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Ossie Davis

Ossie Davis was born on December 18, 1917 in Cogdell, Georgia, USA as Raiford Chatman Davis. He was an actor and writer, known for Do the Right Thing (1989), Bubba Ho-Tep (2002) and Grumpy Old Men (1993). He was married to Ruby Dee. He died on February 4, 2005 in Miami Beach, Florida, USA.

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Dec 18, 1917 In Cogdell, Georgia, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Sun... the Sand... the Hill.
Latest Project:
Movie God's Will 2018-02-08

Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 12 wins & 14 nominations.

Known For
Poster of The Client
Poster of Grumpy Old Men
Poster of Do the Right Thing
Poster of Bubba Ho-Tep
Movie The Gospel According to Mr. Allen Narrator 2019
Movie Hands Upon the Heart Unknown 2019
Movie Purlie Unknown 2019
Series The Century: America's Time Unknown 2019
Movie Bubba Ho-Tep Unknown 2019
Movie The Cardinal Unknown 2019
Movie God's Will Narrator 2018-02-08
Movie We Shall Not Be Moved Unknown 2018-02-07
Movie J.C. Leyendecker: The Great American Illustrator Narrator 2018-02-07
Movie Three Days to Vegas Unknown 2018-02-07
Movie Death of a Prophet Himself 2017-10-27
Movie 50 Years with Peter Paul and Mary Himself - Actor / Activist 2014-12-01
Series Democracy Now! Unknown 2013
Movie American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs Himself 2013-06-16
Series Welcome to the Basement Unknown 2012-01-13
Series Mafia's Greatest Hits Unknown 2012
Movie For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots Unknown 2010-02-01
Series Charlie Rose Unknown 2010
Series Cinemassacre's Monster Madness Unknown 2007-10-01
Movie The Fall Himself 2007-01-25
Movie Segregating the Greatest Generation Himself 2006-02-01
Series Character Studies Unknown 2005
Movie By Any Means Necessary: The Making of 'Malcolm X' Himself 2005
Movie A Trumpet at the Walls of Jericho None 2005
Movie 11th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Unknown 2005-02-05
Movie The 77th Annual Academy Awards Unknown 2005-02-27
Movie The History Makers Himself 2005-02-15
Movie Baadasssss! Granddad 2005-03-17
Movie The 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Unknown 2005-09-18
Movie The Black Movie Awards Himself - Memorial Tribute 2005-10-19
Movie The Peace! DVD Himself 2005-09-20
Movie The Struggle Himself 2005-01-11
Movie Unstoppable: Conversation with Melvin Van Peebles, Gordon Parks, and Ossie Davis Himself 2005-02-13
Movie The Civil Rights Movement Himself 2005-01-11
Movie Making of 'King' None 2005-01-11
Movie Romare Bearden at the High Himself - Host 2005-01-31
Movie TV in Black: The First Fifty Years Unknown 2004
Series A Wealth of Wisdom Unknown 2004
Series The Interviews: An Oral History of Television Unknown 2004
Movie Macked, Hammered, Slaughtered and Shafted Unknown 2004
Movie Making of 'Bubba Ho-tep' Himself 2004-05-25
Movie She Hate Me Judge Buchanan 2004-07-30
Series The Oprah Winfrey Show Unknown 2004
Movie The Story Behind Baadasssss!: The Birth of Black Cinema Himself 2004-09-14
Movie Emmy's Greatest Moments Himself 2004-09-15
Movie The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts Himself - Honoree 2004-12-21
Movie Proud Lorenzo DuFau 2004-11-11
Series The L Word Unknown 2004-01-18
Movie Apollo at 70: A Hot Night in Harlem Himself 2004-06-19
Series Tavis Smiley Unknown 2004-01-05
Series XXI Century Unknown 2003
Movie Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property Himself 2003-02-16
Movie The Tuskegee Airmen Narrator 2003-02-01
Movie Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives Reader 2003-01-01
Movie 2003 Trumpet Awards Unknown 2003
Movie Spike Lee's '25th Hour': The Evolution of an American Filmmaker Himself 2003-05-20
Movie Beah: A Black Woman Speaks Himself 2003-08-22
Movie Deacons for Defense Reverend 'Rev' Gregory 2003-02-16
Movie The Last Poets Unknown 2002
Movie Counting on Democracy: The Untold Story of 175,000 Missing Votes in the 2000 Presidential Election Unknown 2002
Series Book TV Unknown 2002
Movie Why Can't We Be a Family Again? Narrator 2002-06-04
Movie Hughes' Dream Harlem Narrator 2002-09-01
Movie Broadway Legends Himself 2002-05-12
Series Presidio Med Unknown 2002-09-24
Movie An Evening with Ossie Davis & Ruby Dee Himself - Interviewee 2002-10-18
