Ted Ross Actor

Ted Ross (June 30, 1934 – September 3, 2002) was an American actor who was probably best known for his role as the Lion in The Wiz, an all-African American reinterpretation of The Wizard of Oz. He won a Tony Award for the original 1975 Broadway production, and went on to recreate the role in the 1978 film version which also starred Diana Ross, Michael Jackson and Nipsey Russell. Ross went on to appear in the films Arthur and Police Academy, and on the television sitcoms The Jeffersons, Benson, The Cosby Show, and its spin-off A Different World. His final role was in the 1991 film The Fisher King. Ross was born Theodore Ross Roberts in Zanesville, Ohio, but his mother, Elizabeth Russell, a nightclub singer in the 1920s and 1930s, moved the family to Dayton when young Ross was seven. He loved the clubs on West Fifth Street--Dayton’s answer to Harlem in the first half of the 20th century. While in junior high, Ross, who was big for his age, would dress up and strut into the Owl Club and The Palace Theater's Midnight Rambles to see great acts such as Duke Ellington. His nightclub exploits as a teenager weren't very popular at home.

Personal details

Date of birth
June 30th, 1934
Nationality
United States of America
Date of death
September 3rd, 2002 at age of 68
Place of death
Dayton
Ethnicity
African American
Places lived
Zanesville , Ohio
pop. 25,435 (2013)

Family

Parents

Music albums

Album title Release date Release type Recording type Recording length Additional artists Contributors
A Brand New Day / Liberation Ballet - A Brand New Day
1979 Single

Movie performances

Average rating by genre

GenreNum. of titlesAvg. rating
Comedy56.42
Drama46.73
Romance35.93
Sport26.75

1. The Fisher King (1991)

Comedy, Drama
played Limo Bum
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
137.0
8 Show list 5 Show list $24M

The Fisher King is a 1991 American fantasy comedy-drama film written by Richard LaGravenese and directed by Terry Gilliam. It stars Robin Williams and Jeff Bridges, with Mercedes Ruehl, Amanda Plummer, and Michael Jeter in supporting roles. The film is about a radio shock jock who tries to find redemption by helping a man whose life he inadvertently shattered.

Awards

1991 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
1991 Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1991 Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1991 Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
1991 Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Top cast

Sitcom Actor Ben Starr
Jack Lucas
Homeless Cabaret Singer
Lou Rosen
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Fisher King
Beatrix Aruna Pasztor
The Fisher King
English
United States of America

2. Stealing Home (1988)

Drama, Romance, Sport
played Bud Scott
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
98.0
,
William Porter
14 Show list

Stealing Home is a 1988 romantic drama film movie, starring Jodie Foster, Mark Harmon, Jonathan Silverman, and Harold Ramis and William McNamara in major roles. The film was directed by Steven Kampmann and William Porter.

Awards

Top cast

Hank Chandler
Alan Appleby
Hope Wyatt
Billy Wyatt
Mrs. Parks
Grace Chandler
Ginny Wyatt
Alan Appleby
Laura Appleby
Sheryl
Billy Wyatt
Sam Wyatt
Nathan Appleby
Spirits' Coach
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Baseball
Stealing Home
English
United States of America

3. Arthur 2: On the Rocks (1988)

Comedy, Romance
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
113.0
2 Show list 1 Show list

Arthur 2: On the Rocks is the 1988 sequel to the 1981 film Arthur. Lead actors Dudley Moore and Liza Minnelli reprised their roles. John Gielgud, who won an Academy Award for his role in the original film, reappears briefly in a drunken hallucination on Arthur's part. The film co-stars Kathy Bates as a woman who helps the characters of Arthur and Linda adopt a baby. Stephen Elliott reprises his role from the first film, but his daughter, Jill Eikenberry originally, is now played by Cynthia Sikes. Burt Bacharach also returns to score the film.

