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Can we have a memorial thread for Sidney Poitier?

Asked by janbb (62920points) January 7th, 2022

I just read that he died at 94. He was a barrier breaker and such a fine actor. Although he lived to a ripe old age, I am sad that he is gone. RIP

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kritiper's avatar

You played your parts well, Mr. Poitier. RIP.

elbanditoroso's avatar

Fine actor. Three movies of his come to mind as favorites:

1) to Sir with Love (the first one, 1967, not the TV remake)

2) the Jackal (1997) – the movie was crap, but he played a good and convincing role

3) The Last Brickmaker in America – TV – but he played a good role

I would have included Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, but he was so overshadowed by Hepburn and Tracy – Poitier’s role was too small and not fully developed.

janbb's avatar

He was great in Lilies of the Field too.

smudges's avatar

Awwww, that’s sad. I had the biggest crush on him due to “To Sir, With Love”, and watched it many times. (He’s hot!)

I’ll have to check out some of his other work.

Forever_Free's avatar

They call me Mr. Tibbs!!!! (1970)
In the Heat of the Night (1967)

Love these movies

canidmajor's avatar

And don’t forget The Defiant Ones!
One of my faves was a silly Viking costume piece with Richard Widmark, The Long Ships.

So much talent, such a pioneer!
RIP Mr Tibbs.

filmfann's avatar

One of the movies my Mom took me to when I was child was Lilies Of The Field. He was remarkable!

Dutchess_III's avatar

He had such class.

What was the movie he played in with Tony Curtis? That was the only time I saw him slip into acting black. He sang a song about bowling green or something.

janbb's avatar

@canidmajor Yes, In the Heat of the Night!

chyna's avatar

To Sir With Love was my first introduction to this fine actor. He certainly was a barrier breaker and will be remembered for that and his fine performances.

Dutchess_III's avatar

That time in The Heat of the Night that old white guy slapped Sydney, and Sydney slapped him right back! Go Mr. Tibbs!!

smudges's avatar

The Defiant Ones is the one with Tony Curtis @Dutchess_III.

The American dramatic film The Defiant Ones (1958) was considered provocative at the time because of its focus on racism and its call for racial harmony. The movie was nominated for nine Academy Awards; it won in the cinematography and screenplay categories.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

He was indeed a great actor.

flutherother's avatar

I liked him playing alongside Rod Steiger in “The Heat of the Night”. A great film.

Inspired_2write's avatar

Thank him for standing up against all odds and thus a leader in his own right.
He was a successfull author as well.
A very confident man who knew that he could conquer in any endeavor that he tried.

This Life (2008)
Measure of a Man:A spiritual autobiography (2000)
Life Beyond Measure : Letters to mt Great Grandmother (2008)
Montario Crime : A suspense Novel) (2013)

Inspired_2write's avatar

When searching his Memoirs especially his book Measure of a Man I found this quote of importance that shows his enlightenment and humbleness as well.

Here is that quote:

”“I have no wish to play the pontificating fool, pretending that I’ve suddenly come up with the answers to all life’s questions. Quite that contrary, I began this book as an exploration, an exercise in self-questing. In other words, I wanted to find out, as I looked back at a long and complicated life, with many twists and turns, how well I’ve done at measuring up to the values I myself have set.”
—Sidney Poitier

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