Sammy Davis, Jr.
Actor, singer, dancer
Sammy Davis, Jr.
Samuel George "Sammy" Davis Jr. was an American entertainer and was also known for his impersonations of actors and other celebrities. Primarily a dancer and singer, Davis started as a child vaudevillian who became known for his performances on Broadway and Las Vegas. He went on to become a world famous recording artist, television and film star. Davis was also a member of Frank Sinatra's "Rat Pack".
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Mansfield Senior (1-0) at Tiffin Columbian (1-0) - Mansfield News Journal
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QB JR Davis struggled in his first varsity start, completing just 1 of 7 passes for 41 yards. His lone completion went to senior WR Joe Lindhout. Look for RB Terrell Harris and WR Deonte Leadingham to get more involved in the offense, especially if the
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Dorsey's stellar effort no accident - Mansfield News Journal
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Senior quarterback JR Davis completed just 1 of 7 passes Friday, but the one completion lit a fire under the Tygers. Davis hooked up with fellow senior Joe Lindhout for a 41-yard gain midway through the third quarter with Senior High trailing 20-7
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Could tanker-car fire happen in Roseville? - Roseville Press Tribune
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The town developed as the railroad did in the late-1800s and now the Union Pacific JR Davis Yard in Roseville is the largest rail facility on the west coast. The Lincoln fire occurred on a spur line off the Union Pacific tracks owned by the
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Tyger Comeback Downs Galion - WMFD.com
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The big play for Senior High came on a third and 18 play midway through the third quarter when quarterback JR Davis hit Joe Lindhout with a 32 yard pass play that lead to a Terrell Dorsey touchdown, one of four he scored on the night
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Galion at Mansfield Senior - Mansfield News Journal
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Senior QB JR Davis will make his first start. Sophomore QB Chekiah Washington could also see action. Junior WR Deonte Leadingham looked good in Senior High's jamboree game agasint Fredericktown, as did WR Terrell Harris. Senior LB Jacob Scarbury scored
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2011 Mansfield Senior Tygers football preview - Mansfield News Journal
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Senior JR Davis (6-5) will be under center when the Tygers host Galion on Friday. Davis, a college baseball prospect, served as Deener's back-up the past two years. "I've been looking forward to this since last year," Davis said
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Beebe: Failure to compromise on federal debt ceiling threatens state - Arkansas News
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As the governor knows, you can't spend more money than you have.” JR Davis, a spokesman for Womack, said Womack does not support any new tax or tax increase but is “absolutely open to a bipartisan agreement to increase the debt ceiling.”
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Boys and Girls Club is closing due to water leaks - Cedartown Standard
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But after that date all programs at 321 E. Queen St. will come to a close until the building is repaired, said JR Davis, executive director of Boys and Girls Clubs of Northwest Georgia. “We hope it won't be for very long,” Davis said
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Tri for Kids raises $22000 - Rome News Tribune
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Beth Smith and Sarah Husser of RACE Rome present a check to Boys & Girls Club Chief Professional Officer JR Davis and Board Chairman Jimmy Smith. (Contributed photo) The results are in and thanks to the 263 racers, 100 volunteers and 48 sponsors,
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Robert E. Davis Jr. scheduled for parole hearing in August - Coshocton Tribune
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COLUMBUS -- The Ohio Parole Board has scheduled a an August hearing for Robert E. Davis Jr. Davis is an inmate at Belmont Correctional Facility. He was sentenced in 1992 for a period of 20 years to life for aggravated murder. Those wishing to comment
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Galion-Mansfield American Legion baseball team to play for crown - Zanesville Times Recorder
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JR Davis earned the win, tossing a complete game two-hitter with three strikeouts. Townley belted a grand slam and drove in five, while Sullinger, Cuffman and Mitch Willeke each had two hits and two RBIs. Mason Willeke belted a three-run homer,
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Chicago's former top cop taking job with crime commission - Chicago Tribune
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I have already notified Chicago Crime Commission Chairman JR Davis of this despicable act of cowardice. CPD morale is nonexisten In the event that Mr. Weis attempts to deny that he is a COWARD, laws for libel and slander are fully available to him for
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Bucyrus holds off Galion-Mansfield - Mansfield News Journal
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Galion-Mansfield Legion catcher JR Davis throws to first base Thursday at Bucyrus High School. / Sara C. Tobias/News Journal Sara C. Tobias/News JO BUCYRUS -- The dugouts at Bucyrus High School were filled with teammates who just a month ago were high
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New Survey says Illinoisans Reject Casino Gambling Legislation - PR Newswire (press release)
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"Governor Quinn has said repeatedly that he wants to hear from anyone with an opinion on the gambling expansion issue and today voters from throughout Illinois responded to his request," according to JR Davis, Chairman and President of the Chicago
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Jud Shaufler Named Assistant Men's Tennis Coach At MU - GoMarquette.com
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While at WRC, Shaufler supervised a USTA Men's Pro Futures Tournament and served as coach of Wisconsin's 18-and-under Jr. Davis Cup Team in 2010. He has coached a number of players who have reached the collegiate level and worked with the organization
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Lang Gets Gambling Victory...For Now - Patch.com
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"The almost unbelievable number of new gambling activities provided by the bill will enable the always ingenious Crime Syndicate to seek out myriad ways to enrich itself by getting into the legal gambling business," JR Davis, the chairman of the
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  • 1990
    Age 64
    On May 18, 1990, two days after Davis' death, the neon lights of the Las Vegas Strip were darkened for ten minutes, as a tribute to him.
