Ruby Dee Net Worth

What is the estimated net worth of the actress Ruby Dee? She is a person both men and women like and cherish. It is people like she who make us look up to Hollywood and other movie stars. We will talk about her net worth, but first, a little bit more about the actress herself. She is an American born in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. on the October 27, 1922. Finding her talents at quite a young age, she studied and later graduated from Hunter College. Over a period of time she was selected to appear in many movies and TV shows. Popular in her home country and across the globe, Ruby Dee stands at 1.58 m. Ossie Davis (m. 1948–2005), Frankie Dee Brown (m. 1941–1945) and Guy Davis, Hasna Muhammad Davis, Nora Day Davis make up her family. Since we know that Hollywood actors earn six, seven or even eight figure sums, Ruby Dee is no exception, having an estimated net worth of $2.5 Million.

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Ruby was the daughter of Gladys and Marshall Edward Nathaniel Wallace. Her mother left the family and her father remarried. She grew up in Harlem, New York, and went to Hunter College High School. Following matriculation, Ruby enrolled at Hunter College, and earned a degree in Romance languages.

Ruby then became a part of the American Negro Theater, learning under Sidney Poitier, Hilda Simms and Harry Belafonte. Her first appearance was in “On Strivers Row” (1940), and since then, made more than 30 appearances on stage, and received Drama Desk Award and also Obie Award for “Boseman and Lena” (1970). She featured in such plays as “King Lear” (1965), “The Taming of the Shrew” (1965), “Hamlet” (1975), “A Last Dance for Sybil” (2002), and “Saint Lucy’s Eyes” (2003).

Ruby;s career on screen began in the mid-1940s in the film “The Man of Mine” (1946), and continued with roles in “The First Year” (1946), “What a Guy” (1948), and “The Fight Never Ends” (1949). She came to prominence with the role of Rae Robinson in the biographical drama “The Jackie Robinson Story” (1950), and then spent the ‘50s building a name for herself playing parts in such productions as “The Tall Target” (1951), “Go Man Go” (1954), “Edge of the City” (1957) and the Golden Globe Award-nominated “Take a Giant Step” (1959), next to Johnny Nash and Estelle Hemsley. Her net worth rose steadily

She started the ‘60s with one of her most successful roles, as Ruth Younger in the Golden Globe Award-nominated drama “A Raisin in the Sun” (1961), with Sidney Poitier and Claudia McNeil. Two years later she had a role in the Oscar-nominated drama “The Balcony”, starring Shelley Winters and Peter Falk. Before the decade ended, she appeared in “The Incident” (1967), “Uptight” (1968), and the TV series “Peyton Place” (1968-1969).

During the ‘70s her career stagnated for a while, but still she managed to land several notable roles, including in such films as “It’s Good to Be Alive” (1974), “Cool Red” (1976), and “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”, based on the Maya Angelou book. All stayed the same in the ‘80s; Ruby featured in such titles as “Cat People”, then “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” (1982), which won her an ACE Award in the category Actress in a Dramatic Presentation, then “Do the Right Thing” (1989), for which she received an Image Award in category Outstanding Lead Actress in a Motion Picture.

She entered into ‘90s with a role in another biography about baseball star Jackie Robinson, entitled “The Court-Martial of Jackie Robinson” (1990), then the highly praised Robert Markowitz’s drama “Decoration Day” (1990), next to James Garner and Judith Ivey, for which she won a Primetime Emmy Award in the category Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Special. After that, she appeared in Spike Lee’s romantic drama “Jungle Fever”, with Wesley Snipes, Annabella Sciorra and Halle Berry. Five years later she featured in the film “Captive Heart: The James Mink Story”, and then starred in Michael Ritchie’s “A Simple Wish” (1997), finishing the decade with a role in the Steve James’ Passing Glory” (1999). Her age didn’t stop her from performing, and she stayed active during 2000s, beginning with roles in television films such as “A Storm in Summer” (2000), “Finding Buck McHenry” (2000), and Peter Medak’s Primetime Emmy Award- winning romantic drama “Feast of All Saints” (2001).

In 2006 she had the lead role in “Naming Number Two”, for which she won several awards in festivals, and then in 2007 she appeared in Ridley Scott’s biographical drama “American Gangster”, next to Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe and Chiwetel Ejiofor, for which she received an Oscar nomination and SAG Award in the category Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role, among other awards, making it one of her most successful accomplishments. Before she retired from acting in 2013, Ruby also featured in such films as “Red & Blue Marbles” (2011), “Video Girl” (2011), and “1982” (2013). Her last role was in the film “King Dong”, however, the film hasn’t yet been released, although it is completed.

