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      Ossie Davis

      Ossie Davis

      Highest Rated: 93% 12 Angry Men (1997)

      Lowest Rated: 19% She Hate Me (2004)

      Birthday: Dec 18, 1917

      Birthplace: Cogdell, Georgia, USA

      Tall, dignified veteran character player of the American stage and screen with a career spanning nearly half a century. With his wife and frequent collaborator, actor Ruby Dee, Davis was a staple of black theater. Both are longstanding political activists who were highly visible during the height of the civil rights movement and continue to speak out at rallies for progressive and humanitarian causes. Davis delivered the moving eulogy at the funeral of slain civil rights leader Malcolm X (which he repeated for the extended coda to Spike Lee's 1992 biopic). As a playwright, screenwriter, director, producer, and actor, Davis has often been associated with works that celebrate and inculcate the lessons of black history in the US. He thrived as an inspirational and iconic presence in contemporary African-American culture.

      Highest rated movies

      12 Angry Men poster
      12 Angry Men
      Do the Right Thing poster Do the Right Thing Baadasssss! poster
      Baadasssss!
      Get on the Bus poster
      Get on the Bus
      No Way Out poster
      No Way Out
      The Client poster
      The Client
      Jungle Fever poster Jungle Fever Bubba Ho-Tep poster
      Bubba Ho-Tep

      Photos

      A MAN CALLED ADAM, Sammy Davis, Jr., Frank Sinatra, Jr., Cicely Tyson, Ossie Davis, Louis Armstrong, 1966 A MAN CALLED ADAM, Sammy Davis, Jr., Frank Sinatra, Jr., Cicely Tyson, Ossie Davis, Louis Armstrong, 1966 LET'S DO IT AGAIN, Ossie Davis, 1975 LET'S DO IT AGAIN, Ossie Davis, 1975 HOT STUFF, Ossie Davis, 1979, (c) Columbia Pictures HOT STUFF, Ossie Davis, 1979, (c) Columbia Pictures THE CARDINAL, Ossie Davis, 1963 THE CARDINAL, Ossie Davis, 1963 BLACK GIRL, 1972, Ossie Davis directing. BLACK GIRL, 1972, Ossie Davis directing. SHOCK TREATMENT, from left: Roddy McDowall, Stuart Whitman, Ossie Davis, 1964, TM & Copyright © 20th Century Fox Film Corp SHOCK TREATMENT, from left: Roddy McDowall, Stuart Whitman, Ossie Davis, 1964, TM & Copyright © 20th Century Fox Film Corp SAM WHISKEY, from left: Ossie Davis, Clint Walker, Anthony James, 1969 SAM WHISKEY, from left: Ossie Davis, Clint Walker, Anthony James, 1969 SAM WHISKEY, from left: Ossie Davis, Burt Reynolds, 1969 SAM WHISKEY, from left: Ossie Davis, Burt Reynolds, 1969 A MAN CALLED ADAM, Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra Jr., Cicely Tyson, Ossie Davis, Louis Armstrong, 1966 A MAN CALLED ADAM, Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra Jr., Cicely Tyson, Ossie Davis, Louis Armstrong, 1966 THE SCALPHUNTERS, Ossie Davis, Telly Savalas, Burt Lancaster, 1968. THE SCALPHUNTERS, Ossie Davis, Telly Savalas, Burt Lancaster, 1968. THE SCALPHUNTERS, Burt Lancaster, Ossie Davis, 1968. THE SCALPHUNTERS, Burt Lancaster, Ossie Davis, 1968. GONE ARE THE DAYS, (aka PURLIE VICTORIOUS), Godfrey Cambridge, Ossie Davis, 1963 GONE ARE THE DAYS, (aka PURLIE VICTORIOUS), Godfrey Cambridge, Ossie Davis, 1963 I'M NOT RAPPAPORT, Walter Matthau, Ossie Davis, 1996. ©Gramercy Pictures I'M NOT RAPPAPORT, Walter Matthau, Ossie Davis, 1996. ©Gramercy Pictures HOT STUFF, Ossie Davis, Marc Lawrence, Suzanne Pleshette, Jerry Reed, Luis Avalos, 1979, (c) Columbia HOT STUFF, Ossie Davis, Marc Lawrence, Suzanne Pleshette, Jerry Reed, Luis Avalos, 1979, (c) Columbia GONE ARE THE DAYS, (aka PURLIE VICTORIOUS), Ruby Dee, Godfrey Cambridge, Sorrell Booke, Ossie Davis, 1963 GONE ARE THE DAYS, (aka PURLIE VICTORIOUS), Ruby Dee, Godfrey Cambridge, Sorrell Booke, Ossie Davis, 1963 GONE ARE THE DAYS, (aka PURLIE VICTORIOUS), Hilda Haynes, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, 1963 GONE ARE THE DAYS, (aka PURLIE VICTORIOUS), Hilda Haynes, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, 1963 BUBBA HO-TEP, Ossie Davis, 2003 BUBBA HO-TEP, Ossie Davis, 2003 A MAN CALLED ADAM, Frank Sinatra Jr., Cicely Tyson, Ossie Davis, 1966 A MAN CALLED ADAM, Frank Sinatra Jr., Cicely Tyson, Ossie Davis, 1966 SAM WHISKEY, Clint Walker, Ossie Davis, 1969 SAM WHISKEY, Clint Walker, Ossie Davis, 1969 SCALPHUNTERS, THE, Ossie Davis, Telly Savalas, Burt Lancaster, 1968. SCALPHUNTERS, THE, Ossie Davis, Telly Savalas, Burt Lancaster, 1968.

