Hollywood stars such as Tyler Perry, Whoopi Goldberg, Viola Davis, among others, took to social media on Friday and paid tribute to Sidney Poitier, who died at 94. Poitier had acted in many pioneering films, such as “Guess Who Comes to Dinner”. ‘, ‘In the heat of the night’ and ‘They call me Mr. Tibbs’. Sidney Poitier dies at 94; The Oscar-winning legend was known for films like Lilies of the Field and In The Heat of Night.
Paying tribute on Instagram, Perry wrote, “Around this time last year, Cicely Tyson was releasing her book and promoting it. I had no idea she would pass away soon after. Now , to wake up this morning with a call that Sidney Poitier has passed away…all I can tell you is my heart broke somewhere else The grace and class this man has shown throughout throughout his life, the example he set for me, not only as a black man but as a human being will never be forgotten. There is no man in this business who has been more of a North Star to me than Sidney Poitier.
“I will never forget to invite him and Cicely to fly to South Africa with me. Selfishly, I wanted to keep them both captive during the hours of travel, as I sat literally at their feet and listened to their wisdom and experiences. It was life changing. All I can say is thank you for your life, thank you for your example and thank you for your incredible gift. But most of all, thank you for ‘having agreed to share YOU to make us all better,’ he added.
Questlove called Poitier a “king”. He said: “One of the greatest actors of his generation. We all have our Poitier era. Growing up in the 70s, I have to say that maybe ‘Uptown Saturday Night’ was the first movie I have ever watched. (The Uptown/Again/Piece of trilogy was a staple/regular in every 70s household.) You already know I can spit paragraphs about what his activism stood for, especially at a when his accolades were happening during the civil rights era — but man, that’s more of a personal reflection because of the bond his ’70s films created for my family and me. Rest in peace. And thank you.”
Goldberg said in his tribute that Poitier ‘showed us how to reach for the stars’. She tweeted: “If you wanted the sky I would write across the sky in letters that would rise a thousand feet high. To sir… with love Sir Sidney Poitier RIP He showed us how to reach the stars.”
Actor Jeffrey Wright paid tribute by calling Poitier a “historic actor”. He wrote: “Sidney Poitier. What a historic actor. One of a kind. What a beautiful, gracious, warm and truly royal man. RIP, Sir. With love.
Tina Knowles said: “Sir Sidney Poitier will be sorely missed by the world! He was a truly classy actor! A pioneer of leading black men. Handsome, talented and oh so graceful. I had the pleasure of meeting him and talk to him many times. Pray for his family. RIP Sir. ‘Unforgiven’ and ‘In the Heat of the Night’ actor Anthony James dies at 77.
Coleman Domingo posted: “When you pronounce the name Sidney Poitier, there has always been such reverence and humanity attached to that name.”
Davis wrote: “This is a big deal. No words can describe how your work has changed my life so drastically. The dignity, normalcy, strength, excellence and pure electricity you have brought to your roles showed us that we as black people matter!!! It was an honour…”
“Sidney Poitier. An absolute legend. One of the greatest,” tweeted Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Poitier, the trailblazing actor and director who became Hollywood’s first bankable black man, broke multiple racial barriers during his decades-long career, including becoming the first black actor to win the Oscar, for her role in ‘Lilies’ in 1963. du champ’.
In January of this year, Arizona State University named its new film school after him. The Sidney Poitier New American Film School was unveiled in a virtual ceremony.
The star’s death was confirmed to Fox News on Friday by the office of the Bahamian Department of Foreign Affairs. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Joanna and six daughters.