GM – FBF – Today’s American Champion was an American character actor whose career spanned five decades, from the late 1940s until just before his death in 1993. He started out making films in the 1940s and 1950s and expanded into television work in the following decades. Davis was known for his dignified portrayals which were often in contrast to prevailing stereotypical roles. He played the role of Dr. Caldwell in three episodes in the second and third seasons of the NBC-TV sitcom series Sanford and Son, and as Dr. Ozaba in the 1968 episode “The Empath” in the original Star Trek series. He was active off-screen as well, serving several terms on the western advisory board of Actors’ Equity Association. As one of the officers of Beverly Hills-Hollywood Branch of the NAACP he helped present the first Image Awards in 1967. Today in our History – July 18, 1990 – Davis Roberts (born Robert A. Davis, March 7, 1917 – July 18, 1993) died.Throughout his career, Roberts, a native of Mobile, Alabama who was also raised in Chicago, IL, appeared in over 30 feature films, including: In a Lonely Place (1950); The Killers (1964) written by Star Trek executive producer Gene L. Coon and featuring Ronald Reagan in his last film role; The Chase (1966) with Steve Ihnat; Westworld (1973) , Demon Seed (1977), and John Schlesinger’s Honky Tonk Freeway (1981), which featured Teri Garr, Jerry Hardin and Jeffrey Combs.He also appeared in the ABC-TV mini-series Roots, (1977) as well as many television series, including I Dream of Jeannie, Mission: Impossible, Gunsmoke, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Sanford and Son, and All in the Family. He also guest starred as Dr. Ozaba in the 1968 episode “The Empath” in the original Star Trek series.Davis was active off-screen as well, serving several terms on the western advisory board of Actors’ Equity Association. As one of the officers of Beverly Hills-Hollywood Branch of the NAACP he help present the first Image Awards in 1967. Davis died in the home of his brother Charles on July 18, 1993 of emphysema at the age of 76.