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Broadway theatres will dim lights in honor of Sidney Poitier following death aged 94

Broadway theatres will pay tribute to the late star (Picture: Getty/Rex)

Broadway theatres will pay tribute to the late Sidney Poitier by dimming the lights on Wednesday evening.

The beloved actor, who was known for starring in films including Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner and To Sir, With Love, died at his home in Los Angeles on January 6 this year aged 94.

In a new announcement, the Broadway League announced that the lights would be dimmed across Broadway in his honour for one minute.

President of The Broadway League, Charlotte St. Martin described the late star’s stage presence as ‘titanic’ and ‘influential.’

‘I know that Broadway fans worldwide recognize the incredible impact Mr. Poitier had on our art form. He is a true icon and an inspiration to so very many,’ she said.

Poitier was the first Black man to win an Oscar for best actor, which he received for Lilies of the Field in 1964.

Fans placed flowers on Poitier’s star in Hollywood once the tragic news broke (Picture: REUTERS)

In tribute, Deputy Prime Minister of the Bahamas Chester Cooper issued a statement on his Facebook page, where he praised the late Bahmaian-American actor as ‘an icon, a hero, a mentor, a fighter, a national treasure’.

He added: ‘I was conflicted with great sadness and a sense of celebration when I learned of the passing of Sir Sindey Poitier. 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.

‘He will be missed sorely, but his is a legacy that will never be forgotten.’

Hollywood star Whoopi Goldberg quoted the lyrics to the song To Sir With Love, which soundtracked Poitier’s 1967 film.

She said: ‘If you wanted the sky i would write across the sky in letters that would soar a thousand feet high.. To Sir… with Love. Sir Sidney Poitier R.I.P. He showed us how to reach for the stars.’

Poitier was the first Black man to win an Oscar (Picture: Getty)

Actor and producer Joseph Gordon-Levitt also tweeted in tribute: ‘Sidney Poitier. An absolute legend. One of the greats.’

Poitier was married twice, first to Juanita Hardy from 1950 until 1965, with whom he had four daughters, and second to Canadian former actress Joanna Shimkus from 1976 until his death.

Poitier is survived by five of his six daughters, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

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