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Sir Sidney Poitier: First Black man to win best actor Oscar dies at 94

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Published on Jan 07, 2022
Hollywood star Sidney Poitier, the first Black person to win an Oscar for best actor, has died at the age of 94.

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Among the tributes, former US President Barack Obama said he had "epitomised dignity and grace".

Poitier's ground-breaking career won him an Academy Award in 1964 for Lilies of the Field - and he became known for roles which challenged racial prejudice and championed social progress.

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