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  • Ossie Davis

    Born on December 18, 1917 in Cogdell, Georgia

awards & nominations

Miss Evers' Boys (1997)

Ossie Davis as "Mr. Evers"

When nurse Eunice Evers (Alfre Woodard) is chosen to facilitate a program intended to curb syphilis rates among African Americans in rural Alabama, she is gratified to be able to serve her community. Over time, however, the study becomes twisted into a shocking human experiment in which patients are systematically denied much-needed medicine. Decades after the fact, Evers is called before a Senate committee to testify as to what really happened during the infamous "Tuskegee Study."

Emmy (Primetime) (1997) Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie

The Scalphunters (1968)

Ossie Davis as "Joseph Lee"

Illiterate fur trapper Joe Bass (Burt Lancaster) is coerced by some Kiowa Indians into trading his haul for a well-educated, escaped slave named Joseph Lee (Ossie Davis). Bass seeks to track the Indians and recover his treasure, while Joseph wants to travel to Mexico, where slavery is illegal. Their plans are complicated by the arrival of a band of scalphunters, led by Jim Howie (Telly Savalas), who want to kill the Indians, claim the furs and resell the black man.

Golden Globe (1968) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

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