Sidney Poitier

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Sidney Poitier, who was the first Black actor to win an Oscar, has died at the age of 94 according to media reports. 

Poitier is known for his roles in "Porgy and Bess," "A Raisin in the Sun," and "In the Heat of the Night," among other films. He won the Academy Award for best actor for "Lilies of the Field" in 1963. 

He was active during the Civil Rights Movement and was given many honors during his career, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom from former President Barack Obama in 2009. 

Poitier passed away at his home in Los Angeles, CA. 

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