Sammy Davis Jr

Sammy Davis Jr


Sammy Davis Jr. Was an American Singer, Dancer, and Actor born on December 8, 1925, In New York, U.S.

Family Background:

He was born to Sammy Davis Sr. And Elvera Sanchez. He was his parents only child. His parents had separated when He was three and his father had received custody of him.

Personal Life:

In 1960, He married a white actress Mary Britt. The couple had one biological daughter and adopted two sons before divorcing in 1968. In 1970, He had been married dancer Altovise Gore. The couple had one adopted son.


While He had been serving in the army, He had been named to the entertainment branch Special Services unit. Through his talent and performance, He could earn the admiration of even the most prejudiced white men. In 1954, He had been selected to sing the title track for the film ‘Six bridges to Cross’. The song which had been recorded by his friend Jeff Chandler and had given him his first exposure to Hollywood. In 1955, He had released his debut album ‘Starring Sammy Davis, Jr’. His other collections over the next few years added ‘Boy Meets Girl’ (1957) and ‘Mood to Be Wooed’ (1958). He had made his theatrical debut in 1957 with the Broadway musical ‘Mr. Wonderful’ which had been created specifically to showcase his talents to the world. In 1960, His first movie with the Rat Pack, ‘Ocean’s 11’ had been released, In which he described the character of Josh Howard, a trash truck driver. Then More movie offers happened and He did ‘Sergeants 3’ in 1962 and ‘Robin and the 7 Hoods’ in 1964, both movies again with the Rat Pack stars. The Rat Pack also played together in several stage productions. The decade of the 1960s had been a good one for his film career also. He received the chance to play major roles in films such as ‘A Man called Adam’ in 1966, ‘Salt and Pepper’ in 1968 and ‘Sweet Charity’ in 1969. In 1972, His album ‘Sammy Davis, Jr. Now’ had been released. It spawned the Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 hit ‘The Candy Man’ which had gone on to become Davis’s most famous song. With his musical career essentially over, he focused on his acting during the 1980s. He had played small roles in movies like ‘The Cannonball Run’ in 1981, ‘Alice in Wonderland’ in 1985, and ‘Tap’ in 1989.

Sammy Davis Jr

Unknown Facts:

  • Samuel George Davis Jr is his full name.
  • He had lost his left eye in a car accident on Nov. 15, 1954, In San Bernardino.

Master Stroke:

  • He had been a stage performer, singer, dancer, and actor who had left his mark in a wide range of fields. As a singer, He had been best known for his cover version of the song ‘The Candy Man’.

Awards and Achievements:

  • In 1990, He had been received the award for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy.
  • In 2001, He had been given The Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award posthumously award.

What can we learn from Him??

Like Sammy Davis Jr, Think positive. Always start with building depth.

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