Actor-ambassador Sidney Poitier

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on June 12, 2005

What is Sidney Poitier doing today?
—Florence L., New Mexico

Sir Sidney Poitier, who was knighted in 1968 by Queen Elizabeth, has officially retired from the entertainment business. The 78-year-old actor, producer and director holds a dual ambassadorship—one from the Bahamas to UNESCO (United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization) and another from the Bahamas to Japan. Poitier, who was born in Florida and raised in the Bahamas, has four honorary doctorates as well and has written two books. The Oscar winner currently resides in Los Angeles with Joanna, his wife of 29 years with whom he has two daughters. He also has four daughters from a previous 15-year marriage.