Sammy Davis Jr. (I) (1925–1990)


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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 was of Cuban and African-American ancestry. Davis Jr. was known as someone who could do it all, sing, ... See full bio »

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Sammy's Visit (S2, Ep21)
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Sammy Davis, Jr. Kidnap Caper (S2, Ep12)
Sun, Oct 03 9:00 PM PDT on KFTRDT2 (1283)

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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 4 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Known For

The Cannonball Run Fenderbaum
(1981)
Porgy and Bess Sportin' Life
(1959)
Cannonball Run II Morris Fenderbaum
(1984)
Salt and Pepper Charles Salt
(1968)

Filmography

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 1990 The Kid Who Loved Christmas (TV Movie)
Sideman
 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
 1988 A Whole Lotta Fun (TV Movie)
 1985/II Alice in Wonderland (TV Mini Series)
The Caterpillar / Father William
 1985 Gimme a Break! (TV Series)
Sammy Davis Jr. / Albert
- The Lookalike (1985) ... Sammy Davis Jr. / Albert
 1984 Pryor's Place (TV Series)
Smooth Sam
- To Catch a Little Thief (1984) ... Smooth Sam
 1984 Cannonball Run II
Morris Fenderbaum
 1983-1984 Fantasy Island (TV Series)
Mr. Bojangles / Edward Ross, Sr.
- Bojangles and the Dancer/Deuces Are Wild (1984) ... Mr. Bojangles
- Edward/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.
 1983 Cracking Up
Sammy Davis, Jr.
 1982 Heidi's Song
Head Ratte (voice)
 1982 General Hospital (TV Series)
Eddie Phillips
- Episode dated 26 October 1982 (1982) ... Eddie Phillips
- Episode dated 25 October 1982 (1982) ... Eddie Phillips
- Episode dated 22 October 1982 (1982) ... Eddie Phillips
- Episode dated 21 October 1982 (1982) ... Eddie Phillips
- Episode dated 20 October 1982 (1982) ... Eddie Phillips
 1981 The Cannonball Run
Fenderbaum
 1980 Sanford (TV Series)
Sammy Davis Jr.
- The Benefit (1980) ... Sammy Davis Jr.
- Dinner at George's (1980) ... Sammy Davis Jr. (uncredited)
 1980 Archie Bunker's Place (TV Series)
Sammy Davis, Jr.
- The Return of Sammy (1980) ... Sammy Davis, Jr.
 1979 Sammy Stops the World
Littlechap
 1979 One Life to Live (TV Series)
Chip Warren
- Episode #1.2834 (1979) ... Chip Warren
- Episode #1.2833 (1979) ... Chip Warren
- Episode #1.2831 (1979) ... Chip Warren
- Episode #1.2830 (1979) ... Chip Warren
 1977 Charlie's Angels (TV Series)
Sammy Davis Jr. / Herbert Brubaker III
- Sammy Davis, Jr. Kidnap Caper (1977) ... Sammy Davis Jr. / Herbert Brubaker III
 1975 Chico and the Man (TV Series)
Sammy Davis Jr.
- Sammy Stops In (1975) ... Sammy Davis Jr.
 1974 Gone with the West
Kid Dandy
 1973 Old Faithful (TV Movie)
Sammy Davis Jr.
 1968-1973 Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (TV Series)
Guest Performer
- Episode #6.24 (1973) ... Guest Performer
- Episode #6.17 (1973) ... Guest Performer
- Episode #4.25 (1971) ... Guest Performer (uncredited)
- Episode #4.23 (1971) ... Guest Performer (uncredited)
- Episode #4.16 (1971) ... Guest Performer
 1973 Poor Devil (TV Movie)
Sammy
 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 The Trackers (TV Movie)
Ezekiel Smith
 1970 Cucumber Castle (TV Movie)
English Tennis Star (scenes deleted)
 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
 1970 Here's Lucy (TV Series)
Sammy Davis, jr.
- Lucy and Sammy Davis Jr. (1970) ... Sammy Davis, jr.
 1970 One More Time
Charles Salt
 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 Salt and Pepper
Charles Salt
 1967 The Danny Thomas Hour (TV Series)
Chris Christiansen
- The Enemy (1967) ... Chris Christiansen
 1967 I Dream of Jeannie (TV Series)
Sammy Davis, Jr.
- The Greatest Entertainer in the World (1967) ... Sammy Davis, Jr.
 1966 The Wild Wild West (TV Series)
Jeremiah
- The Night of the Returning Dead (1966) ... Jeremiah
 1966 A Man Called Adam
Adam Johnson
 1966 Alice in Wonderland or What's a Nice Kid Like You Doing in a Place Like This? (TV Movie)
The Cheshire Cat (voice, as Sammy Davis)
 1965 The 2nd Best Secret Agent in the Whole Wide World
Singer behind opening credits (uncredited)
 1965 Nightmare in the Sun
Truck Driver
 1965 The Patty Duke Show (TV Series)
Sammy Davis Jr.
- Will the Real Sammy Davis Please Hang Up? (1965) ... Sammy Davis Jr. (as Sammy Davis)
 1964 The Disorderly Orderly
Title Song Singer (voice)
 1964 Robin and the 7 Hoods
Will
 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
Educated
 1963 Three Penny Opera
Ballad Singer
 1963 The Danny Thomas Show (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
Wino
 1962 77 Sunset Strip (TV Series)
Kid Pepper
- The Gang's All Here (1962) ... Kid Pepper
 1962 Cain's Hundred (TV Series)
Sammy Davis Jr.
- The Swinger (1962) ... Sammy Davis Jr.
 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 Drama 61-67 (TV Series)
Beppo
- Drama '61: The Day of the Fox (1961) ... Beppo
 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
 1960 Pepe
Sammy Davis Jr.
 1960 Ocean's 11
Josh Howard
 1959 Zane Grey Theatre (TV Series)
Cpl. Smith
- Mission (1959) ... Cpl. Smith
 1959 Porgy and Bess
Sportin' Life
 1958 Anna Lucasta
Danny
 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 (as Sammy Davis)
 1933 Rufus Jones for President (Short)
Rufus Jones (as Sammy Davis)
Show Show Producer (5 credits)
Show Show Director (3 credits)
Show Show Soundtrack (109 credits)
Show Show Writer (2 credits)
Show Show Music department (2 credits)
Show Show Thanks (2 credits)
Show Show Self (257 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (158 credits)

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Personal Details

Other Works:

CD: "That Old Black Magic" (Columbia) See more »

Publicity Listings:

10 Biographical Movies | 10 Print Biographies | 8 Portrayals | 1 Interview | 3 Articles | 3 Pictorials | 3 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Official Sites:

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Alternate Names:

Sammy Jr. & Altovise | Sammy Davis | Sammy Davis Jnr | Sammy Davis Jnr. | Will Maston Trio | the Will Maston Trio | The Will Maston Trio

Height:

5' 3½" (1.61 m)

Spouse:

Altovise Davis  (his death)  (1 child) | See more »

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Did You Know?

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:

Son of Sammy Davis Sr. and Elvera Davis. See more »

Trademark:

Short stature See more »

Nickname:

Smoky

Star Sign:

Sagittarius

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