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet 25% Proud Lorenzo DuFau (Character) - 2004
      19% 59% She Hate Me Qudge Buchanan (Character) $365.1K 2004
      No Score Yet 89% Deacons for Defense Reverend "Rev" Gregory (Character) - 2003
      91% 84% Baadasssss! Granddad (Character) $365.2K 2003
      79% 79% Bubba Ho-Tep Jack Kennedy (Character) $891.9K 2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hughes' Dream Harlem Narrator - 2002
      No Score Yet 67% Finding Buck McHenry Buck McHenry (Character) - 2000
      65% 48% Dinosaur Yar (Voice) $137.7M 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dinosaur Yar (Voice) - 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Here's to Life! Duncan Cox (Character) - 2000
      No Score Yet 82% Chasing Secrets Too Tall (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet 75% A Vow to Cherish Alexander Billman (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet 67% The Soul Collector Mordecai (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet 100% Paul Robeson: Here I Stand Unknown (Character) - 1999
      42% 35% Dr. Dolittle Archer Dolittle (Character) $144.2M 1998
      93% 87% 12 Angry Men Juror 2 (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet 72% Miss Evers' Boys Mr. Evers (Character) - 1997
      89% 71% Get on the Bus Jeremiah (Character) $5.7M 1996
      38% 60% I'm Not Rappaport Midge Carter (Character) $266.2K 1996
      No Score Yet 0% The Android Affair Dr. Winston (Character) - 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ray Alexander: A Menu for Murder Uncle Phil (Character) - 1995
      80% 68% The Client Judge Harry Roosevelt (Character) $90.8M 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ray Alexander: A Taste for Justice Uncle Phil (Character) - 1994
      64% 74% Grumpy Old Men Chuck (Character) $69.3M 1993
      No Score Yet 82% The Ernest Green Story Grandfather (Character) - 1993
      31% 69% Gladiator Noah (Character) $8.1M 1992
      80% 67% Jungle Fever The Good Reverend Doctor Purify (Character) $31.7M 1991
      66% 54% Joe Versus the Volcano Marshall (Character) $39.1M 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet B.L. Stryker: Winner Takes All Oz Jackson (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet B.L. Stryker: Plates Oz Jackson (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet B.L. Stryker: High Rise Oz Jackson (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet B.L. Stryker: Grand Theft Hotel Oz Jackson (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet B.L. Stryker Oz (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet B.L. Stryker: Night Train Oz Jackson (Character) - 1990
      92% 89% Do the Right Thing Da Mayor (Character) $26.0M 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet B.L. Stryker: Die Laughing Jackson (Character) - 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet B.L. Stryker: Blind Chess Oz (Character) - 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet B.L. Stryker: The Dancer's Touch Oz (Character) - 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet B.L. Stryker: The King of Jazz Oz (Character) - 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Making 'Do the Right Thing' Self - 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet B.L. Stryker: Carolann Oz (Character) - 1989
      59% 79% School Daze Coach Odom (Character) $11.7M 1988
      33% 25% Avenging Angel Captain Harry Moradian (Character) - 1985
      29% 36% Harry and Son Raymond (Character) - 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The House of God Dr. Sanders (Character) - 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Don't Look Back: The Story of Leroy Satchel Paige Chuffy Russell (Character) - 1981
      No Score Yet No Score Yet All God's Children Blaine Whitfield (Character) - 1980
      No Score Yet 74% Hot Stuff Captain John Geiberger (Character) - 1979
      No Score Yet 71% King Rev. Martin Luther King Sr (Character) - 1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Billy: Portrait of a Street Kid Dr. Fredericks (Character) - 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Countdown at Kusini Ernest Motapo (Character),
      Director
      - 1976
      67% 86% Let's Do It Again Elder Johnson (Character) - 1975
      60% 47% Gordon's War Director - 1973
      No Score Yet 76% Black Girl Director - 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Kongi's Harvest Director - 1971
      No Score Yet 66% Cotton Comes to Harlem Director,
      Writer
      - 1970
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Sheriff James Lucas (Character) - 1970
      No Score Yet 78% Night Gallery Osmund Portifoy (Character) - 1969
      No Score Yet 26% Sam Whiskey Jed Hooker (Character) - 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Third Choice Kubani (Character) - 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Slaves Luke (Character) - 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Teacher, Teacher Charles Carter (Character) - 1969
      70% 56% The Scalphunters Joseph Lee (Character) - 1968
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Still a Brother Unknown (Character) - 1968
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Outsider Lt. Wagner (Character) - 1967
      38% 59% A Man Called Adam Nelson Davis (Character) - 1966
      71% 92% The Hill Jacko King (Character) - 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Shock Treatment Capshaw (Character) - 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Gone Are the Days Reverend Purlie Victorious Judson (Character),
      Writer
      - 1963
      71% 73% Fourteen Hours Cab driver (uncredited) (Character) - 1951
      86% 82% No Way Out John Brooks (uncredited) (Character) - 1950

      TV

      Credit
      57% 75% The L Word Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
      No Score Yet No Score Yet JAG Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Touched by an Angel Unknown (Guest Star) 1996-1997 1999 2002
      27% No Score Yet Presidio Med Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
      No Score Yet 81% Third Watch Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
      20% No Score Yet City of Angels Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cosby Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Promised Land Unknown (Character),
      Unknown (Guest Star)
      1996-1998
      25% No Score Yet The Client Judge Harry Roosevelt (Character) 1995-1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Evening Shade Ponder Blue (Character) 1990-1994
      70% 68% Stephen King's The Stand Unknown (Character) 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Alex Haley's Queen Parson Dick (Character) 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet HBO Storybook Musicals Narrator 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star) 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Name of the Game Unknown (Guest Star) 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 12 O'Clock High Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fugitive Lt. Johnny Gaines (Guest Star) 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet East Side/West Side Writer 1963