Ruby will also be remembered as a civil rights activist; she was a part of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), then NAACP and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, and many other organizations. Thanks to her contribution to community life, Ruby received the Lifetime Achievement Freedom Award, while she is also a part of the Westchester County Women’s Hall of Fame.

Regarding her personal life, Ruby married twice – her first husband was to Frankie Dee Brown; from 1941 until 1945. Three years later, she married actor, writer and director Ossie Davis, with whom she was married until his death in 2005. The couple had three children. Ruby Dee died at her home on the 11th June 2014 in New Rochelle, New York US from natural causes, aged 91. Her posthumous remains were created, and her ashes and the ones of her husband are held in the same urn, on which is written “In this thing together”.

Structural info

  • Full Name: Ruby Dee
  • Net Worth: $2.5 Million
  • Date Of Birth: October 27, 1922
  • Died: June 11, 2014, New Rochelle, New York, United States
  • Place Of Birth: Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
  • Height: 1.58 m
  • Profession: Actress
  • Education: Hunter College
  • Nationality: American
  • Spouse: Ossie Davis (m. 1948–2005), Frankie Dee Brown (m. 1941–1945)
  • Children: Guy Davis, Hasna Muhammad Davis, Nora Day Davis
  • Parents: Gladys Hightower, Marshall Edward Nathaniel Wallace
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  • Awards: Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role, Kennedy Center Honors, Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award, Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie, NAACP Imag…
  • Nominations: Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in…
  • Movies: Do the Right Thing, American Gangster, The Jackie Robinson Story, Jungle Fever, A Raisin in the Sun, Buck and the Preacher, No Way Out, Decoration Day, Edge of the City, Gone Are the Days!, The Stand, Cool Red, A Thousand Words, Baby Geniuses, St. Louis Blues, Uptight, Politics of Love, Cat People, …
  • TV Shows: Little Bill, The Atlanta Child Murders, Lincoln, Middle Ages


  • I think you mustn’t tell your body, you mustn’t tell your soul, ‘I’m going to retire’, You may be changing your life emphasis, but there’s still things that you have in mind to do that now seems the right time to do. I really don’t believe in retiring as long as you can breathe.
  • I didn’t have the kind of talent or personality that kept me dreaming about Hollywood. They don’t hire little colored girls to do this or that.


  • Aunt of Tommy Wallace Jr..
  • Grandmother of Muta’Ali Muhammad.
  • Had appeared with her husband Ossie Davis in nine films: No Way Out (1950), Gone Are the Days! (1963), The Sheriff (1971), Cool Red (1976), Roots: The Next Generations (1979), All God’s Children (1980), Do the Right Thing (1989), Jungle Fever (1991) and The Stand (1994).
  • Had appeared with Sidney Poitier in four films: No Way Out (1950), Edge of the City (1957), A Raisin in the Sun (1961) and Buck and the Preacher (1972).
  • Lifelong friend of Marla Gibbs.
  • In early 2003, she and her husband signed “Not In My Name”, a statement opposing the impending invasion of Iraq. Other signatories included Susan Sarandon, Noam Chomsky and Howard Zinn.
  • Is one of 105 people invited to join AMPAS in 2008.
  • In 2008, at age 85, she became the second oldest actress to be nominated for an Academy Award. The oldest is Gloria Stuart.
  • Attended and graduated from Hunter College with degrees in French and Spanish in 1944.
  • 1995: She and husband Ossie Davis were awarded the American National Medal of the Arts from the National Endowment of the Arts in Washington, D.C.
  • Had three children: Guy Davis, Nora Davis, and Hasna Muhammad.
  • 2004: Recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors, along with Elton John, Joan Sutherland, John Williams, Warren Beatty and husband Ossie Davis.
  • Is an honorary member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
  • Says her favorite quote comes from the book, “Charlotte’s Web”: “‘Isn’t life peculiar!’ said Jeremy. ‘Compared to what?’ said the spider.”.
  • She was a member of the NAACP, CORE, Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, Southern Christian Leadership Council.
  • 1989: Voted into the NAACP image award Hall of Fame with husband Ossie Davis.


