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Sir Sidney Poitier dies at 94

Bahamian trailblazer and Hollywood icon Sir Sidney Poitier has died at age 94.

The Florida-born actor, film director, activist, and ambassador made history in 1964 when he won the Academy Award for Best Actor, becoming the first Black male and Bahamian actor to win the award.

He has had two further Academy Award nominations, ten Golden Globes nominations, two Primetime Emmy Awards nominations, six BAFTA nominations, eight Laurel nominations, and one Screen Actors Guild Awards nomination.

From 1997 to 2007, Poitier served as Bahamian Ambassador to Japan.

The Paradise Island bridge was named in honor of the world-renowned Oscar winner in 2012.

At the time, veteran broadcaster and former cabinet minister Charles Carter credited Sir Sidney with improving race relations, not only in the United States, but in the Bahamas and internationally.

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