Sammy Davis Jr. (I) (1925–1990)

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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. Davis Jr. was known as someone who could do it all, sing, ... See full bio »

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 2019 Zeit.geschichte (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode)
- Soundtrack Österreich - Von heiler Welt und Rock 'n' Roll (2019) ... (performer: "Mr. Bojangles")
 2019 The Righteous Gemstones (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- The Righteous Gemstones (2019) ... (performer: "Gonna Build a Mountain")
 2019 Mindhunter (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #2.8 (2019) ... (performer: "The Candy Man" - uncredited)
 2018 Burger Quiz (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #2.19 (2018) ... (performer: "Jingle Bells")
 2018 Ocean's Eight (performer: "Love Is All Around")
 2018 Billions (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Hell of a Ride (2018) ... (performer: "Mr. Bojangles" - uncredited)
 2017 Popular Voices at the BBC (TV Mini-Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Crooners at the BBC (2017) ... (performer: "The Lady Is a Tramp")
 2017 Molly's Game (performer: "Birth of the Blues")
 2017 Feud: Bette and Joan (TV Mini-Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- You Mean All This Time We Could Have Been Friends? (2017) ... (performer: "Come Light the Candles" - uncredited)
 2017 Antiques Road Trip (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #14.2 (2017) ... (performer: "The Candy Man" - uncredited)
 2016 Independent Lens (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode)
- Meet the Patels (2016) ... (performer: "Jingle Bells")
 2016 The 25 Songs of Christmas (TV Movie) (performer: "It's Christmas Time All Over The World")
 2014 Intresseklubben (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Celler (2014) ... (performer: "Baretta Theme")
 2014 The Carsony Brothers (Documentary) (performer: "Mr. Bojangles" - uncredited)
 2009-2014 So You Think You Can Dance (TV Series) (performer - 3 episodes)
- Top 4 Perform (2014) ... (performer: "Love Me or Leave Me")
- Two of Six Voted Off (2009) ... (performer: "The Lady Is A Tramp")
- Top Six Perform (2009) ... (performer: "The Lady Is a Tramp")
 2014 P.O.V. (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode)
- American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs (2014) ... (performer: "Hello Detroit!")
 2014 The List of My Desires (performer: "Sweet Gingerbread Man")
 2014 The Following (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Forgive (2014) ... (performer: "Too Close for Comfort" - uncredited)
 2014 Meet the Patels (Documentary) (performer: "Jingle Bells")
 2012 Animal Practice (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Ralphie (2012) ... (performer: "The Candy Man")
 2012 Sunset Strip (Documentary) (performer: "Lady Is A Tramp")
 2011 Pan Am (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- One Coin in a Fountain (2011) ... (performer: "Too Close for Comfort" - uncredited)
 2011 Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (performer: "The Second Best Secret Agent in the Whole Wide World", "Spinning Wheel")
 2010 Get Him to the Greek (performer: "Deed I Do")
 2009 Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel (Documentary) (performer: "Chicago, Chicago, That Toddlin' Town")
 2009 Gamer (performer: "I've Got You Under My Skin")
 2007-2008 Dancing with the Stars (TV Series) (performer - 2 episodes)
- Round 9 (2008) ... (performer: "That Old Black Magic")
- Round 2 (2007) ... (performer: "The Lady Is a Tramp")
 2005 My Name Is Earl (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- White Lie Christmas (2005) ... (performer: "Jingle Bells" - uncredited)
 2005 Guinness: noitulovE (Video short) (performer: "The Rhythm of Life")
 2005 Madagascar (performer: "The Candy Man")
 2004 Gilmore Girls (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Say Goodbye to Daisy Miller (2004) ... (performer: "The Candy Man" - uncredited)
 2004 Playboy: 50 Years of Playmates (Video documentary) (performer: "Chicago (That Toddling Town)")
 2003 Live and Swingin': The Ultimate Rat Pack Collection (Video 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")
 2003 Secondhand Lions (performer: "A Lot of Livin' To Do")
 2003 Scrubs (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- My Dream Job (2003) ... (performer: "Candy Man")
 2002 Sinatra: The Classic Duets (TV Movie documentary) (performer: "Me and My Shadow" - uncredited)
 2002 The Reunion (performer: "Keep Your Eye on the Sparrow")
 2001 The Anniversary Party (performer: "There Is No Greater Love", "A Lot Of Livin' To Do")
 2001 Freddy Got Fingered (performer: "I've Gotta Be Me")
 2001 The Sopranos (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- University (2001) ... (performer: "Thou Swell" - uncredited)
