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Today in Georgia History
is a joint collaboration of the Georgia Historical Society & Georgia Public Broadcasting.

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February 04, 2005

Ossie Davis

As an actor, and as an activist, Ossie Davis made his mark.

Born Rayford Chatman Davis in 1917 in Cogdell, Georgia, in Clinch County, he got his nic...
July 30, 1961

Laurence Fishburne

He is the first African-American to play Othello in a major movie, following in the footsteps of Lawrence Olivier and Orson Welles.

Laurence Fishbur...
February 11, 1936

Burt Reynolds

It started with Deliverance in 1972. From there, Burt Reynolds “delivered” a lot of film business to the state of Georgia.

As he was bec...
May 18, 1928

Pernell Roberts

As an actor, he was defined by two roles: the eldest of Ben Cartwright’s sons and the chief of medicine at a San Francisco hospital.

Pernell Rober...
January 20, 1920

DeForest Kelley

Star Trek only ran three years, but you can’t kill it with a phaser. Its characters are immortal as well. They have lived long, and prospered. One of t...
January 08, 1911

Butterfly McQueen

Her fame rested on one indelible performance: a slave who lacked the midwifery skills to help Melanie Hamilton.

Thelma McQueen was born in Florida i...
January 04, 1905

Sterling Holloway

You may not have known his name, but you couldn’t miss his voice, especially when he played a small cartoon bear -- and that was just one of over 150 movies a...
April 28, 1894

Young Harris College

His namesake college in north Georgia is small. Its effect has been anything but.

Young Loftin Harris was born in Elbert County around 1812. He beca...
January 18, 1892

Oliver Hardy

He was the large half of the duo that was widely considered the greatest comedy team in film history, always complaining, “This is another fine mess you’ve ...
June 19, 1877

Charles Coburn

He was one of those classic character actors from the golden age of Hollywood but you probably didn’t know his name.

Actor Charles Coburn was born ...

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