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Ossie Davis (1917–2005)

Ossie Davis was born on December 18, 1917 in Cogdell, Georgia, USA as Raiford Chatman Davis. He was an actor and writer, known for Doctor Dolittle (1998), Do the Right Thing (1989) and Bubba Ho-Tep (2002). He was married to Ruby Dee. He died on February 4, 2005 in Miami Beach, Florida, USA. See full bio »

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Doctor Dolittle
Doctor Dolittle Archer Dolittle
Do the Right Thing
Bubba Ho-Tep
Dinosaur Yar


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 2004-2005 The L Word (TV Series)
Melvin Porter
- L'Chaim (2005) ... Melvin Porter
- Land Ahoy (2005) ... Melvin Porter
- Lawfully (2004) ... Melvin Porter
 2004 Proud
Lorenzo DuFau
 2004 She Hate Me
Judge Buchanan
 2003 JAG (TV Series)
Terrence Minnerly
 2003 Baadasssss!
 2003 Deacons for Defense (TV Movie)
Reverend 'Rev' Gregory
 2002 Presidio Med (TV Series)
Otis Clayton
- This Baby's Gonna Fly (2002) ... Otis Clayton
 2002 Bubba Ho-Tep
 2002 Philly (TV Series)
Gilbert Willoughby
- The Curse of the Klopman Diamonds (2002) ... Gilbert Willoughby
 2001 Feast of All Saints (TV Movie)
 2001 Legend of the Candy Cane (TV Movie)
Julius (voice)
 2000 Here's to Life!
Duncan Cox
 2000 Dinosaur
Yar (voice)
 2000 Finding Buck McHenry (TV Movie)
Buck McHenry
 1999-2000 Third Watch (TV Series)
Mr. Parker
- Men (2000) ... Mr. Parker
- Journey to the Himalayas (2000) ... Mr. Parker
- Modern Designs for Better Living (1999) ... Mr. Parker
 2000 City of Angels (TV Series)
Henry, King of England / Henry Charles
- To Halve or Halve Not (2000) ... Henry, King of England / Henry Charles
- When Worlds Colitis (2000) ... Henry, King of England
 1999 A Vow to Cherish (TV Movie)
Alexander Billman
 1999 The Ghosts of Christmas Eve (TV Movie)
The Caretaker
 1999 The Soul Collector (TV Movie)
 1999 The Secret Path (TV Movie)
Too Tall
 1999 Cosby (TV Series)
- Ol' Betsy (1999) ... Fred
 1998 Alyson's Closet (Short)
Postman Extraordinaire
 1997 The Protector (TV Series)
 1997 12 Angry Men (TV Movie)
Juror #2
 1997 Miss Evers' Boys (TV Movie)
Mr. Evers
 1996 Home of the Brave (TV Movie)
Erasmus Jones
 1996 Ripper (Video Game)
Ben Dodds
 1996 I'm Not Rappaport
Midge Carter
 1996 Get on the Bus
 1995 The Android Affair (TV Movie)
Dr. Winston
 1994 The Great Battles of the Civil War (TV Mini-Series documentary)
W. H. Carney (voice)
 1994 The Stand (TV Series)
Judge Richard Farris
- The Dreams (1994) ... Judge Richard Farris (credit only)
- The Plague (1994) ... Judge Richard Farris (credit only)
 1993 Cop & ½
Detective in Squad Room (uncredited)
 1993 Queen (TV Mini-Series)
Parson Dick
- Episode #1.3 (1993) ... Parson Dick
- Episode #1.2 (1993) ... Parson Dick
- Episode #1.1 (1993) ... Parson Dick
 1992 Lincoln (TV Movie)
Frederick Douglas (voice)
 1992 Malcolm X
Eulogy Performer (voice)
 1992 Gladiator
 1990 We'll Take Manhattan (TV Movie)
Man in Subway
 1989-1990 B.L. Stryker (TV Series)
Oz Jackson / Oz
- Night Train (1990) ... Oz Jackson
- Plates (1990) ... Oz Jackson
- High Rise (1990) ... Oz Jackson
- Grand Theft Hotel (1990) ... Oz Jackson
- Winner Takes All (1990) ... Oz Jackson
 1990 Joe Versus the Volcano
 1990 The Red Shoes (TV Short)
Narrator / Alphonse (voice)
 1988 School Daze
Coach Odom
 1985 Avenging Angel
Captain Harry Moradian
 1981 Don't Look Back: The Story of Leroy 'Satchel' Paige (TV Movie)
Chuffy Russell
 1980 Ossie and Ruby! (TV Series)
Co-host (1980-81)
 1980 All God's Children (TV Movie)
Blaine Whitfield
 1979 Freedom Road (TV Movie)
 1979 Roots: The Next Generations (TV Mini-Series)
Dad Jones
- Episode #1.3 (1979) ... Dad Jones
 1977 NBC Special Treat (TV Series)
Mr. Elgin
- A Piece of Cake (1977) ... Mr. Elgin
 1977 Billy: Portrait of a Street Kid (TV Movie)
Dr. Fredericks
 1976 The Tenth Level (TV Movie)
