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actor , director , playwright , writer , poet

was an Emmy Award and Grammy Award-winning, American film, television and Broadway actor, director, poet, playwright, author, and social activist.

Education

He attended Howard University but dropped out in 1939 to fulfill his acting career in New York; he later attended Columbia University School of General Studies.

Career

Ossie Davis performed in over 100 plays, films, and radio programs from the 1940s until his death in 2005.

Director:Cotton Comes to Harlem (1970), Black Girl (1972), Gordon's War (1973), Kongi's Harvest (1973), Countdown at Kusini (1976). Film: She Hate Me (2004), Baadasssss! (2003), Deacons for Defense (2003), Bubba Ho-Tep (2002), Feast of All Saints (2001), Dinosaur (2000) [VOICE], Finding Buck McHenry (2000), The Soul Collector (1999), The Secret Path (1999), Doctor Dolittle (1998), 12 Angry Men (1997), 4 Little Girls (1997), Miss Evers' Boys (1997), I'm Not Rappaport (1996), Get on the Bus (1996), Baseball (1994), The Client (1994), The Stand (1994), Grumpy Old Men (1993), Queen (1993), The Ernest Green Story (1993), Malcolm X (1992), Gladiator (1992), Jungle Fever (1991), Joe Versus the Volcano (1990), Do the Right Thing (1989), School Daze (1988), Avenging Angel (1985), Harry and Son (1984), The House of God (1984), Don't Look Back: The Story of Leroy "Satchel" Paige (1981), Death of a Prophet (1981), All God's Children (1980), Freedom Road (1979), Hot Stuff (1979),King (1978), Countdown at Kusini (1976), Let's Do It Again (1975), The Silent Revolution (1972), Slaves (1969), Sam Whiskey (1969), The Scalphunters (1968), A Man Called Adam (1966), The Hill (1965), Shock Treatment (1964), The Cardinal (1963), Gone Are the Days! (1963).

Television (Selected works): The Emperor Jones (1955), The Outsider (1967), Today Is Ours, CBS-TV (1974), Roots: The Next Generation (1979), We'll Take Manhattan (1990), The Stand (1994), Miss Evers' Boys (1997), Finding Buck McHenry (2000).

Stage: Jeb (February 21–28, 1946), The Leading Lady (October 18–23, 1948),The Smile of the World (January 12–15, 1949), The Wisteria Trees (March 29 - September 16, 1950), The Green Pastures (March 15 - April 21, 1951), Remains to Be Seen (October 3, 1951 - March 22, 1952), Touchstone (February 3–7, 1953), Jamaica (October 31, 1957 - April 11, 1959), A Raisin in the Sun (March 11, 1959 - June 25, 1960), Purlie (September 28, 1961 - May 12, 1962), The Zulu and the Zayda (November 10, 1965 - April 16, 1966), I'm Not Rappaport (November 19, 1985 - January 17, 1988), A Celebration of Paul Robeson (October 30, 1988).

The actor drew a considerable amount of attention for helping to spearhead the American civil rights movement.

Achievements

  • In 1989, Ossie Davis and his wife, actress/activist Ruby Dee, were named to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Image Awards Hall of Fame. In 1995, they were awarded the National Medal of Arts, the nation's highest honor conferred to an individual artist on behalf of the country and presented in a White House ceremony by the President of the United States.And in 2004, they were recipients of the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors.

Works

  • book

    • With Ossie and Ruby: In This Life Together

    • Just Like Martin

Politics

An Active Participant of Civil rights Movement

Membership

  • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

  • Congress of Racial Equality (Congress of Racial Equality)

  • Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC)

  • Southern Christian Leadership Conference (Southern Christian Leadership Conference)

Interests

  • Philosophers & Thinkers

    Alain Locke