Ossie Davis has played just about every role imaginable during an acclaimed career spanning 60 years. And that includes giving voice to the wise old lemur Yar in Disney's Dinosaur, which opens in Hong Kong today. Born on December 18, 1917, in Codgell, Georgia, Davis thrived during his school years, which resulted in a degree from Washington, DC's Howard University. After graduating he moved to New York with high hopes of becoming a writer and an actor. But times were tough and war was looming. He joined the army and it wasn't until after World War II - in 1946 - that he made his breakthrough on Broadway in Jeb Turner. His first film role came in 1950 with No Way Out (which also starred his wife Ruby Dee). With the advent of television, Davis found plenty of work on the small screen. But his main successes came on the stage and in 1961 he penned the hit musical Purlie Victorious. And it was during the 1960s that Davis became a leading civil rights activist - a role he still has today. During all this time he has continued to bang out role after role, as well as writing and directing. On TV, he starred in productions as varied as Roots (1997) and B L Stryker (1989). On the big screen, he has worked closely with director Spike Lee, and has appeared in his films Do The Right Thing (1989), Jungle Fever (1991), Malcolm X (1992) and Get On The Bus (1992). Davis' stellar efforts were rewarded with the National Medal of Arts Award in the mid-1990s.