In his over two-hour Archive interview, Ossie Davis (1917-2005) speaks of his early years as an actor starting out in the theater. He discusses his early television appearances on Showtime U.S.A.: "Green Pastures", Kraft Television Theatre: "The Emperor Jones", and CBS Television Workshop: "Brown Girl, Brownstones". He speaks of writing and starring in the play "Purlie Victorious" and its feature film adaptation. Davis discusses his many acting roles on stage, in the movies, and on television in series including The Defenders, Hallmark Hall of Fame, and Evening Shade and the miniseries King and Roots: The Next Generations. He also discusses his work as a film director, beginning with "Cotton Comes to Harlem." He speaks of his collaborations with his wife, Ruby Dee, including their radio show "With Ossie and Ruby." Harold Dow conducted the interview on October 26, 1999 in New Rochelle, NY.