 1976 Cool Red
Ernest Motapo
 1975 Let's Do It Again
Elder Johnson
 1974 Hawaii Five-O (TV Series)
Ramon Borelle
- Hara-Kiri: Murder (1974) ... Ramon Borelle
 1973 Love, American Style (TV Series) (segment "Love and High Spirits")
 1971 The Sheriff (TV Movie)
James Lucas
 1969 Night Gallery (TV Series)
Osmund Portifoy
 1969 Slaves
 1969 Sam Whiskey
Jed Hooker
 1969 Bonanza (TV Series)
Sam Davis
- The Wish (1969) ... Sam Davis
 1969 The Name of the Game (TV Series)
- The Third Choice (1969) ... Kubani
 1969 Teacher, Teacher (TV Movie)
Charles Carter
 1968 The Scalphunters
Joseph Lee
 1968 N.Y.P.D. (TV Series)
 1967 The Outsider (TV Movie)
Lt. Wagner
 1966-1967 Run for Your Life (TV Series)
Sgt. Dave Corbett / Dave Corbett / Frankie Morton
- A Rage for Justice: Part 2 (1967) ... Sgt. Dave Corbett
- Flight from Tirana: Part 1 (1967) ... Dave Corbett
- A Game of Violence (1966) ... Frankie Morton
 1966 12 O'Clock High (TV Series)
Major Glenn Luke
- Graveyard (1966) ... Major Glenn Luke
 1966 The Fugitive (TV Series)
Lt. Johnny Gaines
- Death Is the Door Prize (1966) ... Lt. Johnny Gaines
 1966 A Man Called Adam
Nelson Davis
 1965 Slattery's People (TV Series)
Jack Phillips
- What Can You Do with a Wounded Tiger? (1965) ... Jack Phillips
 1961-1965 The Defenders (TV Series)
District Attorney Daniel Jackson / District Attorney / Assistant District Attorney / ...
- The Sworn Twelve (1965) ... District Attorney Daniel Jackson
- Nobody Asks What Side You're On (1965) ... District Attorney Daniel Jackson
- Fires of the Mind (1965) ... District Attorney Daniel Jackson
- Turning Point (1964) ... Assistant District Attorney
 1964 The Doctors and the Nurses (TV Series)
Dr. Farmer
- The Family Resemblance (1964) ... Dr. Farmer
 1964 Shock Treatment
 1963 The Great Adventure (TV Series)
John Ross
- Go Down, Moses (1963) ... John Ross
 1963 Gone Are the Days!
Reverend Purlie Victorious Judson
 1962-1963 Car 54, Where Are You? (TV Series)
Officer Omar Anderson / Omar / Officer Omar
- Here Comes Charlie (1963) ... Officer Omar Anderson
- The Star Boarder (1963) ... Officer Omar Anderson
- The Presidential Itch (1963) ... Officer Omar Anderson (uncredited)
- Benny the Bookie's Last Chance (1963) ... Omar
- Stop Thief (1962) ... Officer Omar Anderson
 1962 Seven Times Monday (TV Movie)
 1960-1961 Play of the Week (TV Series)
- Black Monday (1961)
- Seven Times Monday (1960) ... Will
 1960 John Brown's Raid (TV Movie)
Dangerfield Newby
 1960 CBS Repertoire Workshop (TV Series)
- Brown Girl, Brownstones (1960) ... Father
 1960 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
 1955 The Emperor Jones (TV Movie)
Brutus Jones
 1953 The Joe Louis Story
Bob (uncredited)
 1951 Fourteen Hours
Cab Driver (uncredited)
 1950 No Way Out
John Brooks (uncredited)
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Show Show Director (6 credits)
Show Show Soundtrack (2 credits)
Show Show Miscellaneous Crew (2 credits)
Show Show Producer (1 credit)
Show Show Thanks (4 credits)
Show Show Self (106 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (15 credits)

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Other Works:

(12/27/64) Appeared in the religious program, "Eternal Light" in the episode "The Alibi" compromised of a scene from Paddy Chayefsky's play "Marty", an original vignette by Davis and photos from Edward Steichen's "The Family of Man". See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Biographical Movies | 1 Print Biography | 16 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Ozzie Davis


6' 2" (1.88 m)

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I find, in being black, a thing of beauty: a joy; a strength; a secret cup of gladness. See more »


Broadway debut as playwright with "Purlie Victorious" in 1961. See more »


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