Biography

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.

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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.

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Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 95

Birthday 1925-12-08

Day of Death 1990-05-16

Place of Birth Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

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Also Known As

  • Sammy Davis
  • Samuel George Davis Jr.
  • Samuel George Davis
  • The Will Maston Trio
  • Will Maston Trio
  • Sammy Jr. & Altovise
  • Sammy Davis Jnr.
  • Сэмми Дэвис мл.
  • Sammy Davis, Jr.

Acting TV ShowsMovies

The Rat Pack - The Greatest Hits as himself
2017 This Is Bob Hope... as Himself (archive footage)
2017 Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me as Self (archive footage)
2015 Chita Rivera: A Lot Of Livin' To Do as Himself (archive footage)
2012 Music According to Tom Jobim as Himself (archive footage)
2008 Let's Play, Boy as himself (archive footage)
2006 The Ratpack
2004 Frank Sinatra Show: Welcome Home Elvis as Himself
2004 TV in Black: The First Fifty Years as (archive footage)
2003 Live and Swingin': The Ultimate Rat Pack Collection as Himself (archive footage)
2002 The Definitive Elvis: The Television Years as Himself (archive footage)
2002 It's Black Entertainment as Himself (archive footage)
2001 The Ocean's 11 Story as Himself (archive footage)
1990 Sammy Davis, Jr. 60th Anniversary Celebration as Himself
1990 The Kid Who Loved Christmas as Sideman
1989 Hanna-Barbera's 50th as Himself
1989 The Ultimate Event as Himself
1989 Tap as Little Mo
1988 Moon Over Parador as Himself
1988 An Evening with Sammy Davis, Jr. & Jerry Lewis
1988 Michael Jackson: The Legend Continues as Himself
1985 Alice in Wonderland as The Caterpillar / Father William (0 episodes)
1985 That's Dancing! as Himself - Host
1984 Hunter (1 episode)
1984 Cannonball Run II as Morris Fenderbaum
1983 Smorgasbord as Himself
1982 Heidi's Song as Head Ratte
1982 Wogan (1 episode) as Himself
1981 The Cannonball Run as Morris Fenderbaum
1980 Sanford (1 episode)
1978 The Kennedy Center Honors (1 episode)
1978 Bio’s Bahnhof (1 episode)
1978 Sammy Stops the World as Littlechap
1977 Jingle Bells: RFK - 1964
1975 James Dean: The First American Teenager as Himself
1975 Gone With the West as Kid Dandy as Old Little Moon / Narrator
1975 Sammy and Company (1 episode) as Himself
1975 Doris Day Today as Himeself
1974 Chico and the Man (1 episode)
1974 James Dean Remembered as Himself
1973 Save the Children as Himself
1973 Poor Devil as Sammy
1972 The Julie Andrews Hour (1 episode) as Himself
1971 The Trackers as Ezekiel Smith
1971 V.I.P. Schaukel (2 episodes)
1971 All in the Family (1 episode)
1970 The Flip Wilson Show (2 episodes)
1970 One More Time as Charles Salt
1969 The Pigeon as Larry Miller
1969 The Fall
1969 Sweet Charity as Big Daddy
1968 The Mod Squad (3 episodes)
1968 Here's Lucy (1 episode)
1968 Salt and Pepper as Charles Salt
1968 Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (9 episodes)
1967 Movin' with Nancy as Himself
1967 The Enemy as Chris Christiansen
1967 The Carol Burnett Show (2 episodes)
1966 Alice in Wonderland or What's a Nice Kid Like You Doing in a Place Like This? as The Cheshire Cat
1966 A Man Called Adam as Adam Johnson
1966 The Strolling '20s
1966 Batman (1 episode)
1966 The Sammy Davis Jr. Show (16 episodes) as Host
1965 I Dream of Jeannie (1 episode)
1965 Nightmare in the Sun as Truck driver
1964 Robin and the 7 Hoods as Will
1964 The Hollywood Palace (1 episode)
1963 Johnny Cool as Educated
1963 Burke's Law (1 episode)
1963 The Patty Duke Show (1 episode)
1963 The Threepenny Opera as Moritatensänger
1962 Convicts 4 as Wino
1962 Sergeants 3 as Jonah Williams
1961 Ben Casey (1 episode)
1961 Cain's Hundred (1 episode)
1961 The Day of the Fox as Beppo
1960 Pepe as Himself
1960 Ocean's Eleven as Josh Howard
1959 The Big Party (13 episodes)
1959 Porgy and Bess as Sportin' Life
1958 Anna Lucasta as Danny Johnson
1958 77 Sunset Strip (1 episode)
1958 The Rifleman (1 episode)
1956 Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater (1 episode)
1956 The Steve Allen Show (7 episodes)
1956 Meet Me in Las Vegas as Sammy Davis Jr. (voice) (uncredited)
1956 Jazz Ball as Himself
1953 The Academy Awards (6 episodes)
1953 General Electric Theater (3 episodes)
1952 This Is Your Life (1 episode)
1949 The Emmy Awards (1 episode)
1948 The Ed Sullivan Show (6 episodes)
1933 Seasoned Greetings as Henry Johnson
1933 Rufus Jones for President as Rufus Jones

Production

1971 The Trackers Producer

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