Gothamist was so sad to hear about Ossie Davis's death today. Davis was a wonderful actor, as well as an activist for civil rights. The Georgia-born Davis arrived in NYC in 1939 and became active in the arts scene in Harlem. The first thing we thought of when we heard was "Oh, no! Ruby Dee!" Davis and Dee had been married for over 50 years and performed together on numerous occasions.

Davis starred in many Spike Lee films, including reading the eulogy he gave for Malcolm X in the film Malcolm X, but our favorite is his role as Da Mayor in Do The Right Thing - "Always do the right thing."

Updated: The NY Times obituary, which notes that Broadway theaters dimmed their lights for Davis last night.