Awards

1988 Razzie Award for Worst Actress

Top cast

Fairchild
Arthur Bach
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Anna Hill Johnstone
Arthur 2: On the Rocks
English
United States of America

4. Police Academy (1984)

Comedy, Crime
played Capt. Reed
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
97.0
Paul Maslansky
17 Show list $4.5M

Police Academy is a 1984 comedy film directed by Hugh Wilson, and starring Steve Guttenberg, Kim Cattrall, and G.W. Bailey. It grossed approximately $146 million worldwide and spawned six more films in the Police Academy series.

Awards

Top cast

Mr. Wig
Cadet Karen Thompson
Sgt. Douglas Fackler
Larvell Jones
Sidewalk Store Owner
Debbie Callahan
Cadet Carey Mahoney
Cadet Leslie Barbara
Commissioner Henry Hurst
Eugene Tackleberry
Thaddeus Harris
Mrs. Fackler
Moses Hightower
Surprise Party Lady
Laverne Hooks
Angry Driver
Menacing Thug in Plaid
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Crime Fiction
Police
Police academy
Michael D. Margulies
Christopher Ryan
English
United States of America

5. Amityville II: The Possession (1982)

Drama, Horror, Thriller
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
99.0

Amityville II: The Possession is a 1982 supernatural horror film directed by Damiano Damiani. The screenplay by Tommy Lee Wallace is based on the novel Murder in Amityville by the parapsychologist Hans Holzer. It is a prequel to The Amityville Horror, set at 112 Ocean Avenue and featuring the fictional Montelli family loosely based on the DeFeo family. The cast includes Academy Award nominee Burt Young who was finding fame in Rocky at the time; there are a few references to the Rocky films within Amityville II. This film includes one of Young's rare darker roles as he plays an abusive, sadistic, and atheist father/husband in contrast to his more easy-going roles. It is the second movie in the Amityville Horror saga. Amityville II set the pattern for low-budget sequels with little reference to real-life events in Amityville, and is the only other film in the series to feature music composed by Lalo Schifrin.

Awards

Top cast

Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Haunted house
Franco Di Giacomo
English
United States of America, Mexico

6. Ragtime (1981)

Drama
played Black Lawyer
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
155.0
53 Show list 1 Show list

Ragtime is a 1981 American drama film, directed by Miloš Forman, based on 1975 historical novel Ragtime by E. L. Doctorow. The action takes place in and around New York City, New Rochelle, and Atlantic City in the 1900s, including fictionalized references to actual people and events of the time. The film features the final film appearances of James Cagney and Pat O'Brien; early appearances, in small parts, by Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Daniels, Fran Drescher and John Ratzenberger; and an uncredited appearance from Jack Nicholson. This was the first feature score composed by Randy Newman. The film was nominated for eight Oscars.

Awards

1982 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

Top cast

Policeman #1
Younger Brother
Delmas' Assistant #1
Pirate at Beach
Harry Houdini
Band Leader - Clef Club
P.C. O'Donnell
Gang Member #1
Special Reporter #1
Evelyn Nesbit
Maitre D'
Guard at Family House
Henry Thaw
Stage Manager
Jerome
Lawyer's Female Companion #1
Willie Conklin
Thug #2
Judge
Special Reporter #2
Policeman #10
Policeman #13
Policeman #3
Police Captain #2
Marksman
Library Guard
Fireman #3
Delphin
Booker T. Washington
Police Commissioner Rhinelander Waldo
Evelyn's Dance Instructor
Conductor
Father
Old Lady
Gang Member #4
Gang Member #3
Sarah
Foreman of the Jury
Solomon Peretz
Gent with Stanford White
Coalhouse Walker, Jr.
Stanford White
Elderly Woman
Lawyer's Female Companion #2
Waldo's Aide #2
Lady with Stanford White
Waldo's Aide #3
Chorus Girl
Dancer
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Racism
Anna Hill Johnstone
Ragtime
English
United States of America

