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Sammy Davis Jr.

Biography

Well-known singer, dancer, actor, and person in the Rat Pack who released the hit “The Candy Man” in 1972. He was shielded from racism by his dad and uncle, but he’d later encounter bigotry and backed the Civil Privileges Movement. He began his illustrious profession in Vaudeville at 3 years old along with his father and uncle. He wedded Loray Light on January 10, 1958, after that to May Britt on November 13, 1960, and Altovise Davis on, may 11, 1970. He previously four kids. He toured with Liza Minnelli and associates from the Rat Pack in 1987 before he passed on from throat cancers.

Quick Facts


Full Name Sammy Davis Jr.
Date Of Birth December 8, 1925
Died May 16, 1990, Beverly Hills, California, United States
Place Of Birth New York City, NY
Height 1.65 m
Profession Pop Singer
Nationality American
Spouse Altovise Davis, May Britt, Loray White, The Candy Man, Mr. Bojangles, I've Gotta Be Me
Children Manny Davis, Tracey Davis, Mark Davis, Jeff Davis, The Candy Man, Mr. Bojangles, I've Gotta Be Me
Parents Sammy Davis Sr., Elvera Sanchez, The Candy Man, Mr. Bojangles, I've Gotta Be Me
Siblings Ramona Sanchez, Change Partners
Awards Kennedy Center Honors, Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Grammy Hall of Fame, NAACP Image Award – Hall of Fame Award, The Candy Man, Mr. Bojangles, I've Gotta Be Me
Music Groups Rat Pack
Nominations Grammy Award for Record of the Year, Tony Award for Best Lead Actor in a Musical, Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series, Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy, Grammy Award for Best Vocal Performance, Male, Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Guest Performer in a Drama Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Best Specialty Act - Single Or Group, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture, NME Award for World Male Singer, People's Choice Award for Favorite All-Around Male Entertainer, NME Award for Favourite US Male Singer, NME Award for World Musical Personality, The Candy Man, Mr. Bojangles, I've Gotta Be Me
Movies Ocean's 11, Robin and the 7 Hoods, The Cannonball Run, A Man Called Adam, Anna Lucasta, Sergeants 3, Sweet Charity, Rufus Jones for President, Johnny Cool, Cannonball Run II, Gone with the West, Porgy and Bess, Salt and Pepper, One More Time, Convicts 4, Tap, Heidi's Song, Nightmare in the Sun, That's Dancing!, Alice in Wonderland, The Kid Who Loved Christmas, Diamonds Are Forever, Alice in Wonderland or What's a Nice Kid Like You Doing in a Place Like This?, Licensed to Kill, Moon over Parador, Pepe, Poor Devil, Movin' with Nancy, Three Penny Opera, The Trackers, The Perils of P.K., Seasoned Greetings, Sweet and Low, Remembering Nat King Cole, The Mama Cass Television Program, Sammy Davis Jr.: Best of Live, Live and Swingin': The Ultimate Rat Pack Collection, The Pigeon, I Love You, Billy Baker
TV Shows The Sammy Davis Jr. Show, Sammy Davis Jr.: The Golden Years, The Big Party
Star Sign Sagittarius

