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Ossie Davis (1917–2005)

Actor | Writer | Director
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KNOWN FOR 
Do the Right Thing (1989) | Doctor Dolittle (1998) | Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)
AWARDS 
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 13 wins & 13 nominations More »
AKA 
Ozzie Davis
BORN 
Dec 18, 1917 (died Feb 4, 2005)
HEIGHT 
6' 2" (1.88m)

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Past Film & Video (45 titles)YEARBUDGETU.S. GROSS
Past Television (76 titles)YEAREPISODE COUNT
  • Primary photo for Independent LensIndependent Lens (TV Series) In Memory Of (1 episode, 2013)  Less 2013 1
  • Primary photo for The L WordThe L Word (TV Series) Melvin Porter (4 episodes, 2004–2005)  Less 2004–2005 4
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  • Primary photo for JAGJAG (TV Series) Terrence Minnerly (1 episode, 2003)  Less 2003 1
  • Primary photo for Deacons for DefenseDeacons for Defense (TV Movie) Reverend 'Rev' Gregory  Less 2003
  • Primary photo for Touched by an AngelTouched by an Angel (TV Series) Gabriel / Gabe / Erasmus Jones (6 episodes, 1996–2002)  Less 1996–2002 6
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  • Primary photo for Presidio MedPresidio Med (TV Series) Otis Clayton (1 episode, 2002)  Less 2002 1
  • Primary photo for PhillyPhilly (TV Series) Gilbert Willoughby (1 episode, 2002)  Less 2002 1
  • Primary photo for Feast of All SaintsFeast of All Saints (TV Movie) Jean-Jacques  Less 2001
  • Primary photo for Legend of the Candy CaneLegend of the Candy Cane (TV Movie) Julius (voice)  Less 2001
  • Primary photo for We Shall Not Be MovedWe Shall Not Be Moved (TV Movie) Narrator  Less 2001
  • Primary photo for Finding Buck McHenryFinding Buck McHenry (TV Movie) Buck McHenry  Less 2000
  • Primary photo for Third WatchThird Watch (TV Series) Mr. Parker (3 episodes, 1999–2000)  Less 1999–2000 3
  • Primary photo for City of AngelsCity of Angels (TV Series) Henry, King of England / Henry Charles (2 episodes, 2000)  Less 2000 2
  • Primary photo for J.C. Leyendecker: The Great American IllustratorJ.C. Leyendecker: The Great American Illustrator (TV Movie) Narrator  Less 2000
  • Primary photo for The Soul CollectorThe Soul Collector (TV Movie) Mordecai  Less 1999
  • Primary photo for The Secret PathThe Secret Path (TV Movie) Too Tall  Less 1999
  • Primary photo for CosbyCosby (TV Series) Fred (1 episode, 1999)  Less 1999 1
  • Primary photo for A Vow to CherishA Vow to Cherish (TV Movie) Alexander Billman  Less 1999
  • Primary photo for The Ghosts of Christmas EveThe Ghosts of Christmas Eve (TV Movie) The Caretaker  Less 1999
  • Primary photo for Promised LandPromised Land (TV Series) Erasmus Jones (9 episodes, 1996–1998)  Less 1996–1998 9
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  • Primary photo for 12 Angry Men12 Angry Men (TV Movie) Juror #2  Less 1997
  • Primary photo for Miss Evers' BoysMiss Evers' Boys (TV Movie) Mr. Evers  Less 1997
  • Primary photo for The ProtectorThe Protector (TV Series) Actor  Less 1997– 
  • Primary photo for The ClientThe Client (TV Series) Judge Harry Roosevelt (14 episodes, 1995–1996)  Less 1995–1996 14
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  • Primary photo for Home of the BraveHome of the Brave (TV Movie) Erasmus Jones  Less 1996
  • Primary photo for The Android AffairThe Android Affair (TV Movie) Dr. Winston  Less 1995
  • Primary photo for Ray Alexander: A Menu for MurderRay Alexander: A Menu for Murder (TV Movie) Uncle Phil  Less 1995
  • Primary photo for Evening ShadeEvening Shade (TV Series) Ponder Blue (97 episodes, 1990–1994)  Less 1990–1994 97
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  • Primary photo for Ray Alexander: A Taste for JusticeRay Alexander: A Taste for Justice (TV Movie) Uncle Phil  Less 1994
  • Primary photo for The StandThe Stand (TV Mini-series) Judge Richard Farris (4 episodes, 1994)  Less 1994 4
    • The Stand (May 12, 1994) Judge Richard Farris  Less
    • The Betrayal (May 11, 1994) Judge Richard Farris  Less
    • The Dreams (May 9, 1994) Judge Richard Farris (credit only)  Less
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  • Primary photo for The Great Battles of the Civil WarThe Great Battles of the Civil War (TV Mini-series) W. H. Carney  Less 1994– 
  • Primary photo for QueenQueen (TV Mini-series) Parson Dick (3 episodes, 1993)  Less 1993 3
  • Primary photo for The Ernest Green StoryThe Ernest Green Story (TV Movie) Grandfather  Less 1993
  • Primary photo for LincolnLincoln (TV Movie) Frederick Douglas (voice)  Less 1992
  • Primary photo for We'll Take ManhattanWe'll Take Manhattan (TV Movie) Man in Subway  Less 1990
  • Primary photo for B.L. StrykerB.L. Stryker (TV Series) Oz Jackson (12 episodes, 1989–1990)  Less 1989–1990 12
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  • Primary photo for The Red ShoesThe Red Shoes (TV Short) Narrator / Alphonse (voice)  Less 1990
  • Primary photo for Crown DickCrown Dick (TV Movie) Director  Less 1987
  • Primary photo for American PlayhouseAmerican Playhouse (TV Series) Writer (1 episode, 1983)  Less 1983 1
  • Primary photo for Don't Look Back: The Story of Leroy 'Satchel' PaigeDon't Look Back: The Story of Leroy 'Satchel' Paige (TV Movie) Chuffy Russell  Less 1981
  • Primary photo for PurliePurlie (TV Movie) Writer (play "Purlie Victorious")  Less 1981
  • Primary photo for All God's ChildrenAll God's Children (TV Movie) Blaine Whitfield  Less 1980
  • Primary photo for Ossie and Ruby!Ossie and Ruby! (TV Series) Co-host (1980-81)  Less 1980– 
  • Primary photo for Freedom RoadFreedom Road (TV Movie) Narrator  Less 1979
  • Primary photo for Roots: The Next GenerationsRoots: The Next Generations (TV Mini-series) Dad Jones (1 episode, 1979)  Less 1979 1
  • Primary photo for KingKing (TV Mini-series) Rev. Martin Luther King Sr. (3 episodes, 1978)  Less 1978 3
    • Episode #1.3 (Feb 14, 1978) Rev. Martin Luther King Sr.  Less
    • Episode #1.2 (Feb 13, 1978) Rev. Martin Luther King Sr.  Less
    • Episode #1.1 (Feb 12, 1978) Rev. Martin Luther King Sr.  Less
  • Primary photo for NBC Special TreatNBC Special Treat (TV Series) Mr. Elgin (1 episode, 1977)  Less 1977 1
  • Primary photo for Billy: Portrait of a Street KidBilly: Portrait of a Street Kid (TV Movie) Dr. Fredericks  Less 1977
  • Primary photo for The Tenth LevelThe Tenth Level (TV Movie) Reed  Less 1976
  • Primary photo for Hawaii Five-OHawaii Five-O (TV Series) Ramon Borelle (1 episode, 1974)  Less 1974 1
  • Primary photo for The CBS Festival of Lively Arts for Young PeopleThe CBS Festival of Lively Arts for Young People (TV Series) Actor (1 episode, 1974)  Less 1974 1
  • Primary photo for Love, American StyleLove, American Style (TV Series) (segment "Love and High Spirits") (1 episode, 1973)  Less 1973 1
  • Primary photo for The SheriffThe Sheriff (TV Movie) James Lucas  Less 1971
  • Primary photo for Night GalleryNight Gallery (TV Series) Osmund Portifoy (1 episode, 1969)  Less 1969 1
  • Primary photo for BonanzaBonanza (TV Series) Sam Davis (1 episode, 1969)  Less 1969 1
  • Primary photo for The Name of the GameThe Name of the Game (TV Series) Kubani (1 episode, 1969)  Less 1969 1
  • Primary photo for Teacher, TeacherTeacher, Teacher (TV Movie) Charles Carter  Less 1969
  • Primary photo for N.Y.P.D.N.Y.P.D. (TV Series) Dempsey (1 episode, 1968)  Less 1968 1
  • Primary photo for The OutsiderThe Outsider (TV Movie) Lt. Wagner  Less 1967
  • Primary photo for Run for Your LifeRun for Your Life (TV Series) Sgt. Dave Corbett / Dave Corbett / Frankie Morton (3 episodes, 1966–1967)  Less 1966–1967 3
  • Primary photo for 12 O'Clock High12 O'Clock High (TV Series) Major Glenn Luke (1 episode, 1966)  Less 1966 1
    • Graveyard (Dec 30, 1966) Major Glenn Luke  Less
  • Primary photo for The FugitiveThe Fugitive (TV Series) Lt. Johnny Gaines (1 episode, 1966)  Less 1966 1
  • Primary photo for History of the Negro PeopleHistory of the Negro People (TV Mini-series) Writer (adaptation) (1 episode, 1965), Himself - Host (1 episode, 1965)  Less 1965 1
    • Slavery (1965) Himself - Host, Writer (adaptation)  Less
  • Primary photo for Slattery's PeopleSlattery's People (TV Series) Jack Phillips (1 episode, 1965)  Less 1965 1
  • Primary photo for The DefendersThe Defenders (TV Series) District Attorney Daniel Jackson / Assistant District Attorney / District Attorney / Officer Bond / Nixie (8 episodes, 1961–1965)  Less 1961–1965 8
