Sidney Poitier biography

Sidney Poitier Net Worth

$25 million

  • Real name / birth name Sir Sidney Poitier
  • Occupation actor, film director, author, politician
  • Source of Wealth television, movies
  • Country of wealth USA
  • Date of birth February 20, 1927
  • Age 95
  • Zodiac sign Aquarius
  • Birth place Miami, Florida, United States
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How Much is Sidney Poitier Worth?

He is not just an actor, he is a legend, who doesn’t make movies – he makes milestones (like the critic Vincent Canby told about him).

Sidney Poitier, who has already crossed his 90th age mark, saved $25 million net worth. He earned money mostly through acting and directing. Some part of his wealth he got through selling of his books too.

No Way Out (1950) $3, 000
Porgy and Bess (1959) $75, 000
In the Heat of the Night (1967) $200, 000
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967) $200, 000

Sidney Poitier rose to stardom in 1964, when he got an Academy Award for the role of Homer Smith in the drama “Lilies of the Field” He has become the first black-skinned actor to win an Oscar. This achievement made Sidney an A-list Hollywood celebrity and put his earnings to the next level. He participated in several hit movies, which brought him both, fame and wealth. They are “In the Heat of the Night”, “Shoot to Kill”, “The Jackal”, where he co-starred Bruce Willis and Richard Gere.

Alongside acting, Sidney Poitier gained recognition as a film director, which doubled his net worth. He directed the projects “A Warm December”, “Stir Crazy”, “Ghost Dad” etc.

In addition Sidney made his fortune as a writer. He authored three autobiographic books and each of them has become a bestseller. The most successful of his literary works is “The Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Autobiography”, which was selected by Oprah Winfrey for her book club.

Thus the legendary person Sidney Poitier accumulated is millions. But how did he start his way on top?

Sidney Poitier Bio and Career

The future Oscar winning star was born in a family of Bahamian farmers. His parents went on business to Miami. There Sidney was born, two months before the term. He was a weak baby, but his parents tried their best and nursed him. Sidney got American citizenship (as he was born in Miami), but spent most part of his early years in Bahamas.

When Sidney grew up, he moved to New York. There he started career of a theater actor. His play was noticed by film producers, and he got a chance to try his hand as a screen actor. Poitier became initially popular as Dr. Luther Brooks from a thriller “No Way Out”. He was catapulted to stardom after acting in “Lilies of the Field”.

In addition to acting and directing, Sidney tried his hand as a politician too. He served as Bahamas to Japan ambassador.

Thus Sidney Poitier made enviable career. He managed to succeed in his home life too.


Even celebrities have that instinct – to build the nest. Sidney Poitier managed to become successful in it too. He bought a huge mansion in Los Angeles. It was built in 1925 and then re-designed by his wife, a former actress Joanna Shimkus. Joanna left her career of an entertainer and turned into interior designer. It was she, who created the unique image of the house.

As Joanna later explained, she dreamed to join the beauty with comfort and wanted to keep the “old world” image of her mansion, combined with modern tendencies.

As Sidney says, his wife created the cozy home, where he has no favorite premise – because each room is unique and pleasant to live in. The living room is designed in green, brown and white colors. Joanna got rid of the most part of furniture there – she left just several armchairs with bended legs and a round massive night table in the middle. The main accent was made not on furniture – but on art works. “I’d never part with them”, Joanna said.

The other house premises include a spacious dining-room, a master’s bedroom and several guest bedrooms, a kitchen etc.

Sidney Poitier’s home looks luxurious and well-equipped even for a celebrity – mostly due to his great wife.


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