 2000 What Women Want (performer: "Something's Gotta Give")
 1999 American Movie (Documentary) (performer: "Mr. Bojangles")
 1998 Tohuwabohu (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Blasts from the Past (1998) ... (performer: "The Candy Man" - uncredited)
 1997 Keys to Tulsa (performer: "Hey There")
 1996 Mad Dog Time (performer: "Something's Gotta Give")
 1995 Casino (performer: "EEE-O Eleven")
 1992 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- The last Tonight Show (1992) ... (performer: "Mr. Bojangles" (1968) - uncredited)
 1989 Frank, Liza & Sammy: The Ultimate Event (TV 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 Tramp", "But the World Goes Round", "Theme from New York, New York")
 1989 Tap (performer: "Challenge")
 1988 Moon Over Parador (performer: "Begin the Beguine")
 1987 The Charmings (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- The Charming's Buy a Car (1987) ... (performer: "The Candy Man")
 1986 All-Star Party for Clint Eastwood (TV Special) (performer: "Misty")
 1986 The Money Pit (performer: "I Gotta Be Me")
 1985 Alice in Wonderland (TV Movie) (performer: "You Are Old, Father William")
 1985 That's Dancing! (Documentary) (performer: "Great Day Here")
 1984 The 56th Annual Academy Awards (TV Special documentary) (performer: "There's No Business Like Show Business")
 1982 Heidi's Song (performer: "Ode to a Rat")
 1980 Sanford (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- The Benefit (1980) ... (performer: "Just the Way You Are', "Chicago (That Toddlin' Town)" - uncredited)
 1980 The First 40 Years (TV Special) (performer: "The Lady Is a Tramp" - uncredited)
 1979 The 51st Annual Academy Awards (TV Special documentary) (performer: "Oscar's Only Human", "Not Even Nominated (Medley)")
 1978 Things We Did Last Summer (TV Movie) (performer: "I've Gotta Be Me")
 1978 Happy Birthday, Bob (TV Special) (performer: "Gonna Build a Mountain / What Kind of Fool Am I? / Once in a Lifetime")
 1977 Charlie's Angels (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Sammy Davis, Jr. Kidnap Caper (1977) ... (performer: "What Kind of Fool Am I?", "The Candy Man" - uncredited)
 1972-1976 V.I.P.-Schaukel (TV Series documentary) (performer - 2 episodes)
- Episode #6.1 (1976) ... (performer: "Tie a Yellow Ribbon 'round the ole oak tree" - uncredited)
- Episode #2.4 (1972) ... (performer: "Candyman" - uncredited)
 1975 Sammy and Company (TV Series) (performer - 3 episodes)
- Liza Minnelli, Chita Rivera and Stephanie Mills (1975) ... (performer: "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World", "That Face")
- Sally Struthers, Lola Falana and Jack Klugman (1975) ... (performer: "The Lady Is a Tramp", "Go Down Gamblin'", "This Love of Mine", "The More I See You" - uncredited)
- Sandy Duncan, Roger Miller, Karen Valentine and Aaron Spelling (1975) ... (performer: "The More I See You", "Without a Song", "Spinning Wheel", "Side by Side" - uncredited)
 1975 47th Annual Academy Awards (TV Special) (performer: "That's Entertainment!")
 1975 Doris Day Today (TV Special) (performer: "Love me or leave me")
 1975 Baretta (TV Series) (performer: "Keep Your Eye on the Sparrow")
 1973 Save the Children (Documentary) (performer: "I've Got To Be Me")
 1973 NBC Follies (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.1 (1973) ... (performer: "Gonna Build a Mountain", "Sweet Beginning", "I've Gotta Be Me", "Consider Yourself", "Be a Clown", "Without You I'm Nothing", "A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening")
 1970 Here's Lucy (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Lucy and Sammy Davis Jr. (1970) ... (performer: "Everybody Loves Somebody", "And When I Die")
 1970 One More Time (performer: "One More Time", "When The Feeling Hits You", "Where Do I Go From Here")
 1970 This Is Tom Jones (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #2.26 (1970) ... (performer: "Medley: Thanks For the Memories", "With a Little Help From My Friends", "A Boy Named Sue", "My Way" (Comme d'Habitude), "Mr. Bojangles")
 1970 The Dean Martin Show (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #5.16 (1970) ... (performer: "Wichita Lineman", "Sam's Song", "What Kind of Fool Am I", "I Can't Give You Anything But Love", "I've Gotta Be Me", "Pennies from Heaven", "Stay Away from My Door", "Back in Your Own Backyard", "The Birth of the Blues", "Here We Go Again")
 1969 Die Rudi Carrell Show (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Seereise (1969) ... (performer: "For Once in My Lifetime" - uncredited)
 1967-1969 The Hollywood Palace (TV Series) (performer - 4 episodes)
- Episode #6.23 (1969) ... (performer: "Up, Up and Away", "I've Gotta Be Me", "Ol' Man River", "Choreography", "I Got You (I Feel Good)", "Little Green Apples", "I, Yi, Yi, Yi, Yi (I Like You Very Much)" - uncredited)
- Episode #6.10 (1968) ... (performer: "At The Crossroads")
- Episode #5.18 (1968) ... (performer: "Talk To The Animals")
