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Ossie Davis

Performer, Writer, Source Material
( b. Dec 18, 1917 Cogdell, Georgia, USA - d. Feb 04, 2005 Miami, Florida, USA ) Male
Relations: Father of Guy Davis
Husband of Ruby Dee (December 9, 1948 - his death)

Biography: Ossie Davis was born Raiford Chatman Davis on December 18, 1917 in Cogdell, Clinch County, Georgia to Laura and Kince Charles Davis. He attended Howard University and then joined the Rose McClendon Players in Harlem. He served in the United States Army during World War II as a medical technician. He married actress Ruby Dee, a fellow civil rights activist. They had three children: Guy, Nora Day, and Hasna Muhammad.

Film/TV Credits: Film credits include: "Do the Right Thing," "Malcolm X," "Dinosaur," "The Client," "Grumpy Old Men," "Doctor Dolittle," "Fourteen Hours," "Joe Versus the Volcano," "Jungle Fever," "Gladiator," "School Daze," and "She Hate Me." Television credits include: "The L Word," "Bonanza," "JAG," "Hawaii Five-O," "Third Watch," "Touched by an Angel," "The Fugitive," and "Night Gallery."

Other Awards: Named to NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame with his wife, Ruby Dee, in 1989. Inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 1994. Awarded the American National Medal of the Arts with Ruby Dee in 1995. Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in a Children's Special for "Finding Buck McHenry" in 2001. Received the Kennedy Center Honors with Ruby Dee in 2004. Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album with Ruby Dee for "With Ossie And Ruby: In This Life Together" in 2007.

He delivered the eulogy at the funeral of Malcolm X in 1965. In 1968, he eulogized Dr. King.
The marquees of Broadway theaters were dimmed in his honor on February 4, 2005.

ProductionsDate of Productions
I'm Not Rappaport
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: Ossie Davis
        Midge - Replacement
Nov 19, 1985 - Jan 17, 1988
[Musical, Comedy, Revival]
  • Book by Ossie Davis
  • Based on the play "Purlie Victorious" by Ossie Davis
Dec 27, 1972 - Jan 07, 1973
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Book by Ossie Davis
  • Based on "Purlie Victorious" by Ossie Davis
Mar 15, 1970 - Nov 06, 1971
The Zulu and the Zayda
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: Ossie Davis [Johannes]
Nov 10, 1965 - Apr 16, 1966
Purlie Victorious
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Starring: Ossie Davis [Purlie Victorious Judson]
  • Written by Ossie Davis
Sep 28, 1961 - May 13, 1962
A Raisin in the Sun
[Play, Drama, Original]
  • Performer: Ossie Davis
        Walter Lee Younger - Replacement
        Walter Lee Younger - Replacement
Mar 11, 1959 - Jun 25, 1960
[Musical, Original]
  • Performer: Ossie Davis [Cicero]
Oct 31, 1957 - Apr 11, 1959
No Time for Sergeants
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: Ossie Davis
        A Lieutennant - Replacement
Oct 20, 1955 - Sep 14, 1957
The Wisteria Trees
[Play, Drama, Revival]
  • Performer: Ossie Davis [Jacques]
Feb 02, 1955 - Feb 13, 1955
[Play, Drama, Original]
  • Performer: Ossie Davis [Dr. Joseph Clay]
Feb 03, 1953 - Feb 07, 1953
Remains to Be Seen
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: Ossie Davis [Al]
Oct 03, 1951 - Mar 22, 1952
The Green Pastures
[Play, Revival]
  • Performer: Ossie Davis [Gabriel]
Mar 15, 1951 - Apr 21, 1951
The Royal Family
[Play, Comedy, Revival]
  • Performer: Ossie Davis [Jo]
Jan 10, 1951 - Jan 21, 1951
The Wisteria Trees
[Play, Drama, Original]
  • Performer: Ossie Davis [Jacques]
Mar 29, 1950 - Sep 16, 1950
The Smile of the World
[Play, Original]
  • Performer: Ossie Davis [Stewart]
Jan 12, 1949 - Jan 15, 1949
The Leading Lady
[Play, Original]
  • Performer: Ossie Davis [Trem]
Oct 18, 1948 - Oct 23, 1948
[Play, Original]
  • Performer: Ossie Davis [Jeb Turner]
Feb 21, 1946 - Feb 28, 1946
Special EventsDate of Special Events
A Celebration of Paul Robeson
[Special, Benefit, Original]
  • Performer: Ossie Davis
Oct 30, 1988 - Oct 30, 1988
1970 Tony Award® Best Musical
Purlie [nominee]
Book by Ossie Davis
1958 Tony Award® Best Featured Actor in a Musical
Jamaica [nominee]
Performer: Ossie Davis
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