    More Details Hide Details Davis was portrayed by Don Cheadle in the HBO film The Rat Pack, a television film about the pack of entertainers. Cheadle won a Golden Globe award for his performance. Eddie Griffin has made his impersonation of Davis a major part of his career, be it at stage or TV. On Saturday Night Live, Davis has been portrayed by Garrett Morris, Eddie Murphy, Billy Crystal and Tim Meadows. Davis was portrayed on the popular sketch comedy show In Living Color by Tommy Davidson, notably a parody of the film Ghost, in which the ghost of Davis enlists the help of Whoopi Goldberg to communicate with his wife. David Raynr also portrayed Davis in the miniseries Sinatra, a television film about the life of Frank Sinatra. Davis was portrayed by Keith Powell in an episode of 30 Rock entitled "Subway Hero".
    Davis died in Beverly Hills, California on May 16, 1990, of complications from throat cancer.
    More Details Hide Details Earlier, when he was told that surgery (laryngectomy) offered him the best chance of survival, Davis replied he would rather keep his voice than have a part of his throat removed; he subsequently was treated with a combination of chemotherapy and radiation. However, a few weeks prior to his death his entire larynx was removed during surgery. He was interred in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California next to his father and Will Mastin.
  • 1987
    Age 61
    Davis was awarded the Spingarn Medal by the NAACP, and was nominated for a Golden Globe and an Emmy Award for his television performances. He was the recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors in 1987, and in 2001, he was posthumously awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
    More Details Hide Details Samuel George Davis, Jr. was born in New York City, as an only child, to Sammy Davis, Sr. (1900–1988), an African-American entertainer, and Elvera Sanchez (1905–2000), a tap dancer. During his lifetime, Davis, Jr. stated that his mother was Puerto Rican and born in San Juan; however, in the 2003 biography In Black and White, author Wil Haygood writes that Davis, Jr.'s mother was born in New York City to Cuban American parents, and that Davis, Jr. claimed he was Puerto Rican because he feared anti-Cuban backlash would hurt his record sales. Davis' parents were vaudeville dancers. As an infant, he was raised by his paternal grandmother. When he was three years old, his parents separated. His father, not wanting to lose custody of his son, took him on tour. Davis learned to dance from his father and his "uncle" Will Mastin, who led the dance troupe his father worked for.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1984
    Age 58
    Unlike Sinatra, Davis voted Democratic for President again after the Nixon administration, supporting the campaigns of Rev. Jesse Jackson in 1984 and 1988.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1973
    Age 47
    Previously Davis had won their respect with his performance as Joe Wellington Jr. in Golden Boy and his participation in the Civil Rights Movement. Nixon invited Davis to sleep in the White House in 1973, which is believed to be the first time an African American was invited to do so.
    More Details Hide Details Davis spent the night in the Queens' Bedroom.
  • 1972
    Age 46
    As an African American, Davis was the victim of racism throughout his life, and was a large financial supporter of civil rights causes. Davis had a complex relationship with the African-American community, and attracted criticism after physically embracing Richard Nixon in 1972.
    More Details Hide Details One day on a golf course with Jack Benny, he was asked what his handicap was. "Handicap?" he asked. "Talk about handicap—I'm a one-eyed Negro Jew." This was to become a signature comment, recounted in his autobiography, and in countless articles. After reuniting with Sinatra and Dean Martin in 1987, Davis toured with them and Liza Minnelli internationally, before dying of throat cancer in 1990. He died in debt to the Internal Revenue Service, and his estate was the subject of legal battles.
