Ted Ross (I) (1934–2002)

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He moved to Dayton, Ohio, with his family when he was 7. He was working as an MC at at club there during the 1950s when he entered the US Air Force. After his discharge, he continued to pursue his show business career. In films, he portrayed Bitterman in Arthur (1981) and its sequel Arthur 2: On the Rocks (1988). Other films include The Wiz (1978), ... See full bio »


(age 68) in Dayton, Ohio, USA

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Known For

Arthur Bitterman
The Wiz Lion / Fleetwood Coupe de Ville
Police Academy Capt. Reed


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 1991 The Fisher King
Limo Bum
 1989 American Masters (TV Series documentary)
 1988 Stealing Home
Bud Scott
 1988 Arthur 2: On the Rocks
 1987-1988 A Different World (TV Series)
Dean Harris
- My Dinner with Theo (1988) ... Dean Harris
- Pilot (1987) ... Dean Harris
 1987 227 (TV Series)
Judge Eckworth
- See You in Court (1987) ... Judge Eckworth
 1987 The Cosby Show (TV Series)
Dean Harris
- Hillman (1987) ... Dean Harris
 1986 The Equalizer (TV Series)
- Tip on a Sure Thing (1986) ... Pike
 1986 What's Happening Now! (TV Series)
- Goodbye, Mr. Ripps (1986) ... Leon
 1985 MacGruder and Loud (TV Series)
Sergeant Debbin
 1984 Police Academy
Capt. Reed
 1983 The Wiz (Video)
 1982 High Five (TV Short)
Calvin T. Washburn
 1982/I Fighting Back
 1982 Parole (TV Movie)
 1982 Benson (TV Series)
Mr. Hackett
- In the Red (1982) ... Mr. Hackett
 1981 Purlie (TV Movie)
 1981 Ragtime
Black Lawyer
 1981 Arthur
 1980 F.D.R.: The Last Year (TV Movie)
 1980 Death Penalty (TV Movie)
 1978 Wiz on Down the Road (Short)
 1978 The Wiz
Lion / Fleetwood Coupe de Ville
 1978 The Jeffersons (TV Series)
Mr. Mayflower
- How Slowly They Forget (1978) ... Mr. Mayflower
 1976-1977 Sirota's Court (TV Series)
Sawyer Dabney
- The Vacation (1977) ... Sawyer Dabney
- The Old Friend (1977) ... Sawyer Dabney
- Snake and the Old People (1977) ... Sawyer Dabney
- The Alien (1977) ... Sawyer Dabney
- The Split-Up (1977) ... Sawyer Dabney
 1977 The Fourth King (TV Short)
Uno, the Lion (voice)
 1977 Minstrel Man (TV Movie)
Charlie Bates
 1976 The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings
Sallison 'Sallie' Potter, Owner of Ebony Aces
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In 1975 Ross won the Tony Award for best featured actor in a musical for his role as the Lion in 'The Wiz'. See more »

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Won Broadway's 1975 Tony Award as Best Supporting or Featured Actor (Musical) for playing the Cowardly Lion in "The Wiz," a role he recreated in the film version of the same name, The Wiz (1978). See more »

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