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Ruby Dee

Ruby Dee is considered to be one of America's finest actresses, with extensive credits in feature films, on television and on the stage. She made her feature film debut in 1950 in No Way Out, which led to subsequent roles in such films as A Raisin in the Sun, Purlie Victorious, The Balcony, The Jackie Robinson Story, St. Louis Blues, Take a Giant Step, Cat People and Up Tight. More recent credits include two films for director Spike Lee, Do The Right Thing and Jungle Fever, in addition to Love at Large, Cop and a Half, Just Cause and the John Singleton film Rosewood.

Her television credits include the mini-series The Atlanta Child Murders, Gore Vidal's Lincoln and The Stand as well as the telefilms Captive Heart: The James Mink Story, Mr. And Mrs. Loving, The Ernest Green Story and Decoration Day. Her New York stage credits include Raisin in the Sun, Purlie Victorious and The Wedding Band.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2002.

Ruby Dee Facts

Birth NameRuby Ann Wallace
OccupationActress, Writer, Producer
BirthdayOctober 27, 1924 (98)
BirthplaceCleveland, Ohio, USA
Awards2008 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role (for American Gangster)
2001 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Life Achievement Award

Selected Filmography

Not available.