Davis, Sammy, Jr., 1925-1990

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Davis, Sammy, Jr., 1925-1990

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  • Davis, Samuel George, Jr.
  • Muggins, Shorty
  • Green, Charlie

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1925-12-08 - 1990-05-16

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Sammy Davis Jr. was an American actor, singer, and dancer. He also had several comedic routines and was noted for his impressions of other celebrities. Born to and raised by vaudevillian parents, Davis learned to act, sing, and dance at a young age. He toured with his father for much of his childhood and performed as part of the Will Mastin Trio until World War II. During the war he belonged to an integrated entertainment unit. After the war he returned to performing with the Will Mastin Trio, and recorded blues albums for Capitol. In 1954 he performed the title song for the film "Six Bridges to Cross"; two years later he starred in the Broadway musical "Mr. Wonderful."
In 1959 Davis became a part of Frank Sinatra's "Rat Pack" and appeared in several movies as part of the group, such as 1960's "Ocean's 11". They performed regularly together in Las Vegas, where Davis had to deal with the effects of continued segregation. He continued to act and record through the 1960s and '70s.
Davis was in a car accident in 1954 in which he lost his left eye. He wore a glass eye for the rest of his life. He also converted to Judaism in 1961. Davis died from throat cancer at the age of 64.

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Martin, Dean, 1917-1995 (1917-06-07)

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LC89005814

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associative

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Martin, Dean, 1917-1995 is the associate of Davis, Sammy, Jr., 1925-1990

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Sinatra, Frank, 1915-1998 (1915-12-12)

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LC50026395

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Sinatra, Frank, 1915-1998 is the friend of Davis, Sammy, Jr., 1925-1990

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LC80040663

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