Will Smith and John Travolta share tributes to the late Sidney Poitier following his passing


Will Smith and John Travolta share tributes to the late Sidney Poitier following his passing at the age of 94


Will Smith and John Travolta joined the many celebrities making tributes to the late Sidney Poitier when they shared posts with the actor in mind to their respective Instagram accounts on Sunday.

The performers each posted a shot of themselves spending time with the performer and included messages to express their regret about his passing.

The late figure, who was the first Black person and Bahamian to win the Academy Award for Best Actor, died at his home in Los Angeles at the age of 94 on Thursday.

Expressing their sorrow: Will Smith and John Travolta joined the many celebrities making tributes to the late Sidney Poitier when they shared posts with the actor in mind to their respective Instagram accounts on Sunday

In Smith’s photos, he was seen joking around with the highly influential performer, who appeared to be laughing.

The 53-year-old actor also wrote a short message to emphasize Poitier’s impact on the world of film in his post’s caption.

He described the performer as ‘an icon, legend, visionary, and true pioneer. Thank you Sidney Poitier for breaking down barriers, creating the path and making it possible for there to be a Will Smith!’

He added that the late performer’s ‘legacy is eternal. Rest In Power.’ 

Having fun: In Smith's photos, he was seen joking around with the highly influential performer, who appeared to be laughing

Having fun: In Smith’s photos, he was seen joking around with the highly influential performer, who appeared to be laughing

Affectionate: Travolta, 67, was seen flashing a wide smile while posing with Poitier at an event in his shot

Affectionate: Travolta, 67, was seen flashing a wide smile while posing with Poitier at an event in his shot

Travolta, 67, was seen flashing a wide smile while posing with Poitier at an event in his shot.

He also included a quote from the actor to illustrate the performer’s worldly outlook.

The Pulp Fiction actor wrote: ‘Sydney once said, ‘we must be citizens of the world.’ I know he was right.’

Smith previously portrayed a character who falsely claimed to be Poitier’s son in the 1993 feature Six Degrees of Separation.

On screen: Smith previously portrayed a character who falsely claimed to be Poitier's son in the 1993 feature Six Degrees of Separation

On screen: Smith previously portrayed a character who falsely claimed to be Poitier’s son in the 1993 feature Six Degrees of Separation

The film was based on John Guare’s play of the same name, which debuted in 1990.

The play itself was inspired by the life of David Hampton, who conned several individuals into believing that he was Poitier’s son.

The project follows a con artist named Paul, who charms his way into the home of a wealthy couple and attempts to take advantage of their kindness. 

Six Degrees of Separation received widespread critical acclaim upon its release, and Stocking Channard was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her work on the project.

Basis: The play itself was inspired by the life of David Hampton, who conned several individuals into believing that he was Poitier's son

Basis: The play itself was inspired by the life of David Hampton, who conned several individuals into believing that he was Poitier’s son

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