7. Arthur (1981)

Comedy, Romance
played Bitterman
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
97.0
19 Show list 5 Show list $7M

Arthur is a 1981 comedy film written and directed by Steve Gordon. The film stars Dudley Moore as the eponymous Arthur Bach, a drunken New York City millionaire who is on the brink of an arranged marriage to a wealthy heiress, but ends up falling for a common working-class girl from Queens. It was the first and only film directed by Gordon, who died in 1982 of a heart attack at age 44. Arthur earned nearly $96 million domestically, making it the fourth highest grossing film of 1981. It was notable for its title song, "Arthur's Theme", co-written by Christopher Cross, Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager and Peter Allen, and performed by Christopher Cross. The film was nominated for a total of four Academy Awards. Sir John Gielgud won Best Supporting Actor and the theme song won Best Original Song. Arthur was followed by a 1988 sequel, Arthur 2: On the Rocks, which was enough of a failure for star Dudley Moore to disown it. A poorly received remake starring Russell Brand was released in April 2011.

Awards

1982 Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Comedy
1981 Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1981 Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
1981 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
1981 Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture

Top cast

Wedding Guest #3
Executive
Hobson
Man in Coffee Shop
Saleslady
Racetrack Owner
Perry's Wife
Man Outside Tie Store
Burt Johnson
Uncle Peter
Susan Johnson
Harriet
Plant Store Owner
Arthur Bach
Aunt Pearl
Martha Bach
Lady in Coffee Shop
Ralph Marolla
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Fred Schuler
Arthur
English
United States of America

8. The Wiz (1978)

Adventure, Family, Fantasy
played Lion, Fleetwood Coupe de Ville
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
136.0
23 Show list 2 Show list $24M

The Wiz is a 1978 American musical adventure film produced in collaboration between Motown Productions and Universal Pictures, and released by Universal on October 24, 1978. A reimagining of L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz featuring an entirely African-American cast, The Wiz was adapted from the 1975 Broadway musical of the same name. The film follows the adventures of Dorothy, a shy Harlem, New York, schoolteacher who finds herself magically transported to the Land of Oz, which resembles a fantasy version of New York City. Befriended by a Scarecrow, a Tin Man, and a Cowardly Lion, she travels through the land to seek an audience with the mysterious Wiz, whom they say has the power to take her home. Produced by Rob Cohen and directed by Sidney Lumet, The Wiz stars Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell, Ted Ross, Mabel King, Theresa Merritt, Thelma Carpenter, Lena Horne, and Richard Pryor. The film's story was reworked from William F. Brown's Broadway libretto by Joel Schumacher, and Quincy Jones supervised the adaptation of Charlie Smalls and Luther Vandross's songs for film.

Awards

1979 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
1979 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

Top cast

The Wiz Singers Adult Choir Member #70
The Wiz Singers Adult Choir Member #65
The Wiz Singers Children's Choir Member #12
Aunt Em
Wicked Witch of the West
Guest at Aunt Em's Party #2
Miss One
Tin Man
The Wiz Singers Adult Choir Member #26, The Wiz Singers Children's Choir Member #15
The Wiz Singers Adult Choir Member #28
The Wizard
The Wiz Singers Adult Choir Member #29
The Wiz Singers Adult Choir Member #55
The Wiz Singers Adult Choir Member #12
The Wiz Singers Adult Choir Member #19
The Wiz Singers Adult Choir Member #13
The Wiz Singers Adult Choir Member #60
The Wiz Singers Adult Choir Member #31
The Wiz Singers Adult Choir Member #69
The Wiz Singers Adult Choir Member #3
The Wiz Singers Adult Choir Member #4
The Wiz Singers Adult Choir Member #9
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
,
Ashford & Simpson
The Wiz: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
English
United States of America

9. The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings (1976)

Comedy, Sport
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
111.0
,
William Brashler
1 Show list 2 Show list

The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings is a comedic sports film about a team of enterprising ex-Negro League baseball players in the era of racial segregation. Loosely based upon William Brashler's novel of the same name, it starred Billy Dee Williams, James Earl Jones and Richard Pryor. Directed by John Badham, the movie was produced by Berry Gordy for Motown Productions and Rob Cohen for Universal Pictures, and released by Universal on July 16, 1976.

