He is a native of the Bahamas.
He is fluent in Russian.
He was the top box office star of 1967.
He is tone deaf.
Along with Gary Cooper, he is the most represented actor on the American Film Institute's 100 Most Inspiring Movies of All Time, with five of his films on the list.
He became the first black man to win an Academy Award in 1963.
Since 1997 he has been the Bahamian ambassador to Japan.
On August 12, 2009, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States of America's highest civilian honor, by President Obama.