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  1. Samuel George «Sammy» Davis Jr. ( Harlem, 8 de diciembre de 1925 - Beverly Hills, 16 de mayo de 1990) fue un cantante, músico multinstrumentista ( vibráfono, trompeta y batería ), bailarín, actor y comediante estadounidense. Fue parte del Rat Pack, que dentro de sus miembros contaba con Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Peter Lawford y Joey Bishop .

  2. Sammi Davis ( Kidderminster ( Worcestershire; 21 de junio de 1964) es una actriz británica. Obtuvo buenas críticas por su actuación en The Rainbow (1989), de Ken Russell .

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    • Personal Life
    • Political Beliefs
    • Illness and Death
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    Davis was born on December 8, 1925, in the Harlem section of Manhattan in New York City, the son of African-American entertainer and stage performer Sammy Davis Sr. (1900–1988) and tap dancer and stage performer Elvera Sanchez (1905–2000). During his lifetime, Davis stated that his mother was Puerto Rican and born in San Juan. However, in the 2003 ...

    After his discharge, Davis rejoined the family dance act, which played at clubs around Portland, Oregon. He also recorded blues songs for Capitol Recordsin 1949 under the pseudonyms Shorty Muggins and Charlie Green. On March 23, 1951, the Will Mastin Trio appeared at Ciro's as the opening act for headliner Janis Paige. They were to perform for only...

    Accident and conversion

    Davis nearly died in an automobile accident on November 19, 1954, in San Bernardino, California, as he was making a return trip from Las Vegas to Los Angeles. During the previous year, he had started a friendship with comedian and host Eddie Cantor, who had given him a mezuzah. Instead of putting it by his door as a traditional blessing, Davis wore it around his neck for good luck. The only time he forgot it was the night of the accident. The accident occurred at a fork in U.S. Route 66 at Ca...

    Relationships and marriages

    In 1957, Davis was involved with actress Kim Novak, who was under contract with Columbia Pictures. Because Novak was white, Harry Cohn, the president of Columbia, gave in to his worries that backlash against the relationship could hurt the studio. There are several accounts of what happened, but they agree that Davis was threatened by organized crime figures close to Cohn. According to one account, Cohn called racketeer John Roselli, who was told to inform Davis that he must stop seeing Novak...


    Davis was an avid photographer who enjoyed shooting pictures of family and acquaintances. His body of work was detailed in a 2007 book by Burt Boyar titled Photo by Sammy Davis, Jr. "Jerry [Lewis] gave me my first important camera, my first 35 millimeter, during the Ciro's period, early '50s", Boyar quotes Davis as saying "And he hooked me". Davis used a medium format cameralater on to capture images. Boyar reports that Davis had said, "Nobody interrupts a man taking a picture to ask... 'What...

    Davis was a registered Democrat and supported John F. Kennedy's 1960 election campaign as well as Robert F. Kennedy's 1968 campaign. John F. Kennedy would later refuse to allow Davis to perform at his inauguration on account of his marriage with the white actress May Britt. Nancy Sinatra revealed in her 1986 book Frank Sinatra: My Father how Kenned...

    In August 1989, Davis began to develop symptoms: a tickle in his throat and an inability to taste food. Doctors found a cancerous tumor in Davis' throat. He was a heavy smoker and had often smoked four packs of cigarettes a day as an adult. When told that surgery (laryngectomy) offered him the best chance of survival, Davis replied he would rather ...


    1. In an episode of Charlie's Angels, Davis had a dual role, playing both himself and a Sammy Davis Jr. impersonator who is kidnapped by mistake (in a comic relief scene, the impersonator beats up a candy machine which does not give him his candy, a spoof of Davis's song "The Candy Man"). 2. Comedian Jim Carrey has portrayed Davis on stage, in the 1983 film Copper Mountain, and in a stand-up routine. 3. On Saturday Night Live, Davis has been portrayed by Garrett Morris, Eddie Murphy, Billy Cr...

    Shortly before his death in 1990, ABC aired the TV special Sammy Davis, Jr. 60th Anniversary Celebration, produced by George Schlatter. An all-star cast, including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Eddie Murphy, Diahann Carroll, Clint Eastwood, and Ella Fitzgerald, paid tribute to Davis. The show was nominated for six Pr...

    Mr. Wonderful (1957), musical
    Golden Boy (1964), musical – Tony Nomination for Best Actor in a Musical
    Sammy (1974), special performance featuring Davis with the Nicholas Brothers
    Stop the World – I Want to Get Off (1978) musical revival


    1. Yes, I Can (with Burt and Jane Boyar) (1965), ISBN 0-374-52268-5 2. Why Me? (with Burt and Jane Boyar) (1989), ISBN 0-446-36025-2 3. Sammy (with Burt and Jane Boyar) (2000), ISBN 0-374-29355-4; consolidates the two previous books and includes additional material 4. Hollywood in a Suitcase (1980), ISBN 0-425-05091-2


    1. Haygood, Wil (2003). In Black and White: The Life of Sammy Davis, Jr. New York: A. A. Knopf (Random House). ISBN 0-375-40354-X. 2. Birkbeck, Matt (2008), Deconstructing Sammy: Music, Money, Madness, and the Mob. Amistad. ISBN 978-0-06-145066-2 3. Silber, Arthur Jr. (2003), "Sammy Davis Jr: Me and My Shadow, Samart Enterprises, ISBN 0-9655675-5-9


    1. Photo by Sammy Davis, Jr. (Burt Boyar) (2007) ISBN 0-06-114605-6 2. Susan King (May 10, 2014). "Classic Hollywood: Daughter's 'Personal Journey' with Sammy Davis Jr". Los Angeles Times.

  3. Sammy Davis Jr. falleció el 16 de mayo de 1990 en Beverly Hills víctima de un cáncer de garganta. Su enfermedad estaba ya muy avanzada y Davis prefirió esperar la muerte en su hogar rodeado de su mujer, su hijo adoptivo y varios amigos. En 2001 fue honrado con el Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. *

  4. 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.

  5. Music video by Sammy Davis Jr performing Mr. Bojangles (Live in Germany 1985). 2016 © Aviator-Management GmbH & Co KG#SammyDavisJr #MrBojangles #Vevo

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  6. Sammy L. Davis Sammy Lee Davis (born November 1, 1946) is an American soldier who served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War and was awarded the nation's highest military medal for valor, the Medal of Honor . Contents 1 Early years 2 Military career 3 Later years 4 Military awards 4.1 Medal of Honor 5 Bibliography 6 See also

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