Ossie Davis

Actor · Writer · Director
IVA Star Rating : 74
Ossie Davis was an American film, television and Broadway actor, director, poet, playwright, author, and civil rights activist.

Ossie Davis was an American film, television and Broadway actor, director, poet, playwright, author, and civil rights activist.

Birth Name

Raiford Chatman Davis


Tuesday, 18 December 1917


Friday, 04 February 2005

Actor Filmography

Actor Filmography

By Whatever Means Necessary: The Times of Godfather of Harlem Self - Actor and Civil Rights Activist, Self 2020
What's My Name: Muhammad Ali Self 2019
And when I die, I won't stay dead Self 2015
50 Years with Peter Paul and Mary Self - Actor / Activist 2014
American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs Self 2013
Mafia's Greatest Hits Self 2012
For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots (voice) 2010
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness Jack 2007
The Peace! DVD Himself / Self 2005
Character Studies Self 2005
The 77th Annual Academy Awards Self - Memorial Tribute 2005
By Any Means Necessary: The Making of 'Malcolm X' Himself / Self 2005
She Hate Me Judge Buchanan 2004
Proud Lorenzo DuFau 2004
Apollo at 70: A Hot Night in Harlem Self 2004
Baadasssss! Granddad 2004
The L Word Melvin Porter 2004
TV in Black: The First Fifty Years (archive footage) 2004
Beah: A Black Woman Speaks Himself / Self 2003
Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property Himself / Self 2003
Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives Reader 2003
XXI Century Self - Actor 2003
Deacons for Defense Reverend 'Rev' Gregory 2003
Presidio Med Otis Clayton 2002
Bubba Ho-Tep Jack / John F. "Jack" Kennedy 2002
Why Can't We Be a Family Again? Narrator 2002
Counting on Democracy: The Untold Story of 175,000 Missing Votes in the 2000 Presidential Election Self - Narrator 2002
The Feast of All Saints Jean-Jacques 2001
Philly Gilbert Willoughby 2001
Legend of the Candy Cane Julius (voice) / Julius 2001
Jazz Self 2001
Here's to Life! Duncan Cox 2000
Dinosaur Yar (voice) / Yar 2000
Finding Buck McHenry Buck McHenry 2000
City of Angels Henry, King of England / Henry Charles, Henry, King of England 2000
Scandalize My Name: Stories from the Blacklist Himself / Self 2000
The Ghosts of Christmas Eve The Caretaker 1999
The Soul Collector Mordecai 1999
Third Watch Mr. Parker 1999
Independent Lens Narrator / Self 1999
The Century: America's Time Self 1999
The Secret Path Too Tall 1999
Paul Robeson: Here I Stand Self 1999
A Vow to Cherish Alexander Billman 1999
The Directors Self 1999
Doctor Dolittle Archer Dolittle 1998
12 Angry Men Juror #2 / Juror 2 1997
4 Little Girls Self - Actor and Playwright 1997
Jackie Robinson: Breaking Barriers Narrator 1997
Miss Evers' Boys Mr. Evers 1997
Thomas Jefferson Narrator 1997
Walter Matthau: Diamond in the Rough Self 1997
I'm Not Rappaport Midge Carter 1996
Get on the Bus Jeremiah 1996
Cosby Fred 1996
Promised Land Erasmus Jones 1996
The West Self, Self - John R. Gills 1996
JAG Terrence Minnerly 1995
The Client Judge Harry Roosevelt 1995
The Android Affair Dr. Winston 1995
Touched by an Angel Erasmus Jones, Gabe, Gabriel 1994
Baseball Various / Voice, Voice, Himself / Self / Voice, Self / Voice 1994
The Client Harry Roosevelt 1994
The 48th Annual Tony Awards Self - Presenter 1994
The Stand Judge Richard Farris 1994
The African Burial Ground: An American Discovery Self - Narrator 1994
Grumpy Old Men Chuck 1993
Cop & ½ Detective in Squad Room 1993
Queen Parson Dick 1993
The Great Depression Self 1993
Lincoln Frederick Douglas (voice) / Frederick Douglas 1992
Malcolm X Eulogy Performer 1992
Gladiator Noah 1992
Preminger: Anatomy of a Filmmaker Himself / Self 1991
Jungle Fever The Good Reverend Doctor Purify / Reverend Purify 1991
Evening Shade Ponder Blue 1990
Joe Versus the Volcano Marshall 1990
The Red Shoes Narrator / Alphonse 1990
Making Do the Right Thing Himself / Self 1989
Do the Right Thing Da Mayor 1989
B.L. Stryker Oz Jackson 1989
American Experience Narrator, Self - Harlem Resident 1988
P.O.V. Self 1988
School Daze Coach Odom 1988
Eyes on the Prize Self 1987
Nightlife Self 1986
American Masters Self, Self - Host, Self / Narrator 1986
Sesame Street: Sleepytime Songs & Stories Narrator (segment "Anansi Tale") / Anansi the Spider (Sleepytime Songs and Stories) (voice) 1986
Avenging Angel Captain Harry Moradian / Capt. Harry Moradian 1985
Harry & Son Raymond 1984
The House of God Dr. Sanders 1984
Reading Rainbow Himself (voice) 1983
Death of a Prophet Self 1981
All God's Children Blaine Whitfield 1980
Freedom Road Narrator 1979
Hot Stuff Captain John Geiberger 1979
Roots: The Next Generations Jones, Dad Jones / Jones 1979
King Rev. Martin Luther King Sr. 1978
Billy: Portrait of a Street Kid Dr. Fredericks 1977
The Tenth Level Reed / Ben Reed 1976
Cool Red Ernest Motapo 1976
NBC Special Treat Mr. Elgin 1975
Let's Do It Again Elder Johnson 1975
Wattstax Self 1973
Malcolm X Eulogy / Eulogy (voice) 1972
Actor's Choice Self - performer 1970
Kongi's Harvest Narrator 1970
Love, American Style (segment "Love and High Spirits") 1969
The David Frost Show Self 1969
Slaves Luke 1969
Sam Whiskey Jed Hooker 1969
Teacher, Teacher Charles Carter 1969
The Fall Self 1969
The Name of the Game Kubani 1968
Hawaii Five-O Ramon Borelle 1968
Still a Brother: Inside the Negro Middle Class Narrator / Self - Host 1968
The Scalphunters Joseph Lee 1968
The Outsider Lt. Wagner 1967
N.Y.P.D. Dempsey 1967
A Man Called Adam Nelson Davis 1966
History of the Negro People Self - Host 1965
Run for Your Life Dave Corbett, Frankie Morton, Sgt. Dave Corbett 1965
The Hill Jacko King 1965
Slattery's People Jack Phillips 1964
12 O'Clock High Major Glenn Luke 1964
Shock Treatment Capshaw 1964
The Cardinal Father Gillis 1963
The Great Adventure John Ross 1963
Gone Are the Days! Reverend Purlie Victorious Judson 1963
The Fugitive Lt. Johnny Gaines 1963
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson Himself, Himself - Guest 1962
The Doctors and the Nurses Dr. Farmer 1962
Accent on an American Summer The Priest 1962
Car 54, Where Are You? Officer Omar Anderson 1961
The Defenders District Attorney Daniel Jackson, District Attorney, Assistant District Attorney, Nixie, Officer Bond 1961
CBS Repertoire Workshop Father 1960
Play of the Week Will Harris 1959
Bonanza Sam Davis 1959
The Joe Louis Story Bob 1953
Fourteen Hours Cab Driver 1951
Showtime, U.S.A. Self 1950
No Way Out John Brooks 1950
Kraft Theatre The Emperor Jones 1947

Director Filmography

2005 Emmy Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
1997 Emmy Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Special Nominated
1978 Emmy Outstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
1969 Golden Globe Best Supporting Actor Nominated
1969 Emmy Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Nominated
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