Scott Eastwood, son of legendary actor Clint Eastwood, shared his respects for another onscreen legend, actor Sidney Poitier.
A man of few words, Eastwood simply wrote “Legend. Sidney Poitier. RIP” alongside a headshot of the Academy Award winner. Unsurprisingly, Eastwood was far from the only actor to pay tribute to Poitier.
“One of cinema’s greatest leading men ever,” tweeted actor-director Ron Howard. “Riveting to watch. Also an excellent director and from the couple of times I had the honor of meeting him, an extraordinarily intelligent and gracious man. Watch a Poitier movie or two this week.”
Other actors ranging from Maureen McCormick to LaMonica Garrett expressed their sympathies. Morgan Freeman, a legend in his own right, tweeted: “Sidney was my inspiration, my guiding light, my friend. Sending love to Joanna and his family.”
“Sidney was more than just one of the finest actors in our history,” the White House statement regarding his passing read. “His iconic performances in films like The Defiant Ones, A Raisin in the Sun, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, and In the Heat of the Night held a mirror up to America’s racial attitudes in the 1950s and 1960s.”
“The son of tomato farmers in the Bahamas,” the statement continued. “Sidney became the first Black man to win the Academy Award for Best Actor. But the trail he blazed extended leaps and bounds beyond his background or profession. He blazed a path for our Nation to follow, and a legacy that touches every part of our society today.”
While his passing is tragic, Sidney Poitier leaves behind an unparalleled legacy.
Sidney Poitier’s Family Remembers Him
After Poitier’s death was announced, the actor’s family issued a heartfelt statement. They began by saying that there were “no words to convey the deep sense of loss and sadness” they felt. However, they were grateful that he got to spend his final moments with his loved ones.
“To us, Sidney Poitier was not only a brilliant actor, activist, and a man of incredible grace and moral fortitude, he was also a devoted and loving husband, a supportive and adoring father and a man who always put family first,” the statement read. “He is our guiding light who lit up our lives with infinite love and wonder. His smile was healing, his hugs the warmest refuge and his laughter was infectious. We could always turn to him for wisdom and solace and his absence feels like a giant hole in our family and our hearts.”
The family then continued their thoughts by adding: “his beautiful soul will continue to guide and inspire us. He will live on in us, his grandchildren and great-grandchildren — in every belly laugh, every curious inquiry, every act of compassion and kindness. His legacy will live on in the world, continuing to inspire not only with his incredible body of work, but even more so with his humanity.”
What a legacy Poitier leaves behind; a family that loves him and a world made better because he was a part of it.