Sammy Davis Jr.

about his life.

about him

Sammy was born December 8, 1925, and died May 16, 1990. He had four kids, Jeff Davis, Tracey Davis, Mark Davis, and Manny Davis. Sammy also had four wives (not at the same time), through 1958 to 1959 he was married to Loray White, through 1960 to 1968 he was married to May Britt, and through 1970 to 1990 he was married to Altovise Davis.

Who he was

He was an American entertainer, a dancer, singer, actor, musician. When he was three he began is career with his father and Will Mastin as the Will Mastin Trio, which toured nationally. He became an overnight sensation at a nightclub performance at Crio's after the 1951 Academy Awards. He became a recording artist with the trio. In 1954, he lost his left eye in a car accident. As a child his film career began in 1933. In 1960 he was in the first Rat Pack film. In 1956 he was the starring role Mr Wonderful, he again returned to the stage in 1964's Golden Boy. In 1966 he had his own TV show called The Sammy Davis Jr. Show. His career slowed down in the late 1960s, but he had a hit record with "The Candy Man" in 1972 and became a star in Las Vegas, and earned the nickname "Mister Show Business".

More about him

Sammy was an African-American during the pre-Civil Rights era so he was a victim of racism throughout his life and was a large financial supporter of the Civil Rights Movement. After reuniting with Sinatra and Dean Martin in 1987, he toured with them and Liza Minnelli internationally, before he died of throat cancer in 1990.