Sidney Poitier is back home in BevHills, having been honored as a Commander of the Order of Arts & Letters at the Cannes Film Fest. But don’t expect him to add any credits to his list of acting accomplishments.
He has won countless international awards, including an Oscar for “Lilies of the Field” in 1963, an Honorary Oscar in 2002 and a nomination for “The Defiant Ones” in 1958. And, of course there were, “Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner,”‘ “In The Heat Of The Night” (during which he never left his motel room on the Tennessee location except when necessary),”To Sir With Love,” “A Patch of Blue,” “A Raisin In The Sun,” etc.
His last films were “The Last Brickmaker in America” in 2001, “The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn” in 1999 and “Mandela and de Klerk” for Showtime in 1997.
“I have no plans to do any film,” he said warmly. “I am not reading any scripts — any script that would make me want to do it. There’s not much of a chance. I’ve had a wonderful career.”
Poitier will be 80 on his next birthday (Feb.20, 2007) and he’s writing his third book. “It’s about life as I know it — as of two seconds ago,” he laughed. He expects to complete this book by year’s end — he has not decided on its title.