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Sammy Davis Jr.

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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Dec 8, 1925 In Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Rufus Jones for President 1933-09-09
Latest Project:
Movie The Rat Pack - The Greatest Hits 2022
Known For
Poster of Selma
Poster of Cannonball Run II
Poster of Sammy and Company
Poster of Ocean's Eleven
Movie The Rat Pack - The Greatest Hits himself 2022
Movie John Travolta, le miraculé d'Hollywood Self - Singer (archive footage) 2017-03-19
Movie Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me Self (archive footage) 2017-09-11
Movie This Is Bob Hope... Himself (archive footage) 2017-12-29
Movie Chita Rivera: A Lot Of Livin' To Do Himself (archive footage) 2015-11-06
Movie Selma self (archive footage) 2014-12-25
Movie Music According to Tom Jobim Himself (archive footage) 2012-05-20
Movie Let's Play, Boy himself (archive footage) 2008-05-25
Movie The Ratpack Unknown 2006-01-01
Movie Frank Sinatra Show: Welcome Home Elvis Himself 2004-02-10
Movie TV in Black: The First Fifty Years (archive footage) 2004-01-01
Movie Live and Swingin': The Ultimate Rat Pack Collection Himself (archive footage) 2003-12-30
Movie It's Black Entertainment Himself (archive footage) 2002-02-08
Movie The Definitive Elvis: The Television Years Himself (archive footage) 2002-03-31
Movie The Best of Bob Hope: 50 years of Laughter Volume 1 Unknown 2001-02-22
Movie The Best of Bob Hope: 50 years of Laughter Volume 2 Unknown 2001-02-22
Movie The Ocean's 11 Story Himself (archive footage) 2001-11-22
Movie The Kid Who Loved Christmas Sideman 1990-01-01
Movie Sammy Davis, Jr. 60th Anniversary Celebration Himself 1990-02-04
Movie Tap Little Mo 1989-02-12
Movie Hanna-Barbera's 50th Himself 1989-07-17
Movie The Ultimate Event Himself 1989-05-20
Movie An Evening with Sammy Davis, Jr. & Jerry Lewis Unknown 1988-01-02
Movie Michael Jackson: The Legend Continues Himself 1988-01-02
Movie Moon Over Parador Himself 1988-09-09
Movie The Perils of P.K Unknown 1986-06-06
Movie That's Dancing! Himself - Host 1985-01-01
Movie Sammy Davis Jr.: Live In Germany Himself - Main Artist 1985-06-28
Series Alice in Wonderland Caterpillar / Father WIlliam 1985-12-09
Movie Cannonball Run II Morris Fenderbaum 1984-06-29
Series Hunter Unknown 1984-09-18
Movie Smorgasbord Himself 1983-04-13
Series Wogan Himself 1982-05-04
Series Champs-Elysées Unknown 1982-01-16
Movie Heidi's Song Head Ratte 1982-11-19
Movie The Cannonball Run Morris Fenderbaum 1981-06-19
Series Sanford Unknown 1980-03-15
Movie Frank Sinatra: The First 40 Years Unknown 1979-12-13
Movie Sammy Stops the World Littlechap 1978-01-01
Series Bio’s Bahnhof Unknown 1978-02-09
Series The Kennedy Center Honors Unknown 1978-12-28
Movie Jingle Bells: RFK - 1964 Unknown 1977-01-01
Series Bitte umblättern Self 1977-04-20
Movie James Dean: The First American Teenager Himself 1975-09-30
Movie Doris Day Today Himeself 1975-01-01
Series Sammy and Company Himself 1975-04-06
Movie Little Moon And Jud McGraw Kid Dandy 1975-09-01
Series Chico and the Man Unknown 1974-09-13
Movie James Dean Remembered Himself 1974-01-01
Movie Gone with the West Kid Dandy 1974-12-14
Movie Old Faithful Himself 1973-01-01
Movie Poor Devil Sammy 1973-02-14
Movie Today: While You Were Away (1964-1973 Retrospective) Himself 1973-02-22
Movie Save the Children Self 1973-05-13
Series The Julie Andrews Hour Himself 1972-09-13
Series All in the Family Unknown 1971-01-12
Movie The Trackers Ezekiel Smith 1971-12-15
Series V.I.P. Schaukel Unknown 1971-05-09
Movie One More Time Charles Salt 1970-05-01
Series The Flip Wilson Show Unknown 1970-09-17
Movie Sweet Charity Big Daddy 1969-02-25
Movie The Fall Unknown 1969-01-15
Movie The Pigeon Larry Miller 1969-11-04
Series The Dick Cavett Show Self - Guest 1968-06-06
Series Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In Unknown 1968-01-22
Movie Salt & Pepper Charles Salt 1968-07-03
Series Here's Lucy Unknown 1968-09-23
Series The Mod Squad Unknown 1968-09-24
Series The Carol Burnett Show Unknown 1967-09-11
Movie The Enemy Chris Christiansen 1967-11-20
Movie Movin' with Nancy Himself 1967-12-11
Series Batman Unknown 1966-01-12
Movie The Strolling '20s Unknown 1966-02-04
Series The Sammy Davis Jr. Show Host 1966-01-07
Series 4-3-2-1 Hot and Sweet Self 1966-06-11
Movie Alice in Wonderland or What's a Nice Kid Like You Doing in a Place Like This? The Cheshire Cat 1966-03-30
Movie A Man Called Adam Adam Johnson 1966-03-16
Movie Nightmare in the Sun Truck driver 1965-03-06
Movie Frank Sinatra Spectacular Self 1965-06-12
Series I Dream of Jeannie Sammy Davis Jr. 1965-09-18
Series The Hollywood Palace Unknown 1964-01-04
Movie Robin and the 7 Hoods Will 1964-06-24
Movie The Threepenny Opera Moritatensänger 1963-02-28
Series The Patty Duke Show Unknown 1963-09-18
Series Burke's Law Unknown 1963-09-20
Movie Johnny Cool Educated 1963-10-02
Movie Sergeants 3 Jonah Williams 1962-02-10
Series The Merv Griffin Show Self 1962-10-01
Movie Convicts 4 Wino 1962-09-15
Movie The Day of the Fox Beppo 1961-09-06
Series Cain's Hundred Unknown 1961-09-19
Series Ben Casey Unknown 1961-10-02
Movie Ocean's Eleven Josh Howard 1960-08-10
Movie Pepe Sammy Davis Jr. 1960-12-21
Movie Porgy and Bess Sportin' Life 1959-06-24
Series Playboy's Penthouse self 1959-10-24
Series The Big Party Unknown 1959-10-08
Series The Rifleman Unknown 1958-09-30
Movie Anna Lucasta Danny Johnson 1958-11-01
Series 77 Sunset Strip Unknown 1958-10-10
Movie Jazz Ball Himself 1956-01-01
Movie Meet Me in Las Vegas Sammy Davis Jr. (voice) (uncredited) 1956-03-09
Series The Steve Allen Show Unknown 1956-06-24
Series Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater Unknown 1956-10-05
Series General Electric Theater Unknown 1953-02-01
Series The Oscars Unknown 1953-03-18
Series This Is Your Life Unknown 1952-10-01
Series What's My Line? Self - Mystery Guest 1950-02-02
Series The Emmy Awards Unknown 1949-01-25
Series The Ed Sullivan Show Unknown 1948-06-20
Movie Rufus Jones for President Rufus Jones 1933-09-09
Movie Seasoned Greetings Henry Johnson 1933-09-23