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Sammy Davis Jr. (I) (1925–1990)


Sammy Davis Jr. was often billed as the "greatest living entertainer in the world". He was born in Harlem, Manhattan, the son of dancer Elvera Davis (née Sanchez) and vaudeville star Sammy Davis Sr.. His father was African-American and his mother had African-American and Cuban/Afro-Cuban ancestry. Davis Jr. was known as someone who could do it all-... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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 2014 Intresseklubben (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Celler (2014) ... (performer: "Baretta Theme")
 2009-2014 So You Think You Can Dance (TV Series) (performer - 3 episodes)
- Top 4 Perform (2014) ... (performer: "Love Me or Leave Me")
- Two of Six Voted Off (2009) ... (performer: "The Lady Is A Tramp")
- Top Six Perform (2009) ... (performer: "The Lady Is a Tramp")
 2012 Animal Practice (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Ralphie (2012) ... (performer: "The Candy Man")
 2011 Pan Am (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- One Coin in a Fountain (2011) ... (performer: "Too Close for Comfort" - uncredited)
 2011 Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (performer: "The Second Best Secret Agent In The Whole Wide World")
 2010 Get Him to the Greek (performer: "Deed I Do" - as Sammy Davis, Jr.)
 2009 Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel (Documentary) (performer: "Chicago, Chicago, That Toddlin' Town")
 2009 Gamer (performer: "I've Got You Under My Skin")
 2005 Madagascar (performer: "The Candy Man")
 2004 Gilmore Girls (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Say Goodbye to Daisy Miller (2004) ... (performer: "The Candy Man" - uncredited)
 2003 Live and Swingin': The Ultimate Rat Pack Collection (Video documentary) (performer: "My Shining Hour", "Who Can I Turn To?", "You Came a Long Way from St. Louis", "Hit the Road, Jack", "You Are My Sunshine", "One for My Baby", "Birth of the Blues")
 2003 Secondhand Lions (performer: "A Lot of Livin' To Do")
 2003 Scrubs (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- My Dream Job (2003) ... (performer: "Candy Man")
 2002 Sinatra: The Classic Duets (TV Movie documentary) (performer: "Me and My Shadow" - uncredited)
 2001 The Anniversary Party (performer: "There Is No Greater Love", "A Lot Of Livin' To Do")
 2001 Freddy Got Fingered (performer: "I've Gotta Be Me")
 2000 What Women Want (performer: "Something's Gotta Give")
 2000 The '70s (TV Movie) (performer: "Love is All Around - Theme from The Mary Tyler Moore Show" - uncredited)
 1999 American Movie (Documentary) (performer: "Mr. Bojangles")
 1998 Tohuwabohu (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Blasts from the Past (1998) ... (performer: "The Candy Man" - uncredited)
 1997 Keys to Tulsa (performer: "Hey There")
 1995 Casino (performer: "EEE-O Eleven")
 1992 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 22 May 1992 (1992) ... (performer: "Mr. Bojangles" (1968) - uncredited)
 1989 Tap (performer: "Challenge")
 1988 Moon Over Parador (performer: "Begin the Beguine")
 1987 The Charmings (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- The Charming's Buy a Car (1987) ... (performer: "The Candy Man")
 1986 All-Star Party for Clint Eastwood (TV Movie) (performer: "Misty")
 1986 The Money Pit (performer: "I GOTTA BE ME")
 1985 Alice in Wonderland (TV Movie) (performer: "Old Father William")
 1985 That's Dancing! (Documentary) (performer: "You Rascal You (I'll Be Glad When You're Dead)")
 1984 The 56th Annual Academy Awards (TV Special documentary) (performer: "There's No Business Like Show Business")
 1980 Sanford (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- The Benefit (1980) ... (performer: "Just the Way You Are', "Chicago (That Toddlin' Town)" - uncredited)
 1979 The 51st Annual Academy Awards (TV Special documentary) (performer: "Oscar's Only Human")
 1978 Things We Did Last Summer (TV Movie) (performer: "I've Gotta Be Me")
 1975 Sammy and Company (TV Series) (performer - 2 episodes)
- Episode #1.12 (1975) ... (performer: "The Lady Is a Tramp", "Go Down Gamblin'", "This Love of Mine", "The More I See You" - uncredited)
- Episode #1.3 (1975) ... (performer: "The More I See You", "Without a Song", "Spinning Wheel", "Side by Side" - uncredited)
 1975 The 47th Annual Academy Awards (TV Special) (performer: "That's Entertainment!")
 1975 Baretta (TV Series) (performer: "Keep Your Eye on the Sparrow")
 1973 Save the Children (Documentary) (performer: "I've Got To Be Me")
 1970 One More Time (performer: "One More Time", "When the Feeling Hits You", "Where Do I Go From Here")
 1967-1969 The Hollywood Palace (TV Series) (performer - 4 episodes)
- Episode #6.23 (1969) ... (performer: "Up, Up and Away", "I've Gotta Be Me", "Ol' Man River", "Choreography", "I Got You (I Feel Good)", "Little Green Apples", "I, Yi, Yi, Yi, Yi (I Like You Very Much)" - uncredited)
- Episode #6.10 (1968) ... (performer: "At The Crossroads")
