Sammy Davis Jr. A Man in History

By Gabrielle Hilliard

Sammy Davis Life Story

Sammy Davis Jr. was considered to be the greatest entertainer in the world at one time. He could act, dance, sing. He was one of the best tap dancers of his time. Sammy was born on December 8, 1925, in New York City. He was first on stage when he was only 3 year's old. He performed with his father when he was a bit older he played in the Will Mastin Trio. During World War 2 he served as an entertainer. When he got back he went back to his job in Show Bizz. Soon after he went solo and produced two albums. They were so successful that he was a headliner in New York and Las Vegas. He was also a Broadway star he performed in Mr. Wonderful and Golden Boy.

Influential Person

On November 1954, Sammy almost died in a terrible car accident. The accident shattered his face and ruined his left eye. In 1960, he married Mary Brit a Swedish Actress he married her because he loved her and didn't care that in 31 other states interracial marriages were illegal. They had one daughter and they adopted two sons he was very influential to all of his kids eight years later they got divorced. He fought for civil rights with Martin Luther King Jr. which was a big moment in that time period and still is today.

Sammy's Last 20 Years

Sammy Davis performed in Porgy and Bess in 1959 after a lot more movies in the early 1960's he became a superstar after he appeared in the Rat Pack movies. He got married a second time to a dancer named Altovise Gore in 1970. Sammy Davis popularity decreased in 1970. He had now mostly been performing on Casino Circuits. Sammy Davis Jr. is remembered today for his amazing accomplishments and most or all his talent that started from the beginning His amazing tap dancing skills. The amazing entertainer and lifelong smoker died on May 19, 1990, in Beverly Hills California and the age of sixty-four from cancer.