What did the actor who play virgil tibbs on heat of the night die from?
The actor that played Virgil Tibbs in the movie "In the Heat of the Night" (1967) is Sidney Poitier who we are pleased to tell you is still alive. Mr. Poitier was born on 2/20/1927 in Miami, Fl., and played Virgil Tibbs in 2 other movies: They call me MISTER Tibbs (1970) & The Organization (1971). He has 6 children, 4 with Juanita Hardy (married 1950 - 1965), and 2 with Joanna Shimkus (married 1976 - present). He was the first black man to win an Academy Award (1963). He's also a prostate cancer survivor.
Updated on Thursday, February 02 2012 at 08:17AM EST