- Episode #5.18 (1968) ... (performer: "Talk To The Animals")
- Episode #5.4 (1967) ... (performer: "After Today", "Something In Your Smile", "Talk To The Animals")
 1969 Playboy After Dark (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.8 (1969) ... (performer: "I've Gotta Be Me", "Who Can I Turn To?", "The Joker", "What Kind of Fool Am I?", "The Shelter of Your Arms", "The More I See You" - uncredited)
 1969 Sweet Charity (performer: "The Rhythm of Life" - uncredited)
 1968 Salt and Pepper (performer: "I Like the Way You Dance", "Salt & Pepper") / (writer: "I Like the Way You Dance")
 1968 The 40th Annual Academy Awards (TV Special) (performer: "Talk to the Animals")
 1967 Movin' with Nancy (TV Special) (performer: "What'd I say")
 1967 I Dream of Jeannie (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- The Greatest Entertainer in the World (1967) ... (performer: "The Girl from Ipanema", "That Old Black Magic")
 1966 A Man Called Adam (performer: "I Want To Be Wanted", "Playboy Theme" ("Crack Up"))
 1966 The Sammy Davis, Jr. Show (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.14 (1966) ... (performer: "You Gotta Start Off Each Day with a Song", "Who Will Be With You When I'm Far Away?", "Be My Love", "This Dream" - uncredited)
 1966 Alice in Wonderland or What's a Nice Kid Like You Doing in a Place Like This? (TV Movie) (performer: "What's a Nice Kid Like You")
 1965 The 2nd Best Secret Agent in the Whole Wide World (performer: "The Second Best Secret Agent in the World" (U.S. version only))
 1965 The Patty Duke Show (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Will the Real Sammy Davis Please Hang Up? (1965) ... (performer: "What Kind Of Fool Am I?", "I've Got A Woman" - uncredited)
 1964 The Disorderly Orderly (performer: "The Disorderly Orderly" - as Sammy Davis)
 1964 Robin and the 7 Hoods (performer: "Bang! Bang!" - uncredited)
 1963 Johnny Cool (performer: "The Ballad Of Johnny Cool", "Bee-Bom")
 1963 Of Love and Desire (performer: "Katherine's Theme")
 1963 Meet Sammy Davis Jr. 1 (TV Movie) (performer: "Once in a Lifetime", "The Lady is a Tramp", "I've Got You Under My Skin", "Pop Goes the Weasel", "My Funny Valentine", "I've Got a Lot of Livin' to Do", "Me and My Shadow", "One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)", "I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues")
 1963 Three Penny Opera (performer: "Mack the Knife", "To Be a Good Man", "Mack the Knife" (reprise) - uncredited)
 1963 Make Room for Daddy (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Rusty's Birthday (1963) ... (performer: "Happy Birthday" - uncredited)
 1962 Frontier Circus (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Coals of Fire (1962) ... (performer: "Old Folks at Home (Swanee River)", "Gwine to Rune All Night (De Camptown Races)" - uncredited)
 1960 Frank Sinatra's Welcome Home Party for Elvis Presley (TV Special) (performer: "It's Nice to Go Trav'ling", "There's a Boat Dat's Leavin' for New York", "All the Way", "Shall We Dance" - uncredited)
 1960 The 32nd Annual Academy Awards (TV Special) (performer: "High Hopes")
 1959 Porgy and Bess (performer: "A Woman Is a Sometime Thing", "It Ain't Necessarily So", "There's A Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon For New York")
 1958 The Frank Sinatra Show (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Sammy Davis Jr. (1958) ... (performer: "Me and My Shadow" - uncredited)
 1957 Operation Mad Ball (performer: "Mad Ball")
 1956 Meet Me in Las Vegas (performer: "Frankie and Johnny")
 1955 Six Bridges to Cross (performer: "SIX BRIDGES TO CROSS")
 1933 Rufus Jones for President (Short) (performer: " (I'll Be Glad When You're Dead) You Rascal You" - uncredited)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Guest-starred in a pilot for an adventure series called "Beach Front" featuring Keefe Brasselle as a man hired to frighten away Miami's crooks and scoundrels. See more »

Publicity Listings:

10 Biographical Movies | 10 Print Biographies | 6 Portrayals | 1 Interview | 3 Articles | 3 Pictorials | 3 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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Alternate Names:

Sammy Davis | Sammy Davis Jnr | Sammy Davis Jnr. | Will Maston Trio | the Will Maston Trio | The Will Maston Trio

Height:

5' 5" (1.65 m)
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Personal Quote:

Being a star has made it possible for me to get insulted in places where the average Negro could never hope to get insulted. See more »

Trivia:

Daughter Tracey was enraged when she found out Davis Jr. adopted his youngest son Manny because: she found out about it on national television instead of from her father; her father didn't spend enough time with the three children he already had; and her father's wife was an alcoholic. See more »

Trademark:

Frequently worked with fellow Rat Pack members Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra., Joey Bishop and Peter Langford See more »

Nickname:

Smoky

Star Sign:

Sagittarius

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