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Mia Kirshner

Anthony Mackie

Ruby Dee

David James Elliott

Mario Van Peebles

Bruce Campbell

Oded Fehr

Roma Downey

Scotty Leavenworth

Molly Price

Eugene Byrd

Ossie Davis

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Birth Name: Ossie Davis
Born: 12/18/1917
Birth Place: Cogdell, Georgia, USA
Death Place: Miami Beach, Florida, USA
Died: 02/04/2005

The young Davis set out on foot from Waycross, GA, to Washington, DC, to attend Howard University. He left before graduation and moved to New York, where he joined Harlem's Rose McClendon Players and studied acting under Lloyd Richards. After a stint in the Army during WWII, Davis made his Broadway debut in 1946, playing the title role of "Jeb". This also marked his first collaboration with Ruby Dee, who was also in the cast. The pair went on to tour together in a production of "Anna Lucasta" and married in 1948. Davis amassed numerous roles on Broadway including the lead in "A Raisin in the Sun" (succeeding Sidney Poitier). In 1961, he wrote and starred in the Broadway hit, "Purlie Victorio... Continue Bio >>

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