Born on February 20, 1927
From Miami, Florida
Sidney Poitier as "Nelson Mandela"
On June 12, 1964, political activist Nelson Mandela (Sidney Poitier) is sentenced to life in prison for treason against the South African state. During the years of his incarceration at Robben Island, Mandela rises to become the symbolic leader of black South Africa. Meanwhile, Mandela's one-time ideological foil, South Africa's white president, F.W. de Klerk (Michael Caine), puts into place reforms that bring an end to his country's decades-old policy of racial segregation: apartheid.
|Emmy (Primetime) (1997)||Nominated||Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie|
|Screen Actors Guild Awards (1997)||Nominated||Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries|