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Ossie Davis

Date of Death: February 04, 2005 (87)

Birth Place: Cogdell, GA, USA

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Special Benefit Production, 1988

Original Broadway Production, 1985
Midge [Replacement]

Original Broadway Production, 1965


Original Off-Broadway Production, 1963

Sir Radio

Purlie Victorious Judson

Walter Lee Younger [Replacement]

Walter Lee Younger [Replacement]

Original Broadway Production, 1957


Dr. Joseph Clay


Broadway Revival, 1951





Jeb Turner

Ossie Davis Productions

[US Tour, 1999]
Cultural Adviser
[Off-Off-Broadway, 1985]
[Off-Broadway, 1963]


Source Material

Ossie Davis Awards and Nominations

Tony Awards - 1970 - Best Musical

Ossie Davis, Purlie

Tony Awards - 1958 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical

Ossie Davis, Jamaica

Ossie Davis Videos

Ossie Davis News

Review: AN EVENING WITH LESLIE ODOM, JR. at Pantages Theatre Minneapolis

Leslie Odom, Jr. is a multifaceted artist of immense talent, boasting a resume adorned with two Academy Award nominations, Tony and Grammy Awards, and three Emmy Award nominations.

MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG, CABARET & More Lead in Nominations for 2024 Drama League Awards

Read the full list of 2024 Drama League Nominations! Nominations include Cabaret, Merrily We Roll Along and more.

Dan Lauria and Patty McCormack Will Lead the Off Broadway Premiere of JUST ANOTHER DAY at Theater555

Coming next month is the off-Broadway premiere of Just Another Day, a play by Dan Lauria about wonderful old friends who may not even know each other, but who relive and celebrate a life together…maybe. A limited engagement (through June 30), previews begin on Friday, May 3 at 7:00 p.m. with an official opening on Sunday, May 12 at 2:00 p.m. at off-Broadway's Theater555.

The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts Acquires the Archive of Novella Nelson

The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts' Billy Rose Theatre Division has acquired the archive of Novella Nelson. Learn more about Nelson!

Jim Parsons, Katie Holmes and More Will Lead Kenny Leon's OUR TOWN Revival

Grover's Corners, here they come! The new Broadway production of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town directed by Tony Award-winner Kenny Leon, just announced that the play will feature 28 actors. We have all of the details!

Liz Callaway, Hugh Panaro & More to Join Amas Musical Theatre Benefit Concert

Amas Musical Theatre has revealed the line-up of talent that will be on hand to celebrate the company's 55th Anniversary at its annual Gala Benefit Concert. Learn more about the gala and see how to purchase tickets.

Tory Kittles, Brittany Inge & Stori Ayers to Star in HOME on Broadway

Roundabout Theatre Company has revealed the complete cast for the new production of Home by Samm-Art Williams, not seen on Broadway in more than 40 years, directed by Kenny Leon. See who is starring and learn how to purchase tickets.

MRS. KRISHNAN'S PARTY & More Lead Boston's April 2024 Top Theatre Shows

Boston is never lacking outstanding theatre, whether epic Broadway shows, engrossing dramas or bold fringe offerings. BroadwayWorld is rounding up our top recommended theatre every month. Selections for April 2024 include Mrs. Krishnan's Party, Jagged Little Pill and more!

Anne Hearn and Brian Reddy to Star in THE MINUTES at the Springer Theatre

The Springer Theatre will present Tracy Letts' The Minutes. See who is starring and learn how to purchase tickets.

The Classical Theatre of Harlem Announces New Board of Director Members

The Classical Theatre of Harlem will welcome Tony nominee Kara Young, Dr. Karen Jackson Weaver, and Renée Beaumont to its board of directors. Learn more about the new members here!

Amas Musical Theatre To Honor Patricia Birch And Len Cariou At 55th Annual Benefit Gala Concert

Amas Musical Theatre will celebrate its 55th Anniversary at its annual Gala Benefit Concert on Monday, May 13, 2024 at Baruch Performing Arts Center.

PURLIE VICTORIOUS Stage Film to Premiere on PBS This May; Great Performances Sets New 'Broadway's Best' Lineup

The live capture of the recent Broadway revival of Purlie Victorious is premiering on PBS this May. Starring Leslie Odom Jr., the Kenny Leon-directed production was filmed before it closed on Broadway earlier this year. The lineup also includes the Audra McDonald concert, Rodgers & Hammerstein 80th Anniversary, Hamlet, and more!

Photos & Video: PURLIE VICTORIOUS Concludes Broadway Run with Proclamations From Congress and the State of New York

See photos and videos of the closing of PURLIE VICTORIOUS on Broadway, as the show received special proclamations from Congress and the State of New York.

Video: PURLIE VICTORIOUS Takes its Final Bows on Broadway

This weekend, Purlie Victorious took its final bow at the Music Box Theatre following 23 previews and 151 regular performances. The final show took place on February 4. Check out a video of the final curtain call here!

Exclusive: Hasna Muhammad, Daughter of Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, Reflects on the Women of PURLIE VICTORIOUS

As Purlie Victorious enters its final weekend on Broadway, BroadwayWorld is very excited to share an exclusive essay written by Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee's daughter, Hasna Muhammad, who played a key role in getting this landmark play back on Broadway. 

2 Broadway Shows Close Today

Purlie Victorious takes its final bow at the Music Box Theatre following 23 previews and 151 regular performances; and Harmony will conclude its run at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre following 28 previews and 96 regular performances.

A RAISIN IN THE SUN to be Presented at Bristol Riverside Theatre This Winter

For its third production of the 2023-24 season, Bristol Riverside Theatre will present a poignant depiction of 1950s Chicago from the experiences of one Southside family in Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun.

Photos: Leslie Odom, Jr. Honored With Sardi's Portrait

On Friday, January 17th, Tony and Grammy Award winner Leslie Odom, Jr. was honored with a caricature portrait at the famed theater district establishment, Sardi’s. See photos!

Photos: Dr. Clarence B. Jones Visits PURLIE VICTORIOUS

The Broadway production of Purlie Victorious: A Non-Confederate Romp Through the Cotton Patch by Ossie Davis welcomed Dr. Clarence B. Jones to the evening show over the weekend on Saturday, January 13. Check out photos here!

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Adrienne Warren, and Melba Moore Join Talkback Series at PURLIE VICTORIOUS

A slew of stars are joining the lineup for 'Victorious Talkbacks' the series of post-show events following performances of the Broadway revival of the American comedy Purlie Victorious: A Non-Confederate Romp Through the Cotton Patch by Ossie Davis starring Leslie Odom, Jr.


How many Broadway shows has Ossie Davis been in?

Ossie Davis has appeared on Broadway in 15 shows.

How many West End shows has Ossie Davis been in?

Ossie Davis has not appeared in the West End

What awards has Ossie Davis been nominated for?

Ossie Davis has been nominated for several awards throughout his career. He was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Musical for his work in "Purlie" and also received a nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for his performance in "Jamaica".

How many shows has Ossie Davis written?

Ossie Davis has written 4 shows including Purlie Victorious (Playwright), Purlie (Source Material), Bingo! (Bookwriter), A Last Dance for Sybil (Playwright).

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