The Legend, Sammy Davis Jr.

By: Meybel Diaz

The Beginning of Sammy's Career

Sammy Davis Jr. was born in New York City. He was born on December 8, 1925. One of his parents was a Black model star and the other parent was a Porte Rican dancer. Sammy is great at lots of things such as singing, dancing, a comedian and a very good actor.In 1950, he produced 2 albums that there very successful. Sammy performed with his dad when he got older in the Will Maton Trio.He was a very big star in Broadway. In 1954, Sammy was in a severe car crash. The car crash ruined his left eye and broke his face.

His Life

While he was recovering a Buddhism came and he converted into Judaism. He realized how similar they were to African Americans. Sammy married a woman named May Brett in 1960. She was a Swedish actor. He married her even though in 31 states it was illegal. They had 1 daughter and adopted 2 other sons while they were married. Throughout performing, he fought for his rights and even was there with Martin Luther King. He did not want to perform for people who were racist and that actually changed some of their businesses.

His struggle and career

Sammy married someone else her name was Altovis and she was a dancer. They got married in 1970. When World War 11 was doing very bad Sammy career had to pause because he was drafted into the army. While he was serving he experienced really bad racial prejudice. The white soldiers would harass him and hurt him. It was very hard for him to perform since he was African American. When that was over he went back to performing. Sammy was in Mr. Wonderful and also in Golden Boy. He was also in a lot of films. Some of the ones that he is known for are Ocean 11 and Sergeants 3. He was also a member of the legendary Rat Pack. He is most remembered for being able to tap dance early in his career. After all, that he went through he died in May 16,1960 due to cancer.