Sidney Poitier

by ethnic on December 29, 2007

"An Artful Event" at the California African American Museum in Los Angeles October 6, 2012

Place of Birth: Miami, Florida, U.S.

Date of Birth: February 20, 1927

Ethnicity: Afro-Bahamian

Sir Sidney Poitier is a Bahamian and American actor, director, writer, and diplomat. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for Lilies of the Field (1963).

He was born in Miami, Florida, to Afro-Bahamian parents, Evelyn (Outten/Outen) and Reginald James Poitier, and was raised on Cat Island, in the Bahamas, later moving to the U.S.

With his wife, Canadian actress Joanna Shimkus, he is the father of actress Sydney Tamiia Poitier.

Sidney’s paternal grandparents were March Poitier (the son of David Poitier and Margaret) and Emma “Emily” Jane Evans (the daughter of Charles Evans and Jane).

Sidney’s maternal grandparents were Timothy Outten and Gina or Louisa Pinder.

Sidney may have Haitian ancestors on his father’s side.

Source: Genealogy of Sidney Poitier – https://www.geni.com

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andrew July 23, 2017 at 5:55 pm

Sidney’s uncle has claimed that the Poitier ancestors on his father’s side had migrated from Haiti. The surname Poitier is a French name.

fuzzybear44 June 16, 2013 at 3:55 am

A great actor.I especially love those classics with Bill Cosby

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