Sidney Poitier, Hollywood's first major Black movie star died at 94

He was the first Black actor to win the Academy Award for best actor

Sidney Poitier's role in Blackboard Jungle was a breakthrough role for him

Poitier worked on his Bahamian accent

He improved his accent by imitating radio announcers

Poitier also starred in the stage version of A Raisin in the Sun

Poitier slept in a bus station until he got his first role in the movie, No Way Out

A survivor of prostate cancer

He was appointed as a Knight commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1974

He speaks Russian language fluently

He grew up in abject poverty

Poitier and his first wife had four daughters together

Poitier remains a Hollywood legend