Sidney Poitier with his friends Paul Newman, Barbra Streisand and Steve McQueen, created the independent "First Artist Production Company".
Sidney Poitier directed his first movie in 1972. The movie was "Buck and Preacher".
Sidney Poitier is the last of seven brothers.
Sidney Potier was fired from a his parking cars job because he was not good at driving.
Sidney Poitier lied to the director to get his first major role in "No Way Out", in 1950; in fact Sidney Poitier told him he was 27, when actually only 22 years old.
Sidney Poitier is of Haitian ancestry, in fact some of his father's relatives were Haitian.
Sydney Tamiia Poitier, Sidney Poitier's daughter, is also a successful actress.
While Sidney Poitier was trying to sing with some actors friends in the Off-Broadway theatre, he found out he was tone deaf.
Sidney Poitier's movie "Stir Crazy" in 1980 was the highest earning film directed by a black filmmaker until "Scary Movie" in 2000.
Sidney Poitier has been appointed an Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1974.
Sidney Poitier spent his first childhood years in Cat Island.
Sidney Poitier has written two autobiographical books.
Sidney Poitier's ex brother-in-law is the light-heavyweight champion Archie Moore.
Sidney Poitier had prostate cancer, and he survived.
Sidney Poitier can speak fluent Russian.
His brother is Cyril Poitier.
When he first came to New York, he was arrested for vagrancy. He was thrown out of his house because he didn't pay the rent.
Sidney Poitier was involved with voodoo traditions.
Sidney won an Academy award for Best Actor, in 1963, for his part in the movie, Lillies of the Field.
Sidney Poitier joined the long list of celebrities lampooned by South Park. It happened in South Park episode 12 entitled "Mecha-Streisand."
Sidney Poitier: If you apply reason and logic to this career of mine, you're not going to get very far. You simply won't. The journey has been incredible from its beginning. So much of life, it seems to me, is determined by pure randomness
Sidney Poitier: As a man, I've been representative of the values I hold dear. And the values I hold dear are carryovers from the lives of my parents.
Sidney Poitier: Almost all the job opportunities were reflective of the stereotypical perception of blacks that had infected the whole consciousness of the country.
Sidney Poitier: A good deed here, a good deed there, a good thought here, a good comment there, all added up to my career in one way or another.