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Sidney Poitier: Won a Oscar for “Lilies of the Field” in 1963, becoming the first person of color to win for a leading role!!! Poitier maintained activity on stage, on screen, and in the Civil Rights movement. It should be noted that his roles in “Guess Who's Coming to Dinner” (1967) and “To Sir, with Love “(1967) were for their time landmarks in the breaking down of social barriers. He is one of my hero's!!

Photos: The 2009 Hollywood Portfolio

Christopher Walken, is an American actor, screenwriter, and director who has appeared in more than 100 films and television shows, including The Deer Hunter and Pulp Fiction. He won an Oscar for "The Deer Hunter" in 1978 in asupporting role

Gee Whiz! - say no more. Sidney Potier was the only black actor I knew as I was growing up. Tall, dark and handsome he sure was. I loved him as 'Mr Tibbs'