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Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States
Place of Death
Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California
Cause of Death
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Member of the "Rat Pack
Show Tunes, Jazz, Stage & Screen, Traditional Pop, Vocal Jazz, Pop/Rock, AM Pop, Standards
Earnest, Amiable/Good-Natured, Playful, Fun, Lively, Innocent, Carefree, Elegant, Sophisticated, Happy, Sentimental, Stylish, Theatrical, Exuberant, Laid-Back/Mellow, Confident, Witty, Refined/Mannered, Joyous, Exciting
Actor/Actress, Soundtrack, Producer
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Sammy Davis Jr. was often billed as the "greatest living entertainer in the world". The son of vaudeville star Sammy Davis Sr., he was known as someone who could do it all--sing, dance, play instruments, act, do stand-up--and he was known for his self-deprecating humor; he once heard someone complaining about discrimination, and he said, "You got it easy. I`m a short, ugly, one-eyed, black Jew. What do you think it`s like for me?" A short stint in the army opened his eyes to the evils of racism--a slight man, he was often beaten up by bigger white soldiers and given the dirtiest and most dangerous assignments by white officers simply because he was black--and he helped break down racial barriers in show business in the 1950s and 1960s, especially in Las Vegas, where he often performed; when he started there in the early 1950s, he was not allowed to stay in the hotels he played in, as they refused to take blacks as customers. He also stirred up a large amount of controversy in the 1960s by openly dating, and ultimately marrying, blonde, blue-eyed, Swedish-born actress May Britt.
He starred in the Broadway musical "Golden Boy" in the 1960s. Initially a success, internal tensions, production problems and bad reviews--many of them directed at Davis for playing a role originally written for a white man--resulted in its closing fairly quickly. His film and nightclub career were in full swing, however, and he became even more famous as one of the "Rat Pack", a group of free-wheeling entertainers that included Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Joey Bishop and Peter Lawford.
A chain smoker, Davis died from throat cancer at the age of 64. When he died, he was in debt. To pay for Davis` funeral, most of his memorabilia was sold off.
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His Glass Eye (The Left Eye).
Sammy Davis Sr
Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Joey Bishop, Peter Lawford, Jeff Chandler, Tony Curtis, Judy Garland, Robert Wagner, Montgomery Clift, Jerry Lewis, Mickey Rooney, Milton Berle, Mickey Cohen, Anita Colby, Van Johnson
Actor, Singer, Dancer, Musician
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Samuel George "Sammy" Davis Jr. (December 8, 1925 – May 16, 1990) was an American entertainer. Primarily a dancer and singer, he was also an actor of stage and screen, musician, and impressionist, noted for his impersonations of actors, musicians and other celebrities. At the age of three Davis began his career in vaudeville with his father and Will Mastin as the Will Mastin Trio, which toured nationally. After military service Davis returned to the trio. Davis became an overnight sensation following a nightclub performance at Ciro's (in West Hollywood) after the 1951 Academy Awards. With the trio, he became a recording artist. In 1954, he lost his left eye in a car accident, and several years later, he converted to Judaism.
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Samuel George Davis
Alka-Seltzer, (1968) Print ad: Groshire/Austin Leeds suits, (early 1960s) TV commercial (Great Britain): Shell gasoline ("What a gas!"), (1974) TV commercial (Japan): Suntory whiskey, (1972) TV commercial: General Electric Tape Recorder
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