● Sidney Poitier: Bahamian-American actor, film director, and ambassador Sidney Poitier was born February 20, 1927 in Miami unexpectedly, giving him American citizenship. Though he was raised in the Bahamas, he moved to New York as a teenager and eventually found his way to acting. He joined the North American Negro Theater at age 16, and dedicated himself to becoming a star. Poitier became the first Black actor to be nominated for an Academy Award, as well as being nominated and winning a BAFTA. He continued to break ground the rest of his career, in 2016 he was awarded an Academy Honorary Award for his accomplishments.