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Movie Actor Sidney Poitier was born on February 20 1924 He was born prematurely and was not expected to survive His father had already prepared for his burial but he miraculously recovered His Family moved to the Bahamas where he grew up He was the youngest of eight siblings Poitier dropped out of school after only 1 and a half years to help his sick father tend to the tomato farm At age 15 he moved back to Miami where he was born There he would live with his brother Cyril and worked as a drugstore messenger His West Indian accent was misunderstood and was the reason for many prejudice attacks Poitier told The New York Times Magazine I experienced tremendous loneliness as a result of realizing for the firs time that I couldnt trust adults He decided to leave Miami after a warning visit from The KKK at his brothers house He wanted to move to New York but he had no money He railed hopped and arrived with only a few dollars in his pocket He got a job washing dishes he slept on a roof across from the Capitol Theatre Because of the harsh cold weather he got a post at a mental hospital in Long Island He later pretended that he was mentally ill to escape duty in 1945 Back in New York he saw an advertisement that The American Negro Theatre was looking for actors In his first audition he was laughed at then booed off of the stage He then went to his home and imitated radio voices for many months when he returned to the theatre he was given free acting lessons in return for doing backstage chores He Finally won a role in Days of Our Youth After that it was like a domino effect and one thing lead to another and he was soon leading the few black roles available on the New York
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