Feb. 20: Actor Sidney Poitier is Born in MiamiOn Feb. 20, 1924, Sidney Poitier, the first African-American to win Best Actor at the Oscars, was born.
Sidney Poitier: No Bigger Star on the Big Screen Sir Sidney Poitier -- actor, director, author and diplomat -- became the first black person to win an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in <em>Lilies of the Field</em> in 1963.

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