Actor Todd Davis has passed away at age 61.
The sad news was revealed on the Black Spectrum Theatre Company Facebook page:
"It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of actor Todd Davis who will forever be remembered by us for his unforgettable portrayal of Kingfish in the hit Black Spectrum play Kingfish, Amos & Andy. Our prays go out to the family. R.I.P. Todd Davis"
Davis was born and raised in Harlem New York, and started performing at the age of 12. He was accepted to The Juillard School of Drama under John Houseman direction, and later studied with Stella Adler and Robert Lewis. He worked with The Negro Ensemble Company, The New Fedral Theatre and The Frank Silvera Writers Workshop.
He played roles in two daytime soaps: Josh Hall on ONE LIFE TO LIVE in 1977 (replacing Lawrence Fishburne) and Bryan Phillips in GENERAL HOSPITAL from 1978-1987. In one memorable storyline, Sammy Davis Jr. guest-starred as Bryan's long-lost father in 1982.
His primetime guest appearances include KOJAK, M*A*S*H, L.A. LAW, 30 ROCK and BOARDWALK EMPIRE.
Davis also appeared in the film Excuse Me for Living, which featured a number of former soap actors and starred Tom Pelphrey and Melissa Archer.