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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - DECEMBER 19: Actor Sidney Poitier attends the Brigitte and Bobby Sherman Children's Foundation's 6th Annual Christmas Gala and Fundraiser at Montage Beverly Hills on December 19, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for The Brigitte and Bobby Sherman Children's Foundation)

Legendary actor Sidney Poitier has passed away.  During his 71 year career, he starred in over 35 films including “A Raisin in the Sun”, “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner”, and “Uptown Saturday Night”.

Born in Miami, Poitier moved to New York City at the age of 16 after living in the Bahamas for several years with his family.  That is when his aspirations of being an actor began to become a reality.   He work at the American Negro Theater as a janitor in exchange for acting lessons.  He made his film debut in the racially charged film “No Way Out.”

In 1959, he made history by becoming the 1st African-American to be nominated for Best Actor at the Academy Awards for his role in “The Defiant Ones”.  He also earned a Golden Globe win and a BAFTA Award.  In 19634, Poitier became the 1st African American to ever win the Best Actor award at the Academy Awards.

In addition to acting, Poitier was an author writing several books including two autobiographies, “The Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Autobiography” and “Life Beyond Measure: Letters to My Great-Granddaughter”.

The cause of death has not been confirmed. Sidney Poitier was 94 years old.  Job Well Done!  Rest in Peace.