Ossie Davis & Ruby Dee

Ruby Dee Television & Radio Credits

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

Television Movies & Teleplays

Seven Times Monday (Play of the Week, WNTA, 1960) — Lila
Black Monday (Play of the Week, WNTA, 1961) — Jane Walker
The Bitter Cup (Frontiers of Faith, NBC, 1961) — Grace Gilmore
Impact of an Execution (Alcoa Premiere, ABC, 1963) — Irene Clayton
Go Down, Moses (The Great Adventure, CBS, 1963) — Harriet Tubman
Neighbors (Armchair Theatre, ABC, 1966) — Vicky Kingsbury
Deadlock (NBC, 1969) — Lucinda
The Sheriff (ABC, 1971) — Sue Anne Lucas
To Be Young, Gifted and Black (NET Playhouse, PBS, 1972)
It’s Good to Be Alive (CBS, 1974) — Ruth Campanella
Wedding Band (ABC Theater, 1974) — Julia Augustine
Today Is Ours (CBS Festival of Lively Arts for Young People, 1974)
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (CBS, 1979) — Grandmother Baxter
All God’s Children (ABC, 1980) — Irene Whitfield
Long Day’s Journey into Night (ABC Cable, 1982) — Mary Tyrone
• 1983 Cable ACE Award, Best Actress in a Dramatic Presentation
Go Tell It on the Mountain (American Playhouse, PBS, 1985) — Mrs. Grimes
Zora Is My Name (American Playhouse, PBS, 1990) — Zora Neale Hurston
The Court Martial of Jackie Robinson (TNT, 1990) — Mallie Robinson
Decoration Day (Hallmark Hall of Fame Production, CBS, 1990) — Rowena
• 1991 Emmy Award, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Special
The Ernest Green Story (Disney Channel, 1993) — Mrs. Lydia Wilson
Mr. and Mrs. Loving (Showtime, 1996) — Sophia
Captive Heart: The James Mink Story (CBS, 1996) — Indigo
• 1997 Image Award nomination, Outstanding Lead Actress
in a Television Movie or Mini-Series
The Wall (Showtime Networks, 1998) — Mrs. Mitchell
Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters, First 100 Years (CBS, 1999)
— Annie Elizabeth “Bessie” Delany
• 2000 Image Award nomination, Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie/ Miniseries
Passing Glory (TNT, 1999) — Mommit Porter
A Storm in Summer (Showtime, 2000) — Grandmother
Finding Buck McHenry (Showtime, 2000) — Mrs. Bank
Taking Back Our Town (Lifetime, 2001) — Emelda West
Their Eyes Were Watching God
(ABC, 2005) — Nanny
America (Lifetime, 2009) — Mrs. Harper
Betty and Coretta (Lifetime, 2013) — Narrator

Television Miniseries, Specials & Documentaries

Actor’s Choice (Camera Three, CBS, 1960)
Of Courtship and Marriage (Stage 2, CBS, 1964)
Roots: The Next Generations (ABC, 1979) — Queen Haley
• 1979 Emmy Nomination, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Special
Bill Moyers’ Walk Through the 20th Century: “A Second American Revolution” (PBS, 1984)
• 1984 Emmy Award, Outstanding Informational Series
The Atlanta Child Murders (CBS, 1985) — Faye Williams
Martin Luther King: The Dream and the Drum (PBS, 1986)
Windmills of the Gods (CBS, 1988) — Dorothy Stone
Gore Vidal’s Lincoln (NBC, 1988) — Elizabeth Keckley
• 1988 Emmy Nomination, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Special
The Stand
(ABC, 1994) — Mother Abigail Freemantle
Whitewash (HBO, 1995) — Grandmother (voice)
• Daytime Emmy nomination, Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program
Feast of All Saints (Showtime, 2001) — Elsie Claviere
Iconoclasts: Alicia Keys and Ruby Dee (Sundance, 2007)

Television Series Regular or Recurring Roles

The Guiding Light (CBS, 1967) — Martha Frazier
Peyton Place (ABC, 1968-69) — Alma Miles
With Ossie & Ruby (PBS, 1981-82, 1985)
Middle Ages (CBS, 1992) — Estelle Williams
Little Bill (Nickelodeon/CBS, 1999-2004 ) — Alice the Great
• 2001 Image Award Nomination, Outstanding Performance in a Children’s Program
• 2001 Daytime Emmy Nomination, Outstanding Performer
in an Animated Program Series/Special
• 2003 Daytime Emmy Nomination, Outstanding Performer
in an Animated Program

Television Series Selected Guest Appearances

The Nurses, “Express Stop to Lenox Avenue” ( CBS, 1963)
• 1964 Emmy Nomination, Outstanding Single Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
The Fugitive, “Decision in the Ring” (ABC, 1966)
East Side/West Side, “No Hiding Place” (CBS, 1964)
Police Woman, “Target Black” (NBC, 1975)
Reading Rainbow, “Tar Beach” (PBS, 1983)
China Beach, “Skylark” (CBS, 1990)
• 1990 Emmy Nomination, Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
The Golden Girls, “Wham, Bam, Thank You, Mammy” (CBS, 1990)
Evening Shade, “They Can’t Take That Away From Me” (CBS, 1992)
• 1993 Emmy Nomination, Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
Promised Land, “Baptism of Fire” (CBS, 1998)
Cosby, “Ol’ Betsy” (CBS, 1999),
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, “Empty Eyes” (CBS, 2007)

Radio

New World A-Coming (WMCA, New York, 1946)
The Story of Ruby Valentine (National Negro Network, 1954)
This Is Nora Drake (CBS, 1955)
The Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee Story Hour (National Black Network, 1974-75)

Ruby wins an Emmy award for Decoration Day, 1991.

"Impossible not to like."
—John Leonard, New York Magazine

"A remarkable visual and oral experience."
— Kay Gardella, New York Daily News

"A marvelous production."
— Kay Gardella, New York Daily News

"It’s a gem!"— Kay Gardella, NYDN

"A rich salute to an American folklorist."
— Ray Loynd, Los Angeles Times