Thu, 16 Feb 2012 09:13:43 GMT | By Tom Phillips
Sidney Poitier: a life in pictures

2009 - Presidential Medal of Freedom

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In 2009, Poitier was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama - the highest civilian honour in the USA. Thanks to Poitier's joint Bahamian and American citizenship, he also holds an honour from the British Commonwealth - he was knighted in 1974, although he rarely uses the title "Sir Sidney".