Oscar-Winning Actor Sidney Poitier Dies At 94

Sidney Poitier, the first Black man to win an Oscar for Best Actor, has died. He was 94.

The Bahamian-American actor’s passing was first reported by Bahamian news outlets, citing the country’s minister of foreign affairs, Fred Mitchell.

According to NBC News, Poitier died on Jan. 7.

The Hollywood icon broke numerous barriers in the 1950s and 1960s, winning an Academy Award in 1964 for his role in “Lilies of the Field.”

Sidney Poitier poses with honorary Oscar
AP Photo/Doug Mills

His most notable films include “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” and “In the Heat of the Night.”

Poitier also received accolades off the silver screen, having been a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009, two Golden Globe Awards and a Grammy.

His cause of death has yet to be announced.

By Sarah Dewberry, WTVR