A reference guide for Apple TV Plus’ “The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey,” including character descriptions, names of actors, quotes from the series, and more.


Please Note: This content contains pertinent spoilers, descriptions are updated as new information is presented, images changed as better ones are captured, and this is not an exhaustive list of every cast member, guest star, or reoccurring role.

General Information

Groups & Organizations

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Notable Locations & Items

  • People’s Clinic (1.1): Where Ptolemy’s doctor’s office is
  • Delmar Circle (1.2): The area where Reggie was killed
  • The Doubloons (1.4): These are the treasures Coydog stole from Clive, which are 1932 gold coins worth around $50,000 each

Terminology

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Other Noteworthy Information

  • The Miracle Drug (1.3): Over 157 trials have been done, and most see the positive effects for 4 – to 7 weeks
  • Time Passed (1.4): It has been two weeks since Reggie died

The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey Directory

Network(s) Apple TV Plus
Created or Developed By Walter Mosley
First Aired 3/11/2022

Character Guide

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Season Reviews

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Ptolemy Grey (Samuel L. Jackson) & Young Ptolemy (Percy Daggs IV)

Ptolemy Grey is a Mississippi-born and raised man who is starting to suffer from dementia. And despite all of his sister’s children and grandchildren around him in the Atlanta area, only one checks on him and tries to take care of him. But luckily, thanks to the help of a young girl named Robyn and a doctor named Dr. Rubin, he is given a few months of absolute lucidity, going all the way back to when he was barely 7 years old. And with having a clear mind, he focuses on solving the crime of Reggie’s murder, as Reggie was the only one who consistently looked out for him when he wasn’t all there.

Additional Information

  • Introduced In: Season 1/ Episode 1 “Absence of the Mind”
  • Age (1.1): Ptolemy is noted as 91 in the promotional material for the show
    • Young Version Age (1.3): Ptolemy is around 6
    • Actual Age of Younger Version (1.5): 7
  • Income (1.1): Gets social security, pension benefits, and death benefits from his wife Sensia
  • Nickname (1.1): Pitypapa
  • Past Jobs (1.3): Was an ice truck driver, janitor and also worked at the post office
  • Name Origin (1.3): Ptolemy’s momma loved history, so she named him after a Greek king
  • When Did He Leave Mississippi? (1.4): When he was 12 years old
  • Daughter (1.5): Before leaving her mother, Cora Patterson, for Sensia, Ptolemy had a daughter with Cora named Doris who he rejected outright because she interrupted his dream life with Sensia. Thus leading her to hate him till the day she committed suicide when she was 42.
  • Years Of Decline (1.6): Was dealing with dementia for 6 years, at minimum
  • Name of Sister (1.6): June
  • Schooling (1.6): Stopped going to school after 3rd grade

Quotes

You don’t know whether to hate your condition or to hate yourself.
— Ptomely (1.3)

I ain’t saying I’m bad. It’s just that, I never stood up to be counted. I always kinda blended in with the crowd and went along with the program.
— Ptomely (1.3)

All your life you wanted so hard, you worried you’re gonna take something ain’t yours.
— Ptolemy (1.4)

Reggie Lloyd (Omar Benson Miller)

Reggie (Omar Benson Miller) smiling at his great uncle
Reggie (Omar Benson Miller)

Reggie is Ptolemy’s great nephew who, alongside holding down a job as a carpenter, raising his two kids, and taking care of his wife Nina, would also check on Ptolemy and take him to the doctor and bank, and help him keep some semblance of a life.

Additional Information

  • Introduced In: Season 1/ Episode 1 “Absence of the Mind”

Quotes

Niecie (Marsha Stephanie Blake)

Niecie (Marsha Stephanie Blake), Ptolemy (Samuel L. Jackson) and Robyn (Dominique Fishback) on Niecie's porch looking at Hilly
Niecie (Marsha Stephanie Blake), Ptolemy (Samuel L. Jackson) and Robyn (Dominique Fishback)

Niecie is Ptolemy’s niece who tries to be there for people in their time of need, but while she doesn’t mind children, including her grown son Hilly, being taken care of by her, Ptolemy apparently was too much.

Additional Information

  • Introduced In: Season 1/ Episode 1 “Absence of the Mind”
  • Where She Lives (1.3): In Bankhead

Quotes

Robyn Barnet (Dominique Fishback)

Robyn crying about how she feels about her mother's death

Recently orphaned, thanks to a deeply in debt dad and a mom who overdosed, Robyn has been dealt a bad hand for most of her life. But, because of that, she has learned how to take care of herself, fix up around the house, and appreciates the kindness Ptolemy shows when she goes to live with him after Niecie kicks her out.

Additional Information

  • Introduced In: Season 1/ Episode 1 “Absence of the Mind”
  • Age (1.5): 17
  • Parental Issues (1.6): Her dad was a drug dealer and mom a prostitute

Quotes

Nina (Charity Jordan)

Nina (Charity Jordan) saying she is innocent to Ptolemy
Nina (Charity Jordan)

Nina is Reggie’s wife, whose relationship with her ex might have contributed to him getting killed.

