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Davis, Ossie (1917–2005)

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DAVIS, OSSIE (1917–2005). Actor, writer, producer, director. Originally from Waycross, Georgia, Davis attended Howard University in Washington, D.C., but left the school before graduating. After a stint in the U.S. Army, he pursued an acting career in New York and landed his first role in the 1946 stage production of Jeb . His first film role was in the movie No Way Out , 1950, and he continued on the Broadway stage in No Time for Sergeants, A Raisin in the Sun , and Jamaica . Davis wrote and starred in the stage play Purlie Victorious , along with his actress wife, Ruby Dee. They would reprise their roles in the movie version titled Gone Are the Days! His other early film credits include The Cardinal , 1963, Shock Treatment , 1964, and A Man Called Adam , 1966. Davis became a director with Cotton Comes to Harlem , 1970; Black Girl , 1972; and Countdown at Kusini , 1976. He has played countless TV roles in television series, such as The Defenders, The Nurses , and East Side, West Side . In 1974, an educational television program called The Ruby Dee/Ossie Davis Story Hour was produced. The arts education series With Ossie and Ruby was aired in 1981. The duo also started the Institute of New Cinema Artists and the Recording Industry Training Program. Later film roles include Let’s Do It Again , 1975; Nothing Personal , 1979; and a quartet of Spike Lee films: School Daze , 1988; Do the Right Thing , 1989; Jungle Fever , 1991; and Get on the Bus , 1996. Davis also starred in the TV miniseries Queen , 1993, another sequel to the popular miniseries Roots . He is author of the young adult novel Just Like Martin .

Filmography: No Way Out , 1950; Purlie Victorious , 1963; Gone Are the Days! , 1963; The Hill , 1965; A Man Called Adam , 1966; The Scalphunters , 1968; Let’s Do It Again , 1975; Roots , 1977; King , 1978; All God’s Children , 1980; Don’t Look Back: The Story of Leroy “Satchel” Paige , 1981; Avenging Angel , 1985; School Daze , 1985; Do the Right Thing , 1989; Jungle Fever , 1991; Queen , 1993; Grumpy Old Men , 1993; The Ernest Green Story , 1993; The Stand , 1994; The Client , 1994; I’m Not Rappaport , 1996; Get on the Bus , 1996; Twelve Angry Men , 1997; Miss Evers’ Boys , 1997; Dr. Dolittle , 1998; Dinosaur , 2000.

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