Legendary actor Sidney Poitier died on Friday at age 94. Though the actor won almost every acting award possible, he is remembered as the first black man to win the best actor Oscar.

Stars praised the actor from around the world.



‘For me, the greatest of the “Great Trees” has fallen: Sidney Poitier. My honor to have loved him as a mentor. Friend. Brother. Confidant. Wisdom teacher. The utmost, highest regard and praise for his most magnificent, gracious, eloquent life. I treasured him. I adored him. He had an enormous soul I will forever cherish. Blessings to Joanna and his world of beautiful daughters 🙏🏾 Oprah Winfrey.


‘Sidney Poitier, your last sunset with us is the dawn of many generations rising in the path of light you blazed. We will always hold you in our hearts and forever speak your name,’ wrote actor and director Debbie Allen on Twitter.


‘One of the greatest actors of his generation,’ musician Questlove posted on Instagram. ‘We all have our Poitier era. Growing up in the 70s I’d have to say that maybe Uptown Saturday Night was the first movie I ever watched. … Rest in peace. And thank you.’



 ‘The grace and class that this man has shown throughout his entire life, the example he set for me, not only as a black man but as a human being will never be forgotten, said Tyler Perry.

‘All I can say is thank you for your life, thank you for your example, and thank you for your incredible gift,’ added Perry.