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David Ruffin (I) (1941–1991)

The man most of us know by his unmistakable, calming yet disturbed raspy voice was born Davis Eli Ruffin on January 18, 1941, in Whynot, Mississippi. His father, Eli Ruffin, was a Baptist minister. Only months after his birth his mother Ophelia Ruffin died, and his father later remarried, to a schoolteacher. David began singing and touring at a ... See full bio »

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Dancin' in the Street
The Addiction
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 2010 Misfits (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #2.4 (2010) ... (performer: "Put A Little Love In Your Heart" - uncredited)
 2002 Skeppsholmen (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.7 (2002) ... (performer: "I Want You Back")
 1995 The Addiction (performer: "Addiction")
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Other Works:

Single: "You Can Get What I Got" / "Action Speaks Louder Than Words" (Check-Mate Records) See more »

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1 Biographical Movie | 1 Portrayal | See more »

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The Temptations


6' 3" (1.91 m)

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Personal Quote:

At the beginning of the first couple of shows by myself, I'd be singing and then make a move as if to go into the background, but there wasn't any background. In the first couple of shows, that was missed. Now when I walk on . . . I have more room to walk. See more »


Favorite actor was Richard Burton. See more »


Raspy tenor/baritone singing voice See more »



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