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

Radio

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

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