Title Year Status Character
Baby of the Family 2002
Little Bill 1999-2002 TV Series Alice the Great
Alice The Great
Taking Back Our Town 2001 TV Movie Emelda West
Feast of All Saints 2001 TV Movie Elsie Claviere
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child 2000 TV Series Grandma
Finding Buck McHenry 2000 TV Movie Mrs. Henry
A Storm in Summer 2000 TV Movie Grandmother
Touched by an Angel 1999 TV Series LaBelle Springbelt
Shelly Fisher 1999 TV Movie Mrs. Greenspan
Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years 1999 TV Movie Annie Elizabeth ‘Bessie’ Delany
Baby Geniuses 1999 Margo
Passing Glory 1999 TV Movie Mommit Porter
Cosby 1999 TV Series Mattie
Promised Land 1998 TV Series Alicia
The Wall 1998 TV Movie Mrs. Mitchell (segment “The Badge”)
A Simple Wish 1997 Hortense
Stories from the Edge 1996 TV Movie segment “Tuesday Morning Ride”
Captive Heart: The James Mink Story 1996 TV Movie Indigo
Mr. and Mrs. Loving 1996 TV Movie Sophia
Tuesday Morning Ride 1995 Short
Street Gear 1995 TV Series Mosley Davis
American Masters 1995 TV Series documentary Narrator
Just Cause 1995 Evangeline
Whitewash 1994 TV Short Grandmother (voice)
The Stand 1994 TV Mini-Series Mother Abagail Freemantle
The Poetry Hall of Fame 1993 TV Movie
Cop & ½ 1993 Rachel
Evening Shade 1993 TV Series Aurelia Danforth
The Ernest Green Story 1993 TV Movie Mrs. Lydia Wilson
Middle Ages 1992 TV Series Estelle Williams
Jazztime Tale 1991 TV Movie Narrator (voice)
Jungle Fever 1991 Lucinda Purify
Decoration Day 1990 TV Movie Rowena, Finch’s Housekeeper
The Golden Girls 1990 TV Series Mammy Watkins
The Court-Martial of Jackie Robinson 1990 TV Movie Jackie’s mother
China Beach 1990 TV Series Ruby
American Playhouse 1985-1990 TV Series Zora Neale Hurston / Mrs. Grimes
Love at Large 1990 Corrine Dart
American Experience 1990 TV Series documentary Narrator
Do the Right Thing 1989 Mother Sister
Lincoln 1988 TV Mini-Series Elizabeth Keckley
Windmills of the Gods 1988 TV Mini-Series Dorothy – Secretary to Mary Ashley
Crown Dick 1987 TV Movie Johnson’s Mother
Spenser: For Hire 1987 TV Series Eleanor Simpson
The Atlanta Child Murders 1985 TV Mini-Series Faye Williams
Go Tell It on the Mountain 1984 Mrs. Grimes
Long Day’s Journey Into Night 1982 TV Movie Mary Tyrone
Cat People 1982 Female
Ossie and Ruby! 1980 TV Series Co-host (1980-81)
The Torture of Mothers 1980
All God’s Children 1980 TV Movie Irene Whitfield
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings 1979 TV Movie Grandmother Baxter
Roots: The Next Generations 1979 TV Mini-Series Queen Haley
Watch Your Mouth 1978 TV Series Mrs. Fullo
Cool Red 1976 Leah Matanzima
Police Woman 1975 TV Series Cora Sanders
Wedding Band 1974 TV Movie Julia Augustine
The CBS Festival of Lively Arts for Young People 1974 TV Series
It’s Good to Be Alive 1974 TV Movie Ruth Campanella
Tenafly 1973 TV Series Jan Lennox
Chelsea D.H.O. 1973 TV Movie Dr. Bianca Pearson
To Be Young, Gifted, and Black 1972 TV Movie
Black Girl 1972 Netta’s mother
Buck and the Preacher 1972 Ruth
The Sheriff 1971 TV Movie Sue-Anne Lucas
Peyton Place 1968-1969 TV Series Alma Miles
The Bold Ones: The Protectors 1969 TV Series Lucinda
Uptight 1968 Laurie
The Incident 1967 Joan Robinson
Armchair Theatre 1966 TV Series Vicky Kingsbury
The Defenders 1965 TV Series Catherine Collins
East Side/West Side 1963 TV Series Marilyn Marsden
The Great Adventure 1963 TV Series Harriet Tubman
The Fugitive 1963 TV Series Laura Smith
Gone Are the Days! 1963 Lutiebelle Gussie Mae Jenkins
The Doctors and the Nurses 1963 TV Series Jenny Bishop
The Balcony 1963 Thief
Alcoa Premiere 1963 TV Series Irene Clayton
Seven Times Monday 1962 TV Movie Lila
A Raisin in the Sun 1961 Ruth Younger
Play of the Week 1960-1961 TV Series Jane / Lila
Take a Giant Step 1959 Christine
Our Virgin Island 1958 Ruth
St. Louis Blues 1958 Elizabeth
Edge of the City 1957 Lucy Tyler
The Great American Pastime 1956 Mrs. Ashlow (uncredited)
Go Man Go 1954 Irma Jackson
Guiding Light 1952 TV Series Martha Frazier (1967)
