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Ossie Davis
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Born
Raiford Chatman Davis

(1917-12-18)December 18, 1917
Died February 4, 2005(2005-02-04) (aged 87)
Miami, Florida, U.S.
Occupation Actor, director, poet, playwright, author, activist
Years active 1939–2005
Spouse(s) Ruby Dee
(m. 1948–2005; his death)
Children Guy Davis
Nora Davis Day
Hasna Muhammad

Ossie Davis (born Raiford Chatman Davis; December 18, 1917 – February 4, 2005) was an American movie, television and Broadway actor, director, poet, playwright, author, and social activist. He was known for his role as Yar in the 2000 animated movie Dinosaur. He was married to actress Ruby Dee.

Davis died in Miami, Florida from heart disease, aged 87.

Filmography

  • No Way Out (1950) as John Brooks (uncredited)
  • Fourteen Hours (1951) as Cab Driver (uncredited)
  • The Joe Louis Story (1953) as Bob (uncredited)
  • Gone Are the Days! (aka Purlie Victorious) (1963) as Reverend Purlie Victorious Judson
  • The Cardinal (1963) as Father Gillis
  • Shock Treatment (1964) as Capshaw
  • The Hill (1965) as Jacko King
  • A Man Called Adam (1966) as Nelson Davis
  • Silent Revolution (1967)
  • The Scalphunters (1968) as Joseph Lee
  • Sam Whiskey (1969) as Jed Hooker
  • Slaves (1969) as Luke
  • Wattstax (1973) as Himself (uncredited)
  • Let's Do It Again (1975) as Elder Johnson
  • Countdown at Kusini (1976) as Ernest Motapo
  • Hot Stuff (1979) as Captain John Geiberger
  • Benjamin Banneker: The Man Who Loved the Stars (1979)
  • Harry & Son (1984) as Raymond
  • The House of God (1984) as Dr. Sanders
  • Avenging Angel (1985) as Captain Harry Moradian
  • School Daze (1988) as Coach Odom
  • Do the Right Thing (1989) as Da Mayor
  • Joe Versus the Volcano (1990) as Marshall
  • Preminger: Anatomy of a Filmmaker (1991, Documentary) as Himself
  • Jungle Fever (1991) as The Good Reverend Doctor Purify
  • Gladiator (1992) as Noah
  • Malcolm X (1992) as Eulogy Performer (voice)
  • Cop and a Half (1993) as Detective in Squad Room (uncredited)
  • Grumpy Old Men (1993) as Chuck
  • The Client (1994) as Harry Roosevelt
  • Get on the Bus (1996) as Jeremiah
  • I'm Not Rappaport (1996) as Midge Carter
  • 4 Little Girls (1997, Documentary) as Himself - Actor and Playwright
  • Dr. Dolittle (1998) as Archer Dolittle
  • Alyson's Closet (1998, Short) as Postman Extraordinaire
  • The Unfinished Journey (1999, Documentary, Short) as Narration (voice)
  • The Gospel According to Mr. Allen (2000, Documentary) as Narrator
  • Dinosaur (2000) as Yar (voice)
  • Here's to Life! (2000) as Duncan Cox
  • Voice of the Voiceless (2001, Documentary) as Himself
  • Why Can't We Be a Family Again? (2002, Documentary, Short) as Narrator (voice)
  • Bubba Ho-Tep (2002) as Jack
  • Unchained Memories (2003, Documentary) as Reader #6
  • Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property (2003, Documentary) as Himself
  • Beah: A Black Woman Speaks (2003, Documentary) as Himself
  • BAADASSSSS! (2003) as Granddad
  • She Hate Me (2004) as Judge Buchanan
  • Proud (2004) as Lorenzo DuFau
  • A Trumpet at the Walls of Jericho (2005, Documentary)
  • Experimenter (2015) Ossie Davis is played by Dennis Dexter Haysbert.

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