Academy-Award winning actor Sidney Poitier has died at the age of 94.
The Bahamian Minister of Foreign Affairs confirms his death.
Poitier was the first Black actor to win an Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role for “Lilies of the Field.”
Poitier was born in Miami, and grew up on a farm on Cat Island in the Bahamas.
Poitier’s breakout role was as Gregory W. Miller, a member of a hopeless high-school class in the 1955 film “Blackboard Jungle.”
He received critical acclaim for his work in “A Raisin in the Sun and A Patch of Blue.”
In 2009, President Obama awarded Poitier the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the U.S.
Actor Sidney Poitier poses for a portrait in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Monday, June 2, 2008. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
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