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1Grandfather of Sam Garner, and Montana Garner.
2According to the 2-Part A&E Biography documentary on The Rat Pack, there was a falling out between Sammy Davis Jr. and his support of John F. Kennedy. Two reasons prominently cited are: 1. When Sammy attended the Democratic National Convention and stood on stage with other Hollywood celebrities singing the "Star Spangled Banner", he was heckled and abused by the Democratic delegates from the South and therefore chose not to attend further rallies or conventions. 2. After Sammy married May Britt, which in those days was controversial since many states had laws against inter-racial marriage, Joseph Kennedy no longer invited Sammy to political functions and advised his sons John and Robert to stay away from Sammy in order to avoid controversy. (By a similar token, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin found their own relationships to the Kennedys severed due to their alleged ties to the Mafia). Eventually, Davis would switch his political allegiance from Democrat to Republican and would later support Richard Nixon in his presidential elections.
3According to Frank Sinatra Jr. in the DVD Commentary for "Ocean's 11" (1960), Sammy Davis Jr., like all black performers, was not allowed to stay in the major Las Vegas casinos despite the fact that he was filming Ocean's 11 there and performing on stage at the Sands Casino with Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Joey Bishop, and Peter Lawford in the legendary "Summit" Rat Pack shows. In those days, there was such strict segregation in Vegas that many people derisively joked that Las Vegas was an outpost of the Deep South. Sammy, like all other black performers, was forced to stay in "coloreds only" hotels in the western part of town. This finally changed when Frank Sinatra used his considerable clout with the hotel managers and owners to get this ban lifted, finally creating equality in Las Vegas.
4Was originally cast in Never So Few (1959) until a feud broke out between him and Frank Sinatra after Sammy had claimed in a radio interview that he was a greater singer than Frank. Frank demanded he be dropped from the cast, and was replaced with Steve McQueen.
5Shortly after his death in 1990, the hotels on the Las Vegas Strip turned off their exterior lights for 10 minutes in tribute. There is now an outdoor theater in Vegas named in his honor, the Sammy Davis Jr. Festival Plaza.
6His 8 Billboard Top 20 Pop hits, now standards, are "The Candy Man" (#1 1972), "Somethings Gotta Give"(#9 1955),"I've Gotta Be Me " (#11 1968), "Love Me Or Leave Me" (#12 1955 )," That Old Black Magic"(#13 1955 ),Hey There" (#16 1954),"What Kind Of Fool Am I" (#17 1962) and "The Shelter Of Your Arms" (#17 1963).
7In 1956, he starred on Broadway in 400 performances of "Mr. Wonderful".
8A "contract" was allegedly put out on Sammy's life because of his interracial affair with Kim Novak, and he was threatened that 'you will lose your other eye' if it continued. Before the "contract" was executed, allegedly Frank Sinatra intervened and saved the day. Nevertheless, Davis married a black showgirl, Loray White, out of fear for his life. The marriage lasted a few months before Davis got it annulled. Loray allegedly received a $10,000 settlement and a Cadillac.
9Daughter Tracey was enraged when she found out that Davis Jr. adopted his third son, Manny, because she found out about it on national television instead of from her father. Sammy also didn't spend enough time with the three children he already had.
10After John Wayne left the stage, during the 1979 Academy Awards ceremony, he was greeted by his old pal Sammy Davis Jr., who gave him a big bear hug. Davis later told a friend he regretted hugging Wayne so hard in his fragile condition. But Davis was told: "Duke wouldn't have missed that hug for anything." The idea of a 125 pound Sammy Davis Jr. worrying about hugging him "too hard" was a sad commentary on John Wayne's failing health.
11He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6254 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
12Inducted into the International Tap Dance Hall of Fame in 2005.
13Campaigned for Richard Nixon in the 1972 presidential election.
14Shortly before his death surgeons removed his voice box in a larengectomy, but the cancer had spread.
15Converted to Judaism in the 1950s.
16When he married Swedish actress May Britt in 1960, unions between whites and non-whites were still banned in 30 US-states.
17Had a relationship with Kim Novak in the 1950s.
18Portrayed by Don Cheadle in The Rat Pack (1998). Cheadle went on to appear in the remake, Ocean's Eleven (2001).
19Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume Two, 1986-1990, pages 235-237. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1999.
20Despite being 64 at the time of his death, he was survived by his mother Elvera Sanchez (1905-2000) and his grandmother, Elvera's mother Luisa (who died in 1996 at 112).
21According to the "Fastest Gun Who Ever Lived," Bob Munden, Davis was the second-fastest draw in Hollywood, trailing only Jerry Lewis. Davis presented Munden with a customized Colt Peacemaker in recognition of Munden's skill after they appeared together on The Mike Douglas Show (1961).
22Was the childhood idol of director Tim Burton, who wanted to cast him as the title character in Beetlejuice (1988), but Warner Bros. ultimately refused.
23Was an acquaintance of Ron Perlman.
24Described himself as "a one-eyed Jewish Negro."
25He and the other members of the Rat Pack were banned from Marilyn Monroe's funeral by Joe DiMaggio
26Filmed a cameo appearance for the James Bond movie Diamonds Are Forever (1971). The scene was ultimately cut, but can be seen in the DVD of the movie.
27He was a regular at many of Elvis Presley's concerts in Las Vegas.He appeared in the audience and backstage in the Elvis documentary "That's The Way It Is"(1970).
28Was given a gift, of a black sapphire ring, by Elvis Presley , who told him, "This is the biggest black star I've seen, so I'm giving it to the biggest black star I know."
29Once took Donald Rumsfeld to visit Elvis Presley after one of his concerts in Las Vegas.
30Died the same day as Jim Henson.
31He had a daughter, Tracey Davis, with his second wife, May. He and May also had two adopted sons: Mark Sidney (born in 1960; adopted on June 4, 1963), and Jeff (born in 1963). Jeff was named after an actor, Jeff Chandler. He also adopted a son,Manny Davis. (born c. 1978), in 1989, with his third wife, Altovise.
32During his childhood as a vaudeville entertainer, he often appeared in states and cities with strict child labor laws. To get around these laws, he was billed as "Silent Sammy, the Dancing Midget", and conspiciously walked around backstage with a rubber cigar in his mouth and a woman on each arm.
33Long-time friend Bill Cosby wore a small button with the letters "SD" on episodes of The Cosby Show (1984) after his death in 1990 as a tribute.
34Smoked 4 packs of cigarettes a day during his lifetime.
35He lost his left eye in a car crash when he was on his way to record the theme song for the Tony Curtis film, Six Bridges to Cross (1955). He wore an eyepatch for sometime after that, but Humphrey Bogart ultimately convinced him to unmask when he told him that he didn't want to be known as the kid with the eyepatch.
36Always articulate, he never attended school of any kind; performing since the age of five, he was largely self-taught.
