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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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 1990 The Kid Who Loved Christmas (TV Movie)
 1989 Hunter (TV Series)
Benny Schafer
- Ring of Honor (1989) ... Benny Schafer
 1989 Tap
Little Mo
 1989 The Cosby Show (TV Series)
Ray Palomino
- No Way, Baby (1989) ... Ray Palomino
 1985 Alice in Wonderland (TV Movie)
The Caterpillar / 'Father William'
 1984 Pryor's Place (TV Series)
Smooth Sam
- To Catch a Little Thief (1984) ... Smooth Sam
 1983-1984 Fantasy Island (TV Series)
Mr. Bojangles / Edward Ross, Sr.
- Bojangles and the Dancer/Deuces Are Wild (1984) ... Mr. Bojangles
- Edward/The Extraordinary Miss Jones (1983) ... Edward Ross, Sr.
 1984 Broadway Danny Rose
Thanksgiving Parade's Grand Marshall (uncredited)
 1984 The Jeffersons (TV Series)
Sammy Davis, Jr.
- What Makes Sammy Run? (1984) ... Sammy Davis, Jr.
 1982 Heidi's Song
Head Ratte (voice)
 1981 The Cannonball Run
 1980 Archie Bunker's Place (TV Series)
Sammy Davis, Jr.
- The Return of Sammy (1980) ... Sammy Davis, Jr.
 1978 Sammy Stops the World
 1975 Gone with the West
Kid Dandy
 1973 Poor Devil (TV Movie)
 1972 All in the Family (TV Series)
Sammy Davis, Jr.
- Sammy's Visit (1972) ... Sammy Davis, Jr.
 1972 The Courtship of Eddie's Father (TV Series)
Rodney River Jr.
- A Little Help from My Friend (1972) ... Rodney River Jr.
 1971 Diamonds Are Forever
Casino Player (scenes deleted)
 1971 The Trackers (TV Movie)
Ezekiel Smith
 1971 The Bob Hope Show (TV Series)
 1970 The Name of the Game (TV Series)
Billy Baker
- I Love You, Billy Baker: Part 2 (1970) ... Billy Baker
- I Love You, Billy Baker: Part 1 (1970) ... Billy Baker
 1969-1970 Mod Squad (TV Series)
Willie Rush / Billy Lee Watson / Father John Banks
- The Song of Willie (1970) ... Willie Rush
- Survival House (1970) ... Billy Lee Watson
- Keep the Faith, Baby (1969) ... Father John Banks
 1970 Make Room for Granddaddy (TV Series)
Barney Shaker
- The Return of Barney Shaker (1970) ... Barney Shaker
 1969 The Beverly Hillbillies (TV Series)
Sgt. Patrick Muldoon
- Manhattan Hillbillies (1969) ... Sgt. Patrick Muldoon
 1969 The Pigeon (TV Movie)
Larry Miller
 1969 Sweet Charity
Big Daddy
 1968 One Life to Live (TV Series)
Chip Warren (1979-1980)
 1968 Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (TV Series)
Guest - Special Guest Star
- Episode #1.9 (1968) ... Guest - Special Guest Star
 1967 The Danny Thomas Hour (TV Series)
Chris Christiansen
- The Enemy (1967) ... Chris Christiansen
 1966 The Wild Wild West (TV Series)
- The Night of the Returning Dead (1966) ... Jeremiah
 1966 Batman (TV Series)
Sammy Davis Jr.
 1966 A Man Called Adam
Adam Johnson
 1965 The 2nd Best Secret Agent in the Whole Wide World
Singer behind opening credits (uncredited)
 1965 Nightmare in the Sun
Truck driver
 1963 Burke's Law (TV Series)
Cordwainer Bird
- Who Killed Alex Debbs? (1963) ... Cordwainer Bird
 1963 Ben Casey (TV Series)
Allie Burns
- Allie (1963) ... Allie Burns
 1963 Johnny Cool
 1963 General Hospital (TV Series)
Eddie Phillips
 1963 Make Room for Daddy (TV Series)
Sammy Davis Jr.
- Rusty's Birthday (1963) ... Sammy Davis Jr. (uncredited)
 1962 The Rifleman (TV Series)
Wade Randall / Tip Corey
- The Most Amazing Man (1962) ... Wade Randall
- Two Ounces of Tin (1962) ... Tip Corey
 1962 Convicts 4
 1962 77 Sunset Strip (TV Series)
Kid Pepper
- The Gang's All Here (1962) ... Kid Pepper
 1962 The Dick Powell Theatre (TV Series)
Gabe Masters
- The Legend (1962) ... Gabe Masters
 1962 Sergeants 3
Jonah Williams
 1962 Hennesey (TV Series)
Frogman Cannonball Pipper
- Tight Quarters (1962) ... Frogman Cannonball Pipper
 1962 Frontier Circus (TV Series)
Cato Richards
- Coals of Fire (1962) ... Cato Richards
 1961 Lawman (TV Series)
Willie Shay
- Blue Boss and Willie Shay (1961) ... Willie Shay
 1958-1961 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Pancho Villa III / Jacob Johnson / Private Spider Johnson
- Memory in White (1961) ... Pancho Villa III
- The Patsy (1960) ... Jacob Johnson
- Auf Wiedersehen (1958) ... Private Spider Johnson
 1959 Zane Grey Theater (TV Series)
Cpl. Smith
- Mission (1959) ... Cpl. Smith
 1956 Meet Me in Las Vegas
Sammy Davis Jr. (voice, uncredited)
 1947 Sweet and Low (Short)
Member, Will Maston Trio (as Will Maston Trio)
 1933 Seasoned Greetings (Short)
Henry Johnson - Store Customer (as Sammy Davis)
 1933 Rufus Jones for President (Short)
Rufus Jones (as Sammy Davis)
Show Show Soundtrack (66 credits)
Show Show Producer (4 credits)
Show Show Director (3 credits)
Show Show Writer (1 credit)
Show Show Music department (1 credit)
Show Show Self (202 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (87 credits)

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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


5' 5" (1.65 m)

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Personal Quote:

[when asked what his golf handicap was] My handicap? Man, I am a one-eyed black Jew! THAT'S my handicap! See more »


Interred at Forest Lawn, Glendale, California, USA, Garden of Honor, next to his father Sammy Davis Sr.. See more »


His glass eye (the left eye) See more »



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