your dreams do not scare you, they’re not big enough”! I put this quote on my daughter’s wall. Rest well Mr. Poitier. Thank you! Thank you for leaving a legacy. May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.’
Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt wrote: ‘Sidney Poitier. An absolute legend. One of the greats.’
It is no surprise to see such a huge outpouring of tributes for the Bahamian-American star from fellow actors.
Poitier’s groundbreaking acting career saw win an Oscar in 1964 for his role in Lilies of the Field him and earn two further Academy Award nominations, ten Golden Globes nominations, two Primetime Emmy Awards nominations, six BAFTA nominations, eight Laurel nominations, and one Screen Actors Guild Awards nomination.
Twice-married, he had four daughters with his first wife Juanita Hardy and two with his second wife Joanna Shimkus.
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