Frontiers of Faith 1951 TV Series Grace Gilmore
The Tall Target 1951 Rachel – Slave Maid
No Way Out 1950 Connie Brooks (uncredited)
The Jackie Robinson Story 1950 Rae Robinson
The Fight Never Ends 1949 Janie
What a Guy 1948
The First Year 1946 TV Movie
That Man of Mine 1946
King Dog filming Mary Johnson
1982 2013/I Rose Brown
Betty and Coretta 2013 TV Movie Narrator
A Thousand Words 2012/I Annie McCall
Politics of Love 2011
Video Girl 2011 Valerie
Red & Blue Marbles 2011 Professor Wright
Dream Street 2010
The Perfect Age of Rock ‘n’ Roll 2009 Miss Candy
America 2009 TV Movie Mrs. Harper
Steam 2007 Doris
American Gangster 2007 Mama Lucas
All About Us 2007 Ms. Ella
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2007 TV Series Mary Wilson
The Way Back Home 2006 Maude
Naming Number Two 2006 Nanna Maria
Their Eyes Were Watching God 2005 TV Movie Nanny
Title Year Status Character
The Landlord 2009/I performer: “I Don’t Need a Man”
The Stand 1994 TV Mini-Series performer – 1 episode
Title Year Status Character
Uptight 1968 screenplay
Title Year Status Character
Uptight 1968 co-producer
Title Year Status Character
Frankenpimp’s Revenge: The Romeo and Juliet Massacre special thanks filming
Edición Especial Coleccionista 2014 TV Series in memory of – 1 episode
King: A Filmed Record… Montgomery to Memphis 1970 Documentary particular thanks for contributing their talents
Title Year Status Character
Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age 2016 Documentary post-production Herself
Life’s Essentials with Ruby Dee 2014 Documentary Herself
Long Distance Revolutionary: A Journey with Mumia Abu-Jamal 2012 Documentary Herself
The Wendy Williams Show 2011 TV Series Herself
Sing Your Song 2011 Documentary Herself
Black Girls Rock 2010 TV Movie Herself
The Mo’Nique Show 2010 TV Series Herself
For Love of Liberty: The Story of America’s Black Patriots 2010 TV Movie documentary voice
Let Freedom Sing: How Music Inspired the Civil Rights Movement 2009 Documentary Herself
The New Neighbors 2009 Documentary short Narrator
A Place Out of Time: The Bordentown School 2009 Documentary Narrator (voice)
The Tyra Banks Show 2009 TV Series Herself
Entertainment Tonight 2008 TV Series Herself
An Evening at the Academy Awards 2008 TV Special Herself
La noche de los Oscar 2008 TV Movie Herself
The 80th Annual Academy Awards 2008 TV Special Herself – Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Tavis Smiley 2008 TV Series Herself
39th NAACP Image Awards 2008 TV Special Herself
Meet Mary Pleasant 2008 TV Movie documentary Herself
14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2008 TV Special Herself – Winner: Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role & Best Motion Picture Cast
The Oprah Winfrey Show 2008 TV Series Herself
Iconoclasts 2007 TV Series documentary
HBO First Look 2007 TV Series documentary Herself
In the Shadow of Hollywood: Race Movies and the Birth of Black Cinema 2007 Video documentary Herself
Our Paul: Remembering Paul Robeson 2007 Video Herself
Crossing Over: How Roots Captivated an Entire Nation 2007 Video documentary short Herself
The 2006 Black Movie Awards 2006 TV Special Herself
Legends Ball 2006 TV Movie documentary Herself
Lockdown, USA 2006 Documentary Narrator
An Evening of Stars: Tribute to Stevie Wonder 2006 TV Movie documentary Herself
The Black Movie Awards 2005 TV Special Herself
Character Studies 2005 TV Series Herself
The History Makers 2005 Video documentary Herself
Unstoppable: Conversation with Melvin Van Peebles, Gordon Parks, and Ossie Davis 2005 TV Movie documentary Herself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 2004 TV Special Herself – Honoree
Def Poetry 2004 TV Series documentary Herself
A Wealth of Wisdom 2004 TV Series Herself – Panelist
Book TV 2004 TV Series Herself – Panelist
Beah: A Black Woman Speaks 2003 Documentary Herself
2003 Trumpet Awards 2003 TV Special Herself
Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives 2003 Documentary Reader
An Evening with Ossie Davis & Ruby Dee 2002 TV Movie Herself – Interviewee
