Ted Ross

Highest Rated: 90% Ragtime (1981)
Birthday: Jun 30, 1934
Birthplace: Not Available
A Tony-winning actor recognized for his role as the Cowardly Lion in The Wiz, Ted Ross' career was ironically kick-started when, at age 18, he went on an amateur-night contest with a striking rendition of "Under the Rainbow." Born in Zanesville, OH, Ross' family moved to Dayton when he was seven years old. Working as an emcee shortly before he entered the Air Force in the 1950s, the emerging talent continued to develop his skills upon discharge with appearances in The Bingo Long Traveling All Stars & Motor Kings (1976) and the filmed version of The Wiz (1978). Gaining increasing exposure as Bitterman in Arthur (1981) as well as the sequel, Ross was also active in television with roles in The Jeffersons, The Cosby Show, and A Different World. Suffering a debilitating stroke in 1998, Ross resided in a nursing home before ultimately passing away in early September 2002. He was 68.

Highest Rated Movies



83% The Fisher King Limo Bum 1991
20% Stealing Home Bud Scott 1988
13% Arthur 2: On the Rocks Bitterman 1988
54% Police Academy Capt. Reed 1984
11% Amityville II: The Possession Mr. Booth 1982
90% Ragtime Black Lawyer 1981
88% Arthur Bitterman 1981
44% The Wiz Lion 1978
No Score Yet Triumph of Charlie Parker: Celebrating Bird Actor 1977
87% The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings Sallie 1976


No Score Yet A Different World
Dr. Harris Dean
  • 1988
  • 1987
No Score Yet The Cosby Show
Dean Harris
  • 1987
No Score Yet The Jeffersons
  • 1978