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 Roles turned down by Sidney Poitier:

Nothing But a Man
Sidney was offered the lead in this independent film about a devil-may-care young black man who is drawn to a grounded young woman in the deep south but recommended his friend, Ivan Dixon, instead.
Actor who got the part: Ivan Dixon

The Owl and the Pussycat
Barbra Streisand wanted Poitier as her co-star in the comedy, but studio bosses were nervous that audiences wouldn't accept an interracial couple.
Actor who got the part: Geoge Segal

Straw Dogs
Director Sam Peckinpah considered him for the leading role in his enormously controversial, influential movie.
Actor who got the part: Dustin Hoffman

Did you know that Sidney Poitier was not the only choice for this movie? (click to learn more)
» Dr. Doolittle (1967)

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