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Ossie Davis 1917-2005 - CelebDeaths

Feb. 5th, 2005

01:52 pm - Ossie Davis 1917-2005

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Ossie Davis was one of the first great black actors, and a passionate civil rights activist. He was in the TV Miniseries Roots, based off the book by Alex Haley, who wrote the autobiography of Malcolm X (a great friend of Davis', whose eulogy he read. He read a voice-over of this famous eulogy for Spike Lee's film about Malcolm X.) He also acted in the Spike Lee films Do the Right Thing and Jungle Fever with his wife, actress Ruby Dee. Besides these, he has been in a bazillion TV-series, films, and plays. Overall, he was really awesome. It a makes me sad, even though he was pretty old.