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Sidney Poitier was born on February 20, 1927 two months prematurely in the United States when his parents, from the Bahamas, were in the U.S. to sell produce from their farm. He grew up in the Bahamas but received a U.S. citizenship as he was born here.

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At the age of 17, he moved to New York City and after working on his acting skills and losing his Bahamian accent, landed a role in the 1950 film “No Way Out” in which he played the role of a doctor. This led to more prominent roles and eventually making him the first African American actor to win the Academy Award for Best Actor for the 1963 film “Lilies of the Field”.

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