How Sammy Davis Jr. Became a Legond
The Journey Through Samuel George Davis Jr.'s Career
Samuel Davis Jr., or better known as Sammy Davis Jr. was born on December 25th, 1925 in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City, New York. He was only three when he went to live with his father and adopted uncle because of his parents divorce. Sammy Jr. never received a proper education because he, his dad, and uncle were always on the road. His father did, however, occasionally hire a tutor for him. The three would later become the Will Mastin Trio.
Samuel's first appearance in a film was in 1933 in the short movie, Rufus Jones for President. 10 years later in 1943, at the height of WWII Sammy was added into the Army. He was constantly harassed and physically abused by the white soldiers. Later, after the soldiers broke his nose, he found a refuge in an entertainment regiment and had some safety and love from even people that were hateful towards him. He continued his career with the Will Mastin Trio after the war.
On November 19th, 1954, Sammy was rushed to the hospital after a tragic car accident in San Bernardo County. He lost his left eye which was replaced by a glass one that he would use for most of his life. Shortly after in 1955, His first two albums were released. They were entitled Staring Sammy Davis Jr. and Sammy Davis Jr. Sings Just For Lovers. During the 1960's, Sammy became active in the Civil Rights Movement and participated in 1963 March On Washington. Also, His refusal to perform at racially segregated nightclubs rose interrogation on venues in Miami Beach and Los Angeles.
By 1968, Sammy had been married to Swedish actress May Britt for eight years and had two biological daughters and two adopted sons with her. They got divorced in December that year. After the divorce, Sammy had taken on a gambling addiction along with his drug and alcohol addictions. He also smoked, which was, unfortunately, the cause of his death. His doctors had discovered a cancerous tumor in his throat in 1989. Before his death, he was honored on a February television tribute by many of his peers. He died a few months later at age 64 on May 16th, 1990 in his home in Beverly Hills, California. Sammy will be remembered for his many accomplishments and vigorous music career long after his death.