Ted Ross

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Stage Actor
Date of Birth June 30, 1934
Place of Birth Zanesville, Ohio
Date of Death Sep 3, 2002 (68)
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Ted Ross

Theodore Ross Roberts, known as Ted Ross, was an American actor who was probably best known for his role as the Lion in The Wiz, an all-African American reinterpretation of The Wizard of Oz. He won a Tony Award for the original 1975 Broadway production and went on to recreate the role in the 1978 film version which also starred Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Richard Pryor, Nipsey Russell and Lena Horne. Ross went on to appear in many films from including the role of Bitterman in the classic Arthur and on the television sitcoms Benson, The Jeffersons, What's Happening Now, The Cosby Show and its spin-off A Different World. His final role was in the 1991 movie The Fisher King.

Born: Theodore Ross Roberts, June 30, 1934, Zanesville, Ohio, U.S.
Died: September 3, 2002, Dayton, Ohio, U.S.
Occupation: Actor
Years active: 1968–2002
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About Ted Ross

African-American stage and screen actor who won a Tony Award for his performance as The Cowardly Lion in the original 1975 Broadway production of The Wiz.

Before Fame

He dropped out of high school in 1950 and joined the United States Air Force.


He appeared in the 1978 film version of The Wiz, as well as in such movies as Police Academy and The Fisher King.

Family Life

He was born in Zanesville, Ohio. His mother, Elizabeth Russell, was a nightclub singer.


He made his film debut alongside James Earl Jones in a 1976 comedic sports film entitled The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings.

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