Oscar Winner Sidney Poitier The leading African-American actor of his generation and the first African-American to win the best-actor Oscar, Sidney Poitier may be best remembered for the classic In the Heat of The Night. That film took a best-picture Oscar; it's out now in a 40th-anniversary edition DVD.
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Oscar Winner Sidney Poitier

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Oscar Winner Sidney Poitier

Oscar Winner Sidney Poitier

Oscar Winner Sidney Poitier

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The leading African-American actor of his generation and the first African-American to win the best-actor Oscar, Sidney Poitier may be best remembered for the classic In the Heat of The Night. That film took a best-picture Oscar; it's out now in a 40th-anniversary edition DVD.

Poitier's other films include The Defiant Ones, A Patch of Blue, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?, and To Sir, With Love.

This interview first aired on April 18, 2000.