Ossie Davis Television Credits

Programs in red also feature Ruby Dee

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
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
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
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
Deacons for Defense (Showtime, 2003) – Rev. Gregory

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.
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
Third Watch (NBC, 1999-2000) – Mr. Parker (3 episodes)
The L Word (Showtime, 2004-05) – Melvin Porter (4 episodes)

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

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
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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