Ossie Davis

Ossie Davis

Highest Rated: 93% Do the Right Thing (1989)

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.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 25% Proud Lorenzo DuFau (Character) - 2004
19% 60% She Hate Me Qudge Buchanan (Character) $365.1K 2004
91% 84% Baadasssss! Granddad (Character) $365.2K 2003
No Score Yet 92% Deacons for Defense Reverend "Rev" Gregory (Character) - 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hughes' Dream Harlem Narrator - 2002
79% 79% Bubba Ho-Tep Jack Kennedy (Character) $891.9K 2002
64% 48% Dinosaur Yar (Voice) $137.7M 2000
No Score Yet 65% Finding Buck McHenry Buck McHenry (Character) - 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Here's to Life! Duncan Cox (Character) - 2000
No Score Yet 100% Paul Robeson: Here I Stand Unknown (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet 71% Chasing Secrets Too Tall (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet 72% A Vow to Cherish Alexander Billman (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet 75% The Soul Collector Mordecai (Character) - 1999
42% 35% Dr. Dolittle Archer Dolittle (Character) $144.2M 1998
92% 87% 12 Angry Men Juror 2 (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet 71% 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 No Score Yet Ray Alexander: A Menu for Murder Uncle Phil (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet 0% The Android Affair Dr. Winston (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ray Alexander: A Taste for Justice Uncle Phil (Character) - 1994
78% 69% The Client Judge Harry Roosevelt (Character) $90.8M 1994
No Score Yet 82% The Ernest Green Story Grandfather (Character) - 1993
63% 74% Grumpy Old Men Chuck (Character) $69.3M 1993
31% 68% Gladiator Noah (Character) $8.1M 1992
81% 67% Jungle Fever The Good Reverend Doctor Purify (Character) $31.7M 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet B.L. Stryker: Plates Oz Jackson (Character) - 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet B.L. Stryker: Winner Takes All Oz Jackson (Character) - 1990
61% 54% Joe Versus the Volcano Marshall (Character) $39.1M 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
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
93% 89% Do the Right Thing Da Mayor (Character) $26M 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
56% 79% School Daze Coach Odom (Character) $11.7M 1988
33% 25% Avenging Angel Captain Harry Moradian (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet The House of God Dr. Sanders (Character) - 1984
33% 36% Harry and Son Raymond (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 73% 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
63% 87% Let's Do It Again Elder Johnson (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet 47% Gordon's War Director - 1973
No Score Yet 78% Black Girl Director - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kongi's Harvest Director - 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Sheriff James Lucas (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet 67% Cotton Comes to Harlem Director,
Writer
- 1970
No Score Yet 78% Night Gallery Osmund Portifoy (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Third Choice Kubani (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet 28% Sam Whiskey Jed Hooker (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
No Score Yet 56% 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
83% 74% Fourteen Hours Cab driver (uncredited) (Character) - 1951
90% 82% No Way Out John Brooks (uncredited) (Character) - 1950

TV

Credit
57% 76% 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) 2002 1999 1996-1997
27% No Score Yet Presidio Med Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Feast of All Saints Unknown (Character) 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet 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
No Score Yet 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% 66% 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

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