Skip to main content Skip to footer site map

Ossie Davis

 
Ossie Davis Headshot
Date of Birth: December 18, 1917
Date of Death: February 04, 2005 (87)

Birth Place: Cogdell, GA, USA

Stage Credits

  [Broadway]
Special Benefit Production, 1988
Performer
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1985
Midge [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1965
Performer
Johannes
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1963
Performer
Sir Radio
  [Broadway]
1961
Purlie Victorious Judson
  [Broadway]
1959
Walter Lee Younger [Replacement]
Walter Lee Younger [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1957
Cicero
  [Broadway]
1955
Jacques
  [Broadway]
1953
Dr. Joseph Clay
  [Broadway]
1951
Al
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1951
Gabriel
  [Broadway]
1951
Jo
  [Broadway]
1950
Jacques
  [Broadway]
1949
Stewart
  [Broadway]
1948
Trem
  [Broadway]
1946
Jeb Turner

Productions

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

Writing

Playwright
Playwright
Bookwriter
Source Material
Bookwriter

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 News

DEBATE: BALDWIN VS BUCKLEY to Have UK Premiere & Embark on 5-Borough New York Tour Photo DEBATE: BALDWIN VS BUCKLEY to Have UK Premiere & Embark on 5-Borough New York Tour
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 27, 2023

the american vicarious will present the UK Premiere along with additional details for its Five-Borough NYC Tour of their production of Debate: Baldwin vs Buckley, a staging of the historic clash between James Baldwin and William F. Buckley Jr.

Sheryl Lee Ralph to be Honored at Amas Musical Theatre 54th Annual Gala Benefit Conce Photo Sheryl Lee Ralph to be Honored at Amas Musical Theatre 54th Annual Gala Benefit Concert
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 19, 2023

Amas Musical Theatre will celebrate its 54th Anniversary at its annual Gala Benefit Concert, presenting the 2023 ‚ÄúRosie‚ÄĚ Award to Honoree Award-winning actress¬†Sheryl Lee Ralph. See how to purchase tickets!

Harlem Stage Announces Spring 2023 Programming Featuring THE VICKSBURG PROJECT World  Photo Harlem Stage Announces Spring 2023 Programming Featuring THE VICKSBURG PROJECT World Premiere & More
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 13, 2022

Harlem Stage has announced full programming for Spring 2023, continuing its Black Arts Movement: Examined series examining the 1960s/70s cultural movement led by Black artists, activists, and intellectuals.

Leslie Odom, Jr. to Star in LET FREEDOM RING CELEBRATION at the Kennedy Center Photo Leslie Odom, Jr. to Star in LET FREEDOM RING CELEBRATION at the Kennedy Center
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 17, 2022

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Georgetown University will celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a free, ticketed musical tribute, the Let Freedom Ring Celebration. The annual program, part of the Center’s Millennium Stage free daily performance series, features Leslie Odom, Jr.

DEBATE: BALDWIN VS BUCKLEY Starring Teagle F. Bougere & Eric T. Miller to be Presente Photo DEBATE: BALDWIN VS BUCKLEY Starring Teagle F. Bougere & Eric T. Miller to be Presented at Queens Theatre
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 31, 2022

Queens Theater will present Debate: Baldwin vs Buckley from the american vicarious. Adapted and directed by Founding Artistic Director Christopher McElroen, this staging of the historic clash between James Baldwin and William F. Buckley Jr. will take place on November 11 at 8pm and 12 at 3pm & 8pm.

Academy Museum Presents DOROTHY DANDDRIGE AND RUBY DEE: A SHARED CENTENNIAL, November Photo Academy Museum Presents DOROTHY DANDDRIGE AND RUBY DEE: A SHARED CENTENNIAL, November 3-25
by A.A. Cristi - Oct 26, 2022

Academy Museum presents DOROTHY DANDDRIGE AND RUBY DEE: A SHARED CENTENNIAL, November 3-25. Presented in conjunction with¬†Regeneration: Black Cinema 1898‚Äď1971on view through April 9, 2023.¬†¬†

The African American Film Critics Association Salutes Broadway Photo The African American Film Critics Association Salutes Broadway
by Stephi Wild - Oct 13, 2022

The African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) will present AAFCA Salutes Broadway on Monday, October 17th at the Lamb's Club in the heart of New York's theater district.

The African American Film Critics Association to Honor Broadway Photo The African American Film Critics Association to Honor Broadway
by Michael Major - Oct 12, 2022

The African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) will present AAFCA Salutes Broadway. The event will honor The Merchant of Venice and Till star John Douglas Thompson, Topdog/Underdog writer Suzan-Lori Parks, Death of a Salesman's Wendell Pierce, and The Piano Lesson's LaTanya Richardson Jackson.

2022 Idea Awards for Theatre Recipients Announced Photo 2022 Idea Awards for Theatre Recipients Announced
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 20, 2022

The Bret Adams and Paul Reisch Foundation has announced the recipients of their 2022 Idea Awards for Theatre; three categories of grants awarded to adventurous new voices in playwriting and musical theatre, as well as the visionary playwrights who have inspired and blazed trails before them.

The American Vicarious' DEBATE: BALDWIN VS BUCKLEY to Tour All Five NYC Boroughs Photo The American Vicarious' DEBATE: BALDWIN VS BUCKLEY to Tour All Five NYC Boroughs
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 15, 2022

the american vicarious will present a Five-Borough NYC Tour (5BT) of their critically acclaimed production of Debate: Baldwin vs Buckley, a staging of the historic clash between James Baldwin and William F. Buckley Jr.

Ossie Davis Videos

VIDEO: Watch Documentary Celebrating 25th Anniversary of Spike Lee's DO THE RIGHT THING
by Caryn Robbins - Aug 15, 2014

Below, check out Apple's Beats Music's new documentary celebrating the 25th anniversary of DO THE RIGHT THING.

STAGE TUBE: In Case You Missed It- Theater Talk's Tribute to Ruby Dee
by Stage Tube - Jun 13, 2014

In tribute to actress Ruby Dee, Theater Talk presents an encore episode featuring their 2002 interview with Ms. Dee and her husband, actor Ossie Davis, along with Philip Rose, the original producer of A Raisin in the Sun. The trio discuss the early days of bringing Lorraine Hansberry's classic play to the stage. Ms Dee created the role of Lena Younger, the same part that won Sophie Okonedo a 2014 Tony Award, last Sunday.

VIDEO: Spike Lee Talks DO THE RIGHT THING Broadway Musical on GMA
by Caryn Robbins - Oct 23, 2013

ABC's GOOD MORNING AMERICA and Entertainment Weekly are reuniting the casts of some of America's most iconic movies all this week. Today, the cast of the Oscar-nominated film, 'Do the Right Thing' were back together for a reunion.

VIDEO: Sneak Peek - PBS's PIONEERS OF THIRTEEN, Premiering Tonight
by Caryn Robbins - Sep 17, 2012

In honor of THIRTEEN's 50th anniversary on September 16, 2012, the flagship station of PBS is kicking off a year-long celebration the week of September 17-23, 2012 with the premiere of PIONEERS OF THIRTEEN, a four-part documentary chronicling the growth and breadth of the station's programming over 50 years.


Ossie Davis Frequently Asked Questions

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?
Best Musical (Tony Awards) for Purlie and Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for 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).