Morgan Freeman Shares Emotional Tribute To His ‘Inspiration’ Sidney Poitier After His Death

by Megan Molseed

The world lost a great actor – and a great man – yesterday. A trailblazer in the Hollywood film industry, Sir Sidney Poitier, made a career out of roles that turned him into a Hollywood legend.

Poitier was the first black man to win the Academy Award for Best Actor. Now, another Hollywood legend is speaking out sharing an emotional tribute to the inspirational star.

On Friday morning, January 7, Hollywood legend Morgan Freeman shared his grief over the loss of Sidney Poitier on his Twitter page.

“Sidney was my inspiration, my guiding light, my friend,” Morgan Freeman writes in the touching message to the late Sir Sidney Poitier.

Along with his touching message to the longtime actor, Morgan Freeman includes a heartwarming photo of himself with his late friend.

Morgan Freeman Honors Friend and Colleague, Sidney Poitier

Both Poitier and Freeman are full of smiles in the photo.

Truly a lovely memory in which the actor can hold on to as he remembers his friend and colleague.

Along with his tribute to Sidney Poitier, Morgan Freeman shares some touching words to the award-winning actor’s family with a heartfelt message.

“Sending love to Joanna and his family,” Morgan Freeman says in his Friday Twitter post.

The longtime actor and trailblazing Hollywood star, Sidney Poitier passed away Thursday at the age of 94.

The Daily Mail, reports that Fred Mitchell, the Bahamas’ Minister of Foreign Affairs, confirmed Poitier’s death Friday morning, January 7.

Sidney Poitier was born on February 20, 1927, in the United States while his Bohemian parents were visiting the country.

He was raised in the Bahamas, however, the actor enlisted in the US Army as a teen. Poitier served in the Army’s medical unit during his time in the service.

Leaving An Impressive Legacy

Sidney Poitier began his prolific acting career in 1946 shortly after moving to New York when he took on a role in a Broadway production of Lysistrata. Poitier’s first feature film debut came in 1950, with his big break coming in 1958 when he starred in The Defiant Ones. This role earned the famous actor his first Oscar nomination.

In 1964 Poitier took home the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as Homer Smith, a handyman who is determined to build a chapel within the desert in Lilies of the Field.

During his successful career, Sidney Poitier was nominated for a variety of awards. Among these nominations are 10 Golden Globes; multiple BAFTA’s; two Primetime Emmy Awards, and one nomination for the Screen SActors Guild Awards.

Of course, these accolades were just for his work within the film industry. However, Poitier’s lasting impact stretched much further than Hollywood.

In 1974, Sidney Poitier was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. He was later honored with a Kennedy Center Honor award in 1995.

In 2009, President Barack Obama prevented Sidney Poitier with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.