1950 - No Way Out
Born in Florida in 1927 to Bahamian parents, Sidney Poitier was raised in the Bahamas, before moving to the USA when he was 15. After a spell working as a dishwasher in the US Army, Poitier turned to a career in acting, initially on stage - where he gradually built up a strong reputation.
But it was with his move into films that he started to attract more widespread attention. He first came to prominence with his debut role in the 1950 noir film No Way Out, playing a junior doctor treating the brother of an unstable, racist criminal played by Richard Widmark.