Hughes’ Dream Harlem 2002 TV Movie documentary Herself
Broadway Legends 2002 TV Movie documentary Herself
Inside TV Land: African Americans in Television 2002 TV Movie documentary Herself
Christianity: The First Two Thousand Years 2001 TV Mini-Series documentary Narrator
7th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2001 TV Special Herself
Intimate Portrait 2001 TV Series documentary Herself
Freedom Never Dies: The Legacy of Harry T. Moore 2001 TV Movie documentary Narrator
The Directors 2000 TV Series documentary Herself
The Unfinished Journey 1999 Documentary short Narration (voice)
American Masters 1999 TV Series documentary Herself
A Time to Dance: The Life and Work of Norma Canner 1998 Documentary Narrator (voice)
NY TV: By the People Who Made It – Part I & II 1998 TV Movie documentary Herself
The Roseanne Show 1998 TV Series Herself
Charlie Rose 1997-1998 TV Series Herself – Guest
God’s Gonna Trouble the Water 1998 TV Movie documentary Narrator
Small Steps, Big Strides: The Black Experience in Hollywood 1998 TV Movie documentary Herself
Great Performances 1982-1998 TV Series Herself / Narrator
Sports on the Silver Screen 1997 TV Movie documentary Herself (uncredited)
Domestic Differences 1997 Documentary Narrator
Mississippi, America 1996 TV Movie documentary Herself
Homeward Bound 1994 TV Movie documentary Herself
The 48th Annual Tony Awards 1994 TV Special Herself – Presenter: Lifetime Achievement Award
The African Burial Ground: An American Discovery 1994 Documentary Herself – Narrator
The Stand: The Making of… 1994 TV Short documentary Herself
Reading Rainbow 1984-1992 TV Series Herself
Color Adjustment 1992 Documentary Narrator
The 43rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1991 TV Special Herself – Winner: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
The 15th Annual Women in Film Crystal Awards 1991 TV Special Herself
Lady Day: The Many Faces of Billie Holiday 1990 TV Movie documentary Billie Holiday (voice)
22nd NAACP Image Awards 1990 TV Special Herself
Making ‘Do the Right Thing’ 1989 TV Movie documentary Herself
Today 1989 TV Series Herself
Ebony/Jet Showcase 1988 TV Series Herself
A Walk Through the 20th Century with Bill Moyers 1984 TV Series documentary Herself
The 31st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1979 TV Special Herself – Nominee: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Special
Tony Brown’s Journal 1978 TV Series Herself
Lorraine Hansberry: The Black Experience in the Creation of Drama 1975 Documentary short
Wattstax 1973 Documentary Herself (uncredited)
The Mike Douglas Show 1971 TV Series Herself – Actress
Actor’s Choice 1970 TV Series Herself – performer
Zur Nacht 1970 TV Series documentary
He Said, She Said 1970 TV Series Herself
King: A Filmed Record… Montgomery to Memphis 1970 Documentary Herself
Look Up and Live 1968 TV Series Herself
The Merv Griffin Show 1968 TV Series Herself
History of the Negro People 1965 TV Mini-Series documentary Herself
Freedom Spectacular 1964 TV Movie Herself
I’ve Got a Secret 1963 TV Series Guest panelist
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1963 TV Series Herself – Guest
The 16th Annual Tony Awards 1962 TV Special Herself – Presenter
The DuPont Show of the Week 1962 TV Series Herself
Archive Footage
Title Year Status Character
The 87th Annual Academy Awards 2015 TV Special Herself – Actress (In Memoriam)
The 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2015 TV Special Herself – In Memoriam
Entertainment Tonight 2014 TV Series Herself
The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards 2014 TV Special Herself – In Memoriam
P.O.V. 2014 TV Series documentary Herself
The Insider 2014 TV Series Herself
American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs 2013 Documentary Herself
Biography 2005 TV Series documentary Herself
TV in Black: The First Fifty Years 2004 Video documentary
America at the Movies 1976 Documentary Ruth Younger


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