37Starred in the 1964 Broadway Musical "Golden Boy" for which he was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actor (Musical) in 1965; he lost to Zero Mostel for "Fiddler on the Roof." "Golden Boy" also featured many then unknown or relatively unknown talents such as Roy Glenn who later portrayed the father of John Prentice/Sidney Poitier in Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967); other talents included then very young performers Lola Falana, Louis Gossett Jr., who later won an Oscar for his performance in An Officer and a Gentleman (1982); and Johnny Brown who is best remembered for his portrayal of "Nathan 'Buffalo Butt' Bookman" on the popular television sitcom Good Times (1974). A then unknown performer named Ben Vereen was Davis' understudy in "Golden Boy."
38Son of Sammy Davis Sr. and Elvera Davis.
39Interred at Forest Lawn, Glendale, California, USA, Garden of Honor, next to his father Sammy Davis Sr..
40Member of the "Rat Pack" with Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop. All appear in Ocean's 11 (1960).
41Singer/dancer/actor.
42TV composer Morton Stevens (Hawaii Five-O (1968), Police Woman (1974)) was Davis' musical director between 1950 and 1960 before moving into television music composing. He then returned as music director for Sammy, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Liza Minnelli in the late 1980s.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Intresseklubben2014TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Carsony Brothers2014Documentary performer: "Mr. Bojangles" - uncredited
So You Think You Can Dance2009-2014TV Series performer - 3 episodes
P.O.V.2014TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Meet the Patels2014Documentary performer: "Jingle Bells"
Animal Practice2012TV Series performer - 1 episode
Sunset Strip2012Documentary performer: "Lady Is A Tramp" written by nm0006256 & nm0366414
Pan Am2011TV Series performer - 1 episode
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy2011performer: "The Second Best Secret Agent In The Whole Wide World", "Spinning Wheel"
Get Him to the Greek2010performer: "Deed I Do" - as Sammy Davis, Jr.
Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel2009Documentary performer: "Chicago, Chicago, That Toddlin' Town"
Gamer2009performer: "I've Got You Under My Skin"
My Name Is Earl2005TV Series performer - 1 episode
Madagascar2005performer: "The Candy Man"
Gilmore Girls2004TV Series performer - 1 episode
Playboy: 50 Years of Playmates2004Video documentary performer: "Chicago That Toddling Town"
Live and Swingin': The Ultimate Rat Pack Collection2003Video 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"
Secondhand Lions2003performer: "A Lot of Livin' To Do"
Scrubs2003TV Series performer - 1 episode
Sinatra: The Classic Duets2002TV Movie documentary performer: "Me and My Shadow" - uncredited
The Anniversary Party2001performer: "There Is No Greater Love", "A Lot Of Livin' To Do"
Freddy Got Fingered2001performer: "I've Gotta Be Me"
The Sopranos2001TV Series performer - 1 episode
What Women Want2000performer: "Something's Gotta Give"
The '70s2000TV Movie performer: "Love is All Around - Theme from The Mary Tyler Moore Show" - uncredited
American Movie1999Documentary performer: "Mr. Bojangles"
Tohuwabohu1998TV Series performer - 1 episode
Keys to Tulsa1997performer: "Hey There"
Mad Dog Time1996performer: "Something's Gotta Give"
Casino1995performer: "EEE-O Eleven"
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1992TV Series performer - 1 episode
Frank, Liza & Sammy: The Ultimate Event1989TV Special documentary performer: "With a Song in My Heart" uncredited, "Candy Man" uncredited, "What Kind of Fool Am I" uncredited, "Music of the Night" uncredited, "Bad" uncredited, "Style" uncredited, "Witchcraft" uncredited, "Say Liza Liza with a Z" uncredited, "Talk to the Animals" uncredited, "All or Nothing at All" uncredited, "Money" uncredited, "I've Got You Under My Skin" uncredited, "Maybe This Time" uncredited, "All the Way" uncredited, "Birth of the Blues" uncredited, "The Lady Is a
Tap1989performer: "Challenge"
Moon Over Parador1988performer: "Begin the Beguine"
The Charmings1987TV Series performer - 1 episode
All-Star Party for Clint Eastwood1986TV Special performer: "Misty"
The Money Pit1986performer: "I GOTTA BE ME"
Alice in Wonderland1985TV Movie performer: "You Are Old, Father William"
That's Dancing!1985Documentary performer: "You Rascal You I'll Be Glad When You're Dead"
The 56th Annual Academy Awards1984TV Special documentary performer: "There's No Business Like Show Business"
Sanford1980TV Series performer - 1 episode
The First 40 Years1980TV Special performer: "The Lady Is a Tramp" - uncredited
The 51st Annual Academy Awards1979TV Special documentary performer: "Oscar's Only Human"
Things We Did Last Summer1978TV Movie performer: "I've Gotta Be Me"
Sammy and Company1975TV Series performer - 3 episodes
The 47th Annual Academy Awards1975TV Special performer: "That's Entertainment!"
Doris Day Today1975TV Movie performer: "Love me or leave me"
Baretta1975TV Series performer: "Keep Your Eye on the Sparrow"
Save the Children1973Documentary performer: "I've Got To Be Me"
One More Time1970performer: "One More Time", "When The Feeling Hits You", "Where Do I Go From Here"
Die Rudi Carrell Show1969TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Hollywood Palace1967-1969TV Series performer - 4 episodes
Playboy After Dark1969TV Series performer - 1 episode
Sweet Charity1969performer: "The Rhythm of Life" - uncredited
Salt and Pepper1968performer: "I Like the Way You Dance", "Salt & Pepper" / writer: "I Like the Way You Dance"
The 40th Annual Academy Awards1968TV Special performer: "Talk to the Animals"
Movin' with Nancy1967TV Special performer: "What'd I Say"
I Dream of Jeannie1967TV Series performer - 1 episode
A Man Called Adam1966performer: "I Want To Be Wanted", "Whisper To One", "Playboy Theme" "Crack Up"
The Sammy Davis, Jr. Show1966TV Series performer - 1 episode
Alice in Wonderland or What's a Nice Kid Like You Doing in a Place Like This?1966TV Movie performer: "What's a Nice Kid Like You"
The 2nd Best Secret Agent in the Whole Wide World1965performer: "The Second Best Secret Agent in the World" U.S. version only
The Patty Duke Show1965TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Disorderly Orderly1964performer: "The Disorderly Orderly" - as Sammy Davis
Robin and the 7 Hoods1964performer: "Bang! Bang!" - uncredited
Johnny Cool1963performer: "The Ballad Of Johnny Cool", "Bee-Bom"
Of Love and Desire1963performer: "Katherine's Theme"
Meet Sammy Davis Jr. 11963TV 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"
Three Penny Opera1963performer: "Mack the Knife", "To Be a Good Man", "Mack the Knife" reprise - uncredited
Make Room for Daddy1963TV Series performer - 1 episode
Frontier Circus1962TV Series performer - 1 episode
Frank Sinatra's Welcome Home Party for Elvis Presley1960TV 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
The 32nd Annual Academy Awards1960TV Special performer: "High Hopes"
Porgy and Bess1959performer: "A Woman Is a Sometime Thing", "It Ain't Necessarily So", "There's A Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon For New York"
Anna Lucasta1958performer: "That's Anna" Title song
The Frank Sinatra Show1958TV Series performer - 1 episode
Operation Mad Ball1957performer: "Mad Ball"
The Nat King Cole Show1957TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Walter Winchell Show1956TV Series performer - 1 episode
Meet Me in Las Vegas1956performer: "Frankie and Johnny"
Six Bridges to Cross1955performer: "SIX BRIDGES TO CROSS"
Rufus Jones for President1933Short performer: " I'll Be Glad When You're Dead You Rascal You" - uncredited

