Sammy Davis Jr.

Sammy Davis Jr.

Highest Rated: 95% Sing Your Song (2012)

Lowest Rated: 13% Cannonball Run II (1984)

Birthday: Dec 8, 1925

Birthplace: Harlem, New York, USA

Actor, singer, dancer Sammy Davis, Jr., the son of vaudeville entertainer Sammy Davis, began performing professionally at the age of three, appearing in his uncle Will Mastin's family act of seven men and seven women; during the early Depression the act was reduced in size to Davis, Jr., his father, and his uncle, and was called the Will Mastin trio. Soon he developed into a very versatile entertainer, skilled at singing, dancing, telling jokes, doing mimicry, and playing several instruments. He debuted onscreen at age seven in the short Rufus Jones for President (1933), in which he acted and danced. He toured the country with the Trio until the '40s, when he spent two years in the army. Upon his return, the act was renamed "The Will Mastin Trio, Starring Sammy Davis, Jr.," and the group began playing big variety theaters and top nightclubs. In the '50s he performed solo, soon becoming a popular TV entertainer as well; some critics considered him the world's greatest living entertainer. In 1954 he lost his left eye in a serious car accident and suffered other injuries that jeopardized his career. However, he quickly bounced back, and in the mid-'50s he began getting work in films, playing his first dramatic lead role in Anna Lucasta (1958). Also, in 1956 he debuted on Broadway as the star of Mr. Wonderful; later he starred in the Broadway show Golden Boy. As a screen actor he became best known for his work with the "Rat Pack," comprised of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Peter Lawford, and Joey Bishop, who socialized and worked together; although the inclusion of a black man in the group was at the time considered egalitarian, his roles tended to be tokenistic and occasionally involved benign racist jokes at his expense. He somewhat alienated himself from black audiences, who occasionally booed him as a sell-out; and in a controversial move he converted to Judaism. He was also a popular recording star with several hits including "Mr. Bojangles" and "The Candy Man." He was frequently a guest star on TV specials and episodes of TV series, and twice hosted his own variety-talk shows, The Sammy Davis Jr. Show (NBC, 1966) and Sammy and Company (syndicated, 1975-77). He authored the autobiography Yes I Can (1965). He married and divorced Swedish actress Mai Britt.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet The Best of the Boston Pops Actor 2015
95% Sing Your Song Sammy Davis Jr. $48.2K 2012
60% Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel Actor $22.4K 2010
No Score Yet Rat Pack - Most Famous Hits Actor 2006
No Score Yet The Music Masters: Sammy Davis Jr.: Mr. Wonderful Actor 2006
No Score Yet In Concert Series: Sammy Davis Jr. Actor 2006
No Score Yet Pioneers of Primetime Actor 2005
No Score Yet Sammy Davis Jr.: Singing at His Best Actor 2004
No Score Yet Great Entertainers Actor 2004
No Score Yet Legendary Nat King Cole, The Actor 2004
No Score Yet Sammy Davis Jr.: One Cool Cat Actor 2004
75% Hell's Highway: The True Story of Highway Safety Films Actor 2003
No Score Yet Sinatra: The Classic Duets Actor 2003
No Score Yet That Old Black Magic Actor 2002
No Score Yet The Incomparable Nat King Cole Actor 2002
No Score Yet The Ocean's 11 Story Actor 2002
No Score Yet The Rat Pack Actor 2001
No Score Yet Rat Pack's Las Vegas Actor 2001
No Score Yet Remembering Nat King Cole Actor 1991
No Score Yet The Kid Who Loved Christmas Actor 1990
No Score Yet Sammy Davis, Jr.: One in a Million Actor 1990
50% Tap Little Mo 1989
No Score Yet Michael Jackson - The Legend Continues Actor 1989
42% Moon over Parador Himself 1988
No Score Yet Stars of the Century Actor 1988
No Score Yet Elvis: The Echo Will Never Die Actor 1986
No Score Yet Alice in Wonderland Actor 1985
No Score Yet That's Dancing! Actor 1985
No Score Yet Alice in Wonderland Caterpillar 1985
13% Cannonball Run II Fenderbaum 1984
No Score Yet Cracking Up Mr. Billings 1983
No Score Yet Heidi's Song Head Ratte 1982
30% The Cannonball Run Fenderbaum 1981
No Score Yet James Dean: The First American Teenager Actor 1975
No Score Yet Gone with the West (Little Moon and Jud McGraw) (Bronco Busters ) Kid Dandy 1975
No Score Yet Poor Devil Sammy 1973
No Score Yet One More Time Charles Salt 1971
No Score Yet The Trackers Actor Producer Executive Producer 1971
83% Sweet Charity Big Daddy 1969
No Score Yet Salt and Pepper Charles Salt 1968
No Score Yet A Man Called Adam Adam Johnson 1966
44% Robin and the Seven Hoods Will 1964
40% Johnny Cool Educated 1963
No Score Yet Threepenny Opera Ballad Singer 1963
No Score Yet Convicts 4 Wino 1962
No Score Yet Sergeants 3 Jonah Williams 1962
No Score Yet Pepe Himself 1960
48% Ocean's 11 Josh Howard 1960
83% Porgy and Bess Sportin' Life 1959
No Score Yet Anna Lucasta Danny Johnson 1959
No Score Yet Tales of Tomorrow Actor 1953
No Score Yet Edward R. Murrow: the Best of Person to Person Actor 1953
No Score Yet Rufus Jones for President Rufus Jones 1933


No Score Yet Hunter
Benny 1989
No Score Yet The Cosby Show
No Score Yet The Jeffersons
Sammy Davis Jr. 1984
No Score Yet Charlie's Angels
Sammy Davis Jr. 1977
No Score Yet The Flip Wilson Show
Guest 1973
No Score Yet All in the Family
Himself 1972
No Score Yet The Beverly Hillbillies
No Score Yet I Dream of Jeannie
Himself 1967
No Score Yet The Wild Wild West


Fenderbaum says: Why'd he call me Shorty?

Jamie Blake says: 'Cause you're small. Small. S - M - all.