Sidney Poitier (b. 1927-) grew up poor in the Bahamas as a son of farmers. At 15, he was sent to Miami to live w his brother, to avoid delinquency in Bahamas. The racial chasm in the U.S. shocked him; he vowed to overcome it. At 18, he went to NYC, did menial jobs, then, the Negro Theatre. He worked hard to lose his accent and learn acting. By 1950, he was offered leading stage & film roles. In ’63, he won the Oscar for ‘Lilies of the Field’.