Ossie Davis & Ruby Dee

Ossie Davis Television Credits

Programs in red also feature Ruby Dee | • Award for Ossie Davis

Television Movies & Teleplays

The Emperor Jones (Kraft Television Theatre, NBC, 1955) — Brutus Jones
Seven Times Monday (WNTA, 1960) — Will
The Sign of Fire (The Catholic Hour, NBC, 1962)
Go Down, Moses (The Great Adventure, CBS, 1963) — John Ross
The Outsider (NBC, 1967) — Lt. Wagner
Teacher, Teacher (Hallmark Hall of Fame, NBC) — Charles Carter
• 1969 Emmy Nomination, Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Night Gallery (NBC, 1969) — Portifoy
The Sheriff (ABC, 1971) — James Lucas
Today Is Ours (CBS Festival of Lively Arts for Young People, 1974)
The Tenth Level (CBS, 1975) — Reed
Billy: Portrait of a Street Kid (NBC, 1977) — Dr. Fredericks
A Piece of Cake (NBC, 1977) — Mr. Eolin
Freedom Road (NBC, 1979) — Narrator
All God’s Children (ABC, 1980) — Blaine Whitfield
Don’t Look Back: The Story of Leroy “Satchel” Paige (ABC, 1981) — Chuffy Russell
The Red Shoes (HBO, 1989) — Narrator (voice)
We’ll Take Manhattan (NBC, 1990) — Man in Subway
The Ernest Green Story (The Disney Channel, 1993) — Grandfather
• 1994 Peabody Award for the Production
Ray Alexander: A Taste for Justice (NBC, 1994) — Uncle Phil
The Android Affair (USA, 1995) — Dr. Winston
Ray Alexander: A Menu for Murder (NBC, 1995) — Uncle Phil
Twelve Angry Men (Showtime, 1997) — Juror #2
Miss Evers’ Boys (HBO, 1997) — Mr. Evers
•1997 Emmy Nomination, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Special
• 1998 Golden Satellite Nomination, Best Supporting Actor
The Secret Path (CBS, 1999) — Too Tall
The Soul Collector (CBS, 1999) — Mordecai
A Vow to Cherish
(syndicated, 1999) — Alexander Billman
Finding Buck McHenry (Showtime, 2000) — Buck Henry
• 2001 Daytime Emmy Award, Outstanding Performer in a Children’s Special
• 2001 Image Award nomination, Outstanding Performance in a Children’s Series/Special
Deacons for Defense (Showtime, 2003) — Rev. Gregory
• 2004 Image Award nomination, Outstanding Actor in a TV Movie / Mini-Series

Miniseries, Specials & Documentaries

Actor’s Choice (Camera Three, CBS, 1960)
Of Courtship and Marriage (Stage 2, CBS, 1964)

The Creative Person (PBS, 1965)
History of the Negro People (NET, 1965)
King (NBC, 1978) — Martin Luther King, Sr.
• 1978 Emmy nomination, Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Roots: The Next Generation (ABC, 1979) — Dad Jones
Death of a Prophet: The Last Days of Malcolm X (1981) — Himself
Bill Moyers’ Walk Through the 20th Century: “A Second American Revolution” (PBS, 1984)
Martin Luther King: The Dream and the Drum (PBS, 1986)
Freedom Man (Network Home Entertainment, 1989) — Benjamin Banneker
Queen (CBS, 1993) — Parson Dick
The Stand (ABC, 1994) — Judge Richard Farris
Thomas Jefferson (PBS, 1997) — Narrator
Scandalize My Name: Stories from the Blacklist (1998) — Himself
The Feast of All Saints (Showtime, 2001) — Jean-Jacques

Television Series-Regular or Recurring Roles

Car 54, Where Are You? (CBS, 1963) — Omar (4 episodes)
The Defenders (CBS, 1963-65) — District Attorney Daniel Jackson
With Ossie and Ruby (PBS, 1981-2, 1985)
B. L. Stryker (ABC, 1989-90) — Oz
Evening Shade (CBS, 1990-94) — Ponder Blue
The Client (CBS, 1995-96) — Judge Harry Roosevelt
Promised Land (CBS, 1996-1998) — Erasmus Jones
• 1999 Image Award, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Third Watch (NBC, 1999-2000) — Mr. Parker (3 episodes)
The L Word (Showtime, 2004-05) — Melvin Porter (4 episodes)
• 2005 Emmy Nomination, Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series

Television Series-Selected Guest Appearances

Slattery’s People (“What Do You Do With A Wounded Tiger?” 1965)
The Fugitive (“Death Is the Door Prize,” 1966), ABC
Bonanza (“The Wish,” 1968), NBC
Cosby (“Ol’ Betsy.” 1999), CBS
City of Angels (2 episodes, 2000), CBS
• 2001 Image Award, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Additional Television Credits

East Side/West Side (“I Before E Except After C,” 1963) — Writer
Today Is Ours (CBS, 1974) — Director, Co-Producer
With Ossie and Ruby (PBS, 1981-82, 1985) — Director, Writer, Co-Producer
For Us, The Living: The Medgar Evers Story (1983) — Writer
• 1984 WGA Award (TV), Adapted Drama Anthology
Bill Moyers’ Walk Through the 20th Century:
“A Second American Revolution” (PBS, 1984) — Writer, Producer


The Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee Story Hour (National Black Network), 1974-75

Ossie, Ruby, and guest star E.G. Marshall share scary stories in an episode of With Ossie & Ruby, 1981.

“A big cast fills a small town in this Southern sitcom”
—Ken Tucker, Entertainment Weekly

Miss Evers' Boys is an eye-opening drama that blends top-shelf performances with a touching story line. This made-for-HBO movie scored five Emmy awards.

Ossie as Rev. Martin Luther King, Sr. in the TV miniseries, King, 1978