Awards

1977 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
1977 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture

Top cast

Bingo Long
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Baseball
William Goldstein
Bernard Johnson
English
United States of America

Starring TV roles

1. MacGruder and Loud

Drama, Crime
Character Performance type Networks Seasons From To Created by First epizode air date Last epizode air date Num. of seassons Regular cast Languages

American Broadcasting Company
January 20th, 1985 April 30th, 1985 1 English

2. A Different World

Comedy
Character Performance type Networks Seasons From To Created by First epizode air date Last epizode air date Num. of seassons Regular cast Languages

NBC
September 24th, 1987 July 9th, 1993 6 English

3. Sirota's Court

Comedy
Character Performance type Networks Seasons From To Created by First epizode air date Last epizode air date Num. of seassons Regular cast Languages

December 1st, 1976 April 13th, 1977 1
Kathleen Miller

Guest TV appearances

227

Program genre

Sitcom
Comedy

External resources

227 is an American situation comedy that originally aired on NBC from September 14, 1985, until May 6, 1990. The series stars Marla Gibbs as a sharp-tongued, inner-city resident gossip and housewife, Mary Jenkins. It was produced by Embassy Television from 1985 to 1986 and by Embassy Communications from 1986 until 1988; then ELP Communications through Columbia Pictures Television produced the series in its final two seasons.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S03-E08 November 21st, 1987 Judge
Al Gordon

The Cosby Show

Program genre

Sitcom
Family
Comedy

External resources

The Cosby Show is an American television sitcom starring Bill Cosby, which aired for eight seasons on NBC from September 20, 1984 until April 30, 1992. The show focuses on the Huxtable family, an upper middle-class African-American family living in Brooklyn, New York.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S03-E25 May 7th, 1987 Dr. Harris

The Equalizer

Program genre

Drama
Espionage
Crime Fiction
Action

External resources

The Equalizer is an American television series that ran for four seasons, initially on CBS from early fall 1985 to late spring of 1989. It stars Edward Woodward as a middle aged retired intelligence officer with a mysterious past who helps people in trouble. The show mixes ingredients from popular spy films, and private investigator shows with violent realism.nA film adaptation starring Denzel Washington was released in September 2014.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S02-E09 December 3rd, 1986 Pike
Scott Shepherd

The Jeffersons

Program genre

Comedy
Sitcom

External resources

The Jeffersons is an American sitcom that was broadcast on CBS from January 18, 1975, through July 2, 1985, lasting 11 seasons and a total of 253 episodes. The show was produced by the T.A.T. Communications Company from 1975 to 1982 and by Embassy Television from 1982 to 1985. The Jeffersons is one of the longest-running sitcoms in the history of American television.nThe show focuses on George and Louise Jefferson, an affluent African-American couple living in New York City. The show was launched as the second spin-off of All in the Family, on which the Jeffersons had been the neighbors of Archie and Edith Bunker.nThe show was the creation of prolific television producer Norman Lear. However, it was less sharply political in tone than some of his shows. The Jeffersons evolved into more of a traditional sitcom, relying more on the characters' interactions with one another than on explicitly political dialogue or storylines. It did, however, tackle a few controversial topics, including racism, suicide, gun control and adult illiteracy.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S05-E04 October 11th, 1978 Mr. Mayflower

Awards won

1975 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical

Awarded for Presented by Discipline Award shared with
The Wiz Award-Winning Work
The Broadway League
American Theatre Wing

1975 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical

Awarded for Presented by Discipline Award shared with
The Wiz Award-Winning Work
Drama Desk

Wikipedia

Check Ted Ross on wikipedia.

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