Ossie Davis


Born
in Cogdell, Clinch County, Georgia, The United States
December 18, 1917

Died
February 04, 2005

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Ossie Davis was born Raiford Chatman Davis, a son of Kince Charles Davis, a railway construction engineer, and his wife Laura Cooper. The name Ossie came from a county clerk who misheard his mother's pronunciation of his initials "R.C." when he was born. Following the wishes of his parents, he attended Howard University but dropped out in 1939 to fulfill his acting career in New York; he later attended Columbia University School of General Studies. His acting career, which spanned seven decades, began in 1939 with the Rose McClendon Players in Harlem. He made his film debut in 1950 in the Sidney Poitier film No Way Out. He voiced Anansi the spider on the PBS children's television series Sesame Street in its animation segments.

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Average rating: 4.06 · 621 ratings · 104 reviews · 31 distinct works
With Ossie and Ruby: In Thi...

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Just Like Martin

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Why Mosquitos Buzz In Peopl...

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Purlie Victorious: A Comedy...

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Escape to Freedom: The Stor...

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“Any form of art is a form of power; it has impact, it can affect change – it can not only move us, it makes us move.”
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“We can't float through life. We can't be incidental or accidental. We must fix our gaze on a guiding star as soon as one comes upon the horizon and once we have attached ourselves to that star we must keep our eyes on it and our hands upon the plow. It is the consistency of the pursuit of the highest possible vision that you can find in front of you that gives you the constancy, that gives you the encouragement, that gives you the way to understand where you are and why it's important for you to do what you can do.”
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“... Harlem was home; was where we belonged; where we knew and were known in return; where we felt most alive; where, if need be, somebody had to take us in. Harlem defined us, claiming our consciousness and, I suspect, our unconsciousness. (Page 64)”
Ossie Davis, With Ossie and Ruby: In This Life Together
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