Sidney Poitier, the iconic, legendary Oscar-winning actor, passed away last week.
In this interview from 2013, he tells CBS News' Lesley Stahl a remarkable story about an act of kindness that changed his life. In telling this story, Poitier gets emotional as he shares the story of an elderly Jewish waiter who taught him to read, enabling his acting career to take off.
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