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.

Sidney is married to Canadian actress Joanna Shimkus. He has four children with his former wife, Juanita Hardy, and two children, including actress Sydney Tamiia Poitier, with Joanna.

Sidney’s paternal grandfather was March Poitier (the son of David Poitier and Margaret).

Sidney’s paternal grandmother was 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.

Sources: Genealogy of Sidney Poitier –

Sidney’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Death record of Sidney’s mother –

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andrew December 30, 2017 at 12:45 pm
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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