  • 1968
    Age 42
    They divorced in 1968, after Davis admitted to having had an affair with singer Lola Falana. That year, Davis started dating Altovise Gore, a dancer in Golden Boy. They were married on May 11, 1970 by the Reverend Jesse Jackson.
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  • 1967
    Age 41
    At the time Davis appeared in the play, interracial marriages were forbidden by law in 31 US states, and only in 1967 were those laws ruled unconstitutional by the US Supreme Court.
    More Details Hide Details Davis and Britt had one daughter and adopted two sons. Davis performed almost continuously and spent little time with his wife.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1964
    Age 38
    Davis received hate mail while starring in the Broadway musical adaptation of Golden Boy from 1964–66 (for which he received a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor).
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  • 1960
    Age 34
    Although Davis had been voting Democratic, he felt a lack of respect from the John F. Kennedy presidency. He had been removed from the list of performers for Kennedy's inaugural party (hosted by Davis' close friend Frank Sinatra) because of Davis' recent interracial marriage to May Britt on November 13, 1960, in order to quell any controversy.
    More Details Hide Details In the early 1970s, Davis supported Republican President Richard M. Nixon (and gave the startled President a hug during a live television broadcast). The incident was controversial, and Davis was given a hostile reception by his peers. He also undertook a USO tour of Vietnam at the behest of the Nixon Administration.
    In 1960, Davis caused controversy again when he married white Swedish-born actress May Britt.
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  • 1958
    Age 32
    His hastily arranged and soon-dissolved marriage to black dancer Loray White in 1958 was an attempt to quiet the controversy.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1954
    Age 28
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The accident occurred at a fork in U.S. Highway 66 at Cajon Boulevard and Kendall Drive. Davis lost his left eye as a result. His friend, actor Jeff Chandler, offered one of his own eyes if it would keep Davis from total blindness. The offer was not needed. Davis wore an eye patch for at least six months following the accident. He appeared on What's My Line wearing the patch. Later, he was fitted for a glass eye, which he wore for the rest of his life. While in the hospital, Davis' friend, performer Eddie Cantor, told him about the similarities between the Jewish and black cultures. Prompted by this conversation, Davis—who was born to a Catholic mother and Protestant father—began studying the history of Jews. He converted to Judaism several years later. One passage from his readings (from the book A History of The Jews by Abram L. Sachar), describing the endurance of the Jewish people, intrigued him in particular: "The Jews would not die. Three millennia of prophetic teaching had given them an unwavering spirit of resignation and had created in them a will to live which no disaster could crush". In many ways, the accident marked a turning point in Davis' career, taking him from a well-known entertainer to a national celebrity and icon.
    This led to Davis being hired to sing the title track for the Universal Pictures film Six Bridges to Cross in 1954, and later to his appearance in the Broadway play Mr. Wonderful in 1956.
    More Details Hide Details In 1959, Davis became a member of the famous "Rat Pack", led by his friend Frank Sinatra, which included fellow performers such as Dean Martin, Joey Bishop and Peter Lawford. Initially, Sinatra called the gathering "the Clan", but Sammy voiced his opposition, saying that it reminded people of the racist Ku Klux Klan. Sinatra renamed the group "the Summit", but the media referred to them as the Rat Pack. Davis was a headliner at The Frontier Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, but he was required (as were all black performers in the 1950s) to lodge in a rooming house on the west side of the city, instead of in the hotels as his white colleagues did. No dressing rooms were provided for black performers, and they had to wait outside by the swimming pool between acts. Davis and other black artists could entertain, but could not stay at the hotels where they performed, gamble in the casinos, or dine or drink in the hotel restaurants and bars. Davis later refused to work at places which practiced racial segregation.
    In 1954, he lost his left eye in an automobile accident.
    More Details Hide Details His film career began as a child in 1933. In 1960 he appeared in the first Rat Pack film, Ocean's 11. After a starring role on Broadway in 1956's Mr Wonderful, Davis returned to the stage in 1964's Golden Boy, and in 1966 had his own TV variety show, The Sammy Davis Jr. Show. Davis' career slowed in the late sixties, but he had a hit record with "The Candy Man", in 1972, and became a star in Las Vegas earning him the nickname Mister Show Business.
  • 1951
    Age 25
    At the age of three Davis began his career in vaudeville with his father and "uncle" as the Will Mastin Trio, toured nationally, and after military service, returned to the trio. Davis became an overnight sensation following a nightclub performance at Ciro's after the 1951 Academy Awards.
    More Details Hide Details With the trio, he became a recording artist.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1925
    Born
    Born on December 8, 1925.
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