Sidney Poitier: His Portrayal of Resolute Heroes Established Him As Hollywood’s First Black Matinee Idol

From a New York Times obit by William Grimes headlined “Sidney Poitier, Who Paved the Way for Black Actors in Film, Dies at 94”:

Sidney Poitier, whose portrayal of resolute heroes in films like “To Sir With Love,” “In the Heat of the Night” and “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” established him as Hollywood’s first Black matinee idol and helped open the door for Black actors in the film industry, died at his home in Los Angeles.