Sidney Poitier, whose groundbreaking acting work in the 1950s and 60s paved the way for generations of Black film stars, has died aged 94.

The Bahamian-American actor – best known for his films Guess Who's Coming to Dinner and In the Heat of the Night – was the first Black man to win an Oscar for Best Actor.

Following the news of his death, which was announced by the Bahamian Minister of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell, fans and fellow stars have begun remembering Poitier on social media.

hollywood figures paid tribute to poitier's achievements.

Deputy Prime Minister Chester Cooper added : "Sadness that he would no longer be here to tell him how much he means to us, but celebration that he did so much to show the world that those from the humblest beginnings can change the world and that we gave him his flowers while he was with us."

"we have lost an icon.

oprah winfrey posted a photo of herself with poitier, adding : "the utmost, highest regard and praise for his most magnificent, gracious, eloquent life.

I adored him.

he had an enormous soul i will forever cherish."

"he also opened doors for all of us that had been closed for years.

'if you wanted the sky i would write across the sky in letters that would soar a thousand feet high.

'RIP, Sir. With love': Sidney Poitier is honored by stars Whoopi Goldberg and Jeffrey Wright leading tributes to 'landmark actor' after his death at 94 (Pictured in 1964)

To Sir… with Love.

Sir Sidney Poitier R.I.P.

He showed us how to reach for the stars. ” Westworld star Jeffrey Wright called him “ a landmark actor.

One of a kind.

To Sir With Love: Oscar winner Viola Davis posted a tribute on Instagram

What a beautiful, gracious, warm, genuinely regal man.

'No words can describe how your work radically shifted my life. '

'The dignity, normalcy, strength, excellence and sheer electricity you brought to your roles showed us that we, as Black folks, mattered ! !!

Though films examining the fraught state of race relations were popular at the time, there were still limited roles for Black actors in the US.

In 2009 he was awarded the presidential medal of freedom, and in 2016 a Bafta fellowship.

Twice-married, he had four daughters with his first wife Juanita Hardy and two with his second wife Joanna Shimkus.

Tributes poured in Friday morning following the death of legendary Hollywood actor Sidney Poitier at age 94.

his cause of death is yet known.

Whoopi Goldberg, Viola Davis, Jeffrey Wright, Anika Noni Rose and many more lead tributes on Friday.

My honor to have loved him as a mentor.

I treasured him.

Blessings to Joanna and his world of beautiful daughters. '

Star-studded tribute: The actor began trending on social media Friday

Poitier's groundbreaking acting career saw win an Oscar in 1964 for his role in Lilies of the Field him and earn two further Academy Award nominations, ten Golden Globes nominations, two Primetime Emmy Awards nominations, six BAFTA nominations, eight Laurel nominations, and one Screen Actors Guild Awards nomination.

a broadway play about the incredible career as a film icon and revered activist.

With Sidney's family blessing, the play will be based on his youth in the Bahamas, to his historic successes during the Golden Age of Hollywood, as he became the first black man to win the Academy Award for Best Actor.

To Sir, with Love, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner – Poitier ’ s roles in those films mirrored my own experiences, because I grew up in a moment when assimilation was the theme of the day.

I shook his hand – an experience I will never forget.

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