Ossie Davis

Ossie Davis

Performer

Tony Award-nominated actor-writer Ossie Davis, an icon of 20th century African-American theatre, was found dead Feb. 4, 2005, in his hotel room in Miami, where he was filming a movie, according to the Associated Press. Mr. Davis was 87, and was often mentioned in the same breath with his wife, actress Ruby Dee, who survives him. The pair received the Kennedy Center Honor in 2004 for their life's work.

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  • Born: Dec 18, 1917 in Cogdell, GA, USA
  • Death: Feb 4, 2005 in Miami, Florida

Roles (21)

The 48th Annual Tony Awards Playbill - June 12, 1994 The 48th Annual Tony Awards - 1994 (1994)
Opened Jun 12, 1994
  • as Participating Artist (Original)
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I'm Not Rappaport Playbill - Dec 1985 I'm Not Rappaport (1985)
Opened Nov 19, 1985
  • as Midge (Replacement)
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Purlie Playbill - Dec 1972 Purlie (1972)
Opened Dec 27, 1972
  • Book
  • Based on "Purlie Victorious"
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Purlie Playbill - Aug 1970 Purlie (1970)
Opened Mar 15, 1970
  • Book
  • Based on "Purlie Victorious"
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The Zulu and the Zayda Playbill - Nov 1965 The Zulu and the Zayda (1965)
Opened Nov 10, 1965
  • as Johannes (Original)
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<i>Purlie Victorious</i> Playbill - Sept 1961 Purlie Victorious (1961)
Opened Sep 28, 1961
  • as Purlie Victorious Judson (Original)
  • Writer
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cover_no_shadow A Raisin in the Sun (1959)
Opened Mar 11, 1959
  • as Walter Lee Younger (Replacement)
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Jamaica Playbill - March 1958 Jamaica (1957)
Opened Oct 31, 1957
  • as Cicero (Original)
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The Wisteria Trees Playbill - Feb 1955 The Wisteria Trees (1955)
Opened Feb 2, 1955
  • as Jacques (Original)
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Production Placeholder Touchstone (1953)
Opened Feb 3, 1953
  • as Dr. Joseph Clay (Original)
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Awards

Tony Award
1958 Featured Actor in a Musical Jamaica Nominee