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Sidney Poitier
February 20, 1924 -
Nationality: American
Category: Actor
Subcategory: American Actor

But I always had the ability to say no. That's how I called my own shots.


I was the only Black person on the set. It was unusual for me to be in a circumstance in which every move I made was tantamount to representation of 18 million people.


We all suffer from the preoccupation that there exists... in the loved one, perfection.


I wanted to explore the values that are at work, underpinning my life.


I was not the kind of a principal player that was so in demand that eight or 10 or 12 scripts came per month.


If you apply reason and logic to this career of mine, you're not going to get very far. You simply won't.


A good deed here, a good deed there, a good thought here, a good comment there, all added up to my career in one way or another.


So much of life, it seems to me, is determined by pure randomness.


Mine was an easy ride compared to Jackie Robinson's.


Jackie Robinson is a true legend.


The journey has been incredible from its beginning.


I decided in my life that I would do nothing that did not reflect positively on my father's life.


Since I couldn't actuate the things that I wanted to do, the only weapon I had was to say no.


I've had it all my life and when it can time for me to start a family, I was quite anxious to do so.


But my dad also was a remarkable man, a good person, a principled individual, a man of integrity.


To simply wake up every morning a better person than when I went to bed.


My autobiography was simply the story of my life.


I had learned something of Miami from people who had visited there, so I knew what to expect.


As a man, I've been representative of the values I hold dear. And the values I hold dear are carryovers from the lives of my parents.


So I had to be careful. I recognized the responsibility that, whether I liked it or not, I had to accept whatever the obligation was. That was to behave in a manner, to carry myself in such a professional way, as if there ever is a reflection, it's a positive one.


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