Sammy Davis Jr

Singer, Dancer, Actor, Friend

How his career started

His mom was a dancer and his dad was a vaudeville star. So as he was growing up he entered in with Mastin Troupe and he was only three during that time. After that he became a regular when he was five and traveled with his father on the shrinking vaudeville circuit. By age eight he had appeared in two movies already. He got to take lessons on tap dancing. When he grew up he went off to the army came back and tap danced like a master and sang like he has never sung before.


Antoinette Perry Award nomination, 1965, for performance in “Golden Boy”; named man of the year by B’nai B’rith, 1965; Emmy Award nominations, 1965, for “The Sammy Davis, Jr. Show,” and 1966, for “the Swinging World of Sammy Davis, Jr.” Springarn Medal from National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP); Grammy Award nomination for best pop vocal, 1973, for “The Candy Man”; L.H.D. from Wilberforce University, 1973; recipient of Cultural Achievement Award of State of Israel; recipient of Kennedy Center Award for career achievement.


"Alcohol gives you infinite patience for stupidity."

"I wasn't anything special as a father. But I loved them and they knew it."

"I bought a house in the Hollywood Hills and brought my grandmother from Harlem to live in it with me."

"Real success is not on the stage, but off the stage as a human being, and how you get along with your fellow man."

"The ultimate mystery is one's own self."

"You don't swing where you sleep."

"Part of show business is magic. You don't know how it happens."

"You always have two choices: your commitment versus your fear."

"The civil rights movement wasn't easy for anybody."


Starring Sammy Davis, Jr., Decca, 1955.

Just for Lovers, Decca, 1955.

What Kind of Fool Am I and Other Show Stoppers, Reprise, 1962.

Sammy Davis, Jr., at the Cocoanut Grove, Reprise, 1963.

As Long as She Needs Me, Reprise, 1963.

Forget-Me-Nots, Decca, 1964.

Sammy Davis, Jr. Salutes the Stars of the London Palladium, Reprise, 1964.

The Shelter of Your Arms, Reprise, 1964.

If I Ruled the World, Reprise, 1965.

(With Count Basie)Our Shining Hour, Verve, 1965.

Nat Cole Song Book, Reprise, 1965.

Sammy’s Back on Broadway, Reprise, 1965.

Try a Little Tenderness, Decca, 1965.

The Best of Sammy Davis, Jr., Decca, 1966.

The Sounds of ’66, Reprise, 1966.

Laurinda Almeida Plays, Sammy Davis Sings, Reprise, 1966.

That’s All, Reprise, 1967.


He had got into a car accident that almost killed him which caused in the loss of his left eye. He was Jewish. He was around when Martin Luther King Jr. was fighting segregation and he helped him fight for them to be treated as one not many. He sang the theme song to Robert Blake‘s 1970s TV show Barett .He was played by Don Cheadle in the 1998 TV movie The Rat Pack.
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