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Sammy Stops the World1978Littlechap
Gone with the West1975Kid Dandy
Poor Devil1973TV MovieSammy
The ABC Comedy Hour1972TV Series
The Courtship of Eddie's Father1972TV SeriesRodney River Jr.
The Trackers1971TV MovieEzekiel Smith
The Name of the Game1970TV SeriesBilly Baker
Mod Squad1969-1970TV SeriesWillie Rush / Billy Lee Watson / Father John Banks
Make Room for Granddaddy1970TV SeriesBarney Shaker
One More Time1970Charles Salt
The Beverly Hillbillies1969TV SeriesSgt. Patrick Muldoon
The Pigeon1969TV MovieLarry Miller
Sweet Charity1969Big Daddy
One Life to Live1968TV SeriesChip Warren (1979-1980)
Salt and Pepper1968Charles Salt
The Danny Thomas Hour1967TV SeriesChris Christiansen
I Dream of Jeannie1967TV SeriesSammy Davis, Jr.
The Wild Wild West1966TV SeriesJeremiah
Batman1966TV SeriesSammy Davis Jr.
A Man Called Adam1966Adam Johnson
Alice in Wonderland or What's a Nice Kid Like You Doing in a Place Like This?1966TV MovieThe Cheshire Cat (voice, as Sammy Davis)
The 2nd Best Secret Agent in the Whole Wide World1965Singer behind opening credits (uncredited)
Nightmare in the Sun1965Truck driver
The Patty Duke Show1965TV SeriesSammy Davis Jr.
Robin and the 7 Hoods1964Will
Burke's Law1963TV SeriesCordwainer Bird
Ben Casey1963TV SeriesAllie Burns
Johnny Cool1963Educated
General Hospital1963TV SeriesEddie Phillips
Three Penny Opera1963Ballad Singer
Make Room for Daddy1963TV SeriesSammy Davis Jr.
The Rifleman1962TV SeriesWade Randall / Tip Corey
Convicts 41962Wino
77 Sunset Strip1962TV SeriesKid Pepper
The Dick Powell Theatre1962TV SeriesGabe Masters
Sergeants 31962Jonah Williams
Hennesey1962TV SeriesFrogman Cannonball Pipper
Frontier Circus1962TV SeriesCato Richards
Lawman1961TV SeriesWillie Shay
General Electric Theater1958-1961TV SeriesPancho Villa III / Jacob Johnson / Private Spider Johnson
Pepe1960Sammy Davis Jr.
Ocean's 111960Josh Howard
Zane Grey Theater1959TV SeriesCpl. Smith
Porgy and Bess1959Sportin' Life
Anna Lucasta1958Danny Johnson
Meet Me in Las Vegas1956Sammy Davis Jr. (voice, uncredited)
Sweet and Low1947ShortMember, Will Maston Trio (as Will Maston Trio)
Seasoned Greetings1933ShortHenry Johnson - Store Customer (as Sammy Davis)
Rufus Jones for President1933ShortRufus Jones (as Sammy Davis)
The Kid Who Loved Christmas1990TV MovieSideman
Hunter1989TV SeriesBenny Schafer
Tap1989Little Mo
The Cosby Show1989TV SeriesRay Palomino
A Whole Lotta Fun1988TV Movie
The Perils of P.K.1986
Alice in Wonderland1985TV MovieThe Caterpillar Father William
Pryor's Place1984TV SeriesSmooth Sam
Cannonball Run II1984Morris Fenderbaum
Fantasy Island1983-1984TV SeriesMr. Bojangles / Edward Ross, Sr.
Broadway Danny Rose1984Thanksgiving Parade's Grand Marshall (uncredited)
Heidi's Song1982Head Ratte (voice)
The Cannonball Run1981Fenderbaum
Archie Bunker's Place1980TV SeriesSammy Davis, Jr.