Additional Information

  • Introduced In: Season 1/ Episode 1 “Absence of the Mind”

Quotes

Hillard “Hilly” (DeRon Horton)

Hillard Hilly (DeRon Horton) being reprimanded by Ptolemy
Hillard Hilly (DeRon Horton)

Hilly is Niecie’s son, who is a low-down bastard. Not the kind who would ever step to someone his size or a man who is all there. However, he would try to make a move on a vulnerable woman or a man who don’t have all his marbles.

Additional Information

  • Introduced In: Season 1/ Episode 1 “Absence of the Mind”

Quotes

Billy (Martin Bats Bradford)

Billy (Martin Bats Bradford) helping to clean out Ptolemy's apartment
Billy (Martin Bats Bradford)

Billy is one of Reggie’s friends who works at a local gym.

Additional Information

  • Introduced In: Season 1/ Episode 2 “Robyn”

Quotes

Dr. Rubin (Walton Goggins)

Dr. Rubin (Walton Goggins) introducing himself
Dr. Rubin (Walton Goggins)

Dr. Rubin is the creator of a miracle drug that allows, for 4 to 7 weeks, many on the brink of debilitating dementia to have absolutely lucidity. But, once the medication wears off, they are usually worse off than they were before taking the medication.

Additional Information

  • Introduced In: Season 1/ Episode 2 “Robyn”

Quotes

Coydog (Damon Gupton)

Coydog (Damon Gupton) getting in Ptolemy's face
Coydog (Damon Gupton)

Coydog is the man who helped raise Ptolemy and stole 14 doubloons which Ptolemy was tasked on selling in order to help their people. A task Coydog didn’t get to do since he was hung for stealing.

Additional Information

  • Introduced In: Season 1/ Episode 2 “Robyn”
  • When Did He Die (1.4): When Ptolemy was 7 or 8

Quotes

Sensia Howard (Cynthia Kaye McWilliams)

Sensia pointing her gun at Ezra

Sensia Howard was the love of Ptolemy’s life who died of cancer.

Additional Information

  • Introduced In: Season 1/ Episode 2 “Robyn”
  • When Did She Meet Ptolemy (1.3): In 1976 Atlanta, while Ptolemy was reading “Strangers on a Train.”

Quotes

“You can’t have everything. You gotta accept that and settle on what you need.”
— Sensia (1.3)

Shirley Wring (Denise Burse)

Ms. Wring (Denise Burse) coming around to pay Ptolemy his money back
Ms. Wring (Denise Burse)

Ms. Wring is a nice woman who borrowed some money from Ptolemy and was lucky enough to pay it back when he started to get his wits back.

Additional Information

  • Introduced In: Season 1/ Episode 2 “Robyn”

Quotes

Ezra (Will Catlett)

Ezra (Will Catlett) feeling disrespected by Sensia
Ezra (Will Catlett)

Ezra is Sensia’s ex, who she left, not too long after a family reunion or gathering to be with Ptolemy. Mainly due to him being abusive.

Additional Information

  • Introduced In: Season 1/ Episode 3 “Sensia”

Quotes

Roger (Patrick R. Walker)

Roger (Patrick R. Walker) learning Reggie died
Roger (Patrick R. Walker)

Roger is someone that Reggie recently worked with, who becomes a love interest of Robyn.

Additional Information

  • Introduced In: Season 1/ Episode 3 “Sensia”
  • From (1.3): Is from Mississippi

Quotes

Syed (Kamran Shaikh)

Syed (Kamran Shaikh) talking about a piece he owns
Syed (Kamran Shaikh)

Syed is the son of the man Ptolemy used to go see, Jafar, when he needs to sell Coydog’s doubloons.

Additional Information

  • Introduced In: Season 1/ Episode 4 “Coydog”
  • When did he meet Ptolemy (1.4): When he was 14

Quotes

Darwin Andrews (K. Todd Freeman)

Darwin (K. Todd Freeman) inspecting Ptolemy's home
Darwin (K. Todd Freeman)

Darwin is a man from the city’s social services department who checks on Ptolemy to see if he is living in squander and unable to take care of himself.

Additional Information

  • Introduced In: Season 1/ Episode 4 “Coydog”

Quotes

Alfred Gulla (Enoch King)

Alfred (Enoch King) being forced into a conversation with Ptolemy
Alfred (Enoch King)

Alfred is Nina’s ex, who she met when she was 13, who was sentenced to 20 years for a crime he committed, but instead only got 12 years.

Additional Information

Quotes

Moishe Abromovitz Jr. (Maury Ginsberg)

Moishe Jr. (Maury Ginsberg) talking to Ptolemy in his office about a will
Moishe Jr. (Maury Ginsberg)

Moishe Jr. is the son of Ptolemy’s former lawyer who helped him beat a case where Ptolemy was accused of stealing a statue.

Additional Information

Quotes

Maude Petit (Avangeline Friedlander)

Maude (Avangeline Friedlander) looking at Ptolemy
Maude (Avangeline Friedlander)

Maude was Ptolemy’s little girlfriend, when he was younger, who died in a fire.

Additional Information

Quotes & Gifs

Iona Grey (Nicole Lockley-Obi)

Iona Grey (Nicole Lockley-Obi) looking at Ptolemy
Iona Grey (Nicole Lockley-Obi)

June and Ptolemy’s mother who loved Greek history.

Additional Information

Quotes & Gifs



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