Ruby Dee Television Credits

Plays in bold also Feature Ossie Davis

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
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
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
The Wall (Showtime Networks, 1998) – Mrs. Mitchell
Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters, First 100 Years (CBS, 1999) – Annie Elizabeth “Bessie” Delany
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
Bill Moyers’ Walk Through the 20th Century: “A Second American Revolution” (PBS, 1984)
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
The Stand (ABC, 1994) – Mother Abigail Freemantle
Whitewash (HBO, 1995) – Grandmother (voice)
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

Television Series Selected Guest Appearances

The Nurses, “Express Stop to Lenox Avenue” ( CBS, 1963)
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)
The Golden Girls, “Wham, Bam, Thank You, Mammy” (CBS, 1990)
Evening Shade, “They Can’t Take That Away From Me” (CBS, 1992)
Promised Land, “Baptism of Fire” (CBS, 1998)
Cosby, “Ol’ Betsy” (CBS, 1999),
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, “Empty Eyes” (CBS, 2007)


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)