Sammy Davis Jr

Sammy Davis Jr was born in Wood Ox - Yi Chou Year of the 60-year Cycle of the Chinese Zodiac

Sammy David Jr. (Samuel George Davis Jr.) was born in New York City on December 8, 1925. He overcame racism to become one of the most successful actors, dancers, singers and comedians. Davis was known as a member of the Rat Pack in the 1960s with fellow singers and comedians Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra. He refused to perform in any clubs that practiced racial segregation during his early career. This act helped to segregate clubs and performances in Miami Beach as well as Las Vegas where Davis performed several times a year. Davis joined the Army during World War II and further worked against color prejudice by joining the entertainment unit. In 1956 Davis starred on Broadway in Mr. Wonderful and again in Golden Boy in 1964. Some of Davis?Äô best known films are Porgy and Bess in 1959, Robin and the Seven Hoods with his Rat Pack buddies in 1964, Sweet Charity (1968) and Taps in 1980. Davis is best known for his works during the 1960s and 1960s, and he carried on with entertaining, acting and singing until the early 1980s. In 1954 Davis was involved in an automobile accident and lost his left eye. While in the hospital recovering, Davis began studying Judaism. He eventually converted to Judaism. This act further set Davis apart as unique. Davis married May Britt (a Swedish Actress) in 1960. His marriage was forbidden by law in 31 states at the time and interracial marriages were highly frowned on in the rest of the states. They had one daughter and adopted two sons. Britt and Davis divorced in 1968. In 1970 Davis married dancer Altovise Gore. Sammy Davis Jr. died on May 16, 1990 in Beverly Hills, California.
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