Hollywood's 1st Black Movie Star Sidney Poitier Has Passed Away
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CNN - Sidney Poitier, Hollywood's first Black movie star and the first Black man to win the best actor Oscar, has just passed away at the age of 94. Clint Watson, press secretary for the Prime Minister of the Bahamas, confirmed to CNN that Poitier died just this past Thursday. In Poitier's later years, as Hollywood sought to recognize a man whose example had opened doors for so many other Black actors, the accolades poured in. In 2001, Poitier even went onto receiving an honorary Academy Award for his overall contribution to American cinema. The following year, in accepting his best actor Oscar for "Training Day," Denzel Washington said, "Forty years I've been chasing Sidney...I'll always be chasing you, Sidney. I'll always be following in your footsteps." Sidney Poitier will surely be missed by many.
Broadway theaters dim lights in memory of Sidney Poitier l GMA
To honor the life of actor and director Sidney Poitier, who died of heart failure at age 94, the Committee of Theatre Owners dimmed the lights of their theaters for one minute on Jan. 19.