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Trackers1971TV Movie producer
One More Time1970executive producer
Salt and Pepper1968executive producer - uncredited
The Sammy Davis, Jr. Show1966TV Series executive producer - 1 episode

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Third Annual Black Achievement Awards1980TV Special
Sanford1980TV Series 1 episode
The 2nd Annual Black Achievement Awards1979TV Special

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Trackers1971TV Movie story - uncredited

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hell Town1985TV Series theme song - 1 episode

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Frankenpimp's Revenge: The Romeo and Juliet Massacrespecial thanks filming

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Royal Variety Show1960TV MovieHimself
About Faces1960TV SeriesHimself
Frank Sinatra's Welcome Home Party for Elvis Presley1960TV SpecialHimself - Singer / Dancer / Impressionist
The 32nd Annual Academy Awards1960TV SpecialHimself - Performer
This Is Your Life1959TV SeriesHimself
The Big Party1959TV SeriesHimself
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show1956-1959TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Milton Berle Show1958TV SeriesHimself
The Big Record1957-1958TV SeriesHimself
The Frank Sinatra Show1958TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Nat King Cole Show1957TV SeriesHimself - Singer / Dancer
Tonight!1955-1957TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Jackie Gleason Show1956TV SeriesHimself - Guest Vocalist
Washington Square1956TV SeriesHimself
The Walter Winchell Show1956TV SeriesHimself
Texaco Star Theatre1955TV SeriesHimself - Singer / Dancer
Person to Person1955TV Series documentaryHimself
Dateline: Disneyland1955TV Special documentaryHimself
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1955TV SeriesHimself
The Colgate Comedy Hour1952-1954TV SeriesHimself - Singer / Dancer
Actors Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony2016TV MovieHimself
Sex Drugs and Rock 'n' Roll: The 60s Revealed2008TV Series documentaryHimself
Great Performances1998TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee
America's Dance Honors1990TV SpecialHimself
Sammy Davis, Jr. 60th Anniversary Celebration1990TV SpecialHimself
22nd NAACP Image Awards1990TV SpecialHimself
Lou Rawls Parade of Stars1980-1989TV SeriesHimself
The Arsenio Hall Show1989TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Ebony/Jet Showcase1983-1989TV SeriesHimself
A Yabba-Dabba-Doo Celebration!: 50 Years of Hanna-Barbera1989TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Songwriter's Hall of Fame 20th Anniversary... The Magic of Music1989TV MovieHimself
Late Night with David Letterman1985-1989TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Donahue1975-1989TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Live with Kelly and Michael1989TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Frank, Liza & Sammy: The Ultimate Event1989TV Special documentaryHimself
Wogan1989TV SeriesHimself
The 3rd Annual Soul Train Music Awards1989TV SpecialHimself
The 61st Annual Academy Awards1989TV SpecialHimself - Co-Presenter: Best Original Song
Super Bowl Party1989TV SpecialHimself
The Billy Martin Celebrity Roast1989TV MovieHimself
Michael Jackson: The Legend Continues1988Video documentaryHimself
An Evening with Sammy Davis, Jr. & Jerry Lewis1988TV MovieHimself
Moon Over Parador1988Himself
Happy Birthday, Bob: 50 Stars Salute Your 50 Years with NBC1988TV SpecialHimself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts1987TV Special documentaryHimself - Honoree
Las Vegas: An All-Star 75th Anniversary1987TV SpecialHimself
Happy 100th Birthday, Hollywood1987TV Special documentaryHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1964-1987TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself - Guest Host
Emmanuel Lewis: My Very Own Show1987TV SpecialHimself
19th Annual NAACP Image Awards1987TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
All-Star Party for Clint Eastwood1986TV SpecialHimself
Our World1986TV SeriesHimself
Sally Jessy Raphael1986TV SeriesHimself
The 38th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1986TV SpecialHimself
The 12th Annual People's Choice Awards1986TV SpecialHimself - Performer and Presenter: Favourite All Around Male Entertainer
Elvis: The Echo Will Never Die1986Video documentaryHimself
Champs-Elysées1985TV SeriesHimself
A Museum of Broadcasting Tribute: Milton Berle - Mr. Television1985TV Movie documentary
Motown Returns to the Apollo1985TV SpecialHimself
Gimme a Break!1985TV SeriesHimself
That's Dancing!1985DocumentaryHimself - Host
The 6th Annual Black Achievement Awards1985TV SpecialHimself
All-Star Party for Lucille Ball1984TV SpecialHimself
Star Search1984TV SeriesHimself - Introducer
Bob Hope's Unrehearsed Antics of the Stars1984DocumentaryHimself
The 56th Annual Academy Awards1984TV Special documentaryHimself - Presenter
The Jeffersons1984TV SeriesHimself
Cracking Up1983Himself
Hee Haw1982-1983TV SeriesHimself
Texaco Star Theater: Opening Night1983TV MovieHimself
All-Star Party for Carol Burnett1982TV MovieHimself
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade1982TV SpecialHimself
All-Star Birthday Party at Annapolis1982TV MovieHimself
Bio's Bahnhof1982TV SeriesHimself
Night of 100 Stars1982TV SpecialHimself
All-Star Celebration Opening the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum1981TV MovieHimself
Bob Hope's 30th Anniversary Special1981TV SpecialHimself
Sammy Davis Jr.: The Golden Years1980TV MovieHimself
The Third Annual Black Achievement Awards1980TV SpecialHimself - Host
Bob Hope for President1980TV Special
Sammy and Bruce1980TV MovieHimself - Host (as Sammy Davis Jnr.)
Elvis Presley - Die frühen Jahre1980TV Movie documentaryHimself
Sanford1980TV SeriesHimself
Good Morning America1978-1980TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Mike Douglas Show1967-1980TV SeriesHimself - Co-Host / Himself - Guest / Himself - Entertainer
The First 40 Years1980TV SpecialHimself
The Magic of Dance1979TV Series documentaryHimself
The 2nd Annual Black Achievement Awards1979TV SpecialHimself - Host
Dinah!1974-1979TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Circus of the Stars #31979TV Special documentaryHimself - Ringmaster
The 51st Annual Academy Awards1979TV Special documentaryHimself - Performer
Bob Hope's Cavalcade of Comedy1979TV MovieHimself
Gala de l'Unicef1979TV SeriesHimself
Big Night1978TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Bitte umblättern1978TV Series documentaryHimself
Looks Familiar1978TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Cinderella at the Palace1978TV SpecialHimself
The Merv Griffin Show1972-1978TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
