No photo available. Represent David Ruffin? Add or change photos at IMDbPro
Up 5,005 this week

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 »
1 photo »

Do "Westworld" Androids Watch TV?

When he's not playing a sentient robot, "Westworld" star Jeffrey Wright watches TV like the rest of us.

What's on his Watchlist?

Around The Web


Powered by ZergNet

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 24 people
created 04 Jun 2017
a list of 783 people
created 21 Dec 2016
list image
a list of 130 people
created 25 Aug 2016
a list of 894 people
created 20 Jul 2012

Do you have a demo reel?

Add it to your IMDbPage

How Much Have You Seen?

How much of David Ruffin's work have you seen?

User Polls

Known For

The Addiction Soundtrack
Skeppsholmen Soundtrack
The Temptations Man in Coppa Cabana


Hide Hide Show Show Actor (2 credits)
 1998 The Temptations (TV Series)
Man in Coppa Cabana
- Episode #1.1 (1998) ... Man in Coppa Cabana
- Episode #1.2 (1998) ... Man in Coppa Cabana
 1973-1979 Soul Train (TV Series)
- David Ruffin/Heatwave (1979) ... Guest
Show Show Soundtrack (3 credits)
Show Show Self (17 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (9 credits)

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


6' 3" (1.91 m)

Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

Most of my life, I've been on my own, trying to do my thing. Everybody has to go out and face the reality of life. That's what everybody's got to do, do you own thing. Strength is your own thing. See more »


His first solo song, "My Whole World Ended (The Moment You Left Me)," was originally intended for The Temptations when he was still the group's front man. See more »


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 »



Star Sign:


Contribute to This Page

Recently Viewed