- Episode #5.4 (1967) ... (performer: "After Today", "Something In Your Smile", "Talk To The Animals")
 1969 Playboy After Dark (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.8 (1969) ... (performer: "I've Gotta Be Me", "Who Can I Turn To?", "The Joker", "What Kind of Fool Am I?", "The Shelter of Your Arms", "The More I See You" - uncredited)
 1969 Sweet Charity (performer: "The Rhythm of Life" - uncredited)
 1968 Salt and Pepper (performer: "I Like the Way You Dance", "Salt & Pepper") / (writer: "I Like the Way You Dance")
 1968 The 40th Annual Academy Awards (TV Special) (performer: "Talk to the Animals")
 1967 Movin' with Nancy (TV Special) (performer: "What'd I Say")
 1967 I Dream of Jeannie (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- The Greatest Entertainer in the World (1967) ... (performer: "The Girl from Ipanema", "That Old Black Magic")
 1966 The Wild Wild West (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- The Night of the Returning Dead (1966) ... (performer: "No More Auction Block" - uncredited)
 1966 A Man Called Adam (performer: "I Want To Be Wanted", "Whisper To One", "Playboy Theme" ("Crack Up"))
 1966 The Sammy Davis, Jr. Show (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.14 (1966) ... (performer: "You Gotta Start Off Each Day with a Song", "Who Will Be With You When I'm Far Away?", "Be My Love", "This Dream" - uncredited)
 1966 Alice in Wonderland or What's a Nice Kid Like You Doing in a Place Like This? (TV Movie) (performer: "What's a Nice Kid Like You")
 1965 The 2nd Best Secret Agent in the Whole Wide World (performer: "The Second Best Secret Agent in the World" (U.S. version only))
 1965 The Patty Duke Show (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Will the Real Sammy Davis Please Hang Up? (1965) ... (performer: "What Kind Of Fool Am I?", "I've Got A Woman" - uncredited)
 1964 The Disorderly Orderly (performer: "The Disorderly Orderly")
 1964 Robin and the 7 Hoods (performer: "Bang! Bang!" - uncredited)
 1963 Of Love and Desire (performer: "Katherine's Theme")
 1963 Johnny Cool (performer: "The Ballad Of Johnny Cool", "Bee-Bom")
 1963 Meet Sammy Davis Jr. 1 (TV Special) (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")
 1963 Three Penny Opera (performer: "Mack the Knife", "To Be a Good Man", "Mack the Knife" (reprise) - uncredited)
 1963 The Danny Thomas Show (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Rusty's Birthday (1963) ... (performer: "Happy Birthday" - uncredited)
 1962 Frontier Circus (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Coals of Fire (1962) ... (performer: "Old Folks at Home (Swanee River)", "Gwine to Rune All Night (De Camptown Races)" - uncredited)
 1960 Pepe ("Hooray for Hollywood")
 1960 Ocean's 11 (performer: "Eee-O-11")
 1960 Frank Sinatra's Welcome Home Party for Elvis Presley (TV 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)
 1960 The 32nd Annual Academy Awards (TV Special) (performer: "High Hopes")
 1959 Porgy and Bess (performer: "A Woman Is a Sometime Thing", "It Ain't Necessarily So", "There's A Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon For New York")
 1958 Anna Lucasta (performer: "That's Anna" (Title song))
 1958 The Frank Sinatra Show (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Sammy Davis Jr. (1958) ... (performer: "Me and My Shadow" - uncredited)
 1957 Operation Mad Ball (performer: "Mad Ball")
 1957 The Nat King Cole Show (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #2.4 (1957) ... (performer: "I'm Ridin' on the Road" (uncredited), "Stool Dance" (uncredited), "Somewhere Along the Way" (uncredited), "Beyond the Blue Horizon", "Linger Awhile")
 1956 The Walter Winchell Show (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.3 (1956) ... (performer: "New York's My Home")
 1956 Meet Me in Las Vegas (performer: "Frankie and Johnny")
 1955 Six Bridges to Cross (performer: "SIX BRIDGES TO CROSS")
 1933 Rufus Jones for President (Short) (performer: " (I'll Be Glad When You're Dead) You Rascal You" - uncredited)
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(5/12/59) Appeared on "The Giroux Show" an afternoon talk show. See more »

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10 Biographical Movies | 10 Print Biographies | 8 Portrayals | 1 Interview | 3 Articles | 3 Pictorials | 3 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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Alternate Names:

Sammy Jr. & Altovise | Sammy Davis | Sammy Davis Jnr | Sammy Davis Jnr. | Will Maston Trio | the Will Maston Trio | The Will Maston Trio


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[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. See more »


Mentor and friends with Gregory Hines. See more »


Frequently worked with fellow Rat Pack members Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Joey Bishop and Peter Lawford See more »



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