Steve & Eydie Celebrate Irving Berlin1978TV SpecialHimself
America Alive!1978TV SeriesHimself
Happy Birthday, Bob1978TV SpecialHimself
The Stars Salute Israel at 301978TV MovieHimself
The 50th Annual Academy Awards1978TV SpecialHimself - Performer
The 20th Annual TV Week Logie Awards1978TV SpecialHimself
Bob Hope's All-Star Tribute to the Palace Theater1978TV MovieHimself
Charlie's Angels1977TV SeriesHimself / Herbert Brubaker III
Happy Birthday, Las Vegas1977TV SpecialHimself
Super Night at Forest Hills1977TV SpecialHimself - Host
The Midnight Special1977TV SeriesHimself - Cameo
Iltalintu1977TV SeriesHimself - Performer
Sammy and Company1975-1977TV SeriesHimself - Host
Bob Hope's All-Star Comedy Spectacular from Lake Tahoe1977TV SpecialHimself
Super Night at the Super Bowl1977TV MovieHimself - Host
America Salutes Richard Rodgers: The Sound of His Music1976TV MovieHimself
CBS Salutes Lucy: The First 25 Years1976TV Movie documentaryHimself
An All-Star Tribute to John Wayne1976TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Carol Burnett Show1975-1976TV SeriesHimself
Family Feud1976TV SeriesSub-Host (1979)
Bob Hope's Bicentennial Star Spangled Spectacular1976TV MovieHimself
Tattletales1975-1976TV SeriesHimself
Celebrity Bowling1973-1976TV SeriesHimself
V.I.P.-Schaukel1972-1976TV Series documentaryHimself
James Dean: The First American Teenager1975TV Movie documentaryHimself (as Sammy Davis Jnr)
The Irv Kupcinet Show1970-1975TV SeriesHimself
The Gladys Knight & the Pips Show1975TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Sammy Davis Jr.1975TV SpecialHimself
The 47th Annual Academy Awards1975TV SpecialHimself - Host and Presenter: Musical Tribute to Fred Astaire
The 1st Annual People's Choice Awards1975TV SpecialHimself - Performer and Presenter: Favourite Female Performer
The Flip Wilson Special1975TV MovieHimself
Doris Day Today1975TV MovieHimself
Chico and the Man1975TV SeriesHimself
The 1974 Annual Las Vegas Entertainment Awards1974TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
ABC Late Night1974TV SeriesHimself
Frank Sinatra: The Main Event1974TV Movie documentaryHimself - Audience Member (uncredited)
Sammy1974TV MovieHimself - Host
This Is Your Life1974TV Series documentaryHimself
James Dean Remembered1974TV Special documentaryHimself
Old Faithful1973TV MovieHimself
NBC Follies1973TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Host
Magnavox Presents Frank Sinatra1973TV Special documentaryHimself - Audience Member (uncredited)
Save the Children1973DocumentaryHimself
Cavalcade of Champions1973TV MovieHimself - Presenter
Laugh-In1968-1973TV SeriesHimself - Guest Performer
The Hollywood Squares1969-1973TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Center Square
The Julie Andrews Hour1973TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Duke Ellington... We Love You Madly1973TV SpecialHimself
Flip1972-1973TV SeriesHimself
Chevrolet Presents Burt Bacharach1972TV MovieHimself
The Dick Cavett Show1972TV SeriesHimself
The 44th Annual Academy Awards1972TV SpecialHimself - Co-Host
The ABC Comedy Hour1972TV SeriesHimself
The David Frost Show1970-1972TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Bob Hope Special1972/ITV MovieHimself
All in the Family1972TV SeriesHimself
The Bob Hope Show1971TV SeriesHimself
Black Journal1971TV SeriesHimself
Fight of the Century1971TV MovieHimself - Audience Member
The Klowns1970TV MovieHimself - Host
Elvis: That's the Way It Is1970DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Here's Lucy1970TV SeriesHimself
The Art Linkletter Show1970TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Best on Record1970TV SpecialHimself
This Is Tom Jones1969-1970TV Series documentaryHimself
Jimmy Durante Presents the Lennon Sisters1970TV SeriesHimself
The Dean Martin Show1970TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Fall1969DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
The Leslie Uggams Show1969TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Hollywood Palace1967-1969TV SeriesHimself - Host / Himself - Singer / Himself - Cameo / ...
Frank Sinatra Jr. with Family and Friends1969TV MovieHimself
The Joey Bishop Show1967-1969TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Sammy Davis Jr.1969TV MovieHimself
Playboy After Dark1969TV SeriesHimself - Singer / Himself
The Golden Shot1968TV SeriesHimself
Romp!!!1968TV SpecialHimself - Cameo
The 40th Annual Academy Awards1968TV SpecialHimself - Performer & Accepting Best Song Award for Leslie Bricusse
Sammy Davis Jr. in Europa1968TV SpecialHimself
Movin' with Nancy1967TV Special'Bruce' the Photographer
Gala of the Year1967TV SpecialHimself - Singer
Dateline: Hollywood1967TV SeriesHimself
The Linkletter Show1967TV SeriesHimself
Danny Thomas Block Party: U.S.A.1967TV SpecialHimself
The Heart of Show Business1967TV MovieHimself - Performer
Late Night Line-Up1966TV SeriesHimself
Reflets de Cannes1966TV Series documentaryHimself
The Sammy Davis, Jr. Show1966TV SeriesHimself - Host
The Strolling '20s1966TV MovieHimself
Sammy Davis and the Wonderful World of Children1965TV SpecialHimself
Hullabaloo1965TV SeriesHimself - Host
The 17th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1965TV SpecialHimself
Password All-Stars1963-1965TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Panelist
The 19th Annual Tony Awards1965TV SpecialHimself
Today1965TV SeriesHimself
The Best on Record1965TV SpecialHimself
The Ed Sullivan Show1951-1964TV SeriesHimself - Singer / Himself / Dancer / ...
What's My Line?1955-1964TV SeriesHimself - Mystery Guest / Himself - Guest Panelist
Freedom Spectacular1964TV MovieHimself
The 18th Annual Tony Awards1964TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Sammy Davis Jr.,1964TV MovieHimself - Singer
The 36th Annual Academy Awards1964TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Music Score Awards
Meet Sammy Davis Junior 21964TV MovieHimself - Host
The Jerry Lewis Show1963TV SeriesHimself - Singer / Himself
Here's Edie1963TV SeriesHimself
Meet Sammy Davis Jr. 11963TV MovieHimself - Host / Performer
The Andy Williams Show1962-1963TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Stump the Stars1952-1962TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest Panelist
The Jack Benny Program1962TV SeriesHimself
The Jack Paar Tonight Show1960-1962TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show1962TV SeriesHimself - Entertainer
Cain's Hundred1962TV SeriesHimself
Spectacular1961TV SeriesHimself
The Royal Variety Performance 19611961TV MovieHimself
Val Parnell's Sunday Night at the London Palladium1961TV SeriesHimself
Here's Hollywood1961TV SeriesHimself
Main Event1961TV MovieHimself - Guest
Playboy's Penthouse1960TV SeriesHimself
Special Gala to Support Kennedy Campaign1960TV MovieHimself - Performer
Sammy Davis Jr Meets the British1960TV MovieHimself - Host

