The first black actor to win a Best Actor Oscar and be a major box-office draw. The undeniable talent and handsomeness. That bitchslap felt ’round the world! The Defiant Ones, A Raisin In The Sun, Lillies Of The Field, Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner, In The Heat Of The Night, To Sir With Love. A trailblazer, a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom (before it got tainted), a famed battler against Mecha Streisand, and an icon and star in the truest sense. Sidney Poitier was all of it. Farewell and rest in utmost peace, Mr. Tibbs.
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