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He has been walking tall among Hollywoods most respected and honoured stars for more than five decades, making his motion picture debut in Joseph Mankicwiczs No Way Out. He continued to garner critical acclaim and national recognition in Blackboard Jungle, received his first Academy Award nomination for The Defiant Ones in 1958, and won the coveted Oscar for Best Actor for his performance in Lilies of the Field. In 2006, five of Poitiers films appeared in the AFIs list of 100 Most Inspiring Films. [+]