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Spy for Peacepost-productionHimself
Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall2016DocumentaryHimself
My Music: Songbook Standards - As Time Goes By2015TV Movie
Unsung Hollywood2015TV Series documentaryHimself
Inside Edition2014-2015TV Series documentaryHimself
Sinatra: All or Nothing at All2015TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Selma2014Himself (uncredited)
The Sixties2014TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself / Himself - episode of Laugh-In
Loose Women2014TV SeriesHimself
Perspectives2014TV Series documentaryHimself
Nat King Cole: Afraid of the Dark2014DocumentaryHimself
Subconscious Password2013ShortHimself (uncredited)
The '80s: The Decade That Made Us2013TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
100 Years of the Royal Variety Performance2012TV Movie documentaryHimself
Songs2012TV SeriesHimself
Michael Feinstein's American Songbook2012TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Elvis Found Alive2012Himself
How Playboy Changed the World2012TV Movie documentaryHimself
Love Lust2011TV Series documentaryHimself
The Story of Variety with Michael Grade2011TV Series documentaryHimself
Sing Your Song2011DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
100 Years of the London Palladium2010TV Movie documentaryHimself
Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel2009DocumentaryHimself
Telethon2009ShortHimself
Biography1995-2008TV Series documentaryHimself
Let's Play, Boy2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
Mike Douglas: Moments & Memories2008VideoHimself
The Wrecking Crew!2008DocumentaryHimself
Pioneers of Television2008TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project2007DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Bruce on Vegas2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
Kingdom: Elvis in Vegas2007Video documentary shortHimself (uncredited)
Cannes, 60 ans d'histoires2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
Brando2007TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Revealed2006TV Series documentaryHimself
The Best of the Royal Variety2006TV SeriesHimself
World of Robin Hood2006TV Movie documentaryWill (uncredited)
The Story of Light Entertainment2006TV Mini-Series documentary
American Masters2006TV Series documentaryHimself
E! True Hollywood Story2001-2006TV Series documentaryHimself
Hollywood Couples2006TV Series documentaryHimself
American Experience2005TV Series documentaryHimself
Getaway2005TV SeriesJosh Howard
Disneyland: The First 50 Magical Years2005Documentary shortHimself / Autopia Guest (uncredited)
Bruce Forsyth's Comedy Heroes2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
Elvis Presley: From the Beginning to the End2004Video documentaryHimself (uncredited)
BET Comedy Awards2004TV SpecialHimself (In Memory Of)
Who Killed Saturday Night TV?2004TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Sammy Davis Jr. Singing at His Best2004VideoHimself
Andy Williams: My Favorite Duets2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
TV in Black: The First Fifty Years2004Video documentaryHimself
Sammy Davis, Jr.: One Cool Cat2004Video documentaryHimself
Strangers in the Night: The Bert Kaempfert Story2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
Live and Swingin': The Ultimate Rat Pack Collection2003Video documentaryHimself
When I Fall in Love: The One & Only Nat King Cole2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
Bob Hope at 1002003TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Sinatra: The Classic Duets2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Best of Bert Newton2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
Rhapsody in Black2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Definitive Elvis: The Army Years2002Video documentaryHimself
The Definitive Elvis: The Television Years2002Video documentaryHimself
8th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2002TV SpecialHimself
Playboy: Inside the Playboy Mansion2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
It's Black Entertainment2002TV Special documentaryHimself
Inside TV Land: African Americans in Television2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
Still Cher2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Nightclub Years2001TV Special documentaryHimself (uncredited)
The Real Shirley Bassey2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
Omnibus2001TV Series documentaryHimself
Playboy: The Party Continues2000TV Movie documentaryHimself
ABC 2000: The Millennium1999TV Movie documentary
The Rat Pack1999TV Series documentaryHimself
Television: The First Fifty Years1999Video documentaryHimself
Small Steps, Big Strides: The Black Experience in Hollywood1998TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Real Las Vegas1996TV Series documentaryHimself
American Justice1996TV Series documentaryHimself
Pioneers of Primetime1995TV Movie documentaryHimself
Paul Merton's Palladium Story1994TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
The Best of the Don Lane Show1994TV MovieHimself
Laugh-In Past Christmas Present1993TV SpecialHimself
Apollo Theatre Hall of Fame1993TV Special documentaryHimself
Liza and Friends: A Tribute to Sammy Davis, Jr.1993TV MovieHimself
The Carol Burnett Show: A Reunion1993TV Movie documentaryHimself
The First Annual Comedy Hall of Fame1993TV MovieHimself
Nat King Cole: The Incomparable Nat King Cole Volume 21992VideoHimself
Hugh Hefner: Once Upon a Time1992DocumentaryHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1980-1992TV SeriesHimself / Himself - from NBC-TV Special BOB HOPE FOR PRESIDENT
The Very Best of the Ed Sullivan Show1991TV Movie documentaryHimself
That's Black Entertainment1990DocumentaryHimself
Entertainment Tonight1990TV SeriesHimself
We Can Keep You Forever1988TV Movie documentaryHimself - at POW Homecoming (uncredited)
Margret Dünser, auf der Suche nach den Besonderen1981TV Movie documentaryHimself
This Is Elvis1981Himself (uncredited)
Sanford1980TV SeriesHimself
Texaco Presents: A Quarter Century of Bob Hope on Television1975TV SpecialHimself
Larry's Showtime1975TV SeriesHimself
The Hollywood Palace1970TV SeriesHimself
Jazz Ball1956TV Movie documentaryHimself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2000Lifetime Achievement AwardSt. Louis International Film Festival
1989Hall of FameImage Awards· Ruby Dee
· Ossie Davis

