By Jerry L. Barrow
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In this Moviefone exclusive courtesy of, actor and comedian Anthony Anderson ('Transformers') shares his earliest memories of the late Ossie Davis and his iconic widow Ruby Dee.

One of the most recognized couples in Hollywood, Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee met in 1946 while performing in the Broadway drama 'Jeb' at the Amsterdam Theater in New York City. Three years later a Baptist preacher in Jersey City, New Jersey married them after Ossie proposed to her via telegraph.
Their respective careers spanned film and television from the 1950s and 1960s ('Car 54, Whare Are You?') up to 2005 ('The L Word') and beyond. Davis made his film debut in 1950 in the Sidney Poitier film 'No Way Out,' while Ms. Dee came to big screen prominence the same year in 'The Jackie Robinson Story.'

However, most moviegoers remember the couple playing opposite each other in Spike Lee's 1989 'Do The Right Thing' as Brooklyn residents Mother Sister and Da Mayor.

Avid philanthropists, Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee founded the Institute of New Cinema Artists and also the Recording Industry Training Program. They also lectured on the collegiate circuit where they met a young Anthony Anderson at Howard University.

Mr. Davis passed away in 2005 due to natural causes. Watch Anthony Anderson's remembrance below.

Watch Anthony Anderson talk about everything from 'Transformers' to his planned film adaptation of Iceberg Slim's 'Mama Black Widow' at

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