February 04, 2005

Ossie Davis, R.I.P.

I've always had a soft spot for Ossie Davis' work. With his work and life partner, his wife Ruby Dee, they have always portrayed good, distinctive work and have done work that would touch your soul.

Ossie Davis died today in his hotel room in Miami, where he was making a film called Retirement..

Ossie Davis' long career both in front of and behind the camera was exemplerary for a number of reasons, not the least of which is his long-standing relationship with Ruby Dee. When other show business relationships falter quickly, Davis and Dee's withstood the test of time. Indeed, he will be missed by many.

Ossie Davis was 87.

Posted by mhking at February 4, 2005 11:17 AM

We seem to be loosing a lot of good people lately. It reminds me that we have to really appreciate our elders before they're gone.

Posted by: Samantha at February 4, 2005 11:49 AM

Look for a 2001 interview with Ossie and Ruby Dee at NPR's site. 17:20 long. It's fascinating.

Posted by: Laurence Simon at February 4, 2005 11:54 AM

One of the interesting things about Ossie is he wrote this one incredible play -- Pearly Victorious -- and never wrote another one. When asked about this, he said Pearly Victorious was all he wanted to say.

Well, I may be wrong about some of the details, I heard this a very long time ago.



Posted by: Ric Landers at February 4, 2005 12:30 PM

Awful politics, but a classy guy nonetheless.

Posted by: Brainster at February 4, 2005 01:27 PM

Awful politics, but a classy guy nonetheless.


Posted by: McGehee at February 4, 2005 05:11 PM

Who cares about his politics. He was one of the greatest and he will be missed

Posted by: sgtfluffy at February 5, 2005 01:15 AM

The man had style and dignity. I'll miss him but he's left a great body of work behind.

Posted by: Janette at February 5, 2005 01:26 AM

he is a legend....now gone.

Posted by: tinker at February 5, 2005 05:08 AM

Always liked him. He was one of the few actors out there that actually felt, to me, like the kind of man who would sit and talk to his fans (me!) and be a "down-home" type of guy.

He'll definitely be missed, especially his joining up with Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau

Posted by: CrzyDJM at February 7, 2005 05:49 AM

Does anyone out there know if there is a dvd or something in print of the play Pearly Victorious?

Posted by: Carolyn E. Hill at August 22, 2005 04:10 PM
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