Movie That's Black Entertainment: Westerns Interviewee 2002-12-06
Movie School's Out: Self-taught Artists Bill Traylor 2002-03-10
Movie Inside TV Land: African Americans in Television Unknown 2002-02-01
Movie Freedom Never Dies: The Legacy of Harry T. Moore Narrator 2001-01-12
Movie 7th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Unknown 2001-03-11
Movie Legend of the Candy Cane Julius 2001-06-01
Movie Neighborhoods: The Hidden Cities of San Francisco - The Fillmore Narrator 2001-06-11
Series Intimate Portrait Unknown 2001
Movie Trans-Siberian Orchestra: Ghost of Christmas Eve None 2001-11-13
Series Philly Unknown 2001-09-25
Series Christianity: The First Two Thousand Years Unknown 2001-10-30
Movie The Feast of All Saints Jean-Jacques 2001-11-11
Movie Voice of the Voiceless Himself 2001
Movie Finding Buck McHenry Buck McHenry 2000-04-16
Movie Dinosaur Yar 2000-05-19
Movie Walter Matthau: Diamond in the Rough Himself 2000-06-20
Movie Here's to Life! Unknown 2000
Series City of Angels Unknown 2000-01-16
Movie The Secret Path Unknown 1999
Movie The Ghosts of Christmas Eve The Caretaker 1999
Movie A Vow to Cherish Alexander Billman 1999
Series Great Books Unknown 1999
Series Independent Lens Unknown 1999-08-09
Movie 30th NAACP Image Awards Unknown 1999-03-04
Series Third Watch Unknown 1999-09-23
Movie Tuskegee Airmen: American Heroes Himself 1999-01-13
Movie The Unfinished Journey Narration 1999-12-31
Series The Directors Unknown 1999-02-22
Movie The Soul Collector Mordecai 1999-10-24
Movie Scandalize My Name: Stories from the Blacklist Himself 1998
Movie Small Steps, Big Strides: The Black Experience in Hollywood Himself 1998-02-10
Series The Roseanne Show Unknown 1998-09-14
Movie Alyson's Closet Unknown 1998
Movie Doctor Dolittle Archer Dolittle 1998-06-26
Movie NY TV: By the People Who Made It - Part I & II Himself 1998-12-14
Movie Jackie Robinson: Breaking Barriers Narrator 1997-06-23
Movie Miss Evers' Boys Mr. Evers 1997-02-22
Movie 12 Angry Men Unknown 1997
Movie 4 Little Girls Unknown 1997
Series Thomas Jefferson Unknown 1997
Series VH1 Legends Unknown 1997
Series The Protector Unknown 1997
Movie The 49th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Unknown 1997
Series The Rosie O'Donnell Show Unknown 1996-06-10
Movie Mississippi, America Himself 1996-02-13
Series The West Unknown 1996-09-15
Series Promised Land Unknown 1996-09-15
Movie Get on the Bus Jeremiah 1996-10-16
Movie Ripper Ben Dodds 1996
Movie Celebrate the Dream: 50 Years of Ebony Magazine Himself 1996-11-28
Movie I'm Not Rappaport Midge Carter 1996-12-24
Series Cosby Unknown 1996-09-16
Movie Home of the Brave Erasmus Jones 1996
Movie Dramatic Moments in Black Sports History Himself 1995-02-08
Movie Ray Alexander: A Menu for Murder Uncle Phil 1995-03-20
Movie The Android Affair Dr. Winston 1995-04-12
Series The Client Unknown 1995-09-17
Series JAG Unknown 1995-09-23
Series The Great Battles of the Civil War Unknown 1994
Movie Arthur Ashe: Citizen of the World Narrator 1994-09-27
Movie Ray Alexander: A Taste for Justice Uncle Phil 1994-05-13
Series The Stand Unknown 1994-05-08
Movie The African Burial Ground: An American Discovery Himself - Narrator 1994-04-01
Movie 26th NAACP Image Awards Himself 1994-01-05
Movie The 48th Annual Tony Awards Unknown 1994-06-12
Movie The Client Harry Roosevelt 1994-07-20
Series Touched by an Angel Unknown 1994-09-21
Series Baseball Unknown 1994-09-18
Movie The Ernest Green Story Grandfather 1993-01-17
Series Queen Unknown 1993-02-14
Movie Cop & ½ Unknown 1993-04-02
Movie Grumpy Old Men Chuck 1993-12-25
Series The Great Depression Unknown 1993
Movie The Real Malcolm X Unknown 1992
Movie Malcolm X Unknown 1992-11-18
Movie Gladiator Unknown 1992-03-06
Movie Lincoln Unknown 1992-12-26
Movie Michael Landon: Memories with Laughter and Love Himself 1991-02-07
Series Ebony/Jet Showcase Unknown 1991
Movie Jungle Fever The Good Reverend Doctor Purify 1991-06-07
Movie The 43rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Unknown 1991-08-25
Movie Preminger: Anatomy of a Filmmaker Himself 1991-10-28
Series Evening Shade Unknown 1990-09-21
Movie The Red Shoes Unknown 1990
Movie 22nd NAACP Image Awards Himself 1990-01-06
Movie We'll Take Manhattan Man in Subway 1990-06-16
Movie Joe Versus the Volcano Marshall 1990-03-09
Series The Arsenio Hall Show Unknown 1989-01-03
