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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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Known For

The Addiction Soundtrack
(1995)
Skeppsholmen Soundtrack
(1967)
The Temptations Man in Coppa Cabana
(1998)

Filmography

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 1998 The Temptations (TV Mini-Series)
Man in Coppa Cabana
- Episode #1.2 (1998) ... Man in Coppa Cabana
- Episode #1.1 (1998) ... Man in Coppa Cabana
 1967 The Ed Sullivan Show (TV Series)
Singer
- Episode #21.11 (1967) ... Singer (as The Temptations)
- Episode #20.38 (1967) ... Singer (as The Temptations)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Single: Sang lead on The Temptations' hit "(I know) I'm Losing You" (Gordy Records) See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 1 Portrayal | See more »

Alternate Names:

The Temptations

Height:

6' 3" (1.91 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

But they're just cheating the public now. People still expect Eddie [Eddie Kendricks], Paul [Paul Williams] and me when they see The Temptations. They are the voices they know although, in all honesty, Dennis Edwards can be considered a true Temptation. See more »

Trivia:

Despite the ego and attitude problems he developed towards the end of his tenure with The Temptations -- which stayed with him for the remainder of his life despite his attempts to change -- he always remained good friends with fellow Temptations singer Eddie Kendricks, who toured with Ruffin in the 1980s. See more »

Trademark:

His signature move during his performances was to spin around, tossing the microphone from one hand to the other, drop to the floor with a leg split, and then rise back up. See more »

Nickname:

Ruff

Star Sign:

Capricorn

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