History Main / SidneyPoitier

17th Jun '13 9:50:05 PM Prfnoff
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->"''I'll always be chasing you, Sidney, I'll always be following in your footsteps. There's nothing I would rather do, sir, nothing I would rather do.''"
-----> --'''DenzelWashington''', while accepting his Best Actor Oscar.

The JackieRobinson of dramatic film acting in North America, born in 1927.

Before him, the notion of a Black man being a leading actor in dramatic American films was all but scoffed at, but this magnificent actor broke through the prejudice to make an invaluable precedent for minority actors, and paid the price for it along the way.

First hitting the big time in 1955 as a bright-but-troubled high school delinquent in the early SaveOurStudents drama ''BlackboardJungle'', Poitier soon became a special presence in classic films like ''TheDefiantOnes'' and was the first Black man to win an [[AcademyAward Oscar]] for Best Actor for ''LiliesOfTheField'' in 1963. Unfortunately, Poitier was all too aware this was effectively an award for being the TokenMinority in Hollywood, and he felt he had to set an example for playing characters that show African Americans in a good light to bury the Stepin Fetchit stereotypes.

As such, Poitier's roles typically embodied PositiveDiscrimination such as in his most famous films being an unrealistically perfect person, if deliberately desexualized, in every way. To be fair, he didn't help his case at the height of his career when he turned down the chance to start in a TV movie adaptation of ''Theatre/{{Othello}}'' which could have at least been a real change of pace playing a very human tragic hero. The film ''GuessWhosComingToDinner'' is the most blatant with Poitier's character being an successful doctor who is graceful, well mannered and deferential to his white fiancee's parents to ask their blessing before any thought of sex or marriage.

Before people really tired of this role formula and turned on him for being a token, Poitier enjoyed another breakthrough, being the #1 movie star of them all in 1967 with three hit films, ''ToSirWithLove'' (another SaveOurStudents film, this time with Poitier as teacher), ''GuessWhosComingToDinner'', (a film so successful everywhere that it killed the marketing fear of how southern state film markets would react to films starring African Americans) and ''InTheHeatOfTheNight'' (A Best Picture [[AcademyAward Oscar]] winner where Poitier at least got to play an AngryBlackMan for a change as Det. Virgil Tibbs).

Afterward, his acting career declined, but he was able to be a successful director(''StirCrazy'') and later Ambassador for The Bahamas as minority talents reaped the rewards of Poitier's trailblazing.

Tropes associated with him:
* ''InTheHeatOfTheNight'' when a rich white bigot slapped Poitier's character, Det. Virgil Tibbs, for daring to question him on suspicion of murder. To the shock of white viewers and the delight of black ones, Tibbs instantly slaps the bigot back, an act that was previously ''unthinkable'' for African American characters in mainstream Hollywood films.
* TheyCallMeMisterTibbs: From the same movie.


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->"''I'll always be chasing you, Sidney, I'll always be following in your footsteps. There's nothing I would rather do, sir, nothing I would rather do.''"
-----> --'''DenzelWashington''', while accepting his Best Actor Oscar.

The JackieRobinson of dramatic film acting in North America, born in 1927.

Before him, the notion of a Black man being a leading actor in dramatic American films was all but scoffed at, but this magnificent actor broke through the prejudice to make an invaluable precedent for minority actors, and paid the price for it along the way.

First hitting the big time in 1955 as a bright-but-troubled high school delinquent in the early SaveOurStudents drama ''BlackboardJungle'', Poitier soon became a special presence in classic films like ''TheDefiantOnes'' and was the first Black man to win an [[AcademyAward Oscar]] for Best Actor for ''LiliesOfTheField'' in 1963. Unfortunately, Poitier was all too aware this was effectively an award for being the TokenMinority in Hollywood, and he felt he had to set an example for playing characters that show African Americans in a good light to bury the Stepin Fetchit stereotypes.

As such, Poitier's roles typically embodied PositiveDiscrimination such as in his most famous films being an unrealistically perfect person, if deliberately desexualized, in every way. To be fair, he didn't help his case at the height of his career when he turned down the chance to start in a TV movie adaptation of ''Theatre/{{Othello}}'' which could have at least been a real change of pace playing a very human tragic hero. The film ''GuessWhosComingToDinner'' is the most blatant with Poitier's character being an successful doctor who is graceful, well mannered and deferential to his white fiancee's parents to ask their blessing before any thought of sex or marriage.

Before people really tired of this role formula and turned on him for being a token, Poitier enjoyed another breakthrough, being the #1 movie star of them all in 1967 with three hit films, ''ToSirWithLove'' (another SaveOurStudents film, this time with Poitier as teacher), ''GuessWhosComingToDinner'', (a film so successful everywhere that it killed the marketing fear of how southern state film markets would react to films starring African Americans) and ''InTheHeatOfTheNight'' (A Best Picture [[AcademyAward Oscar]] winner where Poitier at least got to play an AngryBlackMan for a change as Det. Virgil Tibbs).

Afterward, his acting career declined, but he was able to be a successful director(''StirCrazy'') and later Ambassador for The Bahamas as minority talents reaped the rewards of Poitier's trailblazing.

Tropes associated with him:
* ''InTheHeatOfTheNight'' when a rich white bigot slapped Poitier's character, Det. Virgil Tibbs, for daring to question him on suspicion of murder. To the shock of white viewers and the delight of black ones, Tibbs instantly slaps the bigot back, an act that was previously ''unthinkable'' for African American characters in mainstream Hollywood films.
* TheyCallMeMisterTibbs: From the same movie.

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28th Dec '12 12:22:02 AM MysteriousF
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The Jackie Robinson of dramatic film acting in North America, born in 1927.

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The Jackie Robinson JackieRobinson of dramatic film acting in North America, born in 1927.
23rd Jun '12 9:03:56 AM FELH2
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First hitting the big time in 1955 as a bright-but-troubled high school delinquent in the early SaveOurStudents drama ''BlackboardJungle'', Poitier soon became a special presence in classic films like ''TheDefiantOnes'' and was the first Black man to win an [[AcademyAward Oscar]] for Best Actor for ''LiliesOfTheField'' in 1963. Unfortunately, Poitier was all too aware this was effectively an award for being the TokenMinority in Hollywood, and he felt he had to set an example for playing characters that show African Americans in a good light to bury the Stepin Fetchit stereotypes.

As such, Poitier's roles typically embodied PositiveDiscrimination such as in his most famous films being an unrealistically perfect person, if deliberately desexualized, in every way. To be fair, he didn't help his case at the height of his career when he turned down the chance to start in a TV movie adaptation of ''{{Othello}}'' which could have at least been a real change of pace playing a very human tragic hero. The film ''GuessWhosComingToDinner'' is the most blatant with Poitier's character being an successful doctor who is graceful, well mannered and deferential to his white fiancee's parents to ask their blessing before any thought of sex or marriage.

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First hitting the big time in 1955 as a bright-but-troubled high school delinquent in the early SaveOurStudents drama ''BlackboardJungle'', Poitier soon became a special presence in classic films like ''TheDefiantOnes'' and was the first Black man to win an [[AcademyAward Oscar]] for Best Actor for ''LiliesOfTheField'' in 1963. Unfortunately, Poitier was all too aware this was effectively an award for being the TokenMinority in Hollywood, and he felt he had to set an example for playing characters that show African Americans in a good light to bury the Stepin Fetchit stereotypes.

stereotypes.

As such, Poitier's roles typically embodied PositiveDiscrimination such as in his most famous films being an unrealistically perfect person, if deliberately desexualized, in every way. To be fair, he didn't help his case at the height of his career when he turned down the chance to start in a TV movie adaptation of ''{{Othello}}'' ''Theatre/{{Othello}}'' which could have at least been a real change of pace playing a very human tragic hero. The film ''GuessWhosComingToDinner'' is the most blatant with Poitier's character being an successful doctor who is graceful, well mannered and deferential to his white fiancee's parents to ask their blessing before any thought of sex or marriage.



Afterward, his acting career declined, but he was able to be a successful director(''StirCrazy'') and later Ambassador for The Bahamas as minority talents reaped the rewards of Poitier's trailblazing.

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Afterward, his acting career declined, but he was able to be a successful director(''StirCrazy'') and later Ambassador for The Bahamas as minority talents reaped the rewards of Poitier's trailblazing.
trailblazing.



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17th Apr '12 2:28:10 PM Abodos
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Before him, the notion of a Black man being a leading film in dramatic American films was all but scoffed at, but this magnificent actor broke through the prejudice to make an invaluable precedent for minority actors, and paid the price for it along the way.

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Before him, the notion of a Black man being a leading film actor in dramatic American films was all but scoffed at, but this magnificent actor broke through the prejudice to make an invaluable precedent for minority actors, and paid the price for it along the way.
7th Aug '11 10:10:39 AM Aquila89
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First hitting the big time in 1955 as a bright-but-troubled high school delinquent in the early SaveOurStudents drama ''BlackboardJungle'', Poitier soon became a special presence in classic films like ''TheDefiantOnes'' and was the first Black man to win an Oscar for Best Actor for ''LiliesOfTheField'' in 1963. Unfortunately, Poitier was all too aware this was effectively an award for being the TokenMinority in Hollywood, and he felt he had to set an example for playing characters that show African Americans in a good light to bury the Stepin Fetchit stereotypes.

to:

First hitting the big time in 1955 as a bright-but-troubled high school delinquent in the early SaveOurStudents drama ''BlackboardJungle'', Poitier soon became a special presence in classic films like ''TheDefiantOnes'' and was the first Black man to win an Oscar [[AcademyAward Oscar]] for Best Actor for ''LiliesOfTheField'' in 1963. Unfortunately, Poitier was all too aware this was effectively an award for being the TokenMinority in Hollywood, and he felt he had to set an example for playing characters that show African Americans in a good light to bury the Stepin Fetchit stereotypes.
1st May '11 11:12:02 AM kchishol
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First hitting the big time in 1955 as a bright-but-troubled high school delinquent in the early SaveOurStudents drama ''BlackboardJungle'', Poitier soon became a special presence in classic films like ''TheDefiantOnes'' and was the first Black man to win an Oscar for Best Actor for ''LiliesOfTheField'' in 1963. Unfortunately, Poitier was all too aware this was effectively an award for being the TokenMinority in Hollywood, and he felt he had to set an example for playing characters that show African Americans in a good light to bury the Stepin Fetchit stereotypes.

As such, Poitier's role embodied PositiveDiscrimination with the typical role in his most famous films being an unrealistically perfect person, if deliberately desexualized, in every way. The film ''GuessWhosComingToDinner'' is the most blatant with Poitier's character being an successful doctor who is graceful, well mannered and deferential to his white fiancee's parents to ask their blessing before any thought of sex or marriage.

to:

First hitting the big time in 1955 as a bright-but-troubled high school delinquent in the early SaveOurStudents drama ''BlackboardJungle'', Poitier soon became a special presence in classic films like ''TheDefiantOnes'' and was the first Black man to win an Oscar for Best Actor for ''LiliesOfTheField'' in 1963. Unfortunately, Poitier was all too aware this was effectively an award for being the TokenMinority in Hollywood, and he felt he had to set an example for playing characters that show African Americans in a good light to bury the Stepin Fetchit stereotypes.

stereotypes.

As such, Poitier's role roles typically embodied PositiveDiscrimination with the typical role such as in his most famous films being an unrealistically perfect person, if deliberately desexualized, in every way. To be fair, he didn't help his case at the height of his career when he turned down the chance to start in a TV movie adaptation of ''{{Othello}}'' which could have at least been a real change of pace playing a very human tragic hero. The film ''GuessWhosComingToDinner'' is the most blatant with Poitier's character being an successful doctor who is graceful, well mannered and deferential to his white fiancee's parents to ask their blessing before any thought of sex or marriage.
4th Apr '11 11:30:07 PM Tapol
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Afterward, his acting career declined, but he was able to be a successful director and later Ambassador for The Bahamas as minority talents reaped the rewards of Poitier's trailblazing.

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Afterward, his acting career declined, but he was able to be a successful director director(''StirCrazy'') and later Ambassador for The Bahamas as minority talents reaped the rewards of Poitier's trailblazing.
1st Dec '10 7:28:12 AM kchishol
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As such, Poitier's role embodied PositiveDiscrimination with the typical role in his most famous films being an unrealistically perfect person, if deliberately desexualized, in every way. The film ''[[GuessWhosComingToDinner Guess Who's Coming To Dinner]]'' is the most blatant with Poitier's character being an successful doctor who is graceful, well mannered and deferential to his white fiancee's parents to ask their blessing before any thought of sex or marriage.

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As such, Poitier's role embodied PositiveDiscrimination with the typical role in his most famous films being an unrealistically perfect person, if deliberately desexualized, in every way. The film ''[[GuessWhosComingToDinner Guess Who's Coming To Dinner]]'' ''GuessWhosComingToDinner'' is the most blatant with Poitier's character being an successful doctor who is graceful, well mannered and deferential to his white fiancee's parents to ask their blessing before any thought of sex or marriage.
1st Dec '10 7:27:03 AM kchishol
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As such, Poitier's role embodied PositiveDiscrimination with the typical role in his most famous films being an unrealistically perfect person, if deliberately desexualized, in every way. The film ''Guess Who's Coming To Dinner'' is the most blatant with Poitier's character being an successful doctor who is graceful, well mannered and deferential to his fiancee's parents to ask their blessing before any thought of sex or marriage with.

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As such, Poitier's role embodied PositiveDiscrimination with the typical role in his most famous films being an unrealistically perfect person, if deliberately desexualized, in every way. The film ''Guess ''[[GuessWhosComingToDinner Guess Who's Coming To Dinner'' Dinner]]'' is the most blatant with Poitier's character being an successful doctor who is graceful, well mannered and deferential to his white fiancee's parents to ask their blessing before any thought of sex or marriage with.
marriage.
9th Sep '10 1:11:01 PM Aquila89
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Before people really tired of this role formula and turned on him for being a token, Poitier enjoyed another breakthrough, being the #1 movie star of them all in 1967 with three hit films, ''ToSirWithLove'' (another SaveOurStudents film, this time with Poitier as teacher), ''GuessWhosComingToDinner'', (a film so successful everywhere that it killed the marketing fear of how southern state film markets would react to films starring African Americans) and ''InTheHeatOfTheNight'' (A Best Picture Oscar Winner where Poitier at least got to play an AngryBlackMan for a change as Det. Virgil Tibbs).

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Before people really tired of this role formula and turned on him for being a token, Poitier enjoyed another breakthrough, being the #1 movie star of them all in 1967 with three hit films, ''ToSirWithLove'' (another SaveOurStudents film, this time with Poitier as teacher), ''GuessWhosComingToDinner'', (a film so successful everywhere that it killed the marketing fear of how southern state film markets would react to films starring African Americans) and ''InTheHeatOfTheNight'' (A Best Picture Oscar Winner [[AcademyAward Oscar]] winner where Poitier at least got to play an AngryBlackMan for a change as Det. Virgil Tibbs).
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