After Hurricane Dorian hit the Bahamas, the nephew of actor Sidney Poitier confirmed to the New York Times that more than 23 relatives of the actor are unaccounted for, including his sister and her adult children.
Poitier’s family extends to more than 500 Bahamians. The 92-year-old actor was born in Miami to Bahamian parents and raised in the islands. “We haven’t been able to find any of them, nor have we heard from any of them,” Jeffrey Poitier, 66, told the Times in a phone interview. “We are still looking and hoping that they surface as soon as possible. It’s got us all worried.”
Sidney Portier, the first black actor to win an Academy Award for Best Actor for “Lilies of the Field,” in 1963, grew up on Cat Island.