Sidney Poitier's Net Worth At The Time Of His Death Might Surprise You

Prolific actor Sidney Poitier has died at the age of 94 (via People). The star, one of the last surviving members of Old Hollywood, was of course best known for being the first Black actor to take home a best acting Oscar for his role in the 1963 film "Lilies of the Field" (via CNN). But the stage and screen star's film and TV credits saw him performing for over 50 years, with roles in enduring classics like "Porgy and Bess," "A Raisin in the Sun," "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner," "Uptown Saturday Night" and "Shoot to Kill" (via IMDb).

Later in his career, Poitier would go on to appear in TV movies such as "David and Lisa" and "Free of Eden." His last role was in 2001, when he played Henry Cobb in the TV movie "The Last Brickmaker in America."

The beloved actor was also a director and author according to Celebrity Net Worth, which may help account for his massive wealth upon his death. In fact, just how much the star was worth before he passed away may surprise even his biggest fans.

Sidney Poitier counted his family as his biggest success

Celebrity Net Worth notes that in addition to starring in the picture, Poitier directed films like "Stir Crazy," with IMDb listing nine directing credits for the star. Although the Screen Actors Guild, BAFTA and Grammy-award winner would eventually become a household name, fans should know he had very humble beginnings, having been born to Bahamian farmers in Miami, Florida. After working as a dishwasher, the star started acting in theater productions and went on to segue that success into film work.

Poitier enjoyed so much success that he moved into a multi-million dollar Beverly Hills, California home. He was twice married and had six daughters — sadly one of them passed away (via Amomama).

Ultimately, the star's career achievements netted him $20 million. But as he told People in 2016, "My wife and my children mean the most to me."