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    Ossie Davis Dead at 87

    MIAMI (Reuters) - Actor Ossie Davis, who brought dignity and a passion for racial equality to the stage and screen in a career of more than 50 years, was found dead early on Friday at the age of 87.

    Davis' body was discovered by his grandson and paramedics at the Shore Club hotel in Miami Beach, where the actor had been shooting the film "Retirement," according to police and his office in Los Angeles.

    "According to the grandson, he was suffering from heart disease," said police spokesman Bobby Hernandez. "The grandson knocked on the door, and when Mr. Davis didn't respond, he called fire rescue."

    Broadway theaters will dim their lights for one minute on Friday night in tribute to Davis, as they often do to mark the passing of stage legends.

    A longtime civil rights activist, Davis spoke at the funerals of both Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X and gave voice to the famous United Negro College Fund slogan, "A mind is a terrible thing to waste."

    He and his wife of more than 50 years, actress and frequent collaborator Ruby Dee, received Kennedy Center Honors in 2004 for their body of work.
    In the late 1990s, they co-wrote the book "With Ossie and Ruby: In This Life Together," chronicling their struggles against racial injustice as well as their decades as a couple.
    They also spoke in the book about their decision to have an open marriage. The couple had three children.

    Davis broke barriers for black performers on television, stage and in the movies and developed a reputation as one of the country's most recognizable character actors.

    "In the roles he took, he was a standard bearer for dignity and integrity," said longtime friend Madeleine Moore, an advertising executive who met Davis and his wife while working on a public affairs radio show the couple hosted together.
    "Even as a young actor, he took on the mantle of this wise sage, this person who carried wisdom and a sense of purpose and the history of a people," Moore said.

    A fellow activist, the Rev. Jacques DeGraff, said Davis' greatest role was that of an off-screen champion of the downtrodden.
    "Wherever the cause of justice was in question, Ossie Davis in some way or fashion was there, lending his voice and his visibility to that moment," DeGraff said. "His loss is a loss to African Americans and really to all Americans."


    RRMB note: This sucks...all the great ones are leaving us and we're going to be left with nobody of substance anymore. Although, if Jamie Foxx keeps doing stellar work, like he did in "Ray"...things coud look up.
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    Wow,this is sad news.I was aware of his work.
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    Great, great actor, but he'll always be JFK to me. (Any reports of big, ugly mummies running around Miami? or Elvis?)
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    Rest in peace, President Kennedy.
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    "Looks like Chuck's taking ol' one eye to the optometrist!"

    His role as Chuck in Grumpy Old Men is the one I identify him most with, since it's one of my top 5 favorite movies, but he had other great roles as well. Here are a couple of little known facts about Ossie: His real name was Raifort Chatman Davis. His mother's dialectal pronunciation of his initials "R.C." was heard as "Ossie." He also was a featured speaker at the funeral of both Martin Luther King, Jr and Malcolm X.

    RIP Ossie.
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    Someone fill me in on the President Kennedy thing. Did I miss something or am I just too stoooopid to figggure it out?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Redrockinmonkeyboy
    Someone fill me in on the President Kennedy thing. Did I miss something or am I just too stoooopid to figggure it out?
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