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SAMMY DAVIS JR. BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:
 
Sammy Davis Jr. was born on December 8th, 1925 in Harlem, New York with the birth name Samuel George Davis.  His father was vaudeville star, Sammy Davis Sr.  When he was only three years old he became involved in the industry working with his dad and uncle in Vaudeville.  Sammy toured with them all through his youth and they became known as the Will Mastin Trio.  he never had any formal schooling education and was completely self taught, yet he managed to always present his self very articulate.  When he was of age he left to join the military but as soon as he completed his service he went right back to working vaudeville with them.
 
When Sammy was working at a nightclub, Ciro's he was discovered and was offered a recoding contract.  He was hired to sing the title track for a Universal film called, "Six Bridges to Cross" (1954) and  then released a number of albums followed by an appearance on Broadway in, "Mr. Wonderful" (1946) which ran for four hundred performances.  
 
Many people remember Davis as a member of the, "Rat Pack" which he joined in 1959.  It included Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Joey Bishop, Peter Lawford and Shirley MacLaine.  The men all appeared in the film, "Ocean's Eleven" (1960).  Along with being a member of this group, he continued to further his solo career.  He was the headliner at the Frontier Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, but as time proceeded he felt such racial prejudice that he chose not to perform anywhere that allowed African Americans to be segregated against.
 
Davis was involved in a number of different things with the entertaining business.  He would work on stage productions in the evening, host a talk show during the day and still continue to record more music, make television appearances and work on films.  His hit song, "Candy Man" which he is still well known for today helped his career reach new heights of popularity, even though it was not necessarily one of his favorites.  He appeared on such shows as, "All in the Family", "Charlie's Angels", "General Hospital", "Burke's Law", "The Rifleman", "Make Room for Daddy", "The Beverly Hillbillies", "Zane Grey Theatre", "One Life to Live" and even did some commercial work for a Japanese whiskey and a coffee.

Sammy even sang the theme song for the television series "Baretta" starring Robert Blake and Tom Ewell called "Eye of the Sparrow".
 
As much as he loved performing he also had a love for his hobby of photography.  Sammy would always carry his camera with him and enjoyed shooting his friends and family.  He was also an avid gun collector.
 
Davis suffered a horrific injury in 1954 when he was in a car accident and as a result lost his right eye.  He wore a patch for six months before getting a glass eye which he lived with for the rest of his life.   
 
In 1987 he reunited with Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin and they toured along with Liza Minnelli throughout the world.  Davis was honored in a number of ways such as being awarded the Spingarn Medal by the NAACP and was also nominated for a Golden Globe and an Emmy for his television appearances.  In 1987 he was awarded the Kennedy Centers Honors and in 2001 he was also awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.  Despite all the prejudice he suffered throughout his lifetime, he was a man of dignity and courage and he never gave up on his dream.
 
He married three times throughout his life, First to Loray White from 1958 through 1959.  His second marriage was to a Swedish actress, May Britt from 1960 through 1968 and together they had one daughter, Tracey and adopted two sons, Mark and Jeff.  His third and final time to marry was to Altovise Davis from 1970 through 1990 and again they adopted one son together, Manny.
 
Davis was a chain smoker and passed away from throat cancer at the age of sixty four on May 16th, 1990 in Beverly Hills, California.  He is interred at Forest Lawn cemetery in Glendale, California next to his father Sammy Davis Sr.
 
The Las Vegas strip honored his memory on May 18th, 1990 by darkening the neon lights for ten minutes on the strip as a tribute to Sammy Davis Jr.  He was awarded with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording.  

