Today is a sad day, Outsiders. Trailblazing actor Sidney Poitier has passed away, and 1883 star LaMonica Garrett is paying tribute.
LaMonica Garrett currently stars in Taylor Sheridan’s 1883. If you are late to the party, 1883 is a spin-off and prequel to the Paramount Network hit show Yellowstone. It follows the Dutton family more than a century before they gained control over the famous Yellowstone Ranch.
Prior to that, Garrett was formerly a slamball player. You might also remember that he had roles in other prominent TV shows. He played Sheriff Cane on the popular FX show Son’s of Anarchy. In addition, he played in Designated Survivor and also portrayed Mar Novu/Monitor and Anti-Monitor in the Arrowverse.
Sidney Poitier Paved the Way for Black Actors
It goes without saying, but LaMonica Garrett is a very talented man and has had an extremely successful career. And his time on the new Western 1883 is only adding to his impressive resume. But if it weren’t for a man by the name of Sidney Poitier, Garrett doesn’t know where he would be today.
Poitier was the lone leading Black actor in Hollywood during the 1960s. Not only that, he was the first-ever Black performer to win the Academy Award for best actor for Lilies of the Field. He essentially paved the way for black actors in the film industry today. Talk about inspiring. He was once quoted saying he felt “as if I were representing 15, 18 million people with every move I made.”
Unfortunately, Poiter passed away on Friday at 94 years old. After the news broke, 1883 star LaMonica Garrett took to social media to pay his respects.
“I’m able to do what I love as a storyteller today, largely impart to this man breaking all glass ceilings, and trailblazing the way,” Garrett wrote alongside a photo of Sidney Poitier. “Thank you. RIP Sir Sidney Poitier. #icon #legend #trailblazer #pioneer”
Others Join ‘1883’ Star in Paying Tribute to Sidney Poitier
Let’s make no mistake about it — Sidney Poitier was as big of an inspiration as there has ever been. That’s why actors like 1883‘s LaMonica Garrett are paying their respects.
The Academy Awards did the exact same thing in a Twitter post.
“Sidney Poitier, the first Black actor to win the Best Actor Oscar, has died at 94. Poitier was barrier-breaking and an enduring inspiration who advanced US racial dialogue through his art. Few movie stars have had or will have the influence Poitier had both on and off screen.”
Speaking of which, former President Barack Obama also posted a touching message to the late actor.
“Through his groundbreaking roles and singular talent, Sidney Poitier epitomized dignity and grace, revealing the power of movies to bring us closer together. He also opened doors for a generation of actors. Michelle and I send our love to his family and legion of fans.”