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Sammy Davis Jr.

Sammy Davis Jr.

  • Born on
    • December 8th, 1925
  • Died on
    • May 16th, 1990
Samuel George "Sammy" Davis, Jr. (December 8, 1925 – May 16, 1990) was an American entertainer. Primarily a dancer and singer, Davis was a childhood vaudevillian who became known for his performances on Broadway and in Las Vegas, as a recording artist, television and film star, and as a member of Frank Sinatra's "Rat Pack". At the age of three Davis began his career in vaudeville with his father and "uncle" as the Will Mastin Trio, toured nationally, and after military service, returned to the trio. Davis became an overnight sensation following a nightclub performance at Ciro's after the 1951 Academy Awards, with the trio, became a recording artist, and made his first film performances as an adult later that decade. In 1954, he lost his left eye in an automobile accident. Later the same year, he converted to Judaism. In 1960, he appeared in the first Rat Pack movie, Ocean's 11. After a starring role on Broadway in 1956's Mr Wonderful, Davis returned to the stage in 1964's Golden Boy, and in 1966 had his own TV variety show, The Sammy Davis Jr. Show. Davis's career slowed in the late sixties, but he had a hit record with "The Candy Man", in 1972, and became a star in Las Vegas. As an African American, Davis was the victim of racism throughout his life, and was a large financial supporter of civil rights causes. Davis had a complex relationship with the African American community, and attracted criticism after physically embracing Richard Nixon in 1970. One day on a golf course with Jack Benny, he was asked what his handicap was. "Handicap?" he asked. "Talk about handicap — I'm a one-eyed Negro Jew." This was to become a signature comment, recounted in his autobiography, and in countless articles. After reuniting with Sinatra and Dean Martin in 1987, Davis toured with them and Liza Minnelli internationally, before dying of throat cancer in 1990. He died in debt to the Internal Revenue Service, and his estate was the subject of legal battles. Davis was awarded the Spingarn Medal by the NAACP, and was nominated for a Golden Globe and an Emmy Award for his television performances. He was the recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors in 1987, and in 2001, he was posthumously awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Description above from the Wikipedia article Sammy Davis, Jr., licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia

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Filmography

Acting (16 Credits)

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2004TV in Black: The First Fifty Years as (archive footage)
1989Tap as Little Mo
1984Cannonball Run II as Morris Fenderbaum
1981The Cannonball Run as Morris Fenderbaum
1974Gone with the West as Kid Dandy
1969Sweet Charity as Big Daddy
1968Salt and Pepper as Charles Salt
1966A Man Called Adam as Adam Johnson
1964Robin and the 7 Hoods as Will
1963Johnny Cool as Educated
1962Sergeants 3 as Jonah Williams
1960Ocean's 11 as Josh Howard
1960Pepe as Sammy Davis Jr.
1959Porgy and Bess as Sportin' Life
1958Anna Lucasta as Danny Johnson
1956Meet Me in Las Vegas as Sammy Davis Jr. (voice) (uncredited)

Himself (5 Credits)

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2014Selma as self (archive footage)
2001The Ocean's Eleven Story as Himself (archive footage)
1988Moon Over Parador as Himself
1985That's Dancing! as Himself - Host
1983Cracking Up as Himself

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