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  • Primary photo for The NursesThe Nurses (TV Series) Dr. Farmer (1 episode, 1964)  Less 1964 1
  • Primary photo for The Great AdventureThe Great Adventure (TV Series) John Ross (1 episode, 1963)  Less 1963 1
  • Primary photo for East Side/West SideEast Side/West Side (TV Series) Writer (1 episode, 1963), Writer (story) (1 episode, 1963)  Less 1963 1
  • Primary photo for Car 54, Where Are You?Car 54, Where Are You? (TV Series) Officer Omar Anderson (6 episodes, 1962–1963), Performer ("The First Noel", "Deck The Halls") (1 episode, 1962)  Less 1962–1963 6
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  • Primary photo for Seven Times MondaySeven Times Monday (TV Movie) Will  Less 1962
  • Primary photo for Play of the WeekPlay of the Week (TV Series) Will (2 episodes, 1960–1961)  Less 1960–1961 2
  • Primary photo for John Brown's RaidJohn Brown's Raid (TV Movie) Dangerfield Newby  Less 1960
  • Primary photo for CBS Repertoire WorkshopCBS Repertoire Workshop (TV Series) Father (1 episode, 1960)  Less 1960 1
  • Primary photo for Playhouse 90Playhouse 90 (TV Series) Actor (1 episode, 1960)  Less 1960 1
  • Primary photo for Kraft Television TheatreKraft Television Theatre (TV Series) The Emperor Jones (1 episode, 1955)  Less 1955 1
  • Primary photo for The Emperor JonesThe Emperor Jones (TV Movie) Brutus Jones  Less 1955
Self (109 titles)YEARBUDGETU.S. GROSS
Archive Footage (17 titles)YEARBUDGETU.S. GROSS
  • Primary photo for 50 Years with Peter Paul and Mary50 Years with Peter Paul and Mary (TV Movie) Himself - Actor / Activist (archive footage)  Less 2014
  • Primary photo for P.O.V.P.O.V. (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 2014)  Less 2014
  • Primary photo for American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee BoggsAmerican Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs Himself (archive footage)  Less 2013
  • Primary photo for Mafia's Greatest HitsMafia's Greatest Hits (TV Mini-series) Himself (1 episode)  Less 2012– 
  • Primary photo for Democracy Now!Democracy Now! (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 2010)  Less 2010
  • Primary photo for Cinemassacre's Monster MadnessCinemassacre's Monster Madness (TV Series) Jack (1 episode, 2007)  Less 2007
    • Bubba Ho-Tep (Oct 30, 2007) Jack (archive footage)  Less
  • Primary photo for Segregating the Greatest GenerationSegregating the Greatest Generation Himself (archive footage)  Less 2006 $135K
  • Primary photo for The Black Movie AwardsThe Black Movie Awards (TV Special) Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)  Less 2005
  • Primary photo for American MastersAmerican Masters (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 2005)  Less 2005
  • Primary photo for BiographyBiography (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 2005)  Less 2005
  • Primary photo for The 57th Annual Primetime Emmy AwardsThe 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (TV Special) Himself - In Memoriam (archive footage)  Less 2005
  • Primary photo for The 77th Annual Academy AwardsThe 77th Annual Academy Awards (TV Special) Memorial Tribute (archive footage)  Less 2005
  • Primary photo for 11th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards11th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (TV Special) Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)  Less 2005
  • Primary photo for TV in Black: The First Fifty YearsTV in Black: The First Fifty Years (Video) Self (archive footage)  Less 2004
  • Primary photo for The Real Malcolm XThe Real Malcolm X (TV Movie) Himself - Delivers Eulogy (archive footage) (uncredited)  Less 1992
  • Primary photo for Sesame Street: Bedtime Stories and SongsSesame Street: Bedtime Stories and Songs (Video) Narrator (segment "Anansi Tale") (archive footage) (as Ozzie Davis)  Less 1986
  • Primary photo for The Sun... the Sand... the Hill.The Sun... the Sand... the Hill. (Short) Jacko King (archive footage)  Less 1965
Other (1 titles)YEARBUDGETU.S. GROSS
  • Primary photo for RipperRipper (Video Game) Ben Dodds  Less 1996

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