 
Filmography

1990 The Kid Who Loved Christmas 

1989 Hunter

1989 Tap 

1989 The Cosby Show

1986 The Perils of P.K. 

1986 Knights of the City 

1985 Alice in Wonderland 

1984 Pryor's Place

1984 Cannonball Run II 

1983-1984 Fantasy Island

1984 Broadway Danny Rose

1982 Heidi's Song 

1981 The Cannonball Run 

1980 Sammy Davis Jr.: The Golden Years 

1979-1980 One Life to Live 

1978 Sammy Stops the World 

1975 Gone with the West 

1973 Poor Devil 

1972 The Courtship of Eddie's Father

1971 Diamonds Are Forever 

1971 The Trackers

1971 The Bob Hope Show

1970 The Name of the Game 

1969-1970 The Mod Squad 

1970 Make Room for Granddaddy

1970 One More Time

1969 The Beverly Hillbillies

1969 The Pigeon 

1969 Sweet Charity

1968 Salt and Pepper 

1968 Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In 

1967 The Danny Thomas Hour

1966 The Wild Wild West 

1966 A Man Called Adam 

1966 Alice in Wonderland or What's a Nice Kid Like You Doing in a Place Like This?   

1965 The Second Best Secret Agent in the Whole Wide World

1965 Nightmare in the Sun 

1964 Robin and the 7 Hoods 

1963 Burke's Law

1963 Johnny Cool 

1963 Ben Casey 

1963 General Hospital 

1962 The Rifleman

1962 Convicts 4 

1962 77 Sunset Strip 

1962 Three Penny Opera 

1962 The Dick Powell Theatre

1962 Sergeants 3 

1962 Hennesey

1962 Frontier Circus

1961 Lawman

1958-1961 G.E. True Theater

1960 Ocean's Eleven 

1959 Zane Grey Theatre 

1959 Porgy and Bess 

1958 Anna Lucasta 

1956 The Jackie Gleason Show 

1947 Sweet and Low 

1933 Seasoned Greetings 

1933 Rufus Jones for President 





Matinee Classics - Gone With the West starring James Caan, Stefanie Powers, Aldo Ray and Sammy Davis Jr.
Matinee Classics - Ocean's Eleven starring Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford, Richard Conte, Joey Bishop, Henry Silva, Buddy Lester, Richard Benedict, Norman Fell, Clem Harvey, Angie Dickinson, Cesar Romero, Patrice Wymore, Akim Tamiroff, Ilka Chase, Jean Willes, Hank Henry, Lew Gallo and Robert Foulk
Matinee Classics - Ocean's Eleven starring Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford, Richard Conte, Joey Bishop, Henry Silva, Buddy Lester, Richard Benedict, Norman Fell, Clem Harvey, Angie Dickinson, Cesar Romero, Patrice Wymore, Akim Tamiroff, Ilka Chase, Jean Willes, Hank Henry, Lew Gallo and Robert Foulk
Matinee Classics - Ocean's Eleven starring Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford, Richard Conte, Joey Bishop, Henry Silva, Buddy Lester, Richard Benedict, Norman Fell, Clem Harvey, Angie Dickinson, Cesar Romero, Patrice Wymore, Akim Tamiroff, Ilka Chase, Jean Willes, Hank Henry, Lew Gallo and Robert Foulk
Matinee Classics - Robin and the 7 Hoods starring Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Bing Crosby, Peter Falk, Barbara Rush, Victor Buono, Robert Foulk, Edward G. Robinson, Chet Allen, Hank Henry, Allen Jenkins, Jack La Rue, Robert Carricart, Joseph Ruskin, Phil Arnold and Harry Swoger
Matinee Classics - Rufus Jones for President starring Ethel Waters, Sammy Davis Jr., Hamtree Harrington, Dusty Fletcher, Edgar Connor, The Will Vodery Girls and The Russell Woodling's Jubilee Singers
Matinee Classics - Rufus Jones for President starring Ethel Waters, Sammy Davis Jr., Hamtree Harrington, Dusty Fletcher, Edgar Connor, The Will Vodery Girls and The Russell Woodling's Jubilee Singers
Matinee Classics - Salt and Pepper starring Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford, Michael Bates, Ilona Rodgers, John Le Mesurier, Graham Stark, Ernest Clark, Jeanne Roland, Robert Dorning, Robertson Hare, Geoffrey Lumsden, William Mervyn, Llewellyn Rees, Mark Singleton, Michael Trubshawe, Francesca Tu, Oliver MacGreevy, Peter Hutchins and Jeremy Lloyd
Matinee Classics - Sergeants 3 starring Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford, Joey Bishop, Henry Silva, Ruta Lee, Buddy Lester, Phillip Crosby, Dennis Crosby, Lindsay Crosby, Hank Henry, Dick Simmons, Michael Pate, Armand Alzamora and Rodd Redwing
Matinee Classics - Ocean's 11 starring Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford, Richard Conte, Joey Bishop, Henry Silva, Buddy Lester, Richard Benedict, Norman Fell, Clem Harvey, Angie Dickinson, Cesar Romero, Patrice Wymore, Akim Tamiroff, Ilka Chase, Jean Willes, Hank Henry, Lew Gallo and Robert Foulk


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