The Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Autobiography by Sidney PoitierIn this luminous memoir, a true American icon looks back on his celebrated life and career. His body of work is arguable the most morally significant in cinematic history, and the power and influence of that work are indicative of the character of the man behind the many storied roles. Here, Sidney Poitier explores these elements of character and personal values to take his own measure - as a man, as a husband, and father, and as an actor.
Poitier was uncompromising as he pursued a personal and public life that would honor his upbringing and the invaluable legacy of his parents. Committed to the notion that what one does for a living articulates who one is, Poitier played only forceful and affecting characters who said something positive, useful, and lasting about the human condition.
Here, finally, is Poitiers own introspective look at what has informed his performances and his life. Poitier explores the nature of sacrifice and commitment, pride and humility, rage and forgiveness, and paying the price for artistic integrity. What emerges is a picture of a man seeking truth, passion, and balance in the face of limits his own and the worlds. A triumph of the spirit, The Measure of a Man captures the essential Poitier.
Author Biography: Sidney Poitier was the first and remains the only African American actor to win the Academy Award for Best Actor for his outstanding performance in Lilies of the Field in 1963, but he believes that will soon change, given the excellence of African-American talent in the industry today. He has starred in over forty films, directed nine, and written four. His landmark films include TheDefiant Ones, A Patch of Blue, Guess Whos Coming to Dinner, and To Sir, With Love. Among his many accolades, he has recently been selected as the thirty-sixth recipient of the Screen Actors Guilds highest honor, the Life Achievement Award for an outstanding career and humanitarian accomplishment.
SIDNEY POITIER BIOGRAPHY
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In addition to winning various awards for his exemplary work and being one of the people who helped break the color barrier in the movie industry, Poitier has also been recognized by some of the greatest world leaders. Sir Sidney Poitier, as he is now addressed, spent most of his days in the early s as a diplomat. He first served as ambassador of the Bahamas to Japan from to He also concurrently served as ambassador to Unesco from to Poitier spent most of his childhood on Cat Island before moving to Nassau, the capital city of Bahamas, at the age of By the age of 15, he was sent to Miami to live with one of his brothers.
He also redefined roles for African Americans by rejecting parts that were based on racial stereotypes. Poitier was born prematurely in the United States while his parents were visiting from The Bahamas. While some references give his birth year as , most sources, including Poitier himself, indicate that he was born in Army during World War II and served a brief stint in a medical unit. Refused a place because of his accent, he practiced American enunciation while listening to the accents of radio voices and reapplied to ANT six months later. This time he was accepted, and he began studying acting while appearing in a series of ANT productions. In he made his Broadway debut in Lysistrata.
Actor Sidney Poitier's presence in film during the s and s opened up the possibility for bigger and better roles for African American performers. His father was a tomato farmer, and the family was very poor. Still, Poitier later told Frank Spotnitz in American Film that his father "had a wonderful sense of himself. Every time I took a part, from the first part, from the first day, I always said to myself, 'This must reflect well on his name. Poitier returned to Miami at age fifteen to live with his older brother Cyril. Poitier left for New York City at age sixteen, serving briefly in the army. He then worked as a dishwasher in a restaurant.
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Sidney Poitier was born on February 20, , in Miami, Florida. After a delinquency-filled youth and a short stint in the U. Army, Poitier moved to New York to pursue an acting career. He joined the American Negro Theater and later began finding roles in Hollywood. The acclaimed actor was knighted in and honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in The following year, he lit up the screen as a leading man in the musical Porgy and Bess , co-starring with Dorothy Dandridge.
Kill Bill: Vol. Sign in. A native of Cat Island, The Bahamas although born, two months prematurely, in Miami during a visit by his parents , Poitier grew up in poverty as the son of farmers Evelyn nee Outten and Reginald James Poitier, who also drove a cab. He had little formal education and at the age of 15 was sent to Miami to live with his brother, in order to forestall a growing tendency toward delinquency. In the U.
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