Actor, playwright, director and social activist Ossie Davis was found dead Feb. 4 in his hotel room. He was 87.
During a lengthy acting career, Davis and Dee costarred together in 11 stage
productions and five movies. On TV, they both played in Roots: The Next
Generation, Martin Luther King: The Dream and the Drum and The Stand.
Davis, the oldest of five children, left his Georgia home in 1935 to
hitchhike to Washington, DC, to enter Howard University, where he studied
drama. His desire was to become a playwright–a dream he fulfilled with his
1961 Broadway hit about a small town Georgia preacher, Purlie Victorious.
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