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1989Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy SeriesThe Cosby Show (1984)
1985Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst Supporting ActorCannonball Run II (1984)
1980Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest/Cameo Appearance in a Daytime Drama SeriesOne Life to Live (1968)
1977Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or MusicalSammy and Company (1975)
1960Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Male Musical PerformancePorgy and Bess (1959)
1956Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsBest Specialty Act - Single or Group

TitleSalary
Ocean's Eleven (1960)$125,000
Anna Lucasta (1958)$50,000

#Quote
1[on the lifestyle of The Rat Pack in 1958] We gamble. There's nothing else to do in Vegas. Man, it's like Baghdad. You can't sleep. All the chicks are after loot. So you sing, and what else do you do? Sometimes Dean and Frank sit in for the dealers. It must cost the house $1,000 every time. They see a little old schoolteacher making a bet and they slip her the good cards and let her win big.
2[on the death of Martin Luther King] I asked President [Gregory] Peck to postpone the Academy Awards to show that someone cares. I certainly think any black man should not appear. I find it morally incongruous to sing 'Talk to the Animals' while the man who could make a better world for my children is lying in state. The Academy Awards show was delayed two days, until April 10, 1968 in respect for Dr. King.
3[on Laurence Olivier] If you had to worship something mortal on Earth, I would go and bow twice a day to wherever Olivier was standing.
4[on Richard Burton] There is nothing he can't do. He is a wonder and a joy to watch.
5I'm 64 years old, but I feel I've lived the life of a person at 164.
6You have to be able to look back at your own life and say, "Yeah, that was fun." The only person I ever hurt was myself and even that I did to the minimum. If you can do that and you're still functioning, you're the luckiest person in the world.
7I'm colored, Jewish and Puerto Rican. When I move into a neighborhood, I wipe it out!
8[when asked what his golf handicap was] My handicap? Man, I am a one-eyed black Jew! THAT'S my handicap!
9Being a star has made it possible for me to get insulted in places where the average Negro could never hope to get insulted.

#Trademark
1Frequently worked with fellow Rat Pack members Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra., Joey Bishop and Peter Lawford
2His glass eye (the left eye)

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