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    Poitier.

    Sydney Poitier & Harry Belafonte

    Sidney Poitier by Andy Gotts

    Actor Sidney Poitier made film history on April 13, 1964, when he became the first black man to win an Oscar for best actor.

    Sidney Poitier.... Inspirational, ground-breaking Academy Award winning actor and philanthropist

    Nelson Mandela

    JFK and Jackie in a photobooth, 1953

    A very young Donald Sutherland.

    A young Yul Brynner

    Sidney Poitier born 1927. Movie actor. First black man to win an academy award for best actor.

    Clint Eastwood (1930) - American actor, film director, producer and composer. Photo by Platon

    Tony Curtis

    Sidney Poitier - a man of substance, worth, dignity, character and integrity. It doesn't help to be beautiful outside as well! Sigh!

    ...in 1964, Sydney Poitier became the first African American to win the Academy Award for Best Actor (in Lilies of the Field).

    No matter what they tell you, words and ideas can change the world. ~Robin Williams (1951-2014) RIP

    Jack Nicholson

    Richard Burton

    Winning

    Johnny

    ICONS: Sammy Davis, Jr., Harry Belafonte and Sidney Poitier in an outtake from their February 4, 1966 LIFE magazine cover. Thank you Reggie Hudlin! Photo: Philippe Halsman/Magnum Photos.

    Michael Caine