Hollywood stars fire Sidney Poitier

Tributes poured in from Hollywood and other parts of the world following the death of leading actor and cultural icon Sidney Poitier on Thursday. Poitier, who was the first African-American actor to win an Academy Award for a leading role and the first to become a box office powerhouse, was 94.

“Over the course of 80 years, Sydney and I laughed and cried and we got into as many pranks as we could. He really was my brother and my partner in trying to make this world a little better. It definitely made my world so much better” – actor Harry Belafonte, in a statement.

“It was my privilege to call Sydney Poitier my friend. He was a gentleman and opened doors for all of us that had been closed for years. God bless him and his family” – Denzel Washington, in a statement.

“It is an honor for me to love him as a mentor. Friend. brother. Confident. lord of wisdom. Highest recognition and appreciation for your wonderful, graceful and eloquent life. He appreciated it very much. I loved it He had a huge soul that would be cherished forever. — Oprah Winfrey, on Instagram.

Through her leading roles and unparalleled talent, Sidney Poitier embodies dignity and race, revealing the power of films to bring us together. It also opened doors for a generation of actors. — Former President Barack Obama, on Twitter.

“The elegance and class that this man showed throughout his life was an example to me, not only as a black man but as a human being, will never be forgotten… all I can say is thank you Thank you for your life, thank you for your example and thank you for your wonderful gift. But above all, thank you for being willing to share to make us all better” — actor and director Tyler Perry, on Facebook.

“Sydney was my inspiration, my guiding light, my friend” – actor Morgan Freeman, on Twitter.

“It was a big one. No words can describe how your work fundamentally changed my life. The dignity, mediocrity, strength, excellence and power you gave to your papers showed us that we ‘As black people, matter!!! It was an honor” – actress Viola Davis, on Instagram.

“If you wanted heaven I’d write in letters a thousand feet high in the sky: Al sir… with love. RIP Sir Sidney Poitier. She showed us how to get near the stars – actress and TV personality Whoopi Goldberg on Twitter.

“Sydney Poitier, your final sunset with us is the dawn of many generations that will rise on the path of light you started. You will always be in our hearts and we will always say your name – actress/director Debbie Allen on Twitter.”

“One of the greatest actors of his generation. We all had our own Poitier era. Growing up in the ’70s I have to say that maybe “Uptown Saturday Night” was the first movie I ever saw… Rest in Peace and Thanks” — composer Questlove, on Instagram.

“Few actors have contributed more to the civil rights movement than Sidney Poitier. As an actor, he was determined not to be defined by his race, strongly rejecting roles that perpetuated negative stereotypes.” His charm and decency on and off screen helped open hearts and minds as the country struggled against segregation and discrimination” – Mark H. Moriel, President and CEO of the National Urban League.

“The hero’s face changed effortlessly. I had the honor of personally thanking him and, being so kind, he said, “You’re a hero, Lou, because you’re a good actor” – actor Lou Diamond Phillips, on Twitter.

“Sir #SidneyPoitier, your bright light will never go away. The doors you open, the paths you create will continue to make way for the dreamers. You showed the world that with vision and elegance anything is possible” – musician Lenny Kravitz on Twitter.

“Sydney Poitier is literally the reason I wanted to be an artist… There are very few people who bother me. Rest in Peace – actor Keith Powell, on Twitter.