The Philadelphia Film Society is hosting a film series to celebrate the life and legacy of Sidney Poitier, who died on January 6 at 94. Four of his films will be screened throughout February.
Actor and director Sidney Poitier died at the age of 94 on Jan. 6. His decades-long career garnered him respect and praise among fellow actors and audiences, and resulted in him becoming the first Black actor to win the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1963.
Poitier’s legacy has been felt within arts and entertainment spaces, as he was an influence on many Black actors and creatives today. In a tribute to the iconic performer the day after his death, New York Times critic Wesley Morris wrote that Poitier was the greatest American movie star.