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In Memoriam: Ossie Davis
2005-02-04 10:43
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

Ossie Davis, an absolutely formidable actor who formed with his wife, Ruby Dee, one of America's most outstanding acting couples, has passed away at the age of 87.

Baseball did not figure prominently in Davis' acting career, though he did serve as a narrator in Ken Burns' documentary. But his passing is just one of those I can't ignore. What an incredible combination of sensitivity and authority Davis displayed.

For her part, among the many credits of her own remarkable career, Dee has played Rachel Robinson (opposite Jackie Robinson as himself) in 1950's The Jackie Robinson Story as well as Robinson's mother in 1991's The Court-Martial of Jackie Robinson.

Sadly, Dean Wormer himself, John Vernon, has also died. The incredible comedy of Animal House was made possible by Vernon's role as foil. Rest in peace, gentlemen.

Update: Dennis Cozzalio, who as a University of Oregon freshman was an extra in Animal House, has a personal remembrance of John Vernon at his film-and-baseball site, Sergio Leone and the Infield Fly Rule.

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