Series B.L. Stryker Unknown 1989-02-13
Movie Making 'Do the Right Thing' Himself 1989-11-03
Movie Do the Right Thing Da Mayor 1989-07-21
Series P.O.V. Unknown 1988-07-05
Movie School Daze Coach Odom 1988-02-12
Series American Experience Unknown 1988-10-04
Series Biography Unknown 1987-04-06
Movie Crown Dick Unknown 1987
Movie Sesame Street: Bedtime Stories and Songs Narrator 1986
Series American Masters Unknown 1986-06-23
Movie Avenging Angel Captain Harry Moradian 1985-01-11
Movie Tyler Texas Black Film Collection Himself 1985-02-07
Series A Walk Through the 20th Century with Bill Moyers Unknown 1984
Movie A Celebration of Life: A Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. Narrator 1984-01-15
Movie The House of God Dr. Sanders 1984-03-24
Movie Harry & Son Raymond 1984-03-02
Series Reading Rainbow Unknown 1983-06-06
Series American Playhouse Unknown 1982-01-12
Series Ossie and Ruby! Unknown 1981
Movie Don't Look Back: The Story of Leroy 'Satchel' Paige Chuffy Russell 1981-05-31
Movie Hot Stuff Captain John Geiberger 1980-01-04
Movie All God's Children Blaine Whitfield 1980-04-28
Series Working in the Theatre Unknown 1979-09-02
Series Roots: The Next Generations Unknown 1979
Movie Freedom Road Unknown 1979
Series King Unknown 1978
Series Tony Brown's Journal Unknown 1978
Movie Cool Red Ernest Motapo 1977-12-09
Movie Billy: Portrait of a Street Kid Dr. Fredericks 1977-09-12
Series The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson Unknown 1977
Series NBC Special Treat Unknown 1977
Movie The Tenth Level Reed 1976-08-26
Movie Black Shadows on the Silver Screen Narrator 1975-02-08
Movie Let's Do It Again Elder Johnson 1975-10-11
Movie Gordon's War Unknown 1974-05-16
Movie Wattstax Unknown 1973-09-16
Series The CBS Festival of Lively Arts for Young People Unknown 1973-11-23
Movie Black Girl Unknown 1972-11-09
Movie Slaves Luke 1972-05-25
Movie Malcolm X Eulogy 1972-05-24
Series What's My Line? Unknown 1972
Movie The Sheriff Unknown 1971
Series He Said, She Said Unknown 1970
Movie Cotton Comes to Harlem Unknown 1970-05-27
Movie Kongi's Harvest Unknown 1970
Series Zur Nacht Unknown 1970
Series Actor's Choice Unknown 1970
Series Black Journal Unknown 1969
Series Love, American Style Unknown 1969-09-29
Movie Teacher, Teacher Unknown 1969
Movie Sam Whiskey Unknown 1969
Series The David Frost Show Unknown 1969-07-07
Series Night Gallery Unknown 1969-11-08
Series The Name of the Game Unknown 1968-09-20
Movie The Scalphunters Joseph Lee 1968-04-02
Movie Still a Brother: Inside the Negro Middle Class Himself - Host 1968-04-29
Series Hawaii Five-O Unknown 1968-09-20
Movie A Man Called Adam Nelson Davis 1967-12-07
Movie The Outsider Unknown 1967
Series N.Y.P.D. Unknown 1967-09-05
Series History of the Negro People Unknown 1965
Series The Price Is Right Unknown 1965
Series Slattery's People Unknown 1965
Movie The Hill Jacko King 1965-06-11
Series Run for Your Life Unknown 1965-09-13
Series The Merv Griffin Show Unknown 1965
Movie The Sun... the Sand... the Hill. Unknown 1965
Movie Shock Treatment Unknown 1964
Movie Freedom Spectacular Unknown 1964-05-14
Series 12 O'Clock High Unknown 1964-09-18
Movie The 16th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Himself - Audience Member 1964-05-25
Series East Side/West Side Unknown 1963-09-23
Series Look Up and Live Unknown 1963
Series The Fugitive Unknown 1963-09-17
Series The Great Adventure Unknown 1963
Movie Gone Are the Days! Reverend Purlie Victorious Judson 1963-09-23
Series The Doctors and the Nurses Unknown 1962-09-27
Series Accent on an American Summer Unknown 1962
Movie Seven Times Monday Will 1962-10-11
Movie The 16th Annual Tony Awards Himself - Presenter 1962-04-29
Series Car 54, Where Are You? Unknown 1962
Series The Shari Lewis Show Unknown 1962
Series The Defenders Unknown 1961-09-16
Movie John Brown's Raid Dangerfield Newby 1960-10-25
Series CBS Repertoire Workshop Unknown 1960
Series Bonanza Unknown 1959-09-12
Series Play of the Week Unknown 1959-10-12
Series Playhouse 90 Unknown 1956-10-04
Series To Tell the Truth Unknown 1956-12-18
Movie The Emperor Jones Brutus Jones 1955-02-23
Movie The Joe Louis Story Unknown 1953-09-18
Series Today Unknown 1952-01-14
Movie Fourteen Hours Unknown 1951-05-20
Movie No Way Out Unknown 1950-09-01
Series Kraft Theatre Unknown 1947-05-07