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    I briefly mentioned Poitier on the ITV weekday afternoon films thread, but I think that out of all the roles that he played, his role as Mark Thackeray in To Sir, With Love was the one which, I believe, was the influence for Please Sir! and certainly its movie spin off. I think that one almost feels sorry for his character when a class full of 1960s teenagers (Lulu included of course) happen to be in his charge. These days, teachers dress more liberally than their pupils because of school uniform barriers, but turn the clock back half a century and it seemed to be the other way round.

    Poitier helped to modernise acting as we would probably know it, and at such a time when the film was being made, it wasn't surprising that it would happen around that time. Indeed, comparison-wise, John Alderton played the Poitier role in Please Sir! while Michael Percival was his counterpart in Grange Hill.

    I have just looked him up on Wikipedia and he is still with us at the age of 92 - he was knighted by the Queen in 1974. I think that he is a timeless person. And his daughter is called Sydney (although the slightly different spelling).

    He was very much a reformer in his time.
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    Not too familiar with Mr poitiers work apart from to sir with love of-course, did you know there was a sequel made in 1996 ?
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    A really good actor in my opinion. He has made some fine films and I think he always adds a bit of class to whatever he is in. As well as To Sir, with Love, I would recommend Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? and In the Heat of the Night, both classics.

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    Sidney Poitier was brilliant in the film The Heat of the Night. The film won 5 oscar awards. Rod Steiger was good and won Best Actor award 'in a leading role.' So my point is what role did Poitier play in the film? No award for him.

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    SIDNEYS FILOGRAPHY.

    Filmography

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    2001
    The Last Brickmaker in America (TV Movie)
    Henry Cobb
    1999
    The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn (TV Movie)
    Noah Dearborn
    1998
    David and Lisa (TV Movie)
    Dr. Jack Miller
    1998
    Free of Eden (TV Movie)
    Will Cleamons
    1997
    The Jackal
    Preston
    1997
    Mandela and de Klerk (TV Movie)
    Nelson Mandela
    1996
    To Sir, with Love II (TV Movie)
    Mark Thackeray
    1995
    Children of the Dust (TV Mini-Series)
    Gypsy Smith- Episode #1.2 (1995) ... Gypsy Smith
    - Episode #1.1 (1995) ... Gypsy Smith

    1992
    Sneakers
    Crease
    1991
    Separate But Equal (TV Mini-Series)
    Thurgood Marshall
    1988
    Little Nikita
    Roy Parmenter
    1988
    Shoot to Kill
    Warren Stantin
    1977
    A Piece of the Action
    Manny Durrell
    1975
    Let's Do It Again
    Clyde Williams
    1975
    The Wilby Conspiracy
    Shack Twala
    1974
    Uptown Saturday Night
    Steve Jackson
    1973
    A Warm December
    Dr. Matt Younger
    1972
    Buck and the Preacher
    Buck
    1971
    The Organization
    Virgil Tibbs
    1971
    Brother John
    John Kane
    1970
    They Call Me Mister Tibbs!
    Virgil Tibbs
    1969
    The Lost Man
    Jason Higgs
    1968
    For Love of Ivy
    Jack Parks
    1967
    Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
    John Prentice
    1967
    In the Heat of the Night
    Virgil Tibbs
    1967
    To Sir, with Love
    Mark Thackeray
    1966
    Duel at Diablo
    Toller
    1965
    A Patch of Blue
    Gordon Ralfe
    1965
    The Slender Thread
    Alan Newell
    1965
    The Bedford Incident
    Ben Munceford
    1965
    The Greatest Story Ever Told
    Simon of Cyrene
    1964
    The Long Ships
    Aly Mansuh
    1963
    Lilies of the Field
    Homer Smith
    1962
    Pressure Point
    Doctor
    1961
    Paris Blues
    Eddie Cook
    1961
    A Raisin in the Sun
    Walter Lee Younger
    1960
    All the Young Men
    Sgt. Eddie Towler
    1959
    Porgy and Bess
    Porgy
    1958
    Our Virgin Island
    Marcus
    1958
    The Defiant Ones
    Noah Cullen
    1957
    The Mark of the Hawk
    Obam
    1957
    Band of Angels
    Rau-Ru
    1957
    Something of Value
    Kimani Wa Karanja
    1957
    Edge of the City
    Tommy Tyler
    1956
    Good-bye, My Lady
    Gates Watson
    1952-1955
    Repertory Theatre (TV Series)
    Tommy Tyler- A Man Is Ten Feet Tall (1955) ... Tommy Tyler
    - Parole Chief (1952)

    1955
    Ponds Theater (TV Series)
    - The Fascinating Stranger (1955)

    1955
    Blackboard Jungle
    Gregory W. Miller
    1954
    Go Man Go
    Inman Jackson
    1952
    Omnibus (TV Series) (segment "The Bad Men")- The Trial of Anne Boleyn (1952) ... (segment "The Bad Men")

    1952
    Red Ball Express
    Robertson
    1952
    CBS Television Workshop (TV Series)
    - Careless Love (1952)

    1951
    Cry, the Beloved Country
    Reverend Msimangu
    1950
    No Way Out
    Dr. Luther Brooks
    1947
    Sepia Cinderella
    Night Club Extra (uncredited)





    A TRULY SUPERB ACTOR AND I TOO THINK HE ADDS CLASS TO ANYTHING HES IN.
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    In The Heat Of The Night is one of my favourite films!
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    I like jaws...I'll get my coat
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