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Born: February 20, 1927
As the first African-American to win an Academy Award for Best Actor, for his role in Lilies of the Field (1963), the Bahamian-born Sidney Poitier is best known for his appearances in films dealing with racial issues, and most notably, as detective Virgil Tibbs in The Heat of the Night (1967). Poitier’s acting and directing career span seven decades, during which he received two Academy Award nominations. Appearing in over fifty films, two of these, The Defiant Ones (1958) and In the Heat of the Night (1967